WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The House of Representatives approved another $70 billion in war spending on Wednesday, capping a year of frustration for Democrats who took control of Congress on pledges to end the war in Iraq.
The money was part of a $555 billion measure that funds government agencies for the 2008 budget year. It passed on a 272-142 vote, more than a month after Democratic leaders had refused to approve more money for Iraq without requiring President Bush to begin withdrawing U.S. combat troops from the nearly five-year-old conflict.
More money just a few weeks ago I told you guys they would cave in, you know who will end up paying for all this mess, we the taxpayer of course.
Dems frustrated as House approves $70 billion for wars - CNN.com
Hackers have succeeded in breaking into the computer systems of two of the U.S.' most important science labs, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.
In what a spokesperson for the Oak Ridge facility described as a "sophisticated cyber attack," it appears that intruders accessed a database of visitors to the Tennessee lab between 1990 and 2004, which included their social security numbers and dates of birth. Three thousand researchers reportedly visit the lab each year, a who's who of the science establishment in the U.S.
PC World - Hackers Launch Major Attack on US Military Labs
You can not say it better than this, sometimes you have to stick to your guns and stand up to bullies and I don't think these guys have the stomach for it. The motto should be if you are not going to follow through with something why even get the ball rolling? I see Afghanistan is mentioned also in this article just last week Afghanistan leaders said they needed more money and military to combat the rise in Al Queda activity there. There will be no end to this war funding and letting domestic issues slide just as they have been doing for the last five years or so unless some accountability and guide-lines are put in place.
No issue divides the party more deeply, and lawmakers say it poses one of the toughest decisions that top House and Senate Democrats will make since they took control of Congress this year. At least four ideas are being floated, but none has achieved a consensus as the holiday break nears.
Personally I see this as nothing but political, first and foremost Bush and his cronies want a blank check without showing any kind of improvement in the government over there, while the homeland is screaming for relief. the reason we have or should have balance in this country is to off-set this that is happening right now, the Iraq report pointed out some tactics to take that never took place, in its simplest form the domestic issues of this country is taking a back seat to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that is as plain as the nose on our face. The Congress is trying to get some kind of accountability for this mess and since they started to do that then they should see this thing through.
The Associated Press: Democrats Seek Iraq Funding Solution
Venezuela says no to dictatorship;
President Hugo Chavez suffered a stinging defeat Monday in a vote on constitutional changes that would have let him run for re-election indefinitely and solidify his bid to transform this major U.S. oil provider into a socialist state.
The changes would have created new forms of communal property, let Chavez handpick local leaders under a redrawn political map, permit civil liberties to be suspended under extended states of emergency and allow Chavez to seek re-election indefinitely. Now, Chavez will be barred from running again in 2012.
Other changes would have shortened the workday from eight hours to six, created a social security fund for millions of informal laborers and promoted communal councils where residents decide how to spend government funds. The reforms also would have granted Chavez control over the Central Bank and extended presidential terms from six to seven years.Chavez Loses Constitutional Vote - TIME