The bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires on Sunday, and Bush is threatening to use his veto power for the fourth time as he refuses to sign into law this legislation that would secure health coverage for 10 million low-income children.
The president's priorities are completely out of whack. He needs billions of dollars to continue funding an extremely unpopular war overseas, yet he won't allocate the money needed over the next five years to provide health insurance for children at home.
*** Land to the rescue: A week after James Dobson criticized Thompson, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention comes to Thompson’s defense. Land tells CBN’s Brody: “I’ve received phone calls and emails from Southern Baptists about Senator Thompson. They are all furious at Doctor Dobson. They just feel that first of all there was a mischaracterizing of his positions. Do I wish that he supported the marriage protection amendment? Of course I do. To say that he is for 50 different views of marriage in 50 different states is a gross mischaracterization of his position. Secondly, do I wish that he attended church every Sunday? As a Baptist pastor, of course I do. But does that make him a person of unbelief? That’s harsh and unwarranted.” Land's likely support for Thompson has been on display for months. Dobson may have a large audience, but Land (a Southerner) may be a more important ally in a GOP primary.
NJDC has blogged extensively about division in the Religious Right. Some recent entries:
Discussing his recent dinner with Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem restaurant Sylvia's, Bill O'Reilly reported that he "couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship." O'Reilly added: "There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea.' "
Click here to see CNN's report on this contraversy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokeswoman for Rudy Giuliani says it is unfortunate that a supporter throwing a party that aims to raise $9.11 per person for the Republican's presidential campaign is asking for that amount.
Abraham Sofaer is having a fundraiser at his Palo Alto, Calif., home on Wednesday, when Giuliani backers across the country are participating in the campaign's national house party night.
But Sofaer said he had nothing to do with the "$9.11 for Rudy" theme.
"There are some young people who came up with it," Sofaer said when reached by telephone Monday evening. He referred other questions to Giuliani's campaign.
"I'm just providing support for him. He's an old friend of mine," Sofaer said of Giuliani.
Sofaer was a State Department adviser under President Reagan and is a fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Federal election data indicates Sofaer has given nearly $50,000 to Republican causes and candidates, including Giuliani, since 1995.
Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella said: "These are two volunteers who acted independently of and without the knowledge of the campaign. Their decision to ask individuals for that amount was an unfortunate choice."
According to the invitation, "$9.11 for Rudy" is an "independent, non-denominational grass-roots campaign to raise $10,000 in small increments to show how many individual, everyday Americans support 'America's Mayor.'"
Giuliani was mayor of New York during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Today, our New York Chapter put out a release condemning the New York Republican Party for mailing a vicious attack ad against Democratic Senator Craig Johnson to District 7 residents which arrived at many households on Yom Kippur. Senator Johnson is Jewish and a Board Member of NJDC, and the district has a large Jewish population.
The New York Republican Party must be desperate, because their attack is pretty desperate. Their "evidence" that Johnson is weak on education is that he did not sign on to a letter pledging to support an education proposal. They don't include the text of the letter nor any information on the proposal.
Meanwhile, Senator Johnson has a phenomenal record on education. He helped deliver a $25 million increase in aid to his District's schools. This increase is a record, by the way, as it represents a 19.27% improvement over what the District's schools were receiving.
Further evidence that trying to court the religious right and failing to hold the President accountable for his failed Iraq strategy hasn't quite worked out for John McCain: MSNBC reports ...
From NBC's Chuck Todd GOP pollster Bill McInturff is leaving the McCain campaign. The separation is amicable, and the campaign will go without pollster for the time being. McInturff will return as the Republican half of the NBC/Wall Street Journal polling team, beginning with the next survey.
We've blogged about the failed McCain campaign here and here.