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    Quote Originally Posted by clairegrrl
    Things get shriveled when they've been in water too long
    like egos?
    Palm m505 -> Treo600 (GSM ATT) -> Treo650 (Cingular) -> BB8700g -> BB Pearl
    "The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come."
  2. #42  
    is that what you call it
    Well behaved women rarely make history
  3. #43  
    only in the shriveled state.
    the full title is engorged organ
    Palm m505 -> Treo600 (GSM ATT) -> Treo650 (Cingular) -> BB8700g -> BB Pearl
    "The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come."
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    Bush Installs Assistant Defense Secretary
    Wednesday, August 03, 2005

    WASHINGTON — President Bush again invoked a constitutional provision enabling him to bypass the Senate and install directly a nominee who had been blocked in the Senate. This time, he named Peter Flory (search) to be an assistant secretary of defense.

    The move on Tuesday came a day after Bush used the same powers to install John Bolton (search) as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

    The Constitution gives the president the authority to put an official on the job without waiting for Senate confirmation when Congress is in recess. The official then can serve until the end of the current Congress, which in this case is January 2007.

    Flory was first nominated to the post on June 1, 2004, but the nomination was blocked by Michigan Sen. Carl Levin (search), the senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a dispute over release of intelligence-related documents that Levin sought from Douglas Feith (search), the undersecretary of defense for policy.,2933,164579,00.html
    Bush appoints defense official, bypasses Senate

    The White House announced Flory's appointment without comment along with several other Bush appointments. But Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman praised the move, charging that the delay in Flory's nomination had nothing to do with his qualifications for the job.

    "Since 2001, the Defense Department has operated with an average vacancy of Senate-confirmable political appointments of between 15 and 25 percent," Whitman added.

    The spokesman did not name Levin, but noted that "the senator has held his nomination for reasons that were completely unrelated to him, and sought and received thousands of documents that concerned a variety of different policy matters."

    Levin, ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, has also blocked approval of Bush's nomination of Eric Edelman to succeed Douglas Feith as undersecretary of defense for policy.

    Levin has demanded documents from the Defense Department on intelligence involving Iraq. He and other Democrats have accused Feith's office of manipulating information to support the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

    Flory was principal deputy assistant defense secretary for international security affairs, a job he held last year when nominated by Bush to step up to the policy secretary's job.

    He also has served as chief investigative counsel and special counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

    Flory earlier worked in counter-terrorism at the State Department after earning his bachelor's degree from McGill University and a law degree from Georgetown University.
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    Fast Facts: Recess Appointments
    Monday, August 01, 2005,2933,164371,00.html

    WASHINGTON — President Bush is taking advantage of Congress' vacation and giving John Bolton (search) a recess appointment to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. What is a recess appointment?

    — A recess appointment occurs when the U.S. president fills a vacant federal position during a Congressional recess.

    — The appointee stays on the job until the end of the next congressional session, unless the Senate ratifies the appointment thereby allowing the appointee to serve longer.

    — Recess appointments are authorized by Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution: "The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session."

    — The recess appointment has been used mostly in recent history to bypass a Senate politically opposed to the nominee.

    — The recess appointment power was viewed differently in the nation’s early days. Congress was away from the capital for long periods of time and allowing the president to fill a position quickly became a necessity.

    — President George W. Bush appointed several judges to U.S. courts of appeals using recess appointments. One, Judge Charles Pickering (search) of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, withdrew his name from consideration for renomination when his recess appointment expired.

    — President Bill Clinton made a recess appointment of Bill Lan Lee (search) as assistant attorney general for civil rights. Clinton also used the power to name James Hormel (search) as ambassador to Luxembourg.

    — In 1961, John F. Kennedy used the recess appointment to gain a seat on the federal bench for Thurgood Marshall (search), who six years later become the first black associate justice on the Supreme Court.
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    Confirmed: Senate will hold hearings on Bolton nomination

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has confirmed that they will hold a fresh hearing on the nomination of Bush's pick to the United Nations, John Bolton, who failed to be confirmed by the Senate after his initial appointment by President Bush last year.

    In a posting on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee website -- which has not been reported previously -- the Committee has publicly confirmed that they will hold hearings on Bolton's nomination next Thursday at 9:30 am ET.

    A spokesman for ranking Foreign Relations Democrat Joe Biden (D-DE) said a notice went out this morning.

    According to a senior Democratic aide, Sen. Biden demanded a hearing earlier this year to highlight the dubious nature of Bolton's recess appointment. Bolton was appointed by President Bush during a congressional recess after the Senate refused to appoint him.
    Source: Dayton Daily News

    Voinovich now backs Bolton's nomination
    By Jessica Wehrman

    Staff Writer

    WASHINGTON | Sen. George Voinovich, who stunned fellow senators last year by refusing to support John Bolton's nomination as U.N. Ambassador, said Thursday he will back Bolton if the Senate moves on his nomination.

    Bolton has technically been renominated since September, after President Bush appointed him as the ambassador during a congressional recess.

    But the Senate has not acted on the nomination, and his recess appointment is set to expire when Congress adjourns for the year.

    Voinovich's hopes his support jolts the process and gets it moving again. Voinovich, R-Ohio, is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    "While Bolton is not perfect, he has demonstrated his ability, especially in recent months, to work with others and follow the president's lead by working multilaterally," Voinovich said, adding he's been impressed by Bolton's handling of situations in North Korea, Iran and now in the Middle East.

    White House spokesman Alex Conant said the administration appreciates Voinovich's "willingness to take a new look at the nomination" and to support it.

    "We hope other senators would also be open to taking a new look," he said.

    A spokesman for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said committee chairman Richard Lugar, R-Ind., hopes to schedule a hearing on the nomination before the August recess, in light of Voinovich's decision.

    Voinovich told Lugar, Bolton and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of his decision Wednesday night and announced it in a column in The Washington Post on Thursday.

    Voinovich fought the nomination last year and last July was the only Republican to vote against ending debate on it, helping to thwart the nomination at the time.

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