Judd Gregg has withdrawn himself from nomination for Commerce Secretary, citing essentially irreconcilable differences on matters of policy. Gregg recused himself from the senate stimulus vote, which perhaps was what prompted the WH to pull the Census from Commerce control. Not an auspicious beginning. Judd falls on his sword and says its basically his fault, he should have known better. I concur. He should have.
Stimulus - (AKA Porkulus)
Two things - when Obama says the bill has no earmarks, he's right. There are no congressionally inserted bits in the bill, put there in some outside of the process manner. Everything in the bill is available for review, which brings me to my second point, which is that there is not going to be a review. I supported Obama, but I don't like the way he's allowing this to go down. The president is about to get a bill authorizing spending nearly a trillion dollars. The bill as of this afternoon had not even been completley distributed to all House members, much less read. They will pass this massive bill tommorow, some 1800 pages long, and no one will have read it thouroughly. That is a recipe for a lot of waste, nor is it thoughtful or prudent. The democrats have the votes to pass it, and can ignore the republicans. Its not necessary to rush this through.