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gwinnettdailypost.com

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<a href="http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=32&url_article_id=2511&url_subchannel_id=&change_well_id=2">gwinnettdailypost.com</a>
<br />LAWRENCEVILLE ? The county prosecutor is considering whether to bring the case of a jailed man who died after he was stunned with a Taser to a special grand jury.
<br />Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said the proposal came out of a Tuesday meeting with officials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
<br />Porter could not say when he would decide whether to recommend that a special grand jury should hear the case.
<br />Frederick Williams died in May 2004 after deputies used a Taser on him while in jail. On April 27, Porter brought the case before a grand jury, which did not hand down any indictments. But the 31-year-old Lawrenceville man?s family members say those involved in the incident should be brought to court.
<br />If Porter decides that such a panel should rehear the case, a petition and a vote by Gwinnett County Superior Court judges would be needed to approve it. Or Porter could wait for the county?s next regular grand jury panel to hear the case in September.
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Warrant issued for runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Warrant issued for runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks; may surrender next week <br />09:10 PM EDT May 27 <br />LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A warrant has been issued for runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks, but officials don't expect her to report to police while undergoing psychiatric treatment. <br />
<br />The warrant was issued Thursday, the day after a grand jury indicted her on a felony charge of making a false statement and a misdemeanour count of making a false police report. <br />
<br />Since her return to Georgia from New Mexico, she has entered into psychiatric treatment. District Attorney Danny Porter of Gwinnett County said he will wait until she completes treatment before asking her to turn herself in. <br />
<br />"The earliest I would expect anything to happen would be the first of next week," Porter said. He has not ruled out a plea agreement in the case. <br />
<br />The charges arise from her claim she had been kidnapped when she disappeared April 26, four days before her planned wedding. She quickly recanted the story and instead said she abruptly left town because of unspecified personal reasons. <br />
<br />The disappearance prompted a large police and civilian search, as well as attention in the international news media. <br />
<br />She could face up to six years in prison if convicted of both charges, as well as $11,000 US in fines. She could also be ordered to reimburse authorities for the cost of the search, which has been tallied at more than $50,000. <br />
<br />=====SNIP=======<br />Good! What a wimpy, bugeyed loser of a ***** she is !</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/05/warrant-issued-for-runaway-bride.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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IRS to close 68 help centers nationwideIRS to close 68 help centers nationwide

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">IRS to close 68 help centers nationwide<br />
<br />by Freddie Mooche<br />
<br />Internal Revenue Service help centers in 68 communities are slated to close to help the IRS reduce costs and modernize its operations, the agency said.<br />
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<br />May 28, 2005 (AXcess News) Washington - Internal Revenue Service help centers in 68 communities are slated to close to help the IRS reduce costs and modernize its operations, the agency said.<br />
<br />The Internal Revenue Service is closing the help centers in communities where geographic and demographic factors, employee costs, and expenses were considered in factoring in which IRS help centers would be closed. <br />
<br />The IRS is also moving to coax more tax preparers to use electronic filing services in an effort to manage federal income tax filings in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. <br />
<br />Critics say streamlining operations by eliminating IRS help centers forces many income tax filers to seek professional help in preparing their federal income tax forms, putting undue financial burdens on the elderly and low-income wage earners.<br />
<br />The Internal Revenue Service said the closures are necessary though the federal tax agency said that employees there would be offered early retirement, where qualified, and that those remaining would be offered positions in other IRS locations. That no layoffs were expected from the IRS help center closures. <br />
<br />Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, told reporters that the IRS is forcing consumers to use the Internet by closing the centers.<br />
<br />Kelly said that many of the tax payers who use the IRS help centers do not have access to the Internet. <br />
<br />The IRS said that over the last two years tax payer use of its 400 help centers across the nation had dropped by 19 percent. Use of toll-free phone lines to seek help climbed 7 percent in the same period, while visits to IRS Web sites saw triple-digit increases, the agency says.<br />
<br />The IRS has given no schedule to its 68 help center closings, though some are slated to be closed this fall, the tax agency said.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/05/irs-to-close-68-help-centers.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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ONN. Ohio News Now: Voinovich Gives Impassioned Speech

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<br />Ohio Republican George Voinovich came close to tears as he implored fellow senators Wednesday to think hard before voting to approve John Bolton as UN ambassador.
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<br />Voinovich has been the subject of an intense White House lobbying campaign since he broke ranks on Bolton. He has also been roughed up in television advertisements and by conservative commentators. The strain was evident in Voinovich's voice as his Senate speech drew to a close Wednesday.
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<br />Voinovich said Bolton would set back the United States' goal of reforming the United Nations and he would go into the job hobbled by his own reputation as a bully.
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<br />Voinovich said the issue will become the messenger, not the message.
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<br />Nevertheless, Senate Republicans believe they have the votes to confirm Bolton, possibly Thursday
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Stop the Tape: I Made Voinovich Cry Over Bolton

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<br />RUSH: I tell you what, I made George Voinovich cry yesterday. This is not ego speaking. I'm simply reading to you from an AP dispatch by the lovely and gracious Anne Gearan. "Voinovich has been the subject of an intense White House lobbying campaign since he broke ranks on Bolton. He has also been roughed up in television advertisements and by conservative commentators. The strain was evident in Voinovich's voice as his Senate speech drew to a close Wednesday." Conservative commentators are making a senator cry. Boy, that's going to really look good.
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<br />RUSH: All right, let's go to the audio sound bites. We have three sound bites here. This is Senator Voinovich from Ohio weighing in on the nomination and the ultimate vote of John Bolton to be the US Ambassador to the United Nations.
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<br />VOINOVICH: (shaky voice) Too many of my colleagues are not going to understand (trembling) that this appointment is very, very important to our country. At a strategic time (blubber) when we need friends all over the world, (whimper) we need somebody up there that's going to be able to get the job done.
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<br />RUSH: (Making crying sounds.) Can you believe this? I'm embarrassed. I'll tell you. (interruption) Well, I can't take total credit, Mr. Snerdley, for making him cry. The story says conservative commentators. "He's also been roughed up in television advertisements and by conservative commentators. The strain was evident in Voinovich's voice as his speech drew to a close on Wednesday." You know, I am just stunned. Here you've got a US senator on the brink, on the verge of tears, and rather than people be embarrassed by this, you've got a media sympathetic, because he's been criticized by conservative commentators. Meanwhile, Tom DeLay's reputation and all these judges routinely trashed and destroyed every day and the media licks its chops and asks for more and begins to pile on. For crying out loud, what are we running here, folks? Here's more from what Voinovich said yesterday, weighing in on the Bolton nomination.
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<br />VOINOVICH: I ask myself, "Mr. President, what message are we sending to the world community?"
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<br />RUSH: Stop the tape. With you crying on the floor of the US Senate, what do you think the message is? We're a bunch of wimps! Good grief almighty!
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<br />VOINOVICH: In the same breath we are considering a nominee for ambassador to the United Nations who's been accused of being arrogant, of not listening to his friends, of acting unilaterally, and of bullying those who do not have ability to properly defend themselves. These are the very characteristics that we're trying to dispel in the court of world opinion.
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<br />RUSH: And there you have what's exactly wrong with this. This is not a time, folks, where we're going to go out and make the world safer and make ourselves safer by asking yourselves, "Why don't they like us?" and then trying to make them like us. What's going on? How old is this man? What has he not learned in his life? I may make him cry again by asking these questions. For crying out loud, how many people tried to be nice to Hitler? What was the guy's name, Chamberlain? How many people tried to be nice to Hitler? "Hey, Adolf? Take Poland. Just stop there. Just take Poland." Fine. "Hey, Al-Qaeda, what are we doing to make you dislike us? What is it?" So he's upset here that we're going to send a nominee whose accused of being arrogant, of not listening to his friends. Can I define that for you, "arrogant, not listening to his friends"? He knows what he wants! He doesn't need to go out and ask the opinions of others, Senator Voinovich, to make up his mind. We're getting a little insight here into how things work in the Senate. "So if I say this, will you like me?" and, "If I do this, will you like me?" We're looking at the feminization here of the male population of the US Senate, for crying out loud. What in the world is this? I told you, one of the problems these guys have with Bolton is he's a man. He's a throwback. He's a man. He makes up his own mind. He knows what's right. He knows what's wrong. He knows what he needs to do, and they think that's arrogant. He's too sure of himself. "Nobody should be that sure of themselves. This is going to rub people the wrong way." This is a bully? Somebody that knows what he knows, somebody that believes what he believes, somebody who's not afraid to say what he thinks, this is the new definition of a bully? Bullying those who do not have ability to properly defend themselves. We're back to that, and now we're back to the fact that Voinovich did not accept incompetence among his staff. Yes, we're supposed to do that, folks. We're supposed to accept incompetence because that's being nice and considerate and we're supposed to be fair. Want to hear one more bite? Even if you don't, here it comes.
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<br />VOINOVICH: Frankly, I'm concerned that Mr. Bolton would make it more difficult for us to achieve the badly needed reforms to this outdated institution. I believe there could be even more obstacles to reform if Mr. Bolton is sent to the UN than if it were another candidate. Those in the international community who do not want to see the UN reformed will act as a roadblock and I fear that Mr. Bolton's reputation will make it easier --
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<br />RUSH: Stop this! Stop this. Stop this. So the way I understand this is, the UN needs to be reformed. Voinovich admits it's in bad shape. So we're going to send somebody up there who -- the international community doesn't want to see the UN reformed anyway, right? So we're going to send somebody up there, if Voinovich gets his way, we want to send somebody up there who says, "Okay, now, we know you don't want the UN reformed but we do, and we really need the UN reformed, and I think if I'm just nice to you and I provide no threat, and I present no bullying personality to you, that you will go along with my idea of reform." This is not how the world works, and the UN is in such a mess, to go up and run it here like a sandbox and just to continue running it the way it always has been -- you know, Madeleine Albright's had her turn at this. The Madeleine Albright, Clinton people had their way. They had their turn with this, and they didn't fix it at all. We don't need more people like that.
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<br /> RUSH: Can I give you an idea just how off his game Voinovich has to be? Here he's worried about Bolton being a bully at the UN. By the way, these are just accusations and that's another thing. Some of these Democrats say, "We can't send somebody up there with these kinds of allegations," because to them the allegations will be perceived as true by the bad guys. It's amazing how they want to pander to bullies themselves. What is the UN but a bunch of dumb bullies? It's a bunch of thugs and tyrants and anti-Semites. I mean, the UN is the Star Wars bar scene, folks, it's nothing but a bunch of aliens up there -- and most of them are dictators and thugs and tyrants who exist for one reason, that's to oppress their own people and to steal money from our back pocket under any premise they can come up with, such as Kyoto. Yet here's Voinovich all worried about the bullies at the UN. What about the bully that is Barbara Boxer? What about the bully that is Harry Reid? What about the bullies in the Democratic Party and what they're saying about our president, and what about the impact that's having with our enemies and so-called friends at the UN around the world? I think Senator Voinovich ought to turn his fear of bullies to his own chamber and start asking himself and the Democrats just what their words and actions are doing to the US image around the world and how that's not helping at all, particularly when the Senate minority leader refers to the president as a loser to a bunch of school kids while the president is over in the former Soviet Bloc. "Oh, no we can't talk about that!" We must have comity in the Senate but we don't have to have comity with John Bolton. We can set out to destroy him and we can go to the Senate floor and we can cry about it. What about the message that sends to these people who are our enemies, Senator Voinovich? Talk about useful? The term useful idiot apply here? I mean, who's doing more damage to our foreign relations, Voinovich or the nomination of Bolton? Who's doing more damage to our foreign policy than the Democrats in the Senate constantly ripping this country, ripping this president in the midst of demonstrable foreign policy successes? I think these guys are looking at the wrong place. They're always looking at our enemies as our friends, except the Democrats -- there we must have comity, comity in the Senate. Tom in Dayton, Ohio. Hi, we'll go to the phones early today. Welcome to the program, sir.
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<br />CALLER: Hi, Rush. My point on the fine senator that represents us is that he's not crying because he's getting a couple of comments made or getting a couple of shots thrown at him. He's crying because there are people like myself that have sent e-mails to the senator telling him, "Hey, thanks for what you've done, but you know what? You just crossed the line here and you don't understand what conservatives are looking for out of Bolton, and we are no longer going to tolerate it out of our senators here in Ohio," and I pretty much sent him an e-mail telling him, "Thanks but I cannot vote for you no more." And my other concern with the senator is that he thinks we're going to send Bolton there, and the UN is going to resist him and not work with him. Well, what are the Democrats doing right now in the Senate? Is he afraid they're going to act like Democratic senators to him --
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<br />CALLER: -- and resist everything --
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<br />RUSH: Exactly. Exactly.
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<br />CALLER: -- that we are trying to accomplish?
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<br />RUSH: And what's happening with the UN now? We don't have anybody up there right now and supposedly they're not working with us then, either.
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<br />CALLER: I would like to know what was being done that was so good by previous people we sent to the UN that worked, because we've got --
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<br />RUSH: There's nothing -- you can't say under previous, you know, Madeleine Albright, there goes the oil-for-food scandal right under her nose. Those people have had their chance. Sir, I take exception with you on only one thing, and I realize everybody wants to get in on the act here. You think you made Voinovich cry, but I got the AP story here, doesn't say anything about you and your e-mail, only says conservative commentators. I made Voinovich cry. If you want to take partial credit, make you feel better, go ahead, but your e-mail is not mentioned in this story.
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<br />CALLER: You know what? I'm going to send whoever wrote that article a little e-mail myself because, you know what? As much as I appreciate you, Rush, what it is, it comes down to the people in the states, like myself, who do vote the conservative way, not because... Well, I guess I'll say this, because of one reason: We want to better our country; we want to have the chance to make sure that our children and our grandchildren have the right to vote and have the right --
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<br />RUSH: You know something? It's interesting you say that because that's part of the reason Voinovich said he opposes Bolton. He's worried about his children and grandchildren getting nuked if we send somebody that's too tough up there. He didn't say nuked but he's worried about war breaking out, terrible times and we don't need a bully up there that's just going to make it worse, that's what he thinks.
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<br />CALLER: I don't understand.
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<br />RUSH: I guess he's never seen a John Wayne movie he liked. He probably hates Dirty Harry, the Clinton Eastwood character. He hates people that get it down in law-and-order situations. Just despises them.
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<br />CALLER: To be honest with you, I look back and I see how important the state of Ohio was to getting President Bush reelected and then I see what my two senators doing now, acting more as... I can't even call them moderates. I have to actually say that they are becoming more of a Democratic way of voting, and I'm kind of ashamed and embarrassed that I voted for two conservatives that represent the state of the fine state of Ohio.
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<br />RUSH: Ah look, nobody is going to hold it against you, sir. You're not the total reason here. You were bamboozled like a lot of people. I mean, nobody before all this started thought that Voinovich or DeWine were going to be problems. They just got plucked from obscurity here to be made famous by joining the McCain 14 or what have you. We got more stories on that, by the way, too, as the program unfolds but, Tom, I gotta move on. Thanks much. (interruption) What? Can I make McCain cry? I don't know. No, McCain's not going to cry.
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<br />RUSH: On this Bolton business, the Democrats said that they will try to filibuster John Bolton if the Bush administration doesn't turn over two final sets of documents. This is Christopher Dodd from Connecticut. "'If the administration doesn't give us this information then I want a sixty vote requirement here so that senators can express their views on this issue of the documentation that we need.' Mr. Dodd said he actually supports an up-or-down vote on Bolton, but is being forced into a filibuster as a protest against the administration. Biden said, 'Did Bolton attempt to badger or change the views of intelligence officers relating to whether or not Syria had weapons of mass destruction at a critical juncture when you were all writing and we were asking, is Syria next?'" So filibustering Bolton.
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<br />Meanwhile, Bill Frist has made it plain what his strategery is. He said, "'We cannot stop with this single step of Priscilla Owen. We must give fair up-or-down votes to other previously blocked nominees.' The Senate's top Republican said that he would press for votes on the nominations of William Myers and Henry Saad, two of the president's selections who were not guaranteed final votes in the centrist deal." And about this, Lindsey Graham said no, no, no, no, I can't say that I would vote for the nuclear option, and those two, they weren't part of our original deal. Republican officials also said they expected Frist to push for votes on Brett Kavanaugh and William Haynes, so appears that Frist is going to bring everybody up, even those outside the so-called deal.
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MercuryNews.com | 05/27/2005 | Bush suffers setback on Bolton

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<br />WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a confirmation vote on John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, souring the bipartisan atmosphere set by an agreement earlier this week on judicial nominees.
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<br />The vote to advance Bolton's nomination to an immediate confirmation vote was 56-42 -- four short of the 60 votes that Bolton's Republican backers needed.
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<br />Democratic aides said that despite the vote, Bolton's nomination did not appear to be in jeopardy.
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<br />Democrats insisted they are trying to compel the administration to release additional documents about Bolton, an outspoken critic of the world body and a past proponent of go-it-alone U.S. foreign policy.
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<br />``I implore the administration to provide the information,'' said Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. ``We are willing to vote 10 minutes after we get back in session if in fact they provided the information.''
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<br />The vote came a day after the Senate overcame four years of Democratic delaying tactics to confirm Priscilla Owen of Texas as an appellate court judge. Owen was the first beneficiary of a new bipartisan agreement designed to limit the number of times Democrats used extended debate, or filibusters, to block judicial nominees.
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<br />The Bolton nomination was not part of that deal, but its timing made it a symbolic test of the week's bipartisan good will.
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<br />``The very first issue we turned to, we got what to me looks like a filibuster,'' said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. ``It certainly sounds like a filibuster. . . . It quacks like a filibuster. . . . What America has just seen is an engagement of another period of obstruction by the other side.''
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<br />White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the administration was pleased that Republicans would revisit the vote after the recess and criticized Democrats for the newest delay.
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<br />Overall, 57 senators voted to end the debate. But the official vote was 56-42 because Frist switched sides at the end so he could move to have it reconsidered when the Senate returns June 7.
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<br />``I think it was a very important day for the Senate because we need information on this nominee that we've been asking for for a very long time. We haven't gotten it yet,'' said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.
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<br />The material Democrats have sought for weeks involves Bolton's use of government intelligence on Syria, and instances in which he asked for names of fellow U.S. officials whose communications were secretly picked up by a spy agency.
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<br />A deal to turn over part of the information fell through earlier Thursday. Biden rejected an offer to see edited versions of the classified communications picked up by the National Security Agency that would not reveal the names of the U.S. officials.
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<br />Also at issue are Bolton's temper and management style, charges that he wanted intelligence analysts punished for disputing his views, his disparagement of the United Nations and his close identification with the Bush administration on a go-it-alone foreign policy.
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<br />Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said the charges against Bolton amounted to ``character assassination'' and a ``smoke screen'' by critics seeking an excuse to attack Bush's foreign policy.
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<br />He said Bolton's achievements, experience and blunt manner made him the right person to represent the United States and champion reforms at the scandal-scarred United Nations.
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<br />Bolton is the only Bush choice for a senior position whose name has been sent by a Senate committee to a floor vote without recommendation, the result of surprisingly strong objections to Bolton voiced not only by Democrats during Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings but also by Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio.
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I SAY LET BOLTON HAVE IT..WHY?

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Bushy wants Bolton. Condi wants Bolton. They say he is the right man for the job. I say, OK...
<br />let's let them have their choice, and sit back and watch the fun begin.
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<br />Bolton has a reputation as a bully, a hothead, and once said that the United Nations did not exist, as well as saying that elimination of the top ten floors of the UN would have no effect.
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<br />Bolton is a giant embarassment ready to happen, and when it happens, it will be an embarassment for the administration. It will point out that they are nominating people for political cronyism reasons, and NOT
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<br />So...I say...give 'em enough rope....let 'em have John Bolton for the UN...and let the humiliation begin~!
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CNN.com - Bush?nominates Bolton as U.N. ambassador - Mar 7, 2005

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<strong>"If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference," he said.</strong>
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AlterNet: The Armageddon Man

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<br />Bolton has long dismissed the legitimacy of the United Nations, a multilateral organization dedicated to "collective security that the United States played a key role in creating. A longtime activist with the Federalist Society, Bolton has used this right-wing association of lawyers, judges, and legal experts as a forum to lash out against the United Nations. In a 1994 speech at the liberal World Federalist Association, Bolton declared that "there is no such thing as the United Nations." To underscore his point, Bolton said. "If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost ten stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference."
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<br />Bolton has also made his stand with those who believe the U.S. government should stop its payments to the United Nations. "Many Republicans in Congress ? and perhaps a majority not only do not care about losing the General Assembly vote but actually see it as a 'make-my-day' outcome," Bolton said before joining the George W. Bush administration, "Indeed once the vote is lost ... this will simply provide further evidence to many why nothing should be paid to the U.N. system."
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<br />In a 1999 article in the Weekly Standard article titled "Kofi Annan's Power Grab," Bolton laid out the neoconservative position on U.S. military supremacy with respect to what the neocons regarded as the outdated U.N. Charter. Bolton took issue with Annan's description of the United Nations as "the sole source of legitimacy on the use of force." According to Bolton, "If the United States allows that claim to go unchallenged, its discretion in using force to advance its national interests is likely to be inhibited in the future." In mounting the challenge to Annan and the United Nations, Bolton also criticized President Clinton for "his implicit endorsement of the Annan doctrine" during his speech opening the General Assembly session that year.
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<br />In Bolton's view, Annan had put his own legitimacy at risk by expressing his concerns about the NATO bombing campaign over the former Yugoslavia. When visiting the war zone, Annan said: "Unless the Security Council is restored to its preeminent position as the sole source of legitimacy on the use of force, we are on a dangerous path to anarchy." Subsequently, in the secretary general's annual report to the UN membership, Annan wrote that "enforcement actions without Security Council authorization threaten the very core of the international security system. ... Only the [UN] Charter provides a universally legal basis for the use of force." Bolton wrote that these were "sweeping ? indeed, breathtaking ?assertions," although from a post-Iraq invasion perspective Annan's statements could be described as prophetic.
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<br />According to Bolton, "The implicit premise of the Annan doctrine ? that force is unimportant while 'international law' is practically everything ? is widely held in Europe, but is also popular here, particularly in the Clinton administration." Bolton warned that "if the Annan doctrine is left unanswered, we will soon hear about 'emerging new international norms' that will make it harder and harder for the United States to act independently in its own legitimate national interest. And we will wait in vain for our adversaries to follow those 'norms.'"
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<br />After the UN voted not to authorize the administration's planned invasion of Iraq, Bolton said the decision was "further evidence to many why nothing should be paid to the UN system." In the run up to the war, he ordered an intelligence probe of U.N. arms inspector Hans Blix, who headed the UNMOVIC inspection mission in Iraq, and Mohamed El Baradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Not pleased with El Baradei's lack of a strong stance against Iran, Bolton led a unsuccessful campaign to remove him from his post at the conclusion of his second term.
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<br />Bolton described his theory about the legitimacy of U.S. military actions in his 2003 speech to the Federalist Society. According to Bolton, if the U.S. follows its own constitutional procedures then there is no question about the legitimacy of any resulting U.S. actions abroad. In Bolton's view, "There's a fundamental problem of democratic theory for those who contend, implicitly or otherwise, that the proper operation of America's institutions of representative government are not able to confer legitimacy for the use of force."
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<br />"Make no mistake," said Bolton, "Not asserting that our constitutional procedures themselves confer legitimacy will result over time in the atrophying of our ability to act independently."
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BOLTON AND ROGERS SPOKE BEORFE THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY, WHAT IS IT?

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<a href="http://www.fed-soc.org/">Fed-Soc.org - The Federalist Society</a>
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<a href="http://www.fed-soc.org/ourpurpose.htm">http://www.fed-soc.org/ourpurpose.htm</a>
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