"We share in the Court's frustration at what Judge Robertson described as 'the glacially slow pace of the FEC' in its enforcement actions. Even though today's motion to force the FEC to act quickly with respect to the 527 organizations was denied, our case is still pending before the Court and the FEC must file a response by November 1, 2004. We are grateful that Judge Robertson recognized the importance of the matter before him by ruling from the bench today, and making clear that we now have the opportunity to appeal his decision on an emergency basis. We are evaluating this option."
"President Bush believes that all of the illegal activities by these soft money groups should stop. We will continue to pursue all options that will help us achieve that goal."
Politics and the movies:
The Los Angeles Times' Elaine Dutka looks at the "anti-'Fahrenheit 9/11'": "Celsius 41.11," brought to you courtesy of "writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, one of Hollywood's most vocal Republicans" and Citizens United. LINK
"Made over several weeks on a $900,000 budget, 'Celsius 41.11' is scheduled to premiere Sept. 28 at a Washington theater. The title of the movie alludes to the temperature at which the brain deteriorates from heat — in this case, from Moore's left-wing rhetoric," said Chetwynd. Filmmakers say the piece contrasts the positions of Bush and Kerry, and features interviews with "Republican actor-politician Fred Thompson, journalists Fred Barnes and Charles Krauthammer, film critic Michael Medved and terrorism expert Mansoor Ijaz, among others. No contact was made with the White House, the filmmakers said."
Who needs political ads, rallies, and town-hall meetings when you have a ragin' Congress on C-SPAN? Richard Simon of the Los Angeles Times writes, "The Republican-controlled House and Senate have begun taking up bills, not with any expectation they will become law, but with the intention of stoking the presidential campaign and energizing the party's political base."LINK
The New York Times looks at the political resurrection of Marion Barry, a candidate whose own pastor endorsed his major opponent. LINK
The Washington Post editorial board seems confounded by DC voters' choices. LINK
Little boys (and big boys, for that matter) everywhere would be devastated to know that even The Terminator, the Governor of California, could not break through the California flight delays the other day. LINK
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