Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Nancy, That Must Hurt

From the Congressional Quarterly mid-day report, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, taking a page from a playbook used by Senate Democrats last year, today tried but failed to force the House into closed session to review a National Intelligence Estimate on the worldwide terror threat in the wake of the war in Iraq.

The 171-217 vote against her motion came not long after President Bush said that he was ordering National Intelligence Director John D. Negroponte to declassify parts of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that do not disclose methods or sources. The document, prepared in April, represents an authoritative assessment by the entire U.S. intelligence community. Portions of it were reported over the weekend by the New York Times and other media organizations.

Nothing is sacred during election run-ups.

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