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Oprah Winfrey to host Fundraiser for Barack Obama at her Santa Barbara Estate

Oprah Winfrey to host Fundraiser for Barack Obama at her Santa Barbara Estate

O magazine - Oprah Winfrey

[Best Syndication] Oprah Winfrey will be supporting presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, by hosting a four-star fundraiser at her Santa Barbara estate on September 8th. Barack Obama is also from Chicago.

Invites have been sent out via email to the celebrities and the wealthy on Tuesday morning. This is making everyone talk with the alliance of Oprah Winfrey supporting Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election.

The email said that it will be "the most exciting Barack Obama event of the year anywhere."

With Oprah Winfrey behind it, I am sure it will be quite spectacular. Prices at the door cost $2,300 which is the most allowable dollar amount that was set by federal campaign laws. There will be a VIP reception that will allow you to mingle with celebrities at a cost of $25,000. And if want to stay for dinner it will cost $50,000.

President Signs Executive Order Concerning Torture – Waterboarding And Other Techniques Classified – Geneva Convention Violation

President Signs Executive Order Concerning Torture – Waterboarding And Other Techniques Classified – Geneva Convention Violation

President Signs Bill Oct 2006

(Best Syndication) On Friday the President signed an Executive Order that helps interrogators determine what is cruel or inhumane. The order provides language for interrogators to interpret for the United States "Common Article 3" of the Geneva Conventions, as authorized in the Military Commissions Act. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detainee program has been in limbo since the Supreme Court ruled last year that terror suspects receive treatment specified under the Geneva Convention (see background information below for more details).

The use of waterboarding and some other techniques have been criticized by human rights organizations. While parts of the executive order are classified, there are already questions being raised. When asked whether waterboarding would be allowed, a senior intelligence official declined to provide any specifics.

Senators Lugar And Warner Call For Change Before September – Amendment Calls For Plan Drawdown Of Forces After Petraeus Review

Senators Lugar And Warner Call For Change Before September – Amendment Calls For Plan Drawdown Of Forces After Petraeus Review

Senator Warner

(Best Syndication) While Democrats are scrambling to promote their own legislation to change the path in Iraq, two leading Republican Senators called for President Bush to seek a new war authorization and present a plan to Congress by Oct. 16. Both Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana and John W. Warner of Virginia want to see a contingency plan for Iraq that would include reducing American forces which should begin by the end of the year.

Senator Lugar said in a prepared statement on the senate floor Friday “Mr. President, I rise to commend the Warner-Lugar amendment to the Senate. I thank my long-time colleague and good friend John Warner for his graciousness and insight during the drafting of this amendment.” The senator has previously said that our success in Iraq should not be dependant on the Iraqi government making political accommodations with the Sunni minority.

Bush Approval Rating Only 29 Percent – More Want Impeachment Than For Clinton – Harry Truman Carter and Nixon Also Low

Bush Approval Rating Only 29 Percent – More Want Impeachment Than For Clinton – Harry Truman Carter and Nixon Also Low

Bush and Clinton

(Best Syndication) While Republican Senators scramble to separate themselves from the President on the war, Bush’s approval rating reaches an all time low of 29 percent. A new USA Today/Gallup Poll found that more people want President Bush impeached than wanted President Clinton impeached. According to the poll, 32 percent support an impeachment for Bush compared to about 25 percent for Clinton.

Even with this low approval rating, most Americans want Congress to wait until General Petraeus presents his assessment of the troop surge in September before developing a new war strategy. According to the poll, 55% say Congress should wait and 40% say Congress should act now.

Senator Snowe of Maine Says Iraq Troop Surge Is Not Working – Joins Other Republicans Calling For Change In Strategy

Senator Snowe of Maine Says Iraq Troop Surge Is Not Working – Joins Other Republicans Calling For Change In Strategy

Snowe

(Best Syndication) US Senator from Maine, Olympia J. Snowe said Monday that she believes the surge has not worked. Although the President asked Senators to hold off judgment until after the results of the troop surge were announced in September, several longtime Republican war supporters have issued statements that they favor a change in strategy now.

Snowe said “The tide is turning” against the war. New Mexico Republican Senator Pete Domenici told his constituents just last Thursday that he endorses the conclusions reached by the Iraq Study Group. Just days before Domenici’s announcement, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar called for a change.

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