David D. Kirkpatrick and Scott Shane write in the New York Times: "Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that they had reached agreement with the White House on proposed bills to impose new oversight but allow wiretapping without warrants for up to 45 days.Once again, all the nonsense about Cheney having his wings clipped is just that, nonsense. I wonder what it costs to buy off Hagel and Snowe? Cheney is still quite powerful and active in running the government. His so-called "losses" like the McCain torture bill really weren't losses at all. And despite his recent problems, Deadeye Dick is still firmly in charge.
"The agreement, hashed out in weeks of negotiations between Vice President Dick Cheney and Republicans critical of the program, dashes Democratic hopes of starting a full committee investigation because the proposal won the support of Senators Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine. The two, both Republicans, had threatened to support a fuller inquiry if the White House did not disclose more about the program to Congress."
I'm a very lucky person with every allergy known to man but still happy to be enjoying a wonderful life living in the best place in the world!