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December 17th, 2007
04:52 PM ET

Investigating destroyed CIA tapes?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Bush doesn't want Congress and the courts investigating those destroyed CIA videotapes of detainee interrogations. What a surprise.

Nonetheless, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee is pledging to move forward with his panel's probe. Congressman Peter Hoekstra says it's important to hold the CIA accountable, adding, "You've got a community that's incompetent. They are arrogant. And they are political."

On Friday, the CIA asked the Intelligence Committee to halt its investigation, saying that inquiry would interfere with an ongoing probe by the Justice Department in collaboration with the CIA.

This after Attorney General Michael Mukasey rejected demands from Congress for information about the Justice Department's inquiry. He said turning over the information might be seen as bowing to "political influence."

Democratic Congresswoman Jane Harman agrees with Hoekstra that congressional inquiries should continue. She says parallel investigations have happened many times, adding, "It smells like the cover-up of the cover-up."

And, it's not just about Congress. The Justice Department is also telling a federal judge not to start his own inquiry. U.S District Judge Henry Kennedy had ordered the administration back in June 2005 to preserve evidence regarding detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. But the administration insists the CIA tapes weren't covered by that order because the detainees weren't being held at Gitmo. They were being held at a secret CIA prison overseas.

Here’s my question to you: Why would the Bush administration ask the courts and Congress to stay out of investigating those destroyed CIA tapes?

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December 17th, 2007
04:34 PM ET

Endorsing John McCain?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John McCain is on a roll, at least when it comes to endorsements for his presidential campaign.

Senator Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, backed McCain today, saying political parties are "not more important than what's best for our country." Lieberman, who was Democrat Al Gore's running mate in 2000, says you can always count on McCain to be honest about where he stands. He also praised McCain's "experience, strength, decisiveness" and readiness to lead the nation.

A recent poll shows McCain tied for second place in New Hampshire, so there's a hope that Lieberman could have some influence with independents in the Granite State, but maybe not. Last time around Lieberman couldn't even win the primary in his home state of Connecticut despite being an incumbent Unites States senator. He ended up running for reelection as an independent.

McCain was also endorsed by the editorial boards of the Des Moines Register and the Boston Globe. The Register wrote, "The force of John McCain's moral authority could go a long way toward restoring Americans' trust in government." And, the Boston Globe passed over their own former governor, Mitt Romney, saying that while McCain's views might differ from theirs, his "honesty has served him well." How important newspaper endorsements are these days is very much an open question.

Here’s my question to you: How much will endorsements from Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Des Moines Register and the Boston Globe help John McCain’s campaign?

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Filed under: Elections • John McCain
December 17th, 2007
01:51 PM ET

Ron Paul’s “money bomb”?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"Ron Paul becomes the $6 million man."

That's the headline on The Politico about the Republican presidential candidate's astounding fund-raising accomplishment yesterday.

Paul did it again - raising more than $6 million online in a single day. That follows a fund-raiser last month that brought in about $4.2 million in a single day. The campaign says it’s raised more than $18 million this quarter. This could very well mean Paul will outraise his Republican rivals for the 4th quarter and be able to fund a presence in a lot of the states voting on February 5th.

Ron Paul has the kind of grass roots organization politicians dream about. In addition to his phenomenal fund-raising abilities, mostly among small individual campaign contributors, he has a devoted following that in any given moment can almost overpower the Internet.

Any time we mention Ron Paul's name on the Situation Room, his supporters immediately begin writing into us in droves. They're fanatic in their devotion to him and very appreciative of any mentions we have ever given him. It's a phenomenon unique to Dr. Paul. We talk about all the candidates all the time but we never get a response to any of the rest of them like we get to Ron Paul.

Nevertheless, most consider him a distant long-shot and he's stuck in the single digits in most national polls.

Here’s my question to you: If Ron Paul can raise more than $6 million in one day, how come he’s not higher in the polls?

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Filed under: Elections • Ron Paul