“Hollywood” Obama vs Reformer McCain

I found a couple of old videos that turned out to be interesting.  The first one is self explainatory the second one you cna see Obama reference his tiff with John McCain right after he announces he is an “Actor” going for an emmy.

CBS 2 Chicago

McCain Criticizes Obama On Lobbying Ethics

Obama Finds McCain’s Accusation Puzzling

WASHINGTON (AP) ― Republican Sen. John McCain on Monday accused his Democratic colleague Barack Obama of “partisan posturing” on the issue of lobbying ethics reform — a charge Obama called puzzling and regrettable.

The exchange, made in letters between the pair, was the latest sign of trouble as the two parties try to come up with legislation governing relations with lobbyists.

Based on past Obama statements, “I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable,” McCain, R.-Ariz., wrote in a letter to Obama, D-Ill., Monday. “Thank you for disabusing me of such notions.”

Obama responded in a letter later Monday that he had “no idea what … prompted” McCain to strike out like that.

“The fact that you have now questioned my sincerity … is regrettable but does not in any way diminish my deep respect for you nor my willingness to find a bipartisan solution to this problem,” Obama wrote.

McCain was responding to an earlier Obama letter in which the freshman Democrat last week thanked McCain for including him in bipartisan talks on lobbying reform but expressed some differences in approach to the issue spurred by recent lobbying scandals.

McCain, long a backer of legislation to reduce the influence of big money and special interests in lawmaking, is sponsoring a bill that would require lobbyists to disclose more information on their activities, including the gifts they give lawmakers, double to two years the waiting period before a lawmaker can take a job as a lobbyist and require members to pay charter rates when they travel on corporate jets.

Obama, in last week’s letter, promoted a bill backed by House and Senate Democrats that would take similar action on members becoming lobbyists, disclosure and corporate jets. It also bans gifts, meals from lobbyists or organizations that employ lobbyists and creates a new office of public integrity in the House to monitor compliance of lobbying rules.

Obama also questioned the effectiveness of McCain’s proposal to set up a task force to further study the lobbying ethics issue.

Aides to McCain confirmed that McCain saw Obama’s first letter as partisan. “I’m embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble,” McCain wrote.

“During my short time in the U.S. Senate,” Obama responded Monday, “one of the aspects about this institution that I have come to value most is the collegiality and the willingness to put aside partisan differences to work on issues that help the American people. It was in this spirit that I approached you to work on ethics reform, and it was in this spirit that I agreed to attend your bipartisan meeting last week.”

The guilty plea by former lobbyist Jack Abramoff early this year to various felony charges involving his attempts to influence Congress touched off numerous efforts by Republicans and Democrats to move legislation tightening up restrictions on interactions with lobbyists.

But initial promises by the two parties to work together have been hard to keep, with Republicans irritated by Democratic attempts to link the lobbying issue to what they call a Republican “culture of corruption.”

Attempts by the House Republican leadership to craft a Republican bill have also met resistance from some in the GOP rank-and-file who say a total ban on gifts and privately financed travel is an overreaction to the problem.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Bill Frist has asked the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to vote on a bill the week of Feb. 27. The top Democrat on that panel, Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, is a cosponsor of the McCain bill.

Charlie Rangel out as Ways and Means and Chair ?

Rangel Meeting Pelosi Tonight, Source Says
By Glenn Thrush

(The Politico) Embattled Charlie Rangel will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss ethics issues stemming from his messy personal finances and his failure to disclose income from a Dominican beach rental property, says a source close to the Rangel.

So far, the Harlem Democrat has rebuffed calls to step down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, possibly a temporary move until a House ethics probe is completed.

UPDATE: Rangel will meet the speaker at around 5 p.m. in the Capitol — and will address a group of a Ways and Means Democrats afterwards, which some Democrats are interpreting the second meeting as a sign he will announce a change in his status.

Other people familiar close to Rangel say he has no intention of stepping down

TROPHY AFV Protection defense system

DEFENSECOM

The Trophy Active Defense System (ADS) was developed by RAFAEL under an Israel Defense Research & Development Directorate (DRDD) support, aiming to provide armored vehicles with a new level of protection against most current anti-tank threats. RAFAEL cooperated with IAI/Elta and has signed a marketing agreement with General Dynamics, offering the system to US and other armies worldwide. GD planned to introduce the system with every new and existing combat vehicle it produces, including Stryker, M-1A2 and FCS. According to GD officials, the system can be adapted to US requirements and enter production within two years. through hundreds of live firing tests with the Israel Defense Forces and abroad, where the system demonstrated effective neutralization of anti-tank rockets and guided missiles, high safety levels, insignificant residual penetration and minimal collateral damage. By mid 2007, Trophy was selected to equip the Israeli Merkava Mk4 main battle tanks, and it is also a candidate for integration into the Namer, the future Merkava based Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The system is also considered to become part of the protection suite of future light armored vehicle (such as the Stryker) when these become operational with the Israeli Army.

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