Here are a few tidbits to chew on over lunch.  Enjoy!

Bob Geiger has a great round-up of the Senate committee schedule for this week.  Very interesting stuff – read the whole listing.

— There will be two hearings in the House today on the situation at Walter Reed, and at other VA facilities across the country.  The WaPo says it isn't just Walter Reed.  I'm sensing that these hearings are going to be testy, and will be worth the watching.  And could this be the face of the new "Heckuva job, Brownie?"  Don't know about you all, but I'm sensing that Rove might be looking for a VA scapegoat and if I were Jim Nicholson, I'd be watching my back.  C-Span has been running the hearings live this morning.

— Never thought I would say this in a million years, but I agree with Al D'Amato.  (Oh lordy, that hurt.)  The whole Bush Administration religion nanny state enforcement has got to stop — we could put these reseources to much, much better use elsewhere and, frankly, we could figure out a way to make that revenue work toward lowering the ballooning deficit.  Plus, when you look at the totality of issues facing this country at the moment, soem guy wanting to play poker in his own home while wearing his jammies?  Not exatly at the top of the enforcement list for me.  How about you? 

— From the Department of I'm Not Even Remotely Surprised, the Bush Administration has no "plan B" for Iraq.   None.  Nada.  Zip.  Taylor has some thoughts on Lindsey Graham's "positively bursting with propaganda" weekend gabfest appearance.

— Another edition of why I love Roger Ailes (the good one).

Wolcott unleashes a fabu zinger:  Annie Oafley.  Just when you thought that Ann Coulter could not possibly make more of an ass of herself, she opens her mouth.  More here, here and here.

Digby puts history in perspective for some folks in the media who clearly have no sense of it.  Here's a clue:  bad policies, bad results, bad Republicans.  Get the picture?

What is catching your eye today?  Do share a link in the comments.

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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