I for one am Glad that John Kerry has picked John Edwards as his running mate. Edwards is a “future leader of America” and some day may make a fine President in his own right. And the two together represent the mainstream of the American Democratic Party. The right-wing can call them “liberals” but they both represent the best of the liberal tradition inherited from FD Roosevelt. One that looks out for the little guy as much as it does for Enron or Halliburton.

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I might not have noticed this one had it not been for reading the “Op-Eds” of the Washington Post and reading an article by Joan A. Lukey about it, called “At the Court, Inflating the White House’s Power on Sunday, July 4, 2004; Page B02

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25004-2004Jul3.html.

This decision, after all the hoopla leading up to it, was practically ignored by the media. As Joan A. Lukey writes:

“The high court clearly disagreed. In one quiet little line, on the 20th page of a 21-page majority opinion, the seven justices in the majority undid decades of evolving doctrine with this: “[the Court of Appeals] labored under the mistaken assumption that the assertion of executive privilege is a necessary precondition to the Government’s separation-of-powers objections.” Translation: The administration need not invoke a doctrine that would subject the decision to withhold information to judicial review, even regarding matters of domestic policy.

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Happy Birthday America!!!