White House Puts Limits on Queries From Democrats (washingtonpost.com):Basically, rather than answering embarassing questions from the Democrats, they've decided to give the committee chairmen (all Republicans, of course) the power to decide what questions get asked. Jeebus, this is looking more and more like the way the Communist Party ran Russia every day.
"The Bush White House, irritated by pesky questions from congressional Democrats about how the administration is using taxpayer money, has developed an efficient solution: It will not entertain any more questions from opposition lawmakers.
The decision -- one that Democrats and scholars said is highly unusual -- was announced in an e-mail sent Wednesday to the staff of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. House committee Democrats had just asked for information about how much the White House spent making and installing the 'Mission Accomplished' banner for President Bush's May 1 speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln."