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They were Democrats and Republicans who, for one day at least, left behind the bitter budget fight playing out in the capital to pay tribute on Sunday to Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, a Democrat, who died last Monday at 88 after serving in the Senate for five decades.
Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont snapped pictures here at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Senator Jon Tester of Montana held a silver trumpet, which he would use to play taps to close the service. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who thought Mr. Inouye was such a champion of her home state that she called him its third senator, was also there to pay respects.
And President Obama, seated in the first row, put his arm around his wife, Michelle, and talked with her softly as they waited for the coffin to be carried down the aisle.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2004—'Clash over Christmas"? Or "Clash in Fallujah'?:
|U.S. Marine infantrymen fought with insurgents in Fallujah on Thursday as warplanes and tanks bombarded guerrilla positions in the heaviest fighting here in weeks. The clashes raged as nearly 1,000 residents returned to the devastated city for the first time since U.S. troops drove out most of the militants last month. At least three Marines were killed in combat that underlined how far the city and surrounding area are from being tamed as the United States and its Iraqi allies try to bring quiet before national elections Jan. 30.
Yes, this is an actual story with an actual fucking point for us for Christmas.
We are governed by the lyingest, most incompetent, scummy bastards in the history of the nation. They don't have a clue as to what to do about this Iraq Debacle. We're in deep shit.
Happy Holidays and, don't forget, Merry Christmas to the Save Merry Christmas Committee.