Rep. Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania, formerly one of the most hawkish Democrats in Congress, met on Jan. 5 with representatives of the militant antiwar organization, Code Pink.
Murtha, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, has moved deeper into the antiwar protest movement over the past two months since advocating removal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Code Pink, at a mock war crimes tribunal in Istanbul June 27, signed a declaration that the Iraqi insurgency "deserved the support of people everywhere who care for justice and freedom." The document also rejected as illegitimate any democratic government left behind in Iraq.
Code Pink's website currently shows Murtha with his arms around Gael Murphy, the organization's co-founder, and Allison Yorra, its Washington coordinator. Murphy was one of the protesters arrested for disrupting the 2004 Republican National Convention.
BUSH'S BIG GIVERS
Republican "Regents," credited with contributing or raising at least $250,000 each for George W. Bush's re-election, traveled Thursday to Palm Beach, Fla., for a cocktail party and to listen to a private speech by the president.
Besides getting a chance to rub elbows with Bush for a few moments, the Regents were able to drink and eat hors d'oeuvres at the $70 million mansion of Republican national finance chairman Dwight Schar. He last year purchased Casa Apava, an estate at 1300 South Ocean Boulevard.
However, the Regents were not offered an overnight stay at Schar's mansion. A block of rooms to be paid for by each at $440 a night was set aside at The Colony, a ritzy Palm Beach hotel (though presumably each could have upgraded to a $650 suite).