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James A. Baker III


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Third-Party Descriptions

December 2008: "leaders of a commission that has proposed revamping the legal process for launching military action, to require more consultation between a president and Congress....two former secretaries of state, James A. Baker III, a Republican, and Warren Christopher, a Democrat. (Mr. Baker and Mr. Christopher actually once waged political war against each other, leading the legal teams for George W. Bush and Al Gore during the recount following the 2000 election.)"

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/12/us/politics/11web-baker.html

July 2008: 'The current War Powers Resolution is "ineffective, and it should be repealed and it should be replaced," James Baker said in a joint appearance with Warren Christopher, announcing the results of the study they led.'

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/08/war.powers/index.html

August 2002: Born 1930. Treasury Secretary under President Reagan, Secretary of State under President George Herbert Walker Bush. http://www.rice.edu/projects/baker/

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Commission on Federal Election Reform (CFER) Organization Jan 10, 2009
Cooperation (past or present) James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Organization Nov 3, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) Princeton University Organization
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Rice University Organization
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) State Department/Department of State (DOS) Organization
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Treasury Department/Department of the Treasury Organization
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) U.S. Marine Corps ("Marines") Organization
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Texas - Austin Organization
Cooperation (past or present) Colleague/Co-worker of (past or present) President James "Jimmy" Earl Carter Person Jan 10, 2009
Cooperation (past or present) Opponent (past or present) Warren M. Christopher Esq. Person Dec 12, 2008
Advised by (past or present) Robert B. Zoellick Esq., MPP Person May 7, 2006

Articles and Resources

Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
Dec 12, 2008 Obama to Hear Panel on Changes to War Powers Act

QUOTE: Mr. Obama met Thursday with the leaders of a commission that has proposed revamping the legal process for launching military action, to require more consultation between a president and Congress. The proposal would scrap the problematic War Powers Act of 1973, a measure passed in the hangover from Vietnam to give Congress more say in committing troops to the battlefield but largely honored in the breach ever since...

New York Times
Jul 08, 2008 War Powers Act needs fixing, bipartisan panel says

QUOTE: The United States needs a new law requiring that the president consult with Congress before going to war, a blue-ribbon panel led by two former secretaries of state said Tuesday. The current War Powers Resolution is "ineffective, and it should be repealed and it should be replaced," James Baker said in a joint appearance with Warren Christopher, announcing the results of the study they led.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 03, 2008 A Clearer Picture on Voter ID

QUOTE: Supporters of [the voter ID] policy argue that...election fraud will be reduced. Opponents of an ID requirement fear it will disenfranchise voters, especially the poor, members of minority groups and the elderly, who are less likely than other voters to have suitable identification.

New York Times
Mar 20, 2007 Lax Oversight Cited in Texas Refinery Blast

QUOTE: Concluding its investigation of the disaster, which sent 43,000 people fleeing to indoor shelters and caused more than $1.5 billion in financial losses, the United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board found that safety measures at the plant repeatedly fell victim to cost-cutting — even after 23 accidental deaths at the plant in 30 years of other accidents preceding the explosion on March 23, 2005.

New York Times
Jul 13, 2004 Leaked Salary List Shows Bush's Highest-Paid Staff Is Mostly Male

QUOTE: ...of the 17 White House staffers earning $157,000 -- the top of the pay scale this year -- 12 are men.

Washington Post
Aug 27, 2002 Cheney Says Peril of a Nuclear Iraq Justifies an Attack

QUOTE: Vice President Dick Cheney today presented the administration's most forceful and comprehensive rationale yet for attacking Iraq, warning that Saddam Hussein would "fairly soon" have nuclear weapons.

New York Times