Discussion Groups Launch

We've launched two discussion groups -- The Carpool and Trendspotter & Co. We hope the first will help Washington area commuters get from point A to point B safely, and as quickly as possible. We look for the second to offer fashion advice and useful shopping tips to those in need of either.

Washington Post Assistant Virginia Editor Steven Ginsberg will moderate The Carpool by offering quick takes on commuter issues and posing questions for group participants three to five times a week. Suzanne D'Amato, The Post's Sunday Source fashion editor, will host Trendspotter and Co.

Both expect washingtonpost.com readers to do most of the heavy lifting by contributing ideas and advice to the group discussion threads.

"We know what you're going through," says Ginsberg. "Together, maybe, just maybe, we'll make some sense out of commuting in modern day Washington."

D'Amato encourages readers to debate what will be in fashion this spring, "gossip about which celebs are getting it right (and wrong) on the red carpet, share your tips on new local stores, or talk about which boutique's snooty service needs a makeover."

The Carpool and Trendspotter & Co. are the first of a number of moderated discussions that washingtonpost.com will launch over the next few weeks. Please email us with your comments and suggestions.

-- Theresa Newhard, Comments and Groups Producer

By Theresa Newhard |  May 7, 2007; 7:15 PM ET  | Category:  Content
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I appreciate your comment but I went through the same thing and found a great attorney named John Hermina who was willing to fight for the underdoge. Through my research, I learned that John Hermina made a life out of helping the oppressed and the weak. John Hermina has been practicing law for about 20 years. He has taken on the establishment and has paid for it dearly. John Hermina continues to work with his brother George Hermina and many non-profit organizations. I think we should encourage this type of behavior by letting people know how great it is to have an attorney like John Hermina.

Posted by: Patel | May 12, 2007 10:53 PM

The primacy of the Congress is absolute in our constitutional democracy, certainly in regard to control of money, as required very specifically by our constitution. Not a penny can be spent by our national government without authorization by a majority of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

A majority of the current House and the Senate, as elected/directed by voters last fall, have acted in recent weeks to set deadlines for the use of military funding in the misbegotten war in Iraq. They need do no more on that matter. This is how Richard Millhouse Nixon was forced to end another misbegotten war, in Viet Nam a generation ago.

If George Bush refuses to sign the supplemental appropriation bill which, perhaps too generously, provides full current funding for our military, the further blood shed in Iraq will be on his hands, not on congress. Congress may not, at least until even more citizens are outraged, be up to holding hearings to investigate all the high crimes and misdemeanors of Bush and Cheney. But under the current circumstances the congress is fully entitled, even obligated, to cut other funds. The obstreperous, petulant, lying little child in the big Oval Office chair cries out to be disciplined. Congress otherwise is an enabler of bad behavior by this addict to power, a zealot who many say only attained power by electoral fraud.

This misbehaving adolescent can be, should be, grounded. No funds for Air Force One, no helicopters, limousine caravans, water, or electricity. He can leave the White House and run as far as he wants for exercise. He can even obtain pocket money for food other than bread and water or other purposes from anyone, foreign or domestic, but without congressional authorization not a dime from the congress of the United States.

The whole world is watching as the super power who claims to teach the world about democracy fouls its own nest, and all else.

Posted by: Bob K. Bogen | May 24, 2007 11:39 AM

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