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“The Real Victims of Fox News…”

...weren’t the liberals it attacked but the conservatives who believed it,” writes Nicholas Kristof at the N.Y. Times. “Be very wary of Mr. Bush’s effort to tame the press. Watchdogs can be mean, dumb and obnoxious, but it would be even more dangerous to trade them in for lap dogs.”

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National Journal: Bush ‘Directed’ Cheney to Discredit Joe Wilson

The president told federal investigators that he ordered Vice President Cheney to personally lead an effort to counter the allegations made by former Ambassador Joe Wilson that the White House had misrepresented intelligence to make the case to go to war with Iraq, according to people familiar with Bush’s statement, as quoted by Murray Waas of the National Journal.

  • If this story is correct, this not only links Bush with the CIA leak case, it puts him squarely at its helm.

  • Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Ex-G.I. Charged in Slayings of 4 and Rape in Iraq

    The 21-year-old former Army private first class was recently discharged because of a “personality disorder.” Four other members of his former platoon are also implicated in the killing of the Iraqis and are being held at a U.S. base in Iraq.

    Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


    While the GOP Frets Over Nonexistent Flag Burning…

    A brutal dictator in North Korea threatens our country with an “annihilating strike and a nuclear war” in response to America’s rhetoric over N. Korea’s possible missile launch (which was probably a hoax anyway).

  • Keep in mind that Sen. Orrin Hatch said that passing the flag-burning amendment was “the most important thing the Senate could be doing.” Good to know the Republicans really have their eye on the ball.

    Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


  • McCain’s New Bosom Buddies: First Falwell, Now Bush

    In his likely bid for the White House, John McCain has not only embraced Jerry Falwell, the man he once called an “agent of intolerance,” but he’s now getting buddy-buddy with the man whose campaign spread a malicious rumor during the 2000 race that McCain had fathered an illegitimate child.

    Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Expert Finds That Coulter Plagiarized

    Even the conservative New York Post is running an article on Ann Coulter’s plagiarism in her new book.

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Sy Hersh: Military Reeling Over Bush’s Iran Plans

    The inestimable Seymour Hersh delivers another can’t-miss update on Bush & Co.‘s plans to strike Iran. Hersh points out that even more so than about Iraq, we are clueless about Iran’s capabilities, and many military planners are seething that the White House is taking Iran’s nuclear capabilites for granted.

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  • Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Jimmy Carter: We Need Fewer Secrets

    The former president bemoans the current White House’s obsession with secrecy: “Increasingly, developed and developing nations are recognizing that a free flow of information is fundamental for democracy.”

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Study: Money Does Not Buy Much Happiness

    According to a new study, not only does a higher income not make you much happier, but people with higher incomes tend to be tenser and spend less time on simple leisure activities.

  • The Washingon Post has more.

  • Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Feinstein: I Wasn’t Briefed Beforehand on Bank Program

    The White House says it briefed Congress on its bank records collection program long ago, but Senate Intelligence Committee member Diane Feinstein says she was briefed only after it became clear that the N.Y. Times was going to run its story on the program.

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


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