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The N.Y. Times’ Modest Proposal to the GOP

From one of today’s Times editorials: “Given the topics that have preoccupied Congress lately, one wonders why the Republicans don’t simply propose a catchall bill aimed at illegal gay liberal Mexican flag burners and be done with it.”
Why not indeed?

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


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House Votes to Cut Estate Taxes

After the GOP-controlled Congress rejected an increase in the minimum wage, House lawmakers have now voted to exempt the heirs of millionaires from having to pay taxes on their inherited wealth.

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


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From koce.org

Even Scalia Opposes Flag-Burning Amendment

The arch-conservative Supreme Court justice is quoted in this Jonathan Alter column as saying that banning flag-burning would “[dilute] the very freedom that makes this emblem so revered.?
Mr. President, when you find yourself to the right of Antonin Scalia, you’ve crossed over into crazy town.

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


Paper Publishes New Details of Insurgency Amnesty Deal

The Times (U.K.) reports that the Iraqi government is ready to announce a sweeping peace plan that includes amnesty for legitimate resistance fighters. Under the plan, there would be a U.N.-approved timeline for withdrawal of foreign troops; a halt to U.S. operations against insurgents; and compensation for attack victims….

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


Ralph Reed Knee-Deep in Influence-Peddling Scheme

A bipartisan Senate report detailed more than $5.3 million in payments to the former director of the Christian Coalition (who’s now running for Lt. Gov. in Georgia), aimed at helping now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s Indian clients block the casinos of other Indian tribes….

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


Swift and the CIA
Swift: swift.org / CIA: fas.org

Feds Secretly Reviewed Bank Data to Fight Terror

Under a post 9/11 Bush administration program, CIA agents officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database called SWIFT, examining banking transactions involving thousands of Americans without specific warrants in each case. (This program is working in parallel with the NSA’s warrantless eavesdropping system)

  • The N.Y. Times has the scoop
  • The Washington Post has government officials confirming the story
  •  

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart
    From the Washington Post

    Jon Stewart, Enemy of Democracy?

    Remember when Jon Stewart famously told the “Crossfire” boys that they were “hurting America”? Well, now two political scientists are saying the same thing about Stewart. In a study, students who watched “The Daily Show” developed cynical attitudes about politics, the news media and the electoral system.
    Actually, more cynicism and skepticism would be helpful in the age of Bush and his Lies. But if, as the study suggests, “The Daily Show”  turns young people off from voting, we can’t be happy about that.

     

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Mosque Bomb
    AP / Assad Muhsin

    State of Emergency Declared in Baghdad

    The Iraqi government ordered everyone off the streets of the Iraqi capital after insurgents set up roadblocks in central Baghdad and opened fire on U.S. and Iraqi troops outside the Green Zone. Dozens of deaths were reported around the country in this one day alone.

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Paul Pillar
    From PBS

    CIA Veteran: White House Was Subtle in Twisting Analysts’ Arms

    The CIA’s former top man in the Middle East and South Asia says in a PBS interview that Americans shouldn’t be persuaded by official reports that prewar intelligence on Iraq wasn’t politicized; twisting the arms of analysts may not have been official policy but it happened nonetheless.

    Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Penalty for Ghana against America
    AP / Anja Niedringhaus

    U.S. Penalty Leads to Elimination in World Cup

    America fell 2-1 to Ghana, ending U.S. hopes of advancing in the competition. The game was tied 1-1 until an American defender pushed a Ghanaian player near the penalty area—which triggered a penalty kick that won the game for Ghana.

    Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


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