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Reid
cnn.com

House Approves War Funds

The House has followed in the wake of the Senate, saying yes to $70 billion in funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Anti-war Democrats have had little success overcoming Republican filibusters and a publicity blitz meant to sell the “surge.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


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jwharrison.com

Kucinich Mourns Brother’s Death

The youngest brother of Dennis Kucinich was found dead on Wednesday. Foul play is not suspected. A Kucinich aide says the congressman “was very close to Perry and he’s taking this very hard.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


Putin
time.com

Putin Is Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

Time magazine has decided to celebrate “order before freedom,” as the newsweekly put it, with its “person of the year” selection, because “if Russia succeeds as a nation-state in the family of nations, it will owe much of that success to one man, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


huckabee
AP photo / Charlie Neibergall

Huckabee on the Rise

Just two weeks shy of the Iowa primary, the contest for the Republican presidential nomination has shifted into high gear, with former Arkansas governor (note to aspiring politicos: Arkansas is apparently not the worst place to cultivate presidential ambitions) Mike Huckabee rising quickly through GOP ranks to take the lead.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


Bush toasting
whitehouse.org

Senate Doles Out $70 Billion More for the Wars

Twenty-one Senate Democrats, Joe Lieberman and all but one Republican just approved $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Democrats had tried for weeks to tie funding for the wars to a withdrawal plan, but in the end the president got his way.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


White House Held Torture Tape Discussions

A new report by The New York Times suggests that the White House was a lot closer to those secret CIA torture tapes than has been previously suggested. “At least four top White House lawyers took part in discussions ... between 2003 and 2005 about whether to destroy videotapes,” according to the Gray Lady.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


Fed Steps Into Mortgage Mess

The term “subprime mortgage” has certainly been in heavy rotation in recent months, and economic panic has spread as a result of lenders playing fast and loose with their home-lending criteria, causing chaos in the mortgage market.  Enter the Federal Reserve to try to undo some of the damage and prevent a recurrence.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


FCC Sells Out

Despite opposition from Congress and the public, the FCC has decided it’s in the nation’s best interest to relax decades-old ownership rules that prohibit media giants from owning newspapers and broadcasts outlets in the same local market. The idea behind the old rules, crazy as it sounds, is that it’s probably not a good thing to get all of your information from the same place. The FCC’s three Republicans and America’s media conglomerates disagree.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


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dw-world.de

Judge Orders Hearing Over CIA Tape Scandal

U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy, who in June 2005 ordered the Bush administration to protect “all evidence and information regarding the torture, mistreatment and abuse of detainees” at Guantanamo Bay, has now ordered the administration to explain why it destroyed two videotapes of such treatment just five months later.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


Dodd
hoinews.com

Dodd Gears Up for FISA Filibuster

Sen. Chris Dodd is preparing to take to the Senate floor with a filibuster to thwart the legislative advancement of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act if it doesn’t include his proposed amendment, co-sponsored with Sen. Russ Feingold, that would prevent the Bush administration from retroactively letting big telecom companies off the hook for allowing the government to conduct warrantless surveillance on their networks.

Posted on Dec 17, 2007 READ MORE


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