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Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson Out-Debates O’Reilly

Those of you who only know him from his shock-rock act (or have only seen pictures) may not know that Marilyn Manson is extremely well-spoken and intelligent; and it’s all on display in this clip as he out-spars Bill O’Reilly on issues of sex and violence.

Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


Bill Kristol
From ThinkProgress

Kristol: Lamont Victory a Win for the Terrorists

We usually don’t link to people so inveterately immune to things like evidence and actual expert opinion, but if you really want to see delusion in the flesh, check out Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol talking about how Ned Lamont’s victory helped the terrorists.

Posted on Aug 13, 2006 READ MORE


Palestinian Authority Officially Recognized—by AT&T

Calls made to the Palestinian territories will carry their own designation, rather than appearing on AT&T bills as calls to Israel.

Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


Stalinesque Terror Detainee Bill Proposed by Bush

From the AP: “U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration.”

  • This is apparently an attempted end run around the Supreme Court’s Hamdan decision, which barred Bush’s military tribunals.

  • Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Hilton sisters
    From images.blackeyedpeas.com

    Sprinkling the Poor, Showering the Rich

    House Republicans tacked a cut in estate taxes onto a bill to raise the minimum wage. Yeah, you read that correctly: The economically distressed would get an additional $2.10 an hour, whereas the Walton kids and the Hilton sisters would get untold millions.
    Must be that compassionate conservatism we’ve heard so much about.

    Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Campaign Finance Effort Resumes, Without McCain

    The Arizona senator has withdrawn his co-sponsorship of a public financing bill that he and Sen. Russ Feingold (along with two House reps) had long championed. People close to the situation say McCain dropped his support because he is likely to run for president and may end up not abiding by public financing rules.
    We’ve known for some time that McCain has been doing all sorts of unseemly things in an attempt to lock up the nomination.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Networking Sites, Chat Rooms Face Banishment

    In an effort to combat sexual predators’ use of social networking websites, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would effectively make sites like Amazon and MySpace inaccessible at public spaces.
    This is well-intentioned but horribly executed. Let’s hope the worse-than-“Do Nothing” Senate can keep this one from becoming law.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Run Bill Moyers for President, Seriously

    “Think about the potential Democratic candidates. Every single one of them needs spine, needs political courage. What Moyers can do is not only show them what it looks like and indeed what it is, but also how people respond to it.”

    Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: Who’s Showing Black Youth the Path to Responsibility?

    Even as the notion of responsibility becomes less and less relevant among black American youths, people like Bill Cosby and the actor who plays Gordon on “Sesame Street” are asking the tough questions necessary for any reversal of the trend.

    Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


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    Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill

    Its official.  In his first use of the veto, the president has refused to sign H.R. 810, or ғthe Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005.  According to Bush, ԓHuman beings are not a raw material to be exploited or a commodity to be bought or sold. The bill, which passed the Senate just shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, would undo funding limits imposed by the administration in 2001.

  • The silver lining here might be the impact of this on the midterm elections.  Check out the roll call on Daily Kos.

  • Posted on Jul 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Hillsman
    From Becky Olstad / CSM

    Meet the Bad Boy of Political Advertising

    He transformed former Gov. Jesse Ventura into a Rodin sculpture and a Texas gubernatorial candidate into an action figure. He also paired Ned Lamont with Daily Kos founder Markos Zuniga. But Bill Hillsman produces winners, so why is he shunned by most of the political advertising establishment?

    Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Jack Abramoff Must Be Smiling…

    ... Because the House is considering an anti-gambling bill that would include an exemption for horse racing and intrastate lotteries. The disgraced lobbyist worked to ensure the latter in a bill several years ago.

  • Gambling is bad, bad, bad. Unless it’s on horsies or lotteries. Then it’s OK.
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    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    President Bush and N.Y. Times editor Bill Keller

    Bush Condemns, Keller Defends Bank Data Story

    President Bush said the N.Y. Times’ disclosures about the administration’s bank data-mining program did “great harm to the United States of America.” The Times’ editor, Bill Keller, said “nobody should think that we made this decision casually, with any animus toward the current administration, or without fully weighing the issues.”

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Clinton speech
    From nandotimes.com

    Clinton Made Almost $7.5 Million in Speaking Fees in 2005

    The former president earned a staggering $650,000 for just two appearances before major gatherings in Canada by motivational speaker Tony Robbins, according to financial document filed by Hillary Clinton.
    It’s good to be the former president

    Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Support our Quagmire Cartoon by Mr. Fish
    Mr. Fish

    Three Hundred Twenty Billion Little Pieces

    America has allocated just under $320 billion to date on the Iraq war—a price tag so staggeringly large that it has almost become an abstraction. To help put that number into context, we’re asking our readers to chime in with suggestions as to what else you could buy for $320 billion. (Primer: $320 billion would fund America’s adoption of the Kyoto Protocol.)

    Posted on Jun 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart and Bill Bennett

    Stewart Spars With Bennett Over Gay Marriage

    The “Daily Show” host revealed conservative author Bill Bennett as being intellectually bankrupt in his opposition to gay marriage. (Satisfying: Bennett acknowledged that his side has lost the debate.)

    Posted on Jun 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: The Private Lives of Bill and Hillary

    “Of all possible explanations for the mainstream media’s preoccupation with the Clinton marriage, the most innocuous is nostalgia for a better time, when we were able to worry less about war, corruption, catastrophe and incompetence, and more about sex.”

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Frist
    From ThinkProgress

    Frist on America’s Top Priorities: Gay Marriage and Flag Burning

    After Frist put these issues on Congress’ fall agenda, even a Fox News host questioned whether there weren’t things of more pressing importance to the country.

    Posted on May 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly
    From Comedy Central

    ‘Daily Show’ Viewers Better Informed Than O’Reilly Watchers

    During his May 23 show, Bill O’Reilly claimed that many young Americans have “no idea what’s going on,” stating that they get their news from Jon Stewart. Problem is, studies show that Stewart’s viewers are better informed than most other media consumers—considerably better than viewers of “The O’Reilly Factor.”

    Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Passes Landmark Immigration Reform Bill

    The legislation would mark the most significant changes in immigration law in two decades. The bill contains a guest-worker program and offers undocumented workers a path to legal residence and even citizenship (after paying fines). It is far more immigrant-friendly than the House version. Now comes the fight over reconciling the two bills.

    Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Clinton Portraits
    David Scull / From The New York Times

    Clintons Balance Married and Private Lives

    As Hillary Clinton gears up for a presumed White House run, Bill Clinton has told friends that his number one priority is not to cause her any trouble. The N.Y. Times explores how the former president is attempting to position a future one…

    Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Small Miracle: House Votes Against Oil Subsidy

    In this time of record profits for oil companies, the House approved a measure to withdraw a $7-billion subsidy over the next five years. Unbelievably, 165 Republicans wanted to let the oil companies keep the public’s money.

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    House Passes ‘Sham’ Lobbying Reform Bill

    House conservatives just passed a lobbying reform bill that the Washington Post called a “sham,” ?diluted snake oil? and ?an insult to voters.? Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., said, “I happen to believe we are losing our moral authority to lead this place.”

    Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: The No-Reform Lobby Reform Bill

    Calling this lobbying reform measure an “ethics bill” requires brass bravura.

    Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Immigration Boycott Protest
    AP / Charlies Rex Arbogast

    Over 1 Million Attend Protests

    The mostly Hispanic immigrants flooded the streets of Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami and other cities, causing shutdowns at ports, factories and construction sites. The total impact is unknown.

  • Marc Cooper strips away the myths surrounding the immigration debate.
  • Read about how many companies would simply shut down if it weren’t for illegal labor.
  • Read “The Case for Globalized Labor,” which argues that it is “economically and morally wrong for the world’s poor immigrants to be locked out of work in the richest countries.”

  • Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


    House Members To Sue Bush Over Budget Bill

    The president signed a bill that didn’t pass both the House and the Senate, and “anyone who has passed the sixth grade knows that before a bill can become law, both houses of Congress must approve it,” says Rep. John Conyers.

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


    What? You Expected Real Lobbying Reform?

    House Republican leaders have stripped a pending bill of language that would require lobbyists to disclose their fundraising activities and contacts with lawmakers.

    Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq War Spending Doubles Since Invasion

    Annual war expenditures have risen from $48 billion in 2003 to an anticipated $94 billion in 2006, thanks to the expected largest emergency spending bill in history.

    Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Szep - Immigration Reform

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    Posted on Apr 7, 2006 READ MORE


    New Lobbying Law Falls Short on Reform

    The bill, which passed 90 to 8, requires lobbyists to disclose more information about their interactions with lawmakers, but there’s little increase in the enforcement of ethics laws.

    Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Panel Passes Immigration Bill

    The bill, which requires approval by the full Senate, clears the way for 11 million illegal aliens to seek U.S. citizenship, and will allow some 1.5 million workers to seek temporary jobs legally.
    This is a big win for the hundreds of thousands of people who joined protest marches this past weekend.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush: I Won’t Pay Attention to Patriot Act Requirement

    You may want to swallow your food before reading this….
    Just as he did with the anti-torture law, Bush placed an addendum on the Patriot Act saying he doesn’t have to obey parts of the law.

    Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Congressman: Bush Signed Bill That Didn’t Pass Congress

    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has asked the White House why the president signed a version of the Budget Reconciliation Act that apparently did not pass the House.
    Also, check out a lawsuit on the issue, and an earlier news report.

    Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


    wiretap
    From mundanesounds.com

    New Bill Allows Warrantless Spying

    OK, OK, it’s not time to get hysterical yet. This one doesn’t look likely to pass, but…
    Four senators have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to eavesdrop, sans warrant, for up to 45 days. GOP Sen. Arlen Specter objected, saying the law would allow government to “do whatever the hell it wants.”
    Oh. Right. What a departure that would be.

    Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


    border_wall
    From Nic Paget-Clarke / inmotionmagazine.com

    Frist Throws Immigration Debate Into Disarray

    The Republican senator stunned both Democrats and the GOP alike by introducing an immigration bill that bypasses others now being debated. Bighearted guy that he is, Frist left out a guest-worker provision—which many conservatives view as amnesty for undocumented workers. (But which even Bush supported….)
    Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper to strip away the myths surrounding this hotly debated issue.

    Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


    House Moves Toward Scuttling Ports Deal

    Breaking with Bush, House Republicans will allow a vote that could prevent a UAE company from gaining control over six major U.S. ports.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    South Dakota Abortion Law to Challenge Roe

    In signing a bill intended to ban almost all abortions in the state, Gov. Mike Rounds is directly challenging the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, hoping that a more conservative court will revisit the issue. (The South Dakota bill is particularly draconian: It makes no exceptions for rape or incest.)

  • The N.Y. Times reports that parental-notification laws do little to discourage abortions or pregnancies.
  • Watch a related report on PBS Online NewsHour or read the transcript.
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    Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Could Bypass Torture Ban

    After Bush signed the bill outlawing detainee torture, he “quietly reserved the right to bypass the law,” acccording to the Boston Globe. more

    Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


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