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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:  Immigration and Ignorance

As the immigration issue takes the front-and-center position in Congress, opportunities for real reform—as well as legitimization for millions of undocumented workers—are being squandered in each round of deliberation over the pending legislation.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Clinton

Clinton Campaign Parodies ‘Sopranos’

To announce her new campaign song (a Celine Dion tear-jerker), Hillary Clinton spoofed the now infamous “Sopranos” series finale, complete with a disappointed Bill, who has to make do with carrots instead of onion rings, Chelsea struggling to parallel park, and a surprise cameo.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


bush
AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

Bush Adamant About Gonzales, Immigration

President Bush had a break from U.S. politics during his G-8 summit sojourn over the last week, but as he geared up for his return on Monday, the president threw down the gauntlet, challenging Democrats in Congress on their votes against Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales and pledging to push his immigration bill through the legislative process despite resistance.

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


Immigration Deal in the Works

The stage is set for a possible Senate showdown next week after top Democratic and Republican senators came to an agreement Thursday with White House officials on the particulars for a proposed immigration overhaul.

Posted on May 17, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Gives an Inch on Iraq

President Bush says he is now willing to talk about setting up benchmarks to gauge progress in Iraq, perhaps responding to pressure from both sides of the political aisle.  However, he also made it clear Thursday that he’s going to reject another bill expected to pass soon in the House that would stop funding for the Iraq war this July.

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


The Veto Stands

Congress regrouped Wednesday to vote in response to President Bush’s veto of the troop pullout bill on Tuesday, but the bill’s supporters failed to win the two-thirds of House votes needed to override the veto.  Now Democrats, responsible for 220 of the 222 votes to override (203 members voted in opposition), have to take a different tack. 

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Says He Will Block Pullout Bill

President Bush is determined to keep American troops in Iraq well past Oct. 1, the date Congress set to begin the U.S. pullout in an agreement reached Monday. Although the House and Senate agreed to pour $124 billion more into the war chest, Bush says he’ll veto the bill, while his critics suggest he’s trying to save face as he rides out his term.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers on Net Neutrality’s Motley Crew

At a media reform conference in Memphis, the PBS newsman applauded the coalition-building skills of the architects of the Net Neutrality movement. “Who would have imagined that sitting together in the same democratic broadband pew would be the Christian Coalition, Gun Owners of America, Common Cause and MoveOn.org?”

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: A Fraudulently Financed War

Our hypocritical Congress appears poised to approve a $170-billion “emergency” military appropriation bill to continue financing the Iraq war.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


House GOP’ers Kick the Poor, Push Fringe Abortion Bill

In a cynical and mean-spirited attempt to reach out to their vaunted “base,” lame-duck conservative House Republicans plan on ignoring their duties to pass spending bills that would benefit the poor, and instead will put their energies into passing a “fetal pain” abortion bill based on “science” rejected by the American Medical Association.

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Maher: ‘You Can’t Call Yourself a Think Tank if All Your Ideas Are Stupid’

Bill Maher delivers a stirring and passionate rebuke to the neocons who so tragically misplanned the Iraq war. (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Oct 22, 2006 READ MORE


Luckovich - A Black Eye for Uncle Sam

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Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Signs Torture Bill

It’s official. We just got medieval. The Associated Press calls it “tough interrogation.” We call it the indefinite-detainment, unyielding-torture, habeas-corpus-suspending, mortgage America’s bedrock principles upon the altar of anti-terrorism bill.
But different strokes for different folks.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Bush and Clinton
Left: forbes.com/Right: time.blogs.com

Bush Blames Clinton Again

George W. Bush, retreating to familiar ground, has blamed the Clinton administration for North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.  But the official who brokered the Clinton-era deal with North Korea called the idea “ludicrous,” and defended his efforts.

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann

Olbermann: ‘Why Does Habeas Corpus Hate America?’

Keith Olbermann responded to the passage of the torture bill with this tongue-in-cheek investigative report on habeas corpus. (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Oct 11, 2006 READ MORE


O'Reilly

O’Reilly: Iran Helping Dems

Bill O’Reilly claims Iran is “upping the violence” in Iraq to give Democrats a boost in the November election.  O’Reilly then hypocritically encourages Bush to use military action to achieve a political end. (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Weekly video roundup

Weekly Video Roundup

In this edition of our Truthdig-flavored videos: A comedy troupe reenacts Mark Foley’s IMs; Jon Stewart skewers Bush’s reduction of Iraq violence to a “comma”; and Bill Maher critiques sexual repression in America.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Bush: Up Yours!
From murkyview.com

Bush to FEMA Law: Drop Dead!

He’s done it again: After signing into law a bill that would mandate minimum requirements for the new FEMA director, Bush added a “signing statement” that declared those requirements null and invalid. (more…)

  • Update: ThinkProgress has the statement

  • Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Stewart and torture

    ‘Daily Show’ Rips Torture Bill

    Jon Stewart and “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver put Bush’s torture bill in historical perspective.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Maher

    Bill Maher Almost Defends Foley

    Maher makes the good point that in a less sexually repressed society, Mark Foley could have come out of the closet a long time ago.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Afghan Detainees File Preemptive Suit Against Bush

    Lawyers for 25 men being held in Afghanistan filed a habeas corpus petition in advance of Bush’s plan to outlaw that exact motion.
    If Congress isn’t going to stand up to Bush on this travesty of a law, it’s good to see that some parties are.

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Sen. Frist: Bring Taliban Into Gov’t

    The Senate majority leader, having concluded that we can’t win a guerrilla war in Afghanistan, wants to invite the Taliban and its supporters back into the government.
    So, all that talk about bringing democracy and freedom to Afghanistan ... screw it, huh? Let’s just give the place back to the harborers of the 9/11 attackers?

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    The Lighter Side of Torture

    While we wait for the Supreme Court to invalidate Bush’s torture law, we offer up a little satire on the issue. In this piece, a Nation writer hilariously re-imagines our new Military Commissions Act. (Or let Jon Stewart take it away.)

    Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Collage

    Weekly Video Roundup

    This week, our roundup of Truthdig-flavored videos includes Bill Clinton’s thrashing of Fox News’ Chris Wallace; Bill Maher & Co. debating the sanity of religion; retired generals blasting Rumsfeld; and Jon Stewart’s evisceration of Bush’s torture bill.

    Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


    To Our National Shame, America Codifies Torture

    As expected, the Senate sent the despicable detainee interrogation bill to the president’s desk last night. See its horrifying provisions here.
    As long as this law stands, we too shall stand in forfeit of the moral high ground in this struggle. It’s a sad day for our once-proud republic.

    Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Torture Bill: Worse Than You Think

    The interrogation bill headed for Bush’s desk would allow him to detain anyone indefinitely and decide (privately) what constitutes torture; it eliminates habeas corpus and judicial review, and it permits coerced evidence. The N.Y. Times calls it “our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts.”

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Torture Bill Nears Bush’s Desk

    A provision that would grant President Bush the discretion of deciding what is and isn’t torture is likely to land on his desk by the weekend unless there’s a legislative miracle.
    We can only hope that the Supreme Court will toss out this travesty.

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Stephen Colbert

    Colbert Spoofs Clinton Blame Game

    Stephen Colbert offers his take on the fallout from Bill Clinton’s Fox News appearance, including the Hillary/Condi fracas, and why the former president is to blame for everything from Republican tax cuts to the war in Iraq.

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Habeas Corpus, R.I.P. (1215 - 2006)

    With a smug stroke of his pen, President Bush is set to wipe out a safeguard against illegal imprisonment that has endured as a cornerstone of legal justice since the Magna Carta.

    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Schwarzenegger
    From California Resources Agency

    Schwarzenegger Signs Global Warming Bill

    California today became the first state in the country to impose a mandatory cap on greenhouse gases. The new law commits the state to a 25% reduction by 2020.

    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Anti-torture speakers

    Impassioned Pleas Against Torture

    Watch as a succession of former military officers, intelligence experts and religious figures speak out at a Capitol Hill forum against the president’s torture bill. (Via Andrew Sullivan)

    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Hillary Clinton
    cnn.com

    Clinton’s Mad, Not Taking It Anymore

    Only a day after the secretary of state tried to smear Bill Clinton’s terror-fighting effort, Hillary came to the defense of her husband, and took a swipe at Condi in the process….

    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Wiretap Bill Moves Closer to Passage

    This version of the president’s warrantless eavesdropping bill—which appears headed for passage—will apparently still allow Bush the option of submitting his surveillance programs to a court for review.

    Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Maher and Jesus Camp

    Maher & Mixed Panel Debate ‘Jesus Camp’

    Bill Maher and a panel including Reza Aslan (a Muslim), Sandy Rios (a conservative Christian) and Bradley Whitford (a liberal Episcopalian) discuss the morality of raising “Christian soldiers” to fight in God’s army, as depicted in the movie “Jesus Camp.”

    Posted on Sep 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Clinton and Chris Wallace

    Bill Clinton’s ‘American President’ Moment

    Remember the scene toward the end of “The American President” in which Michael Douglas, playing President Andrew Shepherd, delivers a stand-up-and-cheer tongue-lashing of his critics? Watch as Bill Clinton demolishes Fox News’ Chris Wallace in a similar manner.

    Posted on Sep 24, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times and Wash. Post: Interrogation Bill Allows Torture

    The editorial boards of the N.Y. Times and the Washington Post, along with First Amendment lawyer Glen Greenwald, condemned the interrogation bill agreed upon by the president and a group of GOP senators.

    Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Stewart Mocks O’Reilly’s Al Qaeda Claim

    The “Daily Show” pokes fun at Bill O’Reilly’s recent bragging that Al Qaeda has him on a hit list.  As Jon Stewart points out: “I don’t know if you’ve seen the Al Qaeda tapes, um…we’re kind of all on the hit list.”

    Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Clinton
    NPR/Patrick Kovarik

    Clinton Attacks Torture Agenda

    In an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” former President Bill Clinton vigorously argued against Bush’s torture plans, citing both moral and practical reasons: “We have a system of laws here where nobody should be above the law, and you don’t need blanket advanced approval for blanket torture.”

    Posted on Sep 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Zimbabwe Goes Offline

    Web surfers in Zimbabwe got a rude surprise today when an international satellite firm basically shut down the country’s Internet access after the government failed to pay a $700,000 bill. More. (Via boingboing.net)

    Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Maher and Scarborough

    Scarborough, Maher Debate Bush’s Idiocy, Free Speech

    Check out this can’t-miss two-part interview between Bill Maher and Joe Scarborough. Maher ends the first segment with a uppercut knockout punch straight to Bush’s jaw; in the second part, Bill says “the jury’s in” on the “idiot” question.

    Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Clinton Sick of Rove?s B.S.

    The Huffington Post has a nice roundup of Bill Clinton gems gleaned from a massive New Yorker piece by David Remnick.  After spending some quality time with the former president, Remnick was able to extract some surprisingly frank comments, including: ?I am sick of Karl Rove’s bulls—t.?

    Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Clinton

    Stewart Probes Clinton for Hillary?s Weakness

    Bill Clinton made an appearance on ?The Daily Show? Monday to share the heartwarming work of his Clinton Global Initiative, but the climax of the interview was much more fun.  Jon Stewart put the former president on the ?seat of heat? and asked: ?Mr. President, Hillary Clinton may be running for president.  If so, what is the key to defeating her??

    Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Tony

    Sen. Graham: White House Coerced Lawyers on Torture Letter

    GOP Sen. Lindsay Graham is telling reporters that White House officials effectively forced military lawyers to sign a letter supporting President Bush’s new legislation on harsh interrogation tactics—after the lawyers previously testified publicly against those measures.

  • Watch the video.
  • Andrew Sullivan called the move “breathtaking and shameless.”
  • This article gives needed background to this complicated issue.

  • Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Arianna Huffington

    Arianna Spars With O’Reilly on Iraq, Kurds

    The Huffington Post doyenne took a hard line with Bill O’Reilly on progressives’ plans for fighting terrorism, and slammed a Kurdistan ad running on Fox News.

    Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems’ Effort to Limit Surveillance Bill Is Blocked

    From the AP: “Senate Republicans blocked Democratic attempts to rein in President Bush’s domestic wiretapping program Wednesday, endorsing a White House-supported bill that would give the controversial surveillance legal status.”
    The November elections can’t come soon enough….

    Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Maher: The Difference Between Sunni and Suri

    The HBO talk show host delivers President Bush a primer on Sunni Muslims and Suri Cruise. Cute.

    Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Wiretapping Bill Stalls in Congress

    Phew! President Bush’s attempt to provide legal support for his warrantless wiretapping program appears dead—for now—in the Senate.

  • Quote of the day (from Sen. Russ Feingold): “The president has basically said: I’ll agree to let a court decide if I’m breaking the law if you pass a law first that says I’m not breaking the law.”

    Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


  • Robert Scheer: Clinton Ended Welfare, Not Poverty

    Bill Clinton doesn’t seem to know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

    Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Maher
    From HBO

    Maher: Scientists ‘Cut and Run’ on Pluto

    Bill Maher sends up conservatives’ war on science, abortion and the United Nations in this planetary riff during the first new episode of his HBO series “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

    Posted on Aug 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Mystery Senator at Capitol
    Illustration by Peter Scheer

    Mystery Senator Blocks Sunshine Bill

    A bipartisan Senate bill that would have created a public database of all government contracts has been blocked by an unknown senator.  The bill, which passed its committee unanimously, can now move forward only if the mysterious senator who placed it on “secret hold” removes the constraint.  (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE


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