A Media Matters study spanning 1997 to 2005 concludes: “Sunday talk shows on ABC, CBS, and NBC are dominated by conservative voices, from newsmakers to commentators.” Most frequent guest: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), with 124 appearances.
Both Republicans and Democrats are canceling meetings with lobbyists in the wake of the Abramoff scandal. | story Pardon our cynicism, but as long as lobbyists have money to dole out, lawmakers will find a way to the trough. Any lobbying-reform legislation that results from this scandal will be rendered moot as quickly as you can say “McCain-Feingold.”
Pulling this off would be the ultimate hat trick. Republicans reportedly need only one more Democrat on their side to force a vote. | story People for the American Way are supplying a form letter urging key senators to join Kerry in his filibuster.