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Dems Back Down on Iran

House Democrats have agreed to drop a provision from an upcoming war spending bill that would have required congressional approval before the president could declare war on Iran. The legislation, if it survives a veto, would still demand the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by Sept. 1, 2008.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Adds to the Escalation

The president has announced plans to send an additional 4,400 troops to Iraq, on top of the 21,500 combat troops he’s already authorized. Bush has requested $3.2 billion to pay for the increase, putting the ball in the Democrats’ court.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


Roger Ailes
wikipedia.org

Fox News Debate Implodes

Liberal bloggers had gone crazy when they heard the Nevada Democratic Party had agreed to co-sponsor a debate with Fox News. On Friday the event was canceled after a series of developments. Barack Obama was freezing out Fox reporters, John Edwards and Bill Richardson announced they wouldn’t participate in the debate and, finally, Fox President Roger Ailes (above) brought the whole thing crashing down with a botched bad joke.

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


Shedding Hillary’s ‘Sexual Power’

Hillary Clinton unavoidably began her campaign as the female candidate. But with time and controversy she has emerged as the establishment figure, leaving issues of gender and electability more or less by the wayside.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


House Dems Agree to Timetable

The Democratic leadership in the House hopes to attach a timetable for withdrawal to an upcoming Iraq war spending bill. The most ardent war opponents have expressed dissatisfaction that the language is not unconditional, but Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., a prominent withdrawal advocate, said “you’ll see basically what I wanted to do….”

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Winning the War of Words

When it comes to ending the war in Iraq, Democrats have a tougher fight than many had expected. If recent battles on the Hill and in the press are any indication, it’s likelier to be a long hard slog than a quick rout.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Can Congress End the War?

The courts aren’t likely to be of any help in stopping the Iraq war. And this White House seems incapable of rational thought on the subject. Clearly, the legislative branch is the way to go.  But what exactly can it do?

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
telegraph.co.uk

Obama, Clinton Cross Paths in Selma

Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton went to Selma, Ala., on Sunday to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the historic march there. With news outlets buzzing over their “intense rivalry,” they managed to applaud one another and honor a momentous struggle above and beyond their own campaigns.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


Last Throes of Cheney’s Credibility

While Americans grow increasingly frustrated with the Democrats for failing to end the Iraq fiasco (after a whopping two months), the vice president, one of the war’s chief architects, spent the week doing away with the last shred of a possibility that he either knows what he’s talking about or is telling the truth.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Media Ignore Lieberman’s Caucus Fickleness

According to Media Matters, several media outlets noted a statement Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman made to Time magazine that there is a “very remote possibility” he will stop caucusing with Senate Democrats but failed to mention his pre-election promises to continue to caucus with them.

Posted on Feb 24, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Grow Up or Get Out

The childish feud between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama this week trampled over the real issues while giving Republicans a pass. The two Democratic front-runners had better move beyond self-obsessed pettiness—and fast—or they risk handing the election to the GOP.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Senate Dems Try New Tack

Senate Democrats have given up pushing a nonbinding anti-escalation resolution, and instead will try to limit the scope of military operations in Iraq, the first step, they say, in ending the war. Meanwhile, the House plans to pursue a different strategy altogether, hoping to choke off the supply of troops to the Iraq grinder.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
msnbc.com

Clinton and Obama Feud

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have finally dropped the smiles and gone after one another, albeit over a non-issue. The spat started after David Geffen, a former Clinton backer turned Obama fundraiser, called Hillary “polarizing” and overly ambitious. Update: More quotes from the feud.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Death by Fuchsia and Teal

Democrats in Congress are right to go after tobacco companies like Camel, which is marketing a new line of cigarettes to younger women.

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE


Powell: Dems Along for the Ride

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Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Ralph Nader
aljazeera.com

Nader Threatens to Run

Perennial spoiler Ralph Nader says he’s considering yet another run for president, depending on what the Democrats “come up with.” The former consumer advocate said front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lack “political fortitude,” and criticized John Edwards’ foreign policy stances.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


War Debate Heats Up in the House

Eleven House Republicans split from their party Wednesday to oppose escalating the Iraq war, and an anonymous GOP representative said the leadership has 50 to 60 more on a defection watch list. The minority hopes to get its revenge when it comes time to debate funding for the war, but the Democrats have a plan for the showdown, which John Murtha unveiled on Thursday.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Russ Feingold
bradblog.com

Feingold Hits Dems for ‘Playing it Safe’

During a 30-minute conference call, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., told bloggers he was disappointed that his party was “playing it safe” by refusing to end the Iraq war: “The problem is a whole lot of middle-of-the-road Democrats who refuse to pull the trigger, who refuse to do what needs to be done.”

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


F-14 Tomcat
globalsecurity.org

Senators Seek to Deny U.S. Jet Parts to Iran

Although the United States and Iran have a testy relationship at best, weaknesses in security protocol currently allow buyers for Tehran to procure valuable aircraft parts from the U.S. military. At least two Democrats in the Senate want to cut off the supply, which would make the Iranian air force effectively irreparable.

Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


Gonzales and Bush
smh.com.au

Gonzales Installs Bush Loyalists in Key Positions

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is exploiting a loophole in the Patriot Act to appoint U.S. attorneys whose principal qualification is their loyalty to the Bush administration. Recently a number of attorneys have been fired, apparently to make way for Bush-friendly replacements.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


Minimum-Wage Boost Stalled in Senate

The first minimum-wage increase in 10 years took a hit in the Senate Wednesday, failing to get the 60 votes necessary to end debate. Republicans have been fighting to include tax cuts for businesses, and will probably succeed unless the Dems can get six more defections.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Even Republicans Resist Bush Appeal

Despite his State of the Union plea to give the Iraq war another chance, the president is suffering defections from his own party, including a number of GOP senators who have emboldened Democrats in their fight against Bush’s planned escalation of the war.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Jim Webb

Democrats’ Response to State of the Union: ‘We Will Be Showing Him the Way’

During his response to President Bush’s State of the Union address, Sen. Jim Webb (shown above with congressional leaders Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi) referred to the crises of division and war faced by two of history’s better Republican presidents, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, and then issued an ultimatum to the current occupant of the White House. Watch it.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


All the News That’s Fit to Skip

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Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Webb
BradBlog.com

Brad Friedman: Stop Whining and Start Leading

If Congress wants to be treated like a coequal branch of government, it has to act like one, and Bush’s State of the Union address is the perfect time to start.  Pictured above, Sen. Jim Webb, who will deliver the Democratic response to the president’s speech.

Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Scheer

Podcast: the Democratic Spine, MLK Day, Oakland and More

Is Pelosi too soft on Bush? Is there more to Martin Luther King Day than shopping? How do you save Oakland? Plus: crossing party lines to oppose the war and more, all on this week’s podcast with Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and James Harris.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and James Harris on the Democratic Spine, MLK Day, Oakland and More

Is Pelosi too soft on Bush? Is there more to Martin Luther King Day than shopping? How do you save Oakland? Plus: crossing party lines to oppose the war and more, all on this week’s podcast with Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and James Harris.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


Luckovich: Bush Gives In to Popular Demand

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Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Pelosi Wants Energy Independence Laws by July 4th

A day before the House voted to end subsidies to the oil industry, Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of a committee on energy independence and global warming. The speaker set a deadline of July 4th for “a package of legislation to truly declare our energy independence.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Senators Hijack Minimum-Wage Increase

Senate Democrats and Republicans have shamelessly joined in a bipartisan effort to pad the well-off at the expense of the working poor.

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Edwards Aide Denounces Bush’s ‘Total Bull’

John Edwards’ new campaign manager, David Bonior, introduced himself to supporters Wednesday by calling President Bush’s assertion that Congress can’t stop him from sending more troops to Iraq “total bull.” In a fiery e-mail, Bonior went on to chastise Democrats for not cutting off funds for Bush’s escalation of the war: “If you hear a member of Congress say ‘non-binding resolution,’ then you’re really hearing them say ‘pass the buck.’ ”

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


elephants stampeding
outdoorphoto.co.za

House GOP Runs Amok

It’s every Republican for himself in the House these days. A quick check of vote counts during the opening salvo of the Democrats’ 100-hour legislative blitz reveals droves of GOP defections. In the words of one representative: “Times have changed. I don’t want to be someone who they say is too stubborn to change too.”

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


Durbin
news.yahoo.com

Democrats Respond to Bush’s Speech

Needless to say, the Democrats hated Bush’s plan for escalating the war in Iraq, although they differed on how to defeat the action. Ted Kennedy continues to push for a direct confrontation, while the leadership wants to start off with a symbolic vote. Hillary Clinton was surprisingly feisty in her comments, calling Bush’s policy “marred by incompetence and arrogance.”

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert

Stephen Colbert’s ‘Factiness’

Adjusting to an altered political landscape, the “Report” host has been forced to craft a new word for his growing arsenal: “Now, since the beginning of my show, I’ve led a crusade against facts. Too often, they upset the truth that’s in your gut. But that was when the Republicans were in power. Their version of reality was worth ignoring facts for. Now the Democrats are running the show, and their version of reality is, unfortunately, based on reality.”

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


Harry Reid
nytimes.com

Dems to Force Escalation Vote

House and Senate Democrats are planning a symbolic vote on Bush’s escalation of the Iraq war, partially to force Republicans to take a stand on the issue. While they haven’t ruled out more aggressive—and meaningful—measures, the Dems agreed that demonstrating their opposition was the least they could do.

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


100-Hour Agenda Steams Along

House Democrats are on a legislative roll, but the security bill they just passed by a wide margin is expected to meet with tougher opposition in the Senate. The legislation would implement recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission, including beefing up port security.

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
whitehouse.gov

A Taste of Things to Come

President Bush has finally been forced to capitulate when it comes to the judiciary, after igniting a firestorm by announcing he would stand by the nominations of three conservative judges that had been blocked by Democrats. Bush conceded on Tuesday, announcing that all three nominees had withdrawn from the process.

Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE


Tim Johnson
news.bbc.co.uk

Sen. Johnson’s Health Improves

Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., whose sudden illness last month briefly threatened the Democrats’ control of the Senate, has been given a medical status upgrade from critical to fair.  We wish him well.

Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE


Ron Kovic
AP / Reed Saxon

Ron Kovic: Surging Past the Tipping Point

In a Truthdig interview, the author of “Born on the Fourth of July” argues that Americans this week have a patriotic and generation-defining duty to speak out against Bush’s proposal to escalate the war in Iraq with more U.S. troops.
“If you love this country, you’re going to step over that line that you’ve not stepped over before. You’re going to find the courage to do that.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: We’re Not Ready for Bipartisanship

Before Democrats and Republicans can come together to solve our nation’s problems, they’d have to agree on common goals. Don’t hold your breath for that….

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi: No Money for Escalation Without Justification

Nancy Pelosi, appearing on “Face the Nation,” said the Congress will not fund a troop escalation without justification. Pelosi maintained that the Dems have no intention of cutting off funds for the war in general, although she insisted a “new direction” is necessary.

Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


Pelosi and Reid
npr.org

Dems Warn Bush

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid sent a joint letter to the president on Friday, warning him that they would fully resist any effort to send more troops to Iraq: “Adding more combat troops will only endanger more Americans and stretch our military to the breaking point for no strategic gain.”

Posted on Jan 5, 2007 READ MORE


Pelosi with Gavel
nytimes.com

Ethics Bill Passes by Huge Margin

Within hours of taking power in the House, Democrats successfully pushed through ethics legislation by a telling margin: 430 to 1. Either it’s politically untenable to vote in favor of corruption (except for Dan Burton of Indiana) or the bill was watered down enough, as critics alleged, that it wasn’t worth opposing.

Posted on Jan 4, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Bipartisanship in the New Congress

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Bush Flags Down Balanced Budget Bandwagon

The same George W. Bush who presided over record deficits and never vetoed a spending bill made an effort on Wednesday to co-opt the Democrats’ goal of balancing the budget by 2012. Exactly how he’ll reconcile that aim with making his tax cuts permanent remains a mystery, although Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., has an idea: “Talk is cheap.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2007 READ MORE


Pelosi and Reid
nytimes.com

Get Ready, Here They Come

Democrats are set to blitz Congress with a legislative agenda that tackles stem cell research, the minimum wage, ethics, 9/11 commission recommendations, oil subsidies, education and prescription drugs—all before President Bush arrives at the capital for the State of the Union address Jan. 23.

Posted on Jan 1, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: All I Want for Christmas

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Satire by Andy Borowitz: Naughty Outnumber Nice in New Survey

In a survey designed to determine who is naughty and who is nice, the naughty outnumbered the nice by a whopping 3-to-1 margin, the University of Minnesota revealed today.

Posted on Dec 24, 2006 READ MORE


S.D. Senator ‘Recovering as Expected’

According to one of his doctors, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is “recovering as expected from brain surgery and his brain pressures continue to be in the normal range,” though he remains in critical condition. Johnson’s sudden illness last week raised the possibility of a Republican takeover of the Senate.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


Military Wants Even More Money

The Pentagon has asked the White House for an additional $99.7 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for a total increase of $50 billion over last year’s record spending. According to the Congressional Research Service, military spending on Iraq, Afghanistan and other operations has exceeded $500 billion so far.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


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