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Dems Grow Majority in Congress

Democrats picked up another House seat on Tuesday when a victim of Texas redistricting ousted the incumbent in a Supreme Court-ordered runoff election. The upset victory brought the Dems’ total gain of House seats to 30.

Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


Kucinich to Run for President

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said in a statement Monday that he will run for president in the 2008 election, prompted in part by his own party’s decision to continue funding for the Iraq war.  Kucinich discussed the funding issue at length in an interview with Truthdig.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Image: AP; composite: Karen Spector / Truthdig

Dennis Kucinich’s Showdown With the Democratic Leadership

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) criticizes the leadership of his own party for announcing Tuesday that it would support a massive increase in spending for the Iraq war.

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


K Street
svt.se

K Street Hysteria

The power shift in Washington has sent lobbying firms scrambling to snap up Democrats, and left some interest groups—the pharmaceutical industry, for instance—wondering who their friends are.  On the other hand, Melinda Pierce, who lobbies for the Sierra Club, couldn’t be happier.

Posted on Nov 23, 2006 READ MORE


Thanksgiving Revenge
Mike Luckovich

Molly Ivins: Thanks—No, Seriously

In keeping with the season, we can start by expressing our appreciation to the right-wingers for the chuckles they’ve given us since Election Day.

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: Men Are From Mars, Women Want to ‘Make Things Better’

Post-election polls show that while men were angry at Bush, women cast their votes seeking real improvement.  But will the Democrats be able to deliver on women’s expectations?

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


Feinstein and Obama
Left: senate.gov / Right: law.harvard.edu

A Swamp of Their Own

Democrats in Congress are split over proposed anti-corruption legislation that would limit lobbyists’ access to lawmakers.  Critics say the law doesn’t go far enough to address “earmarks” and campaign finance problems, and argue that an independent watchdog should be formed to enforce the rules.

Posted on Nov 18, 2006 READ MORE


Rpbert Scheer

Truthdig Podcast: House Politics, Traitor Joe, Education and O.J.

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer breaks down the race for speaker, Lieberman’s threats, the reason the education system is broken and O.J.‘s revolting hypothetical.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Lieberman
wndu.com

Snake in the Grass

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Joe Lieberman acknowledged that he might switch parties if the going gets tough with the Democrats.  While characterizing the election as a win for moderates, Lieberman also thanked the 70 percent of Republicans who voted for him for their support.

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart on Bipartisanship

The “Daily Show” canvasses Bush’s reckoning of the common ground he shares with Democrats like Dick Durbin: Essentially, they both speak English. Watch it

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Now They’re All for Bipartisanship

Having watched election coverage nonstop all week, I sometimes wake up screaming, “Bipartisanship!” and scare myself.

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Women Rock the Vote

The media have largely ignored the role women played in swinging the election, as well as the unprecedented power they’ll now wield in Congress.

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


Time magazine covers
Left: Think Progress / Right two: Media Matters

The Media’s Centrist Bias

With the battle to frame the meaning of the election ongoing, the media have started to weigh in with a vote for the center.  Time, which referred to the ‘94 Republican takeover of Congress as a “GOP Stampede,” calls the center the “new place to be,” while Newsweek’s cover bizarrely claims the election validates the “centrist” politics of George H.W. Bush. (h/t: Think Progress)

Posted on Nov 13, 2006 READ MORE


Nancy Pelosi
wkrn.com

Pelosi Campaigns for Murtha

Nancy Pelosi has thrown her support to ally John Murtha in the race for House majority leader with a letter sent to House Democrats, citing his campaign against the Iraq war as a major factor in the Democrats’ recent midterm victory. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Nov 13, 2006 READ MORE


Baker and Bush
whitehouse.gov

Baker Panel in the Hot Seat

The Iraq Study Group, set to meet with the president on Monday, may offer more in the way of political cover than genuine solutions to the problems facing Iraq.  According to Iraq experts familiar with the panel’s work, many of its recommendations either have already been attempted or are unlikely to succeed.

Posted on Nov 12, 2006 READ MORE


Bush
softvote.com

Bush Plumbs New Depths

According to the latest Newsweek poll, President Bush’s approval rating has sunk so low he’s in Dick Cheney territory at 31 percent, a record for the president.  The same data confirms the suggestion that Bush’s unpopularity did more to win Congress for the Democrats than did their own candidates.

Posted on Nov 12, 2006 READ MORE


Lieberman and Dean
usatoday.com

Lieberman Wants Back In

A spokesman for Joe Lieberman says the senator intends to serve in the next Congress as a full-blown Democrat, not an independent who merely caucuses with Democrats.

Posted on Nov 11, 2006 READ MORE


Harry Reid
mnpublius.com

Democrats’ Iraq Pledge

Now that they’re in the majority, Democratic leaders have promised to step up oversight of the war in Iraq and demand a timetable for troop withdrawal.

Posted on Nov 11, 2006 READ MORE


Andy Borowitz: Dems, GOP’ers Agree to Take Two Years Off

The political satirist reports on an ingenious plan by the leadership of both parties to rest up for negative campaigning in 2008.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
AP Photo

No Such Thing As Luck

Nancy Pelosi, set to become the first woman, Californian and Italian-American speaker of the House, defied the odds to drive her party to victory.  According to a San Francisco Chronicle profile, Pelosi’s determination and cold calculation had as much to do with the Democrats’ success as President Bush’s unpopularity.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 9, 2006 READ MORE


Jim Webb
New York Times

It’s Official.  Finally.

George Allen, the man who some say could’ve been president,  has finally conceded to challenger Jim Webb, at long last putting an end to speculation and granting the Democrats total control of both houses of Congress.

Posted on Nov 9, 2006 READ MORE


Maliki & co
epic-usa.org

Iraqi Pols Respond to Elections

Americans weren’t the only ones watching election returns late into the night.  Iraqi politicians, dependent on America for money, power and protection, held a meeting to debate the impact of a Democratic Congress.

Posted on Nov 9, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Even in Defeat, Bush Is Myopic

Bush still doesn’t seem to realize that millions of Americans voted to signal their displeasure with the GOP for abandoning the poor and middle class.

Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: The New ‘Values’ Voters

This year, voters valued their ability to shoot down draconian abortion laws, to raise the minimum wage and to send an unequivocal message to the warmongers in the White House.

Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Post-Election Etiquette

The sheer pleasure of getting lessons in etiquette from Karl Rove and the right-wing media passeth all understanding.

Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


Democrats
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Dems Win the House, Senate Up for Grabs

Democrats won control of the House last night, but the Senate is hanging on the outcome of two races:

  • Virginia, where the Democrat Webb leads the GOP incumbent Allen 1,170,564 to 1,162,717 (50% to 49%), with 99% of precincts reporting.
  • Montana, where the Democrat Tester leads the GOP incumbent Burns 174,045 to 172,302 (49% to 48%), with 91% of precincts reporting.
  • (All numbers current as of 7:20 a.m. EST Nov. 8.)

  • Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems’ Edge in Polls Has Shrunk

    According to the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll, the Democrats’ advantage among likely voters has shriveled from last month’s high of 23 points to 7.  Still, the numbers bear a close similarity to results heading into the 1994 election that gave Republicans control of Congress. (h/t: Slate)

    Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Voters Focused on Iraq

    According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, Iraq is the most important election issue to voters, 29% of whom approve of Bush’s handling of the war, while 81% believe the Democrats would reduce or end the occupation of Iraq, and 52% of registered voters intend to vote for a Democrat.

    Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


    The Lesser of Many Evils

    As part of its bid to recapture the Congress, the Democratic Party has backed a number of candidates who skew to the right on issues like abortion, gun control and gay rights.

    Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: Bush’s Defeated Bluster on Iraq

    The president’s attempt to whitewash “stay the course” from the nation’s collective memory is emblematic of the bankruptcy of his administration’s policy on Iraq.

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


    capital
    mit.edu

    Democrats Within Striking Distance of Senate Control

    When Harry Reid said it would take a miracle for Democrats to regain control of the Senate, party operatives focused their hopes on the House. But recent events have Democratic challengers surging in polls.

    Posted on Oct 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Videocast: Robert Scheer on North Korea, Iran and More

    In the latest installment of the Truthdig Podcast, Robert Scheer offers his take on North Korea’s nuclear test, negotiations with Iran, a possible victory for the Dems and much more.

    Posted on Oct 12, 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


    Robert Scheer

    Video Podcast: Robert Scheer on Chavez, Clinton and More

    Robert Scheer sounds off on the midterm election, Hugo Chavez and Iran, Clinton’s Fox News smackdown, and Sam Harris’ charge that liberals are soft on terror.

    Posted on Oct 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley’s Resignation Is Good Electoral News for Dems

    Conservative GOP Rep. Mark Foley’s resignation, over explicit e-mails he sent to a 16-year-old former page, means Democrats have a shot at a congressional seat that was all but a shoo-in for Republicans until Foley’s resignation.

  • Read the e-mails

  • Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Campaign 2006: The Issues, the Stakes, the Prospects

    The choices are stark, the consequences are momentous, writes a public policy professor at UC Berkeley, who argues that the November elections will be the most significant in a generation.

    Posted on Sep 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Limbaugh Blames Dems for GOP Scam

    Rush Limbaugh, with the kind of moral vacuousness that has come to define the man, recently blamed the “stupidity” of Democrats for allowing Republicans to disenfranchise voters: “And they show up on Wednesday to vote when the polls are closed, and the Democrats claim a trick has been played on them. That’s how stupid some of their voters are.”
    (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Sep 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Gary Hart

    ‘Daily Show’: Gary Hart’s Manifesto

    Former presidential candidate and national security expert Gary Hart appeared on “The Daily Show” Tuesday to pitch his new book, “The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats.”  Evoking giants like Roosevelt and Kennedy, Hart challenged the wisdom of playing it safe and took a stab at the centrism so popular among Democrats in recent years.

    Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Elizabteh Dole

    Dole in the Headlights

    Elizabeth Dole was asked by Fox News to name a Democrat who was appeasing terrorists.  She couldn?t, but instead launched into a nonsensical yarn, loosely linking opposition to the long-ineffective missile defense program and the Patriot Act to appeasement.

    Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Schwarzenegger Defies GOP on Emissions Cap

    California will become the first state to cap greenhouse gas emissions, should a deal reached between Gov. Schwarzenegger and state Democrats pass the Legislature.  The deal is seen as a betrayal by Republicans, who oppose a state cap on emissions.

    Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


    John Kerry

    John Kerry on Lieberman-Cheney Love Connection

    John Kerry went on “This Week” Sunday to blast Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman’s stance on the war.  Referring to primary voters, Kerry said: “they’re not Dean Democrats, they’re not Kerry Democrats, they’re not Lamont Democrats—they’re Democrats.”

    Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Daily Show

    Stewart Skewers Joe ?Loserman?

    The “Daily Show” opened Wednesday with coverage of Ned Lamont?s victory over the man Jon Stewart referred to as ?Joe Loserman.?  After playing a clip of Lieberman?s concession speech where the senator said the game was only half over, and the Lamont team was just ahead, Stewart shot back, ?Perhaps I could, uh, offer my own, uh, sports comparison, if you will.  There was a game, and you lost.?

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Matt Lauer and Joe Lieberman

    Lauer to Lieberman: Haven’t the Voters Spoken?

    Matt Lauer tells the senator that many Dems think Lieberman is putting his own ambitions ahead of the good of the party. Lieberman’s response: Parties are the problem. But Lauer doesn’t let him off that easy….

    Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Your Papers, Please

    The current push to require voters to supply proof of citizenship at the voting booth has very little to do with preventing illegal voting and much more to do with keeping away from the polls those most likely to vote for Democrats.

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Monkey on Your Back

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    Mr. Fish Animation

    Mr. Fish: Democrats Craft a Winning Strategy

    By Mr. Fish

    Watch an original animated short by Mr. Fish on the Democratic Party’s new secret weapon for winning back the hearts and minds of the American public.

    Watch:
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    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE    


    Poll: Dems Lead GOP By 14 Points

    Fifty-two percent of respondents said they’re leaning toward Democratic candidates in the midterm elections, while only 38% are leaning Republican, according to a CNN poll.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Democrats Look for White House Links to Phone-Jamming Scandal

    Sens. Patrick Leahy and Ted Kennedy want to know what links Jack Abramoff or the White House had, if any, to a criminal effort to suppress voter turnout in a 2002 Senate race.

    Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Spy Chief Draws Bipartisan Criticism

    Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on a lot these days, but they do agree that the U.S.’ new spy chief, John Negroponte, is “creating just another blanket of bureaucracy, muffling rather than clarifying the dangers lurking in the world,” according to the N.Y. Times.

    Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE


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