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GOP Leaders Let Vaccine Makers Write Their Own Law

Republican heavyweights Bill Frist and Dennis Hastert inserted a provision into a bill in the dead of night that was worth billions to vaccine makers. Roll Call said the move was unprecedented.

Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


Specter Will Hold Hearing on Bush’s ‘Signing Statements’

The Republican senator announced the move in the wake of news that Bush used “signing statements” to assert his supposed right to circumvent more than 750 laws passed over the last five years.
Legal scholars say the breadth of Bush’s use of “signing statements” is unprecedented.

Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


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Illustration: Blair Golson

Rio Gets Female-Only Subway Cars

The Brazilian city becomes the third at least the fourth worldwide (after Mexico City, Tokyo and Cairo) to mandate female-only cars during rush hour—to guard against gropers and harassment. But many consider the law a major step backward for women’s rights.
(thanks to reader Hilary Tate for the correction)

Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


Mexico to Allow Some Heroin, Coke and Ecstasy Use

The all-but-passed bill would allow Mexicans to possess small amounts of hard drugs for personal use. Some U.S. observers fear this will prove a huge draw for Americans.

Posted on Apr 29, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: The Daily Drip of Special Favors for Special Interests

“While the top Bushies lunge about test-driving new wars…Congress just keeps right on cranking out those corporate goodies.”

Posted on Apr 10, 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


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Afghan Could Get Death for Becoming a Christian

He converted to Christianity 16 years ago as an aid worker in Pakistan, an offense punishable by death under Sharia law. (Above: A judge holds the accused’s Bible.)
If you’re shaking your head over this resurgence of religious fundamentalism, check out this earlier story on the Taliban’s return to Afghanistan.

Posted on Mar 20, 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


Judge Orders Google to Turn Over Some Data

A federal judge says he will require the search engine company to provide the government with some search-query data in connection with the Justice Dept.‘s attempts to revive an online child pornography law. It’s unclear what kind of and how much data the judge will order turned over.
That strange shifting underneath your feet? It’s the slippery slope we’re all sliding down, toward an Orwellian future.
Truthdig’s Google expert Mark Malseed has the skinny on the implications of this battle.

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


Feingold Proposes Bush Censure Over Spying

Only one president in U.S. history has been censured—Andrew Jackson in 1834. But Russ Feingold says that this president “must be held accountable.”

Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


Bush: Torture Ban Not Valid at Gitmo

Truly shocking: White House lawyers are arguing that the new law banning cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees does not apply to people held at Guantanamo.
Of course, we should have seen this coming when Bush, upon signing the law, brushed off Congress and America by reserving the right to ignore the law under his powers as commander in chief.

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE



From moveon.org via crooksandliars.com

MoveOn.org Ad Likens Bush to Nixon on Spying

Watch the current president morph into the former president in this new video advertisement from the liberal advocacy group. | video

Posted on Feb 4, 2006 READ MORE


In Day Two, Alito Says Even Wartime Presidents Are Not Above the Law

Ted Kennedy counters: “Time and again, even in routine matters involving average Americans, you give enormous, almost total deference to the exercise of governmental powers.” | story

Posted on Jan 9, 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


Rhode Island Legalizes Medical Marijuana

It is the 11th state to do so, but users can still be prosecuted under federal law. more

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


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