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Facebook Solar Drones Aim to Transmit Internet to Just About Everywhere

Facebook’s planned drone program competes with Google’s Project Loon for global dominance in the race to make the Internet available to all earthlings. 

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE


Hastert Testifies Before a Committee of His Own Design

Dennis Hastert testified for roughly two hours and 40 minutes today before a closed session of the House Ethics Committee.  The objectivity of the committee’s investigation into the Foley affair has been in doubt, especially in light of the fact that last year Hastert removed its then-chairman, Joel Hefley, for admonishing Tom DeLay.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Wolf Blitzer and Patrick McHenry

Blizter Humiliates GOP Rep. McHenry

Wolf Blitzer made GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry look foolish on CNN by exposing McHenry’s baseless charges that Democrats were orchestrating Foleygate. (It’s actually a “Daily Show” clip, and Stewart nails it, too.)

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Foley caption
From AndrewSullivan.com

Yuck Yuck

This is the winner of Andrew Sullivan’s “Mark Page - George Bush” photo caption contest. Larger image

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


FBI coverup

More Evidence of FBI Coverup on Foley

CNN runs the story about the FBI’s apparently false account of why it never investigated the Foley case. Watch it. (Earlier: first story on the issue)

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Rahm Emanuel on

Emanuel Shuts Down GOP Defense on Foley

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, took GOP Rep. Adam Putnam to the cleaners over his party’s coverup in the Mark Foley case.

Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE


Andy Borowitz—Bush on Foley: We Must Crack Down on Illegal Immigration

Bush remained resolute that America’s immigration crisis, and not the behavior of Mr. Foley, was the true root cause of the scandal.

Posted on Oct 6, 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


Sex Scandal Stalls Bush’s Anti-Terror Talk

The Mark Foley imbroglio is drowning out Bush’s cut-and-run rhetoric and even Bob Woodward’s revelations, say many analysts.
Again, we think this is a completely unsatisfactory way for the Democrats to win in November, but que sera, sera.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Ex-Aide Says GOP Leaders Were Warned of Foley Long Ago

The former aide to Mark Foley at the center of this case has spoken out, and says the GOP leadership knew of Foley’s predations before 2005. Also, a former page says fellow pages circulated warnings about Foley in 1995.

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


Joe Conason: The Gang That Couldn’t Talk Straight

More disturbing than the GOP’s attempts to shift blame in the Foley scandal is the emerging narrative of dereliction and coverup.

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: A Lousy Way to Win Back Congress

I would have preferred the Democrats to end up ascendant in November based on the strength of their ideas, but if it takes Mark Foley to bring down the GOP house, so be it.

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco:  Foley’s a Sideshow

The GOP’s coverup of Mark Foley’s Internet escapades is actually the party’s least shocking shirking of responsibility.

Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


Foleygate Ad Nauseam

  • Foley says he was abused by a clergyman as a teen
  • Analysts suspect Foley used GOP contributions as hush money
  • Bill O’Reilly repeatedly labels Foley as Democrat
  • Conservatives respond to Foleygate with anti-gay smears
  • Hastert: It’s a liberal conspiracy
  • But ABC’s Brian Ross says GOP’ers tipped him to the story

  • Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Mark Ruffalo
    Courtesy WorldCantWait

    Mark Ruffalo: ‘Step Down, Mr. Bush’

    Read and watch the impassioned speech that the celebrated actor gave on Monday at a rally for World Can’t Wait—Drive Out the Bush Regime.

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Hastert on CNN

    Hastert on Foley Warnings: ‘I Don’t Remember…’

    House Speaker Dennis Hastert says he doesn’t remember Rep. Tom Reynolds warning him about Mark Foley last spring. (via FireDogLake)
    Incredible. In the literal sense of the word.

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Today in Foleygate

    The latest developments:

  • ABC News is hearing about “other members” of Congress
  • The L.A. Times and AMERICAblog explore the link between Foley and GOP leadership
  • The ultraconservative Washington Times calls for Hastert’s resignation
  • (more after the jump…)

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Mark Foley dramatization

    A Reenactment of Foley’s IMs

    A comedy troupe has put together a dramatization of actual instant message exchanges between Mark Foley and an unidentified teen. Scary part: It’s all true. (Check the record—.pdf file)

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Matt Drudge
    From wikipedia.org

    Drudge Blames Kids for Foley’s Actions

    We swear we’re not making this up. Conservative radio host and blogger Matt Drudge on the teenage pages whom Foley corresponded with: “You’re not going to tell me these are innocent babies…. These kids were playing Foley for everything he was worth.”
    This is not satire. This is the voice of today’s GOP.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley Hypocrisy Alert

    As co-chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus, former GOP Rep. Foley called for an investigation into a children-permitted nudist camp.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley and Walsh

    Foley on Predator ‘Sickos’

    “If I were one of these sickos, I’d be nervous….” That’s what former Rep. Mark Foley said about sexual predators during a 2005 taping of “America’s Most Wanted.”
    The hypocrisy is so thick, it could be churned like butter.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Snow and O'Brien

    Snow on Foley: ‘Simply Naughty E-Mails’

    Watch as the White House flack does his best to shield the GOP leadership from the fallout of the Foley page scandal.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Foleygate"
    AP / Lawrence Jackson

    Foley Scandal Could Cost GOP Control of Congress

    George Stephanopolous says that if Republican leaders knew of and kept quiet about X-rated text messages (as opposed to the simply “overfriendly” ones) former Rep. Mark Foley sent to a page, “It’s game over. The leadership will have to resign.”
    (More after the jump...)

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley fallout

    You’ll Never Believe What Caucus Foley Ran…

    Mark Foley, the GOP rep who resigned over sexually explicit e-mails to a 16-year-old page, was the founder of the Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus. Check out this video clip for the irony.

     

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Army Gen.: Rumsfeld Muzzled Postwar Plans

    Army Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid, who retires in three weeks, said the Defense secretary threatened in 2003 to “fire the next person” who talked about the need for postwar planning for Iraq. Rumsfeld apparently knew such talk would create the perception that the U.S. would be there a long time.
    This is big: It’s a current Army general saying this—albeit one who’s about to retire. And it confirms what outsiders (like journalists) have been reporting for some time.

    Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Breaking news
    From Fox News

    Breaking (Fox) News!

    Stop the presses! Fox News has a scorching “breaking news” update! Ready for it? OK: Suspected Jonbenet killer John Mark Karr drank champagne on his flight to the United States!

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    The Truthdig Interview: Mark Fainaru-Wada

    Mark Fainaru-Wada is one of two San Francisco Chronicle reporters who broke the Barry Bonds steroid stories. With a new book out, Fainaru-Wada discussed with Truthdig contributor James Harris whether Congress doesn’t have better things to do than hold hearings into pro sports; whether pro baseball really cares about cleaning up its image; and the federal government’s attempts to get Fainaru-Wada to disclose his confidential sources.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Mark Danner
    From MarkDanner.com

    Mark Danner Waves the Smoking Gun

    New Yorker staff writer and Berkeley professor Mark Danner has a new book exploring America’s scandalous indifference to the Downing Street Memo—the “smoking gun” that all but proves Bush was set on going to war in Iraq eight months before the actual invasion.

  • Read the Buzzflash interview

  • Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


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