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Molly Ivins: A Campaign of Sleaze

Even judged against his own gutter-level standards, Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Michael J. Fox set a new low.

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Michael J. Fox

Limbaugh Maligns Michael J. Fox on Parkinson’s

Hate-spewing talk show host Rush Limbaugh accused actor Michael J. Fox of exaggerating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in a pro-stem cell ad. Rush is about as despicable as one can be.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Former CIA Bin Laden Hunter Parses the N.I.E.

Michael Scheuer, former head of the Bin Laden desk at the CIA, interprets the National Intelligence Estimate, doing a good job of separating policy from politics.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


Washington Post Hires Bush Speechwriter

The newspaper has brought on as a columnist Michael Gerson, the man who coined the term “Axis of Evil.” Time magazine called the evangelical writer “The President’s Spiritual Scribe.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


Whistleblower
From youtube.com

Whistle-Blower Makes His Case on YouTube

Shortly before being fired, a Lockheed Martin engineer posted a 10-minute video on YouTube alleging that the military contractor was turning a blind eye to critical security flaws on Coast Guard patrol boats. An investigation is underway. It’s apparently the first time someone has used YouTube to make such an accusation. (Article / Video)

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: What’s Eating Us About Eating Lobster?

The arguments for banning the cooking of live lobsters may have their merits, but by making lobster meat just another shrink-wrapped commodity we further disconnect ourselves from the food chain that sustains us.

Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


Michael Moore
From pub.tv2.no

Michael Moore: Going Beyond ‘HMO’s Suck’

The guerrilla documentary filmmaker’s next movie, “Sicko,” will be “a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on earth.” But it’s not just “a movie that tells you that HMOs and the pharmaceutical companies suck. Everybody knows that. I’d like to show you some things you don’t know.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


'The Road to Guantanamo'
Courtesy Roadside Attractions

Convenient Omissions on the Road to Guantanamo

Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross have made a necessary and important critique of grave injustices at Guantanamo Bay. But are their storytelling techniques entirely on the level?

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


Nicholas Berg’s Father on CNN: Violence Begets Violence

Michael Berg, father of the young contractor whose brutal death at the hands of Al Qaeda was videotaped and broadcast to the world, speaks out against the war in Iraq and violence as retribution, and condemns George W. Bush in an interview with a stunned Soledad O’Brien. Berg said that Zarqawi’s death brings him no joy and will only perpetuate the cycle of revenge. Watch the interview.

Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE


Michael Gerson
From Robert A. Reeder/ Washington Post

Bush’s Favorite Writer Leaving the White House

Michael Gerson wrote every major speech of Bush’s presidency, led a crusade to fund the fight against AIDS, malaria and poverty, and pushed for stronger action in Darfur. He also formulated Bush’s plan to spread democracy around the globe—with somewhat mixed results. No apparent scandal here: He’d been talking about leaving since 2004.

Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE


Joe Conason: Fire Chertoff, for Starters

Department of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff may have again revealed his incompetence by slashing New York’s anti-terror funding, but the problems plaguing that agency reach far deeper than one man. 

Posted on Jun 8, 2006 READ MORE


American Prospect
From AmericanProspect.org

Democrats Are Urged to Become Republicans

That’s the call from Michael Tomasky in a cover story for the American Prospect. He means republicans with a small ‘r’—defenders of the idea of a republic that serves the common good. Tomasky writes: “What the Democrats still don?t have is a philosophy, a big idea that unites their proposals and converts them from a hodgepodge of narrow and specific fixes into a vision for society.”

Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


Hayden Confirmed as CIA Director

History will surely boggle at this one: The architect of the NSA’s domestic spying program has been made the head of the CIA. And the vote was 78-15.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Senate Panel Backs Hayden Confirmation

It’s the blackest of all comedy: The man who engineered the NSA’s domestic wiretapping program appears to be sailing toward confirmation as the nation’s next CIA chief.

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


Michael Hayden
AP / Gerald Herbert

Hayden: ‘We Just Took Too Much for Granted’ in Iraq

That’s what Gen. Hayden said about the prewar Iraq intelligence failures. But there was no contrition for the domestic wiretapping activities he oversaw at the NSA. In contrast, he strongly defended the programs.
Well, now that he’s taken responsibility, at least we know what we’re in for if he gets confirmed.

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


Hayden Denounces Media Coverage of CIA Activities

Gen. Michael Hayden bemoaned the “endless picking apart” of CIA operations in the news media during today’s confirmation hearing on his nomination to head the intelligence agency.
If the architect of the NSA domestic wiretapping program gets this promotion, it will be like a Jon Stewart joke gone horribly wrong.

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


Chertoff Disparaged Idea of Sending Troops to Border

Six months ago, Bush’s Homeland Security chief said this about stationing National Guard troops on the Mexico border: “I think it would be a horribly over-expensive and very difficult way to manage this problem.”

Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


Michael 'Heckuva Job' Brown
From occoquan.com

Brown Poufed Hair As Katrina Hit, E-mails Say

Former FEMA director Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown told an aide he was “sitting in the chair, putting mousse in my hair” as he waited for a media interview immediately after the Aug. 29 disaster began. He also disputed that levees quickly broke—despite getting reports to that effect.

Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


Michael Hayden
From nsa.gov

CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to Bribery Scandal Company

Gen. Michael Hayden, whom Bush has tapped to lead the CIA, contracted the services of a company at the center of the Cunningham bribery scandal, reports TPM Muckraker.

Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


Michael Hayden
From nsa.gov

Likely New CIA Director Misled Congress on Wiretapping

Michael Hayden, who will probably replace outgoing CIA chief Porter Goss, told Congress in 2002 that all domestic surveillance was consistent with the FISA law—knowing full well of Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program.

  • The Fraud and False Statements statute (18 U.S.C. 1001) makes Hayden?s misleading statements to Congress illegal, according to a Clinton-era national security official.
  • See a Time article on Hayden’s impending appointment.
  • Posted on May 6, 2006 READ MORE


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