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John Murtha
house.gov

Rep. John Murtha Dies at 77

After serving almost exactly 36 years in the United States Congress, Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania has died. He had been in intensive care following gall bladder surgery. He was the first Vietnam War veteran elected to Congress. (continued)

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / debaird

Congress for Sale

Nearly a quarter of the members of the House of Representatives find themselves embroiled in a lobbying scandal, with Rep. John Murtha at the center. One hundred four representatives earmarked more than $300 million in just one bill, allegedly in exchange for campaign contributions from a lobbying firm founded by a former Murtha protégé.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009 READ MORE


Politico video

Giuliani Under the Microscope

In this Politico video news report, a particularly preppy host (all Capitol Hill style, no doubt) delivers the latest about Giuliani’s alleged use of New York taxpayer funds to hook up with his now-wife Judith in the Hamptons—and as it turns out, Rudy apparently hooked Judy up with her own “police driver and city car” before she was officially known as his extramarital side dish.

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


Murtha Clarifies Impeachment Talk

Jack Murtha’s spokesman has told TPM Café the antiwar congressman doesn’t feel impeachment is appropriate “at this time.” Murtha mentioned impeachment as one way to influence a president on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” prompting speculation around the blogosphere and mainstream media that the Democrats might consider taking more aggressive action against George W. Bush.

Posted on Apr 30, 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


Iraq troops
fatu.us

Most Americans Want Out of Iraq, No Matter What

A majority of Americans—56 percent—now favor a withdrawal from Iraq, even if it leaves the country in chaos. According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, two-thirds also opposed a “surge” of troops, and 58 percent approved of Jack Murtha’s plan to stop the escalation.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


Jack Murtha

John Murtha: The Man With the Plan

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) briefs movecongress.org on his plan to “redirect” funding for the war, put constraints on troop deployments and restore American credibility: “I think Abu Ghraib should be bulldozed.”

Posted on Feb 15, 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


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


Jack Murtha
firedoglake.com

Truthdigger of the Week: John Murtha

He may have lost the race for House majority leader, but he still earns our vote for leading the way in calling for an end to the Iraq war.

Posted on Nov 17, 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


Videocast: Robert Scheer on 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


Dennis Kucinich
AP / Lee Marriner

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Cut Off Iraq War Funding

In a Truthdig interview, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) reacts to Rep. John Murtha’s failed bid for House majority leader, and explains why cutting off funding for the Iraq war is the only way to truly protect American troops.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Hoyer Elected House Majority Leader

The vote is in, and the results are disappointing. Steny Hoyer beat John Murtha by a vote of 149 to 86 in the election for House majority leader.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Joe Conason: Draining the Congressional Swamp

While the post-election shoving and shuffling on Capitol Hill sounds dull, parochial and petty to the rest of the world, the choices that politicians make among themselves can be telling.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Murtha
AP Photo / Dennis Cook

Robert Scheer: Murtha’s No Lefty, But He’s Right

If they know what’s good for them, the Democrats will heed the call of the voters on Thursday and elect Iraq war critic John Murtha as their leader in the House.

Posted on Nov 14, 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


Rumsfeld and Murtha
From Huffington Post

Murtha Resolution: Rumsfeld Must Resign

Rep. Jack Murtha, a decorated Marine veteran, has introduced a resolution calling for the resignation of the secretary of defense, “not only for his past mistakes, but for the future of the military,” he told CNN.

  • Read the actual resolution

  • Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


    GOP bogeymen
    From GOP.com

    Lamont Heads New GOP Bogeymen Lineup

    RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman has released a video titled “From NDR to Ned Lamont: The Democratic Party’s Transformation From Strength to Weakness.” Its message is obvious. Its logic is ludicrous—i.e. that only blind adherence to Bush’s failed policies will make America safe. (More after the jump….)

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    John Murtha on

    Murtha Attacks Rove on ‘Cut and Run’ Comments

    Antiwar Democratic Rep. John Murtha on Karl Rove’s assertion that Democrats are, essentially, cowards on Iraq: “He?s sitting in his air-conditioned office on his big, fat backside—saying stay the course. That?s not a plan!”

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Truthdigger of the Week: John Murtha

    Truthdig salutes Pa. Rep. John Murtha for his sustained leadership in demanding a pullout of U.S. troops out from Iraq. Particularly inspiring was his conduct during Thursday’s congressional debate over the war. A GOP congressman all but called Murtha a coward, and the 38-year Marine veteran thundered back a response that sent the congressman scurrying for cover. In doing so, Murtha again demonstrated the Republican fallacy of equating a call for withdrawal with weakness. It’s a lesson more Democrats could stand to learn.

  • Watch the video of Murtha on the House floor
  • Read Murtha’s words from the day of the debate (Wash Po, AP, N.Y. Times)
  • UPDATE: Murtha steamrolls over Tim Russert (h/t: Huff Po)

  • Posted on Jun 17, 2006 READ MORE


    John Murtha
    From USA Today

    Murtha May Run for Majority Leader

    Rep. John Murtha, one of the most outspoken antiwar Democrats on the Hill, has told fellow lawmakers that he will run for House majority leader if the Democrats retake the House in November.

    Posted on Jun 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
    clinton.senate.gov

    Not Backing Hillary

    I’d like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Sen. Clinton for president.

    Posted on Jan 21, 2006 READ MORE


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