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Firing Congress

In 225 days, at least one high-ranking politician will become unemployed. How many will join President Bush in retirement?

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


Ted Kennedy
AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Friends and Foes Respond to Kennedy News

As the sad medical news about Ted Kennedy sinks in, a number of his colleagues and even some of his political enemies have responded. Time’s Mark Halperin has collected the statements of the presidential candidates, the president and others.

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


Bush
boston.com

Bush Ready to Stimulate America

President Bush announced that rebate checks will start winging their way to taxpayers as early as Monday, helpfully observing that Americans need a little help paying for necessities like groceries and gas during this economic “slowdown”—a slightly different story from his initial justification for this economic stimulus plan, and one that wasn’t lost on his critics.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton signs
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Road Burn Sets In for Obama and Clinton

After yet another big push—and facing more of the same—Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are, unsurprisingly, feeling the strain of the long campaign trail. Meanwhile, top Dems Harry Reid, Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi may make their own push—to urge superdelegates to make their presidential preferences known by July 1.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Bush in Texas
AP photo / Duane A. Laverty

Bush Backs Petraeus’ Pause Plan

Despite some congressional resistance, it seems Gen. David Petraeus’  recommended “pause” in U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq will take effect after July. On Thursday, President Bush (whose approval ratings have plummeted to a new low) essentially deferred the withdrawal issue to his successor.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


Bush
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Pelosi: Perhaps Bush Should Skip Olympics

Nancy Pelosi in recent weeks has been living up to her reputation as a critic of China. In an interview airing Tuesday, the House speaker tells “Good Morning America” that President Bush should consider skipping the opening ceremonies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already said “nein” to the affair.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Ethical Progress at Last

Elections do matter. Some people who win office really do keep campaign promises. And legislation the public wants—but which the politicians, by and large, don’t—actually can be enacted, even if the kicking and screaming can practically be heard coming from behind those infamously closed doors.

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


Pelosi

Pelosi: Dream Ticket Is ‘Impossible’

As the chair of the Democratic convention, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she intends to remain neutral throughout the primary process, but toward the end of this clip she seems to rebuke Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


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international.wi.gov

Farm Bill Brings the Bacon

What has the power to unite progressive Democrats and conservative Republicans? According to a compelling article in the San Francisco Chronicle, agribusiness is having its way in Congress, even getting Democrats to cut food stamps to make room for subsidies.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Nader
wcsh6.com

Two Views on Nader’s Candidacy

Ralph Nader has announced that he will run for the presidency for a third time. In the past months on Truthdig, the case has been made both for and against such a campaign. Here Chris Hedges says why he should run, while Robert Scheer tells Nader himself it would be better if he didn’t.

Posted on Feb 24, 2008 READ MORE


Pelosi
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Pelosi Warns Superdelegates

Nancy Pelosi, who is not only one of the highest-ranking members of the Democratic Party but the chair of its approaching national convention, has weighed in on two of the most controversial issues looming over the presidential nomination. Superdelegates, Pelosi said, should not overrule the will of the voters, and the disputed delegations from Michigan and Florida “can’t make the difference because then we would have no rules.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


Pelosi and Reid
citizenship.typepad.com

Choosing for Us

There’s an ugly possibility out there: The Democratic race could be so close it would be decided by the 796 super delegates (governors, members of Congress and the like) and not the people who voted and caucused. Party Chairman Howard Dean says he will do everything possible to avoid such a turn of events and Democratic strategists mostly agree that it would be a disaster for the party, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the super delegate notion to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


Pelosi and Bush
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House, Bush Cut Stimulus Deal

House Democrats, Republicans and President Bush have tentatively agreed on the broad outlines of a $150-billion stimulus package. Most of that money will come in the form of payouts ranging between $300 and $1,200 for individuals and households.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


Democrats’ Strategy in Need of Repair

Congressional Democrats need a Plan B.  So far, they have been unable to place the blame for governmental paralysis where it belongs: on the Do-Nothing Republicans.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


Pelosi
AP photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Waterboarding Our Democracy

When the CIA destroyed those prisoner interrogation videotapes, was it also destroying the truth about 9/11?  After all, according to the 9/11 Commission Report, the basic narrative of what happened on that day comes from the CIA’s account of what those prisoners told their torturers.  And what about those congressional leaders, including Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi, who were briefed on the torture program as early as 2002? 

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


Climbing Out of the Oil Ditch

After a generation of self-indulgence, America is very close to taking a big step away from foreign oil and all of the environmental and security problems we’ve come to associate with that phrase. Now, if we can just keep the energy industry at bay… .

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


waterboarding
abcnews.com

Waterboarding Was OK With Top Dems

A bipartisan group of top lawmakers, including current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was briefed on the details of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques as early as 2002. According to several U.S. officials, over the course of roughly 30 private briefings only one objection to the practice was raised.

Posted on Dec 9, 2007 READ MORE


Barry Bonds
Aislin, The Montreal Gazette

Lance Williams on Barry Bonds

The “Game of Shadows” co-author shares his thoughts on Barry Bonds’ legal woes, the impact of steroids on sports and how Nancy Pelosi helped to keep him (Williams) out of jail.

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


Barry Bonds
Aislin, The Montreal Gazette

Lance Williams on Bonds’ Indictment

“Game of Shadows” co-author Lance Williams shares his thoughts on Barry Bonds’ legal woes, the impact of steroids on sports and how Nancy Pelosi helped to keep him out of jail.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


Who Said Politics Was Fair?

Democrats in Congress are discovering what it’s like to live in the worst of all possible worlds. They are condemned for selling out to President Bush, and for failing to make compromises aimed at getting things done.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


Smearing Code Pink

In the beginning—back when most Americans believed Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, when Rumsfeld was known for his quick verbal jabs and not the quagmire in Iraq, and when Bush still could hope to be revered as a great wartime president—the women of Code Pink would stand quietly in front of the White House and hope someone would take their fliers.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


Bush in Roosevelt Room
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

War Costs Spiral Out of Control

Hey, a billion here, a billion there, who’s counting?  Not the State Department, which admitted this week that it can’t say “specifically what it received” for the $1.2 billion it paid DynCorp, ostensibly to train the Iraqi police—other than that somebody got an Olympic-size swimming pool out of the deal.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Pelosi
politico.com

Dems Blow Override, Vow to Keep On Fighting

House Democrats managed to pick up a few more votes for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, but not enough to override the president’s veto. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to keep fighting for the overwhelmingly popular program: “In the next two weeks we will send the president another bill that insures coverage for 10 million children.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE


Pelosi

Huffington Probes Pelosi on the War

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explains to a persistent Arianna Huffington why the Democrats haven’t yet cut off funds for the war, why Mitt Romney isn’t going to be the next president and why she opposes a war tax: “This war has to end. I don’t want any accommodation made to pay for it or to prolong it.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats Punt on National Security

Some lawmakers were furious over the administration’s actions regarding a surveillance bill, but in the end members of the majority party in Congress caved in under political pressure.

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


The Unflappable Speaker

Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have the demeanor of someone who leads a Congress suffering from the worst public disapproval in contemporary polling history.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan Returns to the Antiwar Movement

Video blogger Davis Fleetwood asks a recently reinvigorated Cindy Sheehan about her candidacy, impeachment, Scooter Libby’s pardon, the military-industrial complex and more.

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


Libby to Be Pardoned?

Cronyism may reach ever greater heights in the “Scooter” Libby case, as it seems that President Bush—after commuting the former Cheney aide’s sentence Monday—may consider pardoning him. 

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


Reid
zablanc.blogspot.com

Democrats Get the Message

The Democrats in Congress know Americans are frustrated with their failure to change Iraq policy and have devised a new strategy to try to convince voters to keep them in the majority. The plan includes weekly war votes to put the hawks on the defensive, along with more aggressive legislation that would set a binding withdrawal deadline, raise troop readiness standards and close Guantanamo.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


Pelosi, Reid:  ‘Surge’ Has Failed

Top congressional Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid sent President Bush a pre-emptive strike in the form of a letter Wednesday, prior to a meeting with him later in the day, declaring that the “surge” strategy in Iraq was a failure on several fronts.  Reid and Pelosi’s challenge came on the same day as news broke about an “indefinite” curfew imposed in Baghdad.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


Let’s Grow Up, Progressives!

The veteran political observer argues that the Democrats’ retreat on the war spending bill is but a temporary setback in a much longer struggle they are sure to win, if only opponents of the war are patient, determined and ready for the next fight.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


troops
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall

And the War Goes On

With a backdrop of increased sectarian violence, the discovery of a missing U.S. soldier’s corpse and the president’s promise of more troop casualties, Congress has approved $100 billion in funding for the Iraq war.  Bush is happy with the bill, but from her comments, it’s clear House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t: “This is like a fig leaf. ...”

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE


The Veto Stands

Congress regrouped Wednesday to vote in response to President Bush’s veto of the troop pullout bill on Tuesday, but the bill’s supporters failed to win the two-thirds of House votes needed to override the veto.  Now Democrats, responsible for 220 of the 222 votes to override (203 members voted in opposition), have to take a different tack. 

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Pelosi

Bush, Democrats Sound Off on the Veto

The president says the Democrats are trying to substitute political opinions for military judgment (he should talk). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the president wants a blank check for the war and he’s not going to get one (at least for now). On Wednesday they meet to debate the issue in person. Here’s a preview.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Shoots Down Troop Pullout Bill

Making good on his threat, President Bush vetoed the bill Tuesday that would have started U.S. troop withdrawal on Oct. 1 and stipulated that an additional $124 billion would be dedicated to the war effort.  Now it’s up to Congress to challenge his veto or come up with another plan instead.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


Flag
AP Photo / Petros Karadjias

The Final Act of Submission

The former weapons inspector who foretold the Iraq disaster argues that the newly empowered Democrats have allowed the Israel lobby to subvert America’s foreign policy by tacitly endorsing war with Iran.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


Lieberman

Lieberman Bashes Pelosi

For a guy who says he’s a Democrat, Joe Lieberman doesn’t show much party loyalty. The senator took a break from defending Bush and his war on Sunday to pile on the criticism of Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Syria. Luckily Arlen Specter, a Republican no less, was on hand to defend the logic of diplomacy.

Posted on Apr 8, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 7, 2007 READ MORE


Pelosi Tells Bush to ‘Calm Down’

With Congress nearing a consensus on a withdrawal timetable, the president repeated the claim Wednesday that Democrats would be held responsible for denying the troops funding. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded by saying Bush should “Calm down with the threats,” and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid simply asked, “Why doesn’t he get real with what’s going on with the world?”

Posted on Mar 28, 2007 READ MORE


Kucinich
kucinich.us

Kucinich Blasts Democrats

Not everyone was celebrating the passage of the Iraq spending bill on Friday. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, told Truthdig it’s “a disaster for the American people.” The presidential candidate went on to explain his dissatisfaction with his party: “It’s the same kind of thinking that led us into Iraq— that we didn’t have any alternatives.”

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


Dems Divided Over War Spending

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Whip James Clyburn are having a hell of a time convincing rebellious Democrats to support the new Iraq spending bill. Conservative “blue dogs” don’t like the readiness requirements and withdrawal timetable, while House progressives object to spending “another dollar or another dime to support this war.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

Organization, Democrat-Style

Jon Stewart pokes fun at the Democrats after a recent press conference that did little to assuage the concern that they don’t entirely have their stuff together. Say what you will about the Republicans, they know how to work a talking point. Speaking of which, don’t miss Dick Cheney’s entrance music at the end of the clip.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


Dems Back Down on Iran

House Democrats have agreed to drop a provision from an upcoming war spending bill that would have required congressional approval before the president could declare war on Iran. The legislation, if it survives a veto, would still demand the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by Sept. 1, 2008.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Adds to the Escalation

The president has announced plans to send an additional 4,400 troops to Iraq, on top of the 21,500 combat troops he’s already authorized. Bush has requested $3.2 billion to pay for the increase, putting the ball in the Democrats’ court.

Posted on Mar 11, 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


Last Throes of Cheney’s Credibility

While Americans grow increasingly frustrated with the Democrats for failing to end the Iraq fiasco (after a whopping two months), the vice president, one of the war’s chief architects, spent the week doing away with the last shred of a possibility that he either knows what he’s talking about or is telling the truth.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Scheer

Podcast: Alternative Energy, the State of the Union and More

Robert Scheer joins Truthdig contributors James Harris and Joshua Scheer for a conversation on the State of the Union, alternative energy, Nancy Pelosi, Iraq and more.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Scheer, James Harris and Joshua Scheer on Alternative Energy, the State of the Union and More

Robert Scheer joins Truthdig contributors James Harris and Joshua Scheer for a conversation on the State of the Union, alternative energy, Nancy Pelosi, Iraq, Oakland and more.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
nialler9

How to Put Impeachment Back on the Table

Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman writes in The Nation that in the year since she called for Bush’s impeachment, the case against him has only gotten stronger. Just because Nancy Pelosi has taken impeachment off the table, Holtzman argues, doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


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