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Clinton and Giuliani
Left: Washington Post / right: themoderatevoice.com

Clinton and Giuliani Lead the Pack in Poll

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani in the lead for their parties’ nominations.  John McCain, who has lost considerable support among independent voters—possibly due to his plan to send more troops to Iraq—polled closely behind Giuliani.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


John McCain
gwb.nwblog.com

McCain Hates Blogs

Sen. John McCain has launched an assault against the independent blogosphere by introducing legislation that would, among other things, make bloggers responsible for comments and copyrighted material posted on their sites, with fines of up to $300,000.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Tim Johnson
state.sd.us

Democrats’ Senate Majority Endangered

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) appears to have suffered a stroke and remains under evaluation at George Washington University Hospital.  Should Johnson have to resign because of illness, the governor of South Dakota, a Republican, could appoint a replacement from his own party, taking away the Democrats’ majority in the Senate and giving Vice President Dick Cheney the tie-breaking vote.

Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


Rodriguez
Wikipedia

Dems Grow Majority in Congress

Democrats picked up another House seat on Tuesday when a victim of Texas redistricting ousted the incumbent in a Supreme Court-ordered runoff election. The upset victory brought the Dems’ total gain of House seats to 30.

Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’ On 109’s Last Session

Jon Stewart says farewell to the 109th Congress, which used its final session to “pass last-minute tax cuts, expand oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, clear GOP leadership of wrongdoing in the Mark Foley scandal, and pardon Hitler… .”

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


Kucinich to Run for President

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said in a statement Monday that he will run for president in the 2008 election, prompted in part by his own party’s decision to continue funding for the Iraq war.  Kucinich discussed the funding issue at length in an interview with Truthdig.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


no smoking
designofsignage.com

Pelosi Mulls Smoking Ban

D.C. may be smoke-free, but Congress gets to set its own rules.  Unfortunately for nicotine-craving lawmakers (25% of Congress), the Democrats’ victory may lead to change for more than Iraq and the minimum wage—Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi is considering a ban on smoking in the U.S. Capitol.

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


San Andreas
mobygames.com

Hillary the Panderer

Arianna Huffington takes Hillary Clinton to task for continuing her vote-hungry triangulating campaign against video game indecency.  In case you missed it, last year Hillary got all bent out of shape over a hidden sex scene in a game called “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”  She didn’t seem to mind the initial release of the game, which allowed players (17 and older) to commit mass murder in graphic detail.

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Image: AP; composite: Karen Spector / Truthdig

Dennis Kucinich’s Showdown With the Democratic Leadership

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) criticizes the leadership of his own party for announcing Tuesday that it would support a massive increase in spending for the Iraq war.

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


Barack Obama
AP / Charlie Neibergall

The Trouble With ‘Political Rock Stars’

The pundits’ latest catchphrase is insulting to the traditions of both politicians and rock stars.

Posted on Dec 4, 2006 READ MORE


Hastings
answers.com

Pelosi Blocks Bid for Helm of Key Committee

Nancy Pelosi put the kibosh on Alcee Hastings’ bid for the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.  In defiance of the decision and his critics, who took issue with a prior corruption scandal, Hastings declared: “Sorry, haters, God is not finished with me yet.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


K Street
svt.se

K Street Hysteria

The power shift in Washington has sent lobbying firms scrambling to snap up Democrats, and left some interest groups—the pharmaceutical industry, for instance—wondering who their friends are.  On the other hand, Melinda Pierce, who lobbies for the Sierra Club, couldn’t be happier.

Posted on Nov 23, 2006 READ MORE


Hastert
cnn.com

Hastert Steps Down, but Not Out

The man who held the post of speaker longer than any Republican in history is now but one of a multitude, serving out his last days in the Congress he helped to lose.  Denny Hastert’s refusal to retire makes him a historical oddity, since House speakers typically end their reigns by either resigning or dying.

Posted on Nov 23, 2006 READ MORE


Thanksgiving Revenge
Mike Luckovich

Molly Ivins: Thanks—No, Seriously

In keeping with the season, we can start by expressing our appreciation to the right-wingers for the chuckles they’ve given us since Election Day.

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


Whitmann
newyorktimes.com

Lieberman Hires Political Opportunist

We can’t say we’re surprised that Joe Lieberman has chosen as his spokesman an ideological acrobat—the only Jew ever to serve as chief lobbyist for the Christian Coalition.  The New York Times describes Marshall Wittmann as “a Trotskyite turned Zionist turned Reaganite turned bipartisan irritant turned pretty much everything in between….”

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Same Old Party

The Republicans’ choice of Trent Lott for minority whip exposes the party’s disingenuous lip service to black voters for what it is.

Posted on Nov 21, 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


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


Molly Ivins: Farewell, Rummy

There’s been so much in print about how Daddy 41’s people are back in the saddle, I was terrified when I saw a photo of Dan Quayle among the pack.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: The Poster Boy of Self-Hate

Though Ted Haggard and others find the “sin” of homosexuality repulsive, Americans are slowly becoming more tolerant of themselves and each other.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: A Prescription for Congress

The Medicare prescription drug program is the single totem that best represents the ugly excesses of the now-defeated Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Hillary vs. the General

Gen. John Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee that troop levels should not be changed in Iraq, but that Iraqis themselves ought to bear responsibility for the nation’s security.  Sen. Hillary Clinton responded with a smackdown: “Hope is not a strategy. ... I have heard over and over again the Iraqi government must do this, the Iraqi army must do that. Nobody disagrees with that. The brutal fact is, it is not happening.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


Lieberman
wndu.com

Snake in the Grass

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Joe Lieberman acknowledged that he might switch parties if the going gets tough with the Democrats.  While characterizing the election as a win for moderates, Lieberman also thanked the 70 percent of Republicans who voted for him for their support.

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Now They’re All for Bipartisanship

Having watched election coverage nonstop all week, I sometimes wake up screaming, “Bipartisanship!” and scare myself.

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


Baker and Bush
whitehouse.gov

Baker Panel in the Hot Seat

The Iraq Study Group, set to meet with the president on Monday, may offer more in the way of political cover than genuine solutions to the problems facing Iraq.  According to Iraq experts familiar with the panel’s work, many of its recommendations either have already been attempted or are unlikely to succeed.

Posted on Nov 12, 2006 READ MORE


Lieberman and Dean
usatoday.com

Lieberman Wants Back In

A spokesman for Joe Lieberman says the senator intends to serve in the next Congress as a full-blown Democrat, not an independent who merely caucuses with Democrats.

Posted on Nov 11, 2006 READ MORE


John McCain
interet-general.info

McCain Gears Up to Run

Though he hasn’t made any official announcement, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to launch a presidential exploratory committee—the first step toward running for the highest office in the land.

Posted on Nov 11, 2006 READ MORE


Wolf Blitzer

CNN Hypes Kerry Impact

Despite evidence to the contrary, CNN anchors and reporters repeatedly insisted the controversy surrounding John Kerry’s “botched joke” will play a major role in the upcoming election.

Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


John Kerry
wonkette.com

Kerry Grows a Spine

John Kerry has lashed out at the “right-wing nut jobs” who questioned his patriotism because of a comment he made Monday: “I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed-suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq….”

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


McCain and Bush
slate.com

Not So Straight Talk

Media Matters pokes holes in John McCain’s image with this list of the “straight-talker’s” flip-flops and equivocations.

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


Cheney Spews Election Nonsense

During an interview with Fox News, Dick Cheney said insurgents have increased the level of violence in Iraq in order to influence the U.S. election.  Although the claim appears on its face reckless and contrary to the facts, one must consider the possibility that the vice president was in fact referring to himself and his colleagues in the Bush administration as “insurgents.”

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


Blair and Bush
watchingthewarmakers.org.uk

Blair Going as Bush for Halloween

A spokesman for Tony Blair said the prime minister opposes an inquiry into the Iraq war because “We have troops who are operating in the field of combat.  We have an enemy who is looking for any sign of weakness at all, any sign of a loss of resolution or determination.”  Sound like anyone you know?

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


IRS Gets Political

The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service has delayed the collection of back taxes from Hurricane Katrina victims until after the election in order to avoid political fallout.  Four former IRS commissioners called the move “improper and indefensible.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Schroeder
wdr.de

Schroeder Creeped Out by Bush

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s upcoming memoir connects religious zeal to Bush’s decision-making: “What bothered me, and in a certain way made me suspicious despite the relaxed atmosphere, was again and again in our discussions how much this president described himself as ‘God-fearing.’”

Posted on Oct 22, 2006 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
climatecrisis.net

Faithful Respond to Global Warming

The Rev. Sally Bingham tells NPR about her efforts to bring science to the faithful, including screening Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” for congregations around the country.

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


Peter Agre

Science Misused as Propaganda, Says Nobel Laureate

Dr. Peter Agre of Scientists and Engineers for America condemns Washington’s exploitation of fake science: “Good science has something to do with reality, and reality is sometimes very useful.”

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


Israeli President Accused of Rape

Israeli police have found sufficient evidence to charge President Moshe Katsav with multiple acts of rape and sexual harassment.

Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

Left, Right & Center

Join Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller for a lively discussion on the week in politics, policy and culture.  This week: Campaign Kickoff and Labor Day Blues.

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

Left, Right & Center

Join Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Lawrence O’Donnell for a lively discussion on the week in politics, policy and culture.  This week: Plan B, for Lebanon, Iraq and America’s women; a look back at a decade of welfare reform; Republican Congressman Christopher Shays says “let’s get out” of Iraq.

Posted on Aug 26, 2006 READ MORE


KCRW's Left, Right & Center

Left, Right & Center

Join Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, along with Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Lawrence O’Donnell, for a lively discussion on the week in politics, policy and culture.  This week: Cease-Fire—Who Won, Who Lost? Warrantless Wiretap Decision and Appeal; A Review of Iraq War.

Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center logo

Left, Right, and Center

On this week’s episode: Iraq Civil War?; Will Israel Fighting Ever Stop?; Fidel; Mel Gibson; Min-wage, Death-Tax Debates Die.

Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


Evangelical Pastor Disowns Church Role in Conservative Politics

A Minnesota megachurch leader says “the church should steer clear of politics, give up moralizing on sexual issues, stop claiming the United States as a ‘Christian nation’ and stop glorifying American military campaigns.”
Amen.

Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE


Reverend Tony Campolo
From CBS

Religious Left Leader: Jesus Was Mum on Gays, Abortion

“Jesus never said one word about homosexuality, never said one word about civil marriage or abortion,” said a prominent religious left leader in an article about religious progressives trying to regain the political ground they lost after the MLK Jr. era. (h/t: Huff Po)

  • The mixing of religion and politics is a bad idea regardless of the ideological slant. But until Sam Harris wins that argument… (more)

  • Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: The Politics of Greed

    “Anyone who doesn’t think this is a country where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer needs to check the numbers—this is Bush country, where a rising tide lifts all yachts.”

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Could Lunacy Explain Bush’s Policies?

    “Craziness would make a certain amount of sense. I mean, you announce you are going to militarize the Mexican border, but you assure the president of Mexico you are not militarizing the border…. It’s quite possible that lunacy and politics are closely related.”

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    The Problem With ‘Christianists’

    Conservative writer Andrew Sullivan is angry about the way Republicans have intertwined faith and politics.

    Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Rev. Madison Shockley: Christian Coalition in the Fray

    The religious advocacy group is inserting itself into the fight over the San Diego congressional seat of disgraced ex-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham.

    Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


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