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Partisanship at Justice Dept. Is Nothing New

This isn’t the first Bush White House to exert political pressure on U.S. attorneys. Back in 1992, a principled Arkansas Republican sacrificed his own career to defy partisan thuggery.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


The Real Voter Fraud

By repeatedly attacking the integrity of elections, Republicans have managed to disenfranchise the voters whose votes they’re unlikely to get.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


The 24-Hour Scandal Cycle

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John Edwards
msnbc.com

Edwards’ Iraq Vote Explained

In an upcoming memoir, Bob Shrum, former adviser to John Edwards, says he pushed the then-senator to vote for the Iraq war authorization out of concern for his political future. Edwards denies the claim, saying of his vote: “It was not a political calculation. ... It was a mistake.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


Gonzales Admits ‘Mistakes’ but Won’t Resign

On Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced there was “direct evidence” that Alberto Gonzales was politically motivated to order the firing of U.S. attorneys. The attorney general admitted that “mistakes were made here,” but said he had no plans to resign.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


Dick Cheney
AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta

His Own Worst Enemy

Dick Cheney has once again accused his critics of giving aid and comfort to the enemy, yet that’s precisely what his administration’s own policies have achieved.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Politician Breaks the God Barrier

Rep. Pete Stark of Fremont, Calif., just became the first Congress member and the highest-ranking elected official to publicly acknowledge he does not believe in God. To give you some sense of how difficult a time nonreligious politicians typically have in the U.S., a recent Gallup poll showed that while 92 percent of Americans would support a Jewish presidential candidate, only 45 percent would vote for an atheist.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


The GOP Waiting Game

Rudy Giuliani still leads among Republicans in the race for the presidential nomination, but a lurking powerhouse candidate like Chuck Hagel, armed with a popular take on the war, could quickly emerge a winner.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Podcast: California Pioneer on the Healthcare Crisis

Sheila Kuehl, former child star, Harvard legal scholar and California’s first openly gay legislator joins Truthdig’s James Harris and Josh Scheer for a discussion on the urgent need for public healthcare, the myths about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan and the details of her own proposal.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


California Pioneer on Public Healthcare and More

This week regular panelists James Harris and Josh Scheer are joined by California’s first gay legislator, Sheila Kuehl, for a discussion on the urgent need for public healthcare, the myths about Gov. Schwarzenegger’s plan and the details of her own proposal.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Gonzales
apn.co.nz

A Top Democrat Calls for Attorney General’s Resignation

Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, said Sunday that Alberto Gonzales should step down “for the sake of the nation.” Schumer pointed to the partisan firing of U.S. attorneys and the FBI’s abuse of the Patriot Act as evidence that the Justice Department has become highly politicized under Gonzales’ leadership.

Posted on Mar 12, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Strips Libby of Nickname

The satirist pokes fun at the Libby verdict and the president’s rush to distance himself from a liar.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


Years of Hyperpartisanship

The Bush administration has created a poisonous atmosphere that principled conservatives should deplore.

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert

Colbert Bids Farewell to Captain America

Stephen Colbert says goodbye to an American icon, who began his career fighting the Nazis and would go on to capture the cultural temperature for decades. Plus, don’t miss Fox News’ reaction: “You should not kill Captain America when we’re at war.”

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


A Partisan Purge Too Far

The plot to eliminate politically inconvenient U.S. attorneys was a direct assault on the integrity of American justice, and its architects should be investigated and punished accordingly.

Posted on Mar 7, 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


House Majority Leader Wants Ethics Investigation

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., has said there should be an ethics investigation of improper behavior related to the politically motivated firing of eight U.S. attorneys. The Senate is already conducting an inquiry into the matter, which involves at least three prominent Republicans in Congress.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Edwards
AP Photo / Mark Hirsch

Coulter’s Slur Puts Spotlight on Edwards

Thank you, Ann Coulter, for boosting the principled but media-neglected presidential candidacy of John Edwards.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


Harry Belafonte, the Lion at 80

The legendary entertainer and activist may be in his ninth decade, but his commitment to social justice is as fervent as ever.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


Countdown

Olbermann Catches Conservatives Shaming Themselves

Keith Olbermann takes aim at Newt Gingrich for blaming residents of New Orleans for the devastation of Katrina, “comedian” Rush Limbaugh for suggesting that Barack Obama could own Al Sharpton because of their ancestry, and, of course, Ann “Coultergeist” for calling John Edwards “that name.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Mike Farrell

Podcast: ‘M*A*S*H’ Star Mike Farrell on the Engine That Drives His Activism

Actor, activist and author Mike Farrell joins regular panelists James Harris and Josh Scheer to talk about his new book “Just Call Me Mike,” why it took so long for Americans to wake up to George W. Bush and more.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Can Congress End the War?

The courts aren’t likely to be of any help in stopping the Iraq war. And this White House seems incapable of rational thought on the subject. Clearly, the legislative branch is the way to go.  But what exactly can it do?

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
telegraph.co.uk

Obama, Clinton Cross Paths in Selma

Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton went to Selma, Ala., on Sunday to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the historic march there. With news outlets buzzing over their “intense rivalry,” they managed to applaud one another and honor a momentous struggle above and beyond their own campaigns.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


Remembering Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

The historian, who died this week, disdained utopianism but lived in hope with a lifelong belief in the power and persistence of liberalism in American politics. 

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats Issue First Subpoenas

As expected, the House Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas Thursday as part of an investigation into the Justice Department’s alleged partisan abuse of U.S. attorneys. The decision marks the first time Democrats have exercised their reclaimed subpoena power. Chairwoman Linda Sánchez called the move a “last resort.”

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


John Conyers
bradblog.com

Break Out the Subpoenas

Members of the House Judiciary Committee have said they will dust off that discarded tool of congressional inquiry, the subpoena. The committee is investigating the Justice Department’s allegedly partisan hiring and firing of U.S. attorneys.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Talks Religion and Politics

In this June 2006 speech before a Chicago congregation, Sen. Barack Obama opens up about his past struggles with religion, his eventual commitment to Christianity, and his belief that spirituality and politics can enrich and complement each other. 

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


Rudy Giuliani
AP Photo / Gary Kazanjian

The Ghost of Giuliani’s Political Past

Rudy Giuliani is often presented as a political moderate whose thriving presidential campaign need only negotiate the hurdle of a conservative primary, but his pre-9/11 record as New York’s mayor—particularly his policies toward working-class and minority residents—should greatly alarm progressives.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Bush Turns to a Trusted Source

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Iraq oil
iraqdevelopmentprogram.org

Iraq Nears Oil Sharing Deal

The Iraqi Cabinet has approved an oil revenue sharing plan that would divide profits among the provinces based on population, and allow foreign oil companies unprecedented access to Iraq’s reserves. Distributing the wealth of Iraq’s natural resources has been a major political obstacle, as most of the nation’s current oil fields are in Shiite territory.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


Ralph Nader
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Pariah or Prophet?

Many have dismissed Ralph Nader’s recurring candidacy as an “ego trip,” but veteran journalist Chris Hedges argues that the activist and agitator has in fact taken a consistent and necessary stand against the consumer fraud of American politics.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


The Character Assassin

Even as jurors pondered whether Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff should be convicted of lying about what the Bush administration did to smear one of its critics, there was Cheney accusing another adversary of doing the work of the terrorists.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


Thurmond and Sharpton
whdh.com

Genealogists Uncover Al Sharpton-Strom Thurmond Connection

The Rev. Al Sharpton is descended from a slave once owned by Strom Thurmond’s family, according to genealogists working on behalf of The New York Daily News. Sharpton called the revelation “probably the most shocking thing in my life.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Slim Pickings for Christian Right

The Rev. Jerry Falwell held a hush-hush summit earlier this month with other conservative Republicans from the Council for National Policy to discuss the 2008 presidential race.  The exclusive group is facing a status downgrade when the Bush years end and can’t find anyone in the lineup of candidates who clearly fits the council’s bill.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Talabani
news.bbc.co.uk

Iraq President Hospitalized

After a brief stint in an Iraqi hospital, President Jalal Talabani was flown to Jordan, where he was again hospitalized. His office said there was no cause for worry, but inconsistent reports on his status have clouded the picture—he’s either suffering from kidney problems or low blood pressure, depending on who is asked.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Media Ignore Lieberman’s Caucus Fickleness

According to Media Matters, several media outlets noted a statement Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman made to Time magazine that there is a “very remote possibility” he will stop caucusing with Senate Democrats but failed to mention his pre-election promises to continue to caucus with them.

Posted on Feb 24, 2007 READ MORE


The Turning Point

The co-editor of the American Empire Project book series and author of “Every Man a Speculator” brings a historical perspective to the 2006 election, and the coming battle for the presidency.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Grow Up or Get Out

The childish feud between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama this week trampled over the real issues while giving Republicans a pass. The two Democratic front-runners had better move beyond self-obsessed pettiness—and fast—or they risk handing the election to the GOP.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Senate Dems Try New Tack

Senate Democrats have given up pushing a nonbinding anti-escalation resolution, and instead will try to limit the scope of military operations in Iraq, the first step, they say, in ending the war. Meanwhile, the House plans to pursue a different strategy altogether, hoping to choke off the supply of troops to the Iraq grinder.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton to Antiwar Voters: Bring It On

The senator’s attitude toward critics is reminiscent of Bush’s famous invitation to terrorists, and may prove to be just as big a blunder.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Right-Wingers Have Repented, but The Times Hasn’t

Even with the benefit of years of hindsight, The New York Times has failed to accept responsibility for its role in hyping the phony Whitewater accusations against the Clintons.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Let’s Get Out of the 2002 Trap

Primary voters and pundits should stop browbeating Clinton over her Iraq war vote and instead take a hard look at her and the other candidates’ plans for Iraq.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


The Perils of Cyberbaggage

Politicians know all too well the impact the blogosphere can have on their careers, but bloggers themselves are discovering their words can come back to haunt them.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
msnbc.com

Clinton and Obama Feud

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have finally dropped the smiles and gone after one another, albeit over a non-issue. The spat started after David Geffen, a former Clinton backer turned Obama fundraiser, called Hillary “polarizing” and overly ambitious. Update: More quotes from the feud.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Obama
nytimes.com

Obama Cashes In at Hollywood Fundraiser

Barack Obama took in $1.3 million Tuesday from an L.A. fundraiser organized by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Hollywood is a crucial pit stop on the road to the White House for Democratic candidates as they build their war chests, especially with so many contenders in the field.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
globeweeklynews.com

Hillary Refuses to Apologize for Iraq War Vote

Hillary Clinton is apparently so concerned with the specter of flip-flopping she will never apologize for her vote to authorize military action against Iraq. Speaking at a recent campaign event, the candidate herself said, “If the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or has said his vote was a mistake, then there are others to choose from.” Indeed, there are.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Ralph Nader
aljazeera.com

Nader Threatens to Run

Perennial spoiler Ralph Nader says he’s considering yet another run for president, depending on what the Democrats “come up with.” The former consumer advocate said front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lack “political fortitude,” and criticized John Edwards’ foreign policy stances.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Libby Trial Reveals Cheney’s Upset

There can be no doubt after multiple witnesses and now audio recordings from Libby himself that the White House was hopping mad about Joe Wilson’s assertion that the administration cherry-picked intelligence to make the case for war. On the tapes, Libby describes the vice president as “upset” and “disturbed” over what he considered a political assault.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Hillary Prepares to Join the Conversation

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McCain and Hagel

McCain vs. Hagel

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., took turns trash-talking each other’s Iraq proposals on Sunday’s “This Week.” Hagel threw McCain’s words back at him, calling his benchmark plan for Iraq “disingenuous,” while McCain said that, other than his own, “they’re all bad options….”

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


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