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Mr. Fish: Bipartisanship in the New Congress

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Posted on Jan 4, 2007 READ MORE    


Ellen Goodman: From Stay-at-Home to Speaker

Nancy Pelosi’s ascendancy to the House speakership proves that modern women can successfully “opt back in” after “opting out” to raise their children.

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


John Roberts
law.com

Chief Justice Wants More Money

Chief Justice John Roberts made judicial pay the sole focus of his annual report, calling for a “substantial salary increase” for federal judges. Federal district judges currently earn the same amount as members of Congress—$165,200 a year.

Posted on Jan 1, 2007 READ MORE


Feingold
russfeingold.org

2006 MVPs: Most Valuable Progressives

The Nation’s John Nichols singles out those progressives he feels deserve special recognition for their work in 2006, including Russ Feingold (above) and members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


Bush and Ford
Left: softvote.com / Right: wikipedia.org

Bush to Avoid Ford’s State Funeral

President Bush will skip out on President Ford’s state funeral on Saturday, instead remaining in Texas until services are held on Tuesday. Ford gave two embargoed interviews critical of the current president that were released shortly after his death.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE


road sign
nytimes.com

Iran’s Afghan Strategy

Iran has flooded Afghanistan with both good works and propaganda, writes The New York Times’ David Rohde, in an effort to spread its influence. While the U.S. has resisted Tehran’s ascendancy in Iraq, it seems the Bush administration’s growing disinterest in Afghanistan extends to Iran’s presence there.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


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White House photograph courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library / David Hume Kennerly

Gerald Ford Dead at 93

The 38th president has died after suffering a year of intermittent health problems. Ford was both the longest-living president and the only one to hold the office without being elected.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Froma Harrop: Obama, Say-Nothing Superstar

Americans would do well to get over their adolescent crush on the Illinois Democrat and be receptive to less glamorous contenders who carry real messages.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Golden Gate
mikelevin.com

Golden State’s Green Law

California’s Global Warming Solutions Act requires the state to cut emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Industrialists and environmentalists alike are watching intently as the world’s seventh-largest economy prepares to meet that goal—assuming the landmark law survives numerous court challenges.

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE


Satire by Andy Borowitz: Naughty Outnumber Nice in New Survey

In a survey designed to determine who is naughty and who is nice, the naughty outnumbered the nice by a whopping 3-to-1 margin, the University of Minnesota revealed today.

Posted on Dec 24, 2006 READ MORE


Phill Kline
nytimes.com

Kansas Abortion Doctor Gets Scrooged

A prominent Kansas abortion provider has been charged with 30 misdemeanor violations of state law by the outgoing state attorney general. Dr. George Tiller and his supporters believe that Attorney General Phill Kline (above), who lost the November election and has only three weeks left in office, issued the charges as a farewell act of malice.
Update: A judge dismissed all charges only hours after they were filed (h/t: Frank in comments).

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


Raul Castro
eur.news1.yimg.com

Castro Makes Overture to Free Speech

Cuba’s acting president, Raul Castro, hinted at boosting freedom of expression this week, inviting university students to debate without fear. The remarks signal a departure from the practices of his brother, Fidel, who handed over power after undergoing surgery in July.

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


Goode

Goode Ol’ Boy’s Take on the Quran

God forbid that the first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, should be allowed to put his hand on a Quran when he’s sworn in without the likes of Virginia’s Rep. Virgil Goode (above) summoning his xenophobic nonsense: “... if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration, there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Quran.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


S.D. Senator ‘Recovering as Expected’

According to one of his doctors, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is “recovering as expected from brain surgery and his brain pressures continue to be in the normal range,” though he remains in critical condition. Johnson’s sudden illness last week raised the possibility of a Republican takeover of the Senate.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


Sadr
msnbcmedia.msn.com

Sadr Considers Cease-Fire

Muqtada al-Sadr may call for a monthlong unilateral cease-fire amid the formation of a new political coalition in Iraq.  Sadr is set to meet Thursday with key Shiite political leaders and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to discuss his role, or lack thereof, in the changing political landscape.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


Cheney
cbc.ca

Cheney Will Testify in Plamegate

“Scooter” Libby’s defense team said it intends to call Vice President Dick Cheney to testify on its behalf in the high-profile perjury trial that resulted from an investigation into the leaking of Valerie Plame’s identity. The vice president’s spokeswoman indicated that he would comply with the request: “We’ve cooperated fully in this matter and will continue to do so in fairness to the parties involved.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


net neutrality

A Guide to Net Neutrality

If you’ve been struggling to wrap your head around the hugely important issue of net neutrality, check out this excellent primer from the coalition SavetheInternet.com. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


Morris

Dick Morris: ‘First Black Is Better Than First Woman’

Clinton strategist turned Fox News provocateur Dick Morris brought his peculiar insight to bear on the Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama showdown, claiming: “Obama is in fact a better first than she is. First black is better than first woman in our politics in terms of valuing it.” What reasoning Morris used to make that determination remains a mystery, as he quickly moved on to the multitude of reasons why he feels Obama can’t win, and how he’ll leave the country if either one does.

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


Bayh
indystar.com

Bayh Not Running in ‘08

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) has announced he won’t run for president. The moderate said facing so-called political celebrities like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made the odds “longer than I felt I could responsibly pursue.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2006 READ MORE


fight
nytimes.com

Tensions Mount Between Palestinian Factions

Clashes between the two main Palestinian forces continued on Friday as Hamas accused Fatah of attempting to assassinate the Palestinian prime minister. Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas, who recently said he may call for early elections in order to oust Hamas from the government, is close to revealing his plan for addressing the political standstill between the two groups.

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


senate vote
cnn.com

Republicans’ Senate Fail-Safe

GOP senators may take a page from the Democrats’ playbook and filibuster the normally routine procedural vote that determines committee chairmanships. The tactic is meant to protect against the possibility, as it did for the Dems after the 2000 election, that Republicans might regain a majority in the Senate.

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


Powell: The Elephant in the Room

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Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


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


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