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Fecal Matter in Soldiers’ Water? Sure, Says Senate

Senate Republicans shot down a measure that would have enacted oversight on the practices of private contractors in Iraq. As a result, companies like Halliburton are free to continue doing things like exposing U.S. soldiers in Iraq to water contaminated with fecal matter. The Nation has the details.

Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


Corporate Donations Shift Left

Companies in the insurance, pharmaceuticals and tobacco industries are boosting their share of contributions to Democrats this year, an indication that the traditionally Republican-friendly donors suspect Dems may soon end up holding the reins of power.

Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


Ken Mehlman and Jon Stewart

Ken Mehlman Holds His Own Against Jon Stewart

The chairman of the Republican National Committee did a surprisingly good job ducking and parrying the jabs that the “Daily Show” host launched at him over the Bush administration’s record of lies and deceit. (Stewart got in a few zingers, but Mehlman is as good as they come.)

Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE


Dems Closing Fundraising Gap with GOP

Even RNC chairman Ken Mehlman says that the Internet has proved much more lucrative for Democratic candidates than it has for Republicans.

Posted on Jun 11, 2006 READ MORE


Norman Solomon: The Gay Marriage Ban Isn’t Just Politics as Usual

Members of the media have been too easy on the Republican push to ban gay marriage. Yes, it may be all about politics, but does that mean society shouldn’t react harshly to the attempt to codify discrimination in our Constitution?

Posted on Jun 8, 2006 READ MORE


Netroots Seen as Threat to Two-Party System

Democratic strategist Joe Trippi writes that the rise of the Netroots-based organization Unite08 may be the harbinger of the end of the traditional two-party system in American politics.

Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


American Prospect
From AmericanProspect.org

Democrats Are Urged to Become Republicans

That’s the call from Michael Tomasky in a cover story for the American Prospect. He means republicans with a small ‘r’—defenders of the idea of a republic that serves the common good. Tomasky writes: “What the Democrats still don?t have is a philosophy, a big idea that unites their proposals and converts them from a hodgepodge of narrow and specific fixes into a vision for society.”

Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


Rolling Stone Asks: Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revisits the 2004 election and finds evidence of massive electoral fraud. Kennedy writes:  “After carefully examining the evidence, I’ve become convinced that the president’s party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004.”

Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


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Democrats Wooing Evangelical Christians

Just as the GOP tried to pull African Americans away from the Democratic Party, so too are Democrats going after the Republicans’ base: evangelical Christians. But a Washington Post columninst asks: “What does it profit a party to gain a demographic but lose its soul?”
Earlier: The Religious Left Rises Again

Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: ‘Yes, I Am Actually Calling Them Racist’

“By all means, reform immigration with this deep obeisance to the Republican right-wing nut faction and their open contempt for ‘foreigners.’ But do not pretend for one minute that it is not a craven political bow to racism.”

Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


Poll: Bush Losing Support Among Hispanics, Conservatives

White conservatives form the base of the GOP, and Hispanics were supposed to be its future. But thanks to Bush’s stance on immigration (and some other issues), both groups are running away from the party.

Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


The House Is in Play for Democrats

Throw conventional wisdom out the window, says the New York Times: Many seats in the House of Representatives that were once thought safe for Republicans have now become competitive races.

Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


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Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


Domestic Spying
From wcsh6.com

Bipartisan Furor Over NSA Program

Many Republican and Democratic lawmakers are furious over the alleged NSA phone record collection program.

  • GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham: “The idea of collecting millions or thousands of phone numbers, how does that fit into following the enemy?”
  • Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy: “It is our government, it’s not one party’s government.”

  • Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    GOP Losses Are Democrats’ Gains

    Although Republicans have been losing ground in polls for some time, poll numbers for Democrats haven’t been rising much at all—until now.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Who Would Jesus Tax
    From ThinkProgress

    Conservatives Seek to Extend Tax Breaks for Rich

    House and Senate conservatives have agreed to spend $70 billion to extend the 15% tax rate on capital gains and dividends until 2010.

    Posted on May 9, 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


    GOP in Bed with Oil Execs
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    GOP Gas Rebate Plan Draws Bipartisan Scorn

    Republican senators received a flood of angry e-mails and phone calls in response to their plan to mail $100 checks to voters to ease the pinch of ever-rising gasoline prices. Even Rush Limbaugh said the GOP was treating Americans like “whores.”

    Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


    GOP Gas Company Loyalists

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    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Colbert and anti-gay congressman

    Colbert Takes a Ride on a GOP Road

    Georgia Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey seconds Colbert’s motion that homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed to “gay up” the highways.

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


    What? You Expected Real Lobbying Reform?

    House Republican leaders have stripped a pending bill of language that would require lobbyists to disclose their fundraising activities and contacts with lawmakers.

    Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Karl Rove’s Early Machinations

    In this classic column from 2000, the Texas columnist uses unearthed testimony from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to expose Karl Rove’s modus operandi back in the 1980s.

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Now Powell Tells Us

    Colin Powell told me that he and his department’s top experts never believed that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat, but that the president followed the misleading advice of Vice President Dick Cheney and the CIA in making the claim.

    Posted on Apr 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Job Approval Rating Hits New Low

    Sixty percent disapprove of the president’s performance—47% “strongly” disapprove, according to the Washington Post-ABC News poll.

    Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Specter Calls for Bush to Speak on Leak

    The Republican senator said of Bush’s authorization of the WMD intelligence leak: “We ought to get to the bottom of it so it can be evaluated, again, by the American people.”
    Also: Information had been strongly disputed months before Cheney and Libby leaked it.

     

    Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba
    From floridagovernorsmansion.com

    Jeb Bush Calls Immigration Debate ‘Hurtful’

    The Florida governor calls the anti-immigration “chest pounding” of politicians hurtful to him and his Mexican-born wife, Columba. Hats off to Jeb for breaking ranks on this one.
    Funny how it can take personal, familial experience for right-wingers to show some compassion on social issues. (See: Dick Cheney, father of a lesbian, breaking ranks with Bush on gay marriage.)

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Mass. Pushes Mandatory Health Insurance

    In what would amount to the country’s first universal coverage plan, the Massachusetts Legislature approved a bill that will require all its residents to buy health insurace or face legal penalties.
    How did they finally eke out a winning strategy for such a long-sought goal? The program is modeled on the state’s policy on auto insurance.

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


    No Further DeLay

    The scandal-tarred former House majority leader won’t seek reelection to Congress and intends to resign in May or June.
    (more)

    Posted on Apr 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Ex-DeLay Aide Pleads Guilty in Lobby Case

    Rep. Tom DeLay’s former top aide admitted to conspiring with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff to corrupt public officials and defraud his clients.
    The stench of corruption spirals ever upward

    Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


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    Ann Johansson / AP Photo

    GOP Senator Caught in Bind on Immigration

    On a day when tens of thousands have taken to the nation’s streets to protest a tightening of immigration laws, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas finds himself pinched between conservative “no amnesty” types and and Texas’ huge immigrant population.

    Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


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    From The Smoking Gun

    Cheney’s Suite Demands

    When the vice president spends the night at a hotel, he requires all TVs pre-tuned to Fox News (natch), room temperature set at 68 and caffeine-free Diet Sprite, among other things.

    Posted on Mar 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Report: Bush’s Incorrect Forecasts Wrecking his Credibility

    Three years of falsely upbeat predictions about the Iraq war are harming the president’s ability to restore confidence in his military operation and his presidency, according to GOP pollsters and strategists, reports the Washington Post.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    wiretap
    From mundanesounds.com

    New Bill Allows Warrantless Spying

    OK, OK, it’s not time to get hysterical yet. This one doesn’t look likely to pass, but…
    Four senators have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to eavesdrop, sans warrant, for up to 45 days. GOP Sen. Arlen Specter objected, saying the law would allow government to “do whatever the hell it wants.”
    Oh. Right. What a departure that would be.

    Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


    border_wall
    From Nic Paget-Clarke / inmotionmagazine.com

    Frist Throws Immigration Debate Into Disarray

    The Republican senator stunned both Democrats and the GOP alike by introducing an immigration bill that bypasses others now being debated. Bighearted guy that he is, Frist left out a guest-worker provision—which many conservatives view as amnesty for undocumented workers. (But which even Bush supported….)
    Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper to strip away the myths surrounding this hotly debated issue.

    Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


    The Anatomy Lesson

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    Dubai Firm Backs Out of Ports Deal

    The UAE-owned company dropped its bid to control six major U.S. ports. A United States-owned company will instead take possession.

    Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE


    DeLay Wins Texas GOP Primary

    The scandal-laden former House majority leader beat three challengers to win the nod.
    Guess it’s pretty hard to remove an 11-term congressman from power in Texas. Even when he’s under criminal indictment for money laundering.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Patriot Act Renewal Passes by Two Votes

    The cliffhanger vote caught Republican leaders by surprise. The president is expected to sign the legislation into law before Friday.
    With the nation’s attention trained squarely on the Dubai Ports fiasco (not that it’s an unimportant issue), Congress has passed the most sweeping abridgement of American freedoms in a generation—with barely a peep from the public.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    North Carolina GOP Asks for Church Directories

    The request, which echoes something the Bush-Cheney ticket did in the 2004 race, has been met with protests from across the spectrum.

    Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Sunday TV Leans to the Right, Study Finds

    A Media Matters study spanning 1997 to 2005 concludes: “Sunday talk shows on ABC, CBS, and NBC are dominated by conservative voices, from newsmakers to commentators.” Most frequent guest: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), with 124 appearances.

    Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney Shoots a Texas Liberal

    Welcome back to the paradoxical Bush/Cheney “responsibility society,” where no one (starting with the administration) takes responsibility.

    Posted on Feb 13, 2006 READ MORE



    From spiegel.de

    Wolfowitz Packing World Bank With Cronies

    Paul Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the Iraq war, has appointed many apparently unqualified Republican loyalists to high positions at the international agency. “The bank is stewing with discontent.” | story

    Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Republican Who Oversees NSA Calls for Wiretap Inquiry

    Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) breaks with the White House and calls for a full congressional inquiry into Bush’s spy program. | story
    The dam hasn’t just cracked—it’s gushing.

    Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Hypocrisy on Oil

    We agree with Arianna and the Washington Post on their incredulity about Bush’s plan to wean the U.S. off oil.

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Danforth Takes On the Christian Right

    The retired U.S. senator, diplomat and Episcopal priest is counting on “nausea” to sour people on evangelical politics. | story
    To that, we can only say “Amen!”

    Posted on Feb 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Enron Elephant
    Illustration by Karen Spector

    Put the Politicians in the Enron Docket

    There simply would be no Enron story were it not for the deregulation of the energy market ushered in by Republican politicians.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Lawmakers Appear to Distance Selves From Lobbyists

    Both Republicans and Democrats are canceling meetings with lobbyists in the wake of the Abramoff scandal. | story
    Pardon our cynicism, but as long as lobbyists have money to dole out, lawmakers will find a way to the trough.
    Any lobbying-reform legislation that results from this scandal will be rendered moot as quickly as you can say “McCain-Feingold.”

    Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Did Bush Kick the Abramoff Prosecutor Upstairs?

    The president has removed the chief prosecutor investigating the Jack Abramoff case. How? By nominating him to a federal judgeship. | story
    Democrats find the move so suspicious that they are calling for a special prosecutor in the corruption case.

     

    Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


    blogger Josh Marshall
    From talkingpointsmemo.com

    White House Photo Agency Deletes Bush-Abramoff Pictures

    Blogger Josh Marshall discovers that official Republican photographers deleted pictures from their website of the president and the disgraced lobbyist. | post
    The Daily DeLay reports that the president of that photographic company is a Bush contributor. | post

    Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


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