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Christopher Shays
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14th Time’s the Charm

Whether it’s because he’s facing a tough campaign against an antiwar Democrat or he just lost his supply of kool-aid, Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) has swung ‘round to sanity on the Iraq war.  After returning from his 14th visit to Iraq, the once-steadfast hawk called for a timetable for withdrawal and bashed Rumsfeld: “I haven’t had faith in the secretary in a long time.”

Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


Republicans to Spy Agencies: Make Iran Scarier

Senior Bush officials and other top Republicans are apparently angry that U.S. intelligence agencies aren’t issuing more ominous threats about Iran. The GOP’ers, marred by (but unrepentant for) their Iraq debacle, are eager to use their lethal Tonka Toys once again—this time in Iran.

  • Check out an intelligence expert at AMERICAblog who argues that Iran poses no imminent threat to the U.S.

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


  • Americans Favor Dems on Iraq War, Says Poll

    In a reversal of the national sentiment of 2003, Americans now favor Democrats over Republicans on the Iraq war by 47% to 41%, according to a CNN poll. On the issue of terrorism, however, Republicans come out on top, 48 to 38.

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Let the Truth-Telling Begin

    Those who advocate withdrawal from Iraq ASAP have just as much of a duty to make the arguments for doing so—and to admit how much they don’t know—as those who got us into this mess five years ago.

    Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


    You Won?t Have Ney to Kick Around Anymore

    Rep. Robert ?Bob? Ney (R-Ohio) announced he would not seek reelection in November.  Ney, who has been under investigation for corruption related to Jack Abramoff, was pressured by the House Republican leadership to step down at the end of his term.

    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Washington Deal Maker Details Palm Greasing

    A contractor tied to disgraced former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham describes America’s congressional appropriations process as little more than a shakedown.

    Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Breaks Bread With NAACP

    Bush spoke to the NAACP?s annual convention for the first time during his presidency.  His speech drew both applause and silence as he addressed the group he has avoided for five years.

    Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Rep. Barney Frank

    Rep. Barney Frank Rails Against Anti-Gambling Bill

    The Democratic congressman from Massachusetts slams the GOP for its attempt to legislate morality in the realm of online poker (while Republicans hypocritically protect other forms of gambling). Money quote: “If we were to outlaw for adults everything that college students abuse we would all just sit at home and do nothing!”

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Barack Obama
    From Thehill.com

    Truthdig: Don’t Believe Obama’s Hype on Evangelicals

    The Illinois senator chastised his colleagues for leaving the evangelicals to the Republicans.
    Electorally, he may be correct, but no self-respecting progressive should be fooled. On the whole, evangelicals are the most regressive people in the country. Just look at the hatred and intolerance they’ve made central to the Republican Party.

     

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: An Epic Week of Cutting and Running

    The top U.S. commander in Iraq proposed an Iraq cut-and-run plan during the very week that Republicans were lambasting Democrats for making the same suggestion. But Karl Rove knows that because Americans’ memories are so short, that won’t matter.

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    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


    Keep Bush Out

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    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    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


    Catalino - Political Animals

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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
    Luckovich

    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


    Immigration_protests
    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


    Cheney_Hotel_Rider
    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


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