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College GOP’ers to Offer Caucasian Scholarship

From a Boston University paper: “Looking to draw attention to what they call the ‘worst form of bigotry confronting America today,’ ” the school’s “Republicans are circulating an application for a ‘Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship’ that requires applicants be at least 25 percent Caucasian.”

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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


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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.

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New RNC Chair’s Lawyer Penned Schiavo Memo

The White House just tapped Sen. Mel Martinez (R.-Fla.) to replace Ken Mehlman as the new RNC chair. In 2005, Martinez’s general counsel admitted that he wrote the memo outlining the political advantage to Republicans from the Terry Schiavo case. (Martinez fired the lawyer after his authorship became public.)

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In Memoriam

‘A Farewell to Douchebags’

“Real Time” put together this gut-busting post-election farewell to the villains of the ‘06 campaign—in the style of the Academy Awards “In Memoriam” reel.  Stay tuned for an interview with earmark-fighting Republican (and champion grinner) Jeff Flake.

  • Watch it

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    The Media’s Centrist Bias

    With the battle to frame the meaning of the election ongoing, the media have started to weigh in with a vote for the center.  Time, which referred to the ‘94 Republican takeover of Congress as a “GOP Stampede,” calls the center the “new place to be,” while Newsweek’s cover bizarrely claims the election validates the “centrist” politics of George H.W. Bush. (h/t: Think Progress)

    Posted on Nov 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Andy Borowitz: Dems, GOP’ers Agree to Take Two Years Off

    The political satirist reports on an ingenious plan by the leadership of both parties to rest up for negative campaigning in 2008.

    Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


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    Molly Ivins: Post-Election Etiquette

    The sheer pleasure of getting lessons in etiquette from Karl Rove and the right-wing media passeth all understanding.

    Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems’ Edge in Polls Has Shrunk

    According to the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll, the Democrats’ advantage among likely voters has shriveled from last month’s high of 23 points to 7.  Still, the numbers bear a close similarity to results heading into the 1994 election that gave Republicans control of Congress. (h/t: Slate)

    Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Voters Focused on Iraq

    According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, Iraq is the most important election issue to voters, 29% of whom approve of Bush’s handling of the war, while 81% believe the Democrats would reduce or end the occupation of Iraq, and 52% of registered voters intend to vote for a Democrat.

    Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


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    Democrats Within Striking Distance of Senate Control

    When Harry Reid said it would take a miracle for Democrats to regain control of the Senate, party operatives focused their hopes on the House. But recent events have Democratic challengers surging in polls.

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    Foley’s Resignation Is Good Electoral News for Dems

    Conservative GOP Rep. Mark Foley’s resignation, over explicit e-mails he sent to a 16-year-old former page, means Democrats have a shot at a congressional seat that was all but a shoo-in for Republicans until Foley’s resignation.

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    Torture Bill Nears Bush’s Desk

    A provision that would grant President Bush the discretion of deciding what is and isn’t torture is likely to land on his desk by the weekend unless there’s a legislative miracle.
    We can only hope that the Supreme Court will toss out this travesty.

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    Campaign 2006: The Issues, the Stakes, the Prospects

    The choices are stark, the consequences are momentous, writes a public policy professor at UC Berkeley, who argues that the November elections will be the most significant in a generation.

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    Schwarzenegger Defies GOP on Emissions Cap

    California will become the first state to cap greenhouse gas emissions, should a deal reached between Gov. Schwarzenegger and state Democrats pass the Legislature.  The deal is seen as a betrayal by Republicans, who oppose a state cap on emissions.

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    Molly Ivins: More Immigrant Bashing on the Way

    “Can’t you see that everything that’s wrong with this country is because of illegal aliens? It’s all their fault. The people in charge have nothing to do with it.”

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    Republicans Kill Ban on Permanent Bases in Iraq

    Congressional Republicans killed a provision that would have prohibited the Pentagon from building the bases.

    Posted on Jun 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Rallies His Base

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    Hard-Core Republicans Fleeing Bush

    That’s the conclusion of a Washington Post article that tracks “a decline in support from almost every part of the conservative coalition over the past year.”

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    Poll: Dems Lead GOP By 14 Points

    Fifty-two percent of respondents said they’re leaning toward Democratic candidates in the midterm elections, while only 38% are leaning Republican, according to a CNN poll.

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    Molly Ivins: Race Card Backfires on Republicans

    Dec. 16, 2005, is a day that will live in infamy in the Hall of Fame of Unintended Republican Consequences.

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


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    GOP Tax Rebate Proposal Dying Quick Death

    Even the House majority leader, a Republican, has rejected the Republican Senate leadership’s idea to send taxpayers a $100 check to cover rising gas prices.

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    Molly Ivins: The No-Reform Lobby Reform Bill

    Calling this lobbying reform measure an “ethics bill” requires brass bravura.

    Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Democrats Look for White House Links to Phone-Jamming Scandal

    Sens. Patrick Leahy and Ted Kennedy want to know what links Jack Abramoff or the White House had, if any, to a criminal effort to suppress voter turnout in a 2002 Senate race.

    Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Spy Chief Draws Bipartisan Criticism

    Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on a lot these days, but they do agree that the U.S.’ new spy chief, John Negroponte, is “creating just another blanket of bureaucracy, muffling rather than clarifying the dangers lurking in the world,” according to the N.Y. Times.

    Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE


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    Robert Scheer: Bush’s Nutty Nuclear Braggadocio

    “A once swaggering president, who so convincingly wielded a bullhorn and modeled a flight suit, now has assumed the pretzel pose of a supplicant attempting to cajole our old enemy in Tehran into dropping its nuclear ambitions while simultaneously initiating talks with Iran aimed at bailing us out in Iraq.”

    Posted on Apr 18, 2006 READ MORE


    The Nation: Red & Blue Are Worthless Categories

    Despite recent polling showing red states turning blue, true color-blending will require “electoral reform that changes the way votes are counted, districts are proportioned and views are represented,” argues the editor of The Nation.

    Posted on Apr 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s New Chief of Staff Signals Shake-Up

    Josh Bolten has told senior staffers thinking about leaving the White House that “now is the time to come to such a decision,” according to Bush spokesman Scott McClellan.

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Republicans Defeat Net Neutrality Proposal

    Remember John Edwards’ “Two Americas”? Well, a House subcommittee just moved us closer to a country of “Two Internets,” in which only the wealthy will enjoy the fastest connection speeds.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Phone-Jamming Records Point to White House

    Democrats say Republican officials made two dozen calls to the White House in 2002 as part of a plot to tie up get-out-the-vote efforts in New Hampshire’s 2002 Senate race. There are already three federal convictions and a pending indictment in the case.

    Posted on Apr 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Vermont Democrats Call for Bush Impeachment

    One hundred Vermont state officials agreed to petition the Republican-controlled Congress to introduce articles of impeachment against Bush for the WMD and wiretapping scandals. “You know in your own hearts and minds that something is terribly wrong in this country,” said one Vermont Democrat.

    Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


    No Deal on Immigration

    The immigration bill, which seemed to have majority support, failed in the Senate Friday amid efforts to amend the bill. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the amendments proposed by conservative Republicans “filibuster by amendment.” So much for the hyped bipartisan compromise on immigration reform.

    Posted on Apr 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    Senate Dems Find Wedge Issue on Abortion

    The Senate Democratic leadership will push for expanded access to contraceptives and sex education—a nationally popular move, but a bitter pill for the prudish right-wingers who are desperately afraid that someone, somewhere, may be enjoying a sexual act.

    Posted on Apr 6, 2006 READ MORE


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    Robert Scheer: ‘Anti-Christian Conspirators’ Slay DeLay

    Truthdig’s editor wonders how it was that so many enemies of virtue operated under the auspices of such a Christ-like leader as DeLay.

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: More Americans Self-Identify as Democrats Than Republicans

    According to Gallup, Democrats and Democratic-leaning Independents make up 49% of the population, Republicans 42%. Last year, the parties were dead even at 46%.

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    White House Jumps the Shark

    Satirist Borowitz serves up another penetrating political report: According to shark-jumping expert Jace Monteith, “The Bush administration is beginning to look like the fourth season of ‘Saved by the Bell.’ ”

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    Republicans Play Dead

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    Congress Declares War on Ports Deal

    The House committee votes 62-2 to block the White House from allowing the UAE to acquire six major U.S. ports.
    At the same time, however, Senate Republicans handed the president a victory by approving a plan to allow Bush to spy without warrants.
    The New York Times says “rebellion” is in the air, but that’s mostly because of the ports. The spying program, although under some Senate control, is basically a win for Bush.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Panel Blocks Spy Probe

    Senate Republicans shut down a Democratic-led proposal to investigate Bush’s eavesdropping program. Instead, a White House-approved seven-member panel will oversee the effort.
    White House-approved? You gotta be kidding.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    House Moves Toward Scuttling Ports Deal

    Breaking with Bush, House Republicans will allow a vote that could prevent a UAE company from gaining control over six major U.S. ports.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Patriot Act Hall of Fame / Shame

    Only nine Democrats and one Independent voted against the most sweeping abridgement of American freedoms in a generation.
    Some of the heroes: Jim Jeffords, Russ Feingold, Robert Byrd…
    Some of the villains: Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama…
    Check out the bottom of this AP story for the full list.

    Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld’s ‘Golly Gee’ Stance on Port Sale Draws Skepticism

    The secretary of defense claims he didn’t know about the pending sale of six major U.S. ports to a United Arab Emirates company, even though, as ThinkProgress points out, he sat on a board that approved the sale.
    Meanwhile, the president vows to veto any blockage of the sale, setting up a showdown with Republicans and Democrats.
    Confused about the issue? The Moderate Voice has a good primer.

    Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


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    Surprise, Surprise: Ethics Reform Stalling

    Figuring that public indignation over the Jack Abramoff scandal will soon dissipate, Republicans in Congress are dragging their feet on promised reform measures.
    Unfortunately, this will probably work—because an indignant populace is sort of like a villain in a James Bond movie: We vow to stamp out a source of aggravation; we put the machinery in place for doing so; we flip the switch; and then we leave the room on the nave assumption that our plan is escape-proof.
    It’d be funny if this weren’t, like, our government we’re talking about.

    Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE



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    Cheney’s Response Becoming a Liability

    Republicans are chastizing the vice president for his slow and unapologetic disclosure of the hunting incident. As well they should. For an administration that orchestrated Bush’s aircraft carrier photo-op, this episode seems particularly bush league.

    Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Boehner Renting Apartment From Lobbyist

    The new House majority leader is renting a D.C. pad from a veteran lobbyist whose clients have direct stakes in legislation Boehner has co-written. | story
    So this is the hope of the new scandal-free House of Republicans?

    Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Boehner: as Bad as DeLay?

    PublicCampaign.org puts out a tip sheet showing how Rep. Boehner, like DeLay, collects money from the industries he regulates, and how both are knee-deep in the “K-Street Project.” | post

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Strong Majority Says Bush Should Release Abramoff Records

    Three-quarters of the country isn’t buying White House claims that the media’s requests amount to a “fishing expedition.” | story

    Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Kerry Calls for Alito Filibuster

    Pulling this off would be the ultimate hat trick. Republicans reportedly need only one more Democrat on their side to force a vote. | story
    People for the American Way are supplying a form letter urging key senators to join Kerry in his filibuster.

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