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Stewart Skewers Joe ?Loserman?

The “Daily Show” opened Wednesday with coverage of Ned Lamont?s victory over the man Jon Stewart referred to as ?Joe Loserman.?  After playing a clip of Lieberman?s concession speech where the senator said the game was only half over, and the Lamont team was just ahead, Stewart shot back, ?Perhaps I could, uh, offer my own, uh, sports comparison, if you will.  There was a game, and you lost.?

Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


Lieberman’s Last Stand: Scare Tactics

With mere hours to go before the Connecticut primary vote, Sen. Joe Lieberman said a victory for challenger Ned Lamont would send a message to the country: ?In the Democratic Party, there?s no room for strong-on-security Dems.?
Actually, a victory for Lamont would send a message that there’s no room in the party for Dems who coddle President Bush as he exploits the so-called war on terror to launch imperialist misadventures.

Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE


Lieberman and Lamont
AP /Bob Child

Trailing Lamont, Lieberman Spins Furiously

Down in the polls against challenger Ned Lamont, and with under 24 hours to go before the U.S. Senate primary in Connecticut, Sen. Joe Lieberman tried to distance himself from Bush. You’ll love how he tried to spin his infamous career-killing line, “In matters of war, we undermine presidential credibility at our nation’s peril.”

  • Check out Truthdig’s interview with Lamont

  • Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Colbert interviews Paul Hackett

    Colbert Delivers Vintage Comeback to Antiwar Vet

    The ex-Senate candidate and Iraq War vet Paul Hackett asked Stephen Colbert, “Do you really think we’re going to spread democracy with the business end of an M-16?” Colbert’s response was classic. Check it out.

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    champagne popping
    From champagnelovers.org

    Senate Kills Estate Tax Bill

    Normally, this would be cause for unbridled celebration. However, Republicans had cowardly and self-servingly tacked an estate tax reduction onto a bill designed to raise the minimum wage. So good legislation had to die  in order for a terrible bill never to live.

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld dissembles

    Rumsfeld Whopper: I Was Never Overly Optimistic About Iraq

    Testifying before Congress today, Donald Rumsfeld said he has ?never painted a rosy picture? about Iraq, and that ?you would have a dickens of a time trying to find instances where I have been overly optimistic.?
    (h/t: ThinkProgress)
    That’s just nonsense. And we’ve got the proof—in the form of Rumsfeld’s own words (after the jump...)

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: Lamont 54%, Lieberman 41%

    With only five days to go before their Aug. 8 Democratic primary, the political novice has opened up a commanding lead on the three-term senator from Connecticut. (Even with the 3% margin of error, Lamont is dusting his opponent.) h/t: Huff Po

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Ned Lamont

    Colbert to Lamont: ‘You’re Rich ... Why Aren’t You a Republican?’

    Connecticut Senate challenger Ned Lamont told Stephen Colbert that he became a Democrat to fight Richard Nixon at age 18, and he’s still fighting a Democratic battle against Nixon’s heir in the White House today. Lamont: “I think George Bush is driving this country into a ditch, and if Joe Lieberman won’t challenge him, I will.”

    Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


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    Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill

    Its official.  In his first use of the veto, the president has refused to sign H.R. 810, or ғthe Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005.  According to Bush, ԓHuman beings are not a raw material to be exploited or a commodity to be bought or sold. The bill, which passed the Senate just shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, would undo funding limits imposed by the administration in 2001.

  • The silver lining here might be the impact of this on the midterm elections.  Check out the roll call on Daily Kos.

  • Posted on Jul 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart on Ted Stevens

    Jon Stewart Lampoons Sen. Stevens’ Net Nonsense

    “The Daily Shows” host tees off on Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens’ instantly infamous speech about Net Neutrality—which Stewart likened to “something you’d hear from a crazy old man in an airport bar at 3 a.m.”

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: The Lieberman-Lamont Litmus Test

    Is Ned Lamont running a one-issue campaign against Conn. Sen. Joe Lieberman? Perhaps. But can you think of any one issue more important than the one in question?

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Lieberman
    From manifoldreality.org

    Lieberman to Conn. Voters: Drop Dead!

    Well, we knew this was coming, but now it’s official: Sen. Joe Lieberman has created a new political party that he will use to appear on the November ballot if he loses the Democratic primary in August.

  • As such a move would amount to sticking his thumb in the eye of Conn. voters, the name of his new political party is deliciously ironic: Connecticut for Lieberman.

  • Maybe he should have picked something more representative of his backing: Lieberman for Lieberman

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


  • Ned Lamont and Joe Lieberman
    From spazeboy.net

    Lieberman’s Internet Outreach: So Web 1.0 It’s Frightening

    Want to see everything you need to know about how hopelessly out of touch Sen. Joe Lieberman is with the next generation of voters? Check out his campaign website, then check out the site of challenger Ned Lamont:

  • Immediately after the candidates’ Thursday night debate, Lamont’s site was jam-packed with video highlights, media reactions, blogger coverage and fact-checked responses to Lieberman’s charges. Lieberman’s site, however, barely even mentions the debates; there’s nary a blog; and his “news” page hasn’t been updated since Monday. (Update: 12 hours after the debate, the campaign posted a few paragraphs—but that’s it.) It’s such a tone-deaf approach you have to wonder who’s minding the shop over there.

  • Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Lamont and Lieberman
    From spazeboy.net

    Lamont and Lieberman Go Toe to Toe in Debate

    Conn. businessman Ned Lamont, who in the polls is closing in fast on Joe Lieberman, forced the three-term senator in a debate Thursday night to defend his strong support for President Bush over the Iraq war, in addition to charging that Lieberman has made his bed in Congress with lobbyists and special interest groups.
    A few elbows were thrown.

  • Video highlights
  • Individual video clips of each exchange
  • MSNBC Host: Lieberman used GOP talking points (he even channeled Reagan).
  • Lamont blog with media reactions, fact-checking and blogger coverage
  • Point of interest: One of the main blogs featured on Lamont’s site is My Left Nutmeg.
  • President Bush (interviewed before the debate) on Lieberman
  • Truthdig’s interview with Lamont
  • UPDATE #1: Blogger Enigmatic Paradox gives the debate to Lamont, but not for the reason you’d expect….

  • Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


    While the GOP Frets Over Nonexistent Flag Burning…

    A brutal dictator in North Korea threatens our country with an “annihilating strike and a nuclear war” in response to America’s rhetoric over N. Korea’s possible missile launch (which was probably a hoax anyway).

  • Keep in mind that Sen. Orrin Hatch said that passing the flag-burning amendment was “the most important thing the Senate could be doing.” Good to know the Republicans really have their eye on the ball.

    Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


  • Joe Lieberman
    From Newsweek

    Newsweek: Lieberman Very Vulnerable to Lamont Bid

    Newsweek says that pro-war Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) “stands a good chance of losing his August primary thanks to heavy blogger backing of his opponent, Ned Lamont.”

  • Support Ned!
  • Check out the Lamont-Truthdig interview

  • Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Rejects Calls for Iraq Troop Withdrawal

    The stricter of the two bills being voted on—a measure that would have mandated a pullout by 2007—went down 86-13. The bill that didn’t have a timetable was defeated 60-39, with all but one Republican and six Democrats voting against the measure.
    UPDATE: The Senate is weighing a modest troop reduction in the coming months.

    Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


    GOP Senators Kill Minimum Wage Boost

    Not even a week after the Congress voted itself a pay raise, the not-so-compassionate conservatives in the Senate voted down any bump in the $5.15 national minimum wage.

    Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Kerry, Feingold Unite in Iraq Withdrawal Call

    The two senators appealed to the Senate—and to 3 million other Americans via e-mail—to back their call to withdraw combat troops from Iraq “by a hard and fast deadline.”

  • Sens. Jack Reed and Carl Levin supported the call—unlike many Democrats and most Republicans.

    Posted on Jun 20, 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


    GOP Engineers Sham Vote on Iraq

    The fierce debate on the Iraq war that began in Congress on Thursday will culminate on Friday with a nonbinding resolution that includes: labeling the Iraq war as part of the war on terror, and opposition to setting an “arbitrary” withdrawal date. Democrats decried the vote as an election-year sham.

  • Video: Dems rip GOP lawmakers during Thursday’s debate.

  • Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Passes Landmark Immigration Reform Bill

    The legislation would mark the most significant changes in immigration law in two decades. The bill contains a guest-worker program and offers undocumented workers a path to legal residence and even citizenship (after paying fines). It is far more immigrant-friendly than the House version. Now comes the fight over reconciling the two bills.

    Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Panel Backs Hayden Confirmation

    It’s the blackest of all comedy: The man who engineered the NSA’s domestic wiretapping program appears to be sailing toward confirmation as the nation’s next CIA chief.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Paul Krugman: A Bad Day for Joe Lieberman

    The N.Y. Times columnist writes that the Connecticut senator is in trouble, as evidenced by neophyte challenger Ned Lamont’s strong showing at the state Democratic Party’s nomination convention. Lieberman’s problem: He consistently parrots GOP talking points and has fallen out of touch with Connecticut voters.

  • Check out Ned Lamont’s Truthdig interview
  •  

    Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Nedrenaline!

    Ned Lamont’s bid to capture Joe Lieberman’s Connecticut Senate seat took a quantum leap this week when Lamont captured enough convention votes to force a primary against Lieberman. Jane at FDL has a great roundup of what the establishment is saying about Ned.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    White House in Disarray Over English Language Directive

    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales claims that Bush has never supported making English the national language, but White House Press Secretary Tony Snow just said the opposite. (And the Senate just voted to make it so.)

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael Hayden
    AP / Gerald Herbert

    Hayden: ‘We Just Took Too Much for Granted’ in Iraq

    That’s what Gen. Hayden said about the prewar Iraq intelligence failures. But there was no contrition for the domestic wiretapping activities he oversaw at the NSA. In contrast, he strongly defended the programs.
    Well, now that he’s taken responsibility, at least we know what we’re in for if he gets confirmed.

    Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Backs Fence, Access to Citizenship

    The Senate has voted to build 370 miles of triple-layer fencing along the Mexico border, but also has endorsed a chance at citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.
    Interesting mixed message, but perhaps the best that could be hoped for, given the political climate.

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Resolution: Sing Anthem in English

    In lieu of having anything really important to do, the Senate just approved a resolution stating that the national anthem, the Pledge and citizenship oaths should be sung or spoken in English.

    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


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    Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Ned Lamont
    From the YaleDailyNews.com

    Ned Lamont, Insurgent

    The political neophyte at the center of the country’s most-watched Senate primary race says it’s the mainstream media that trivialize campaigns, while the blogs dig into issues. Read the exclusive Truthdig interview.

    Posted on Apr 26, 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


    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


    prudish Victorian courtship
    From victoriana.com

    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


    Landrieu Threatens White House to Get Levee Funding

    The Louisiana senator says she will hold Bush’s executive-branch nominees hostage until he agrees to more funding for the Katrina-ravaged state.
    (This was the woman whom Anderson Cooper famously chewed out, saying she was out of touch in the wake of the hurricane. Guess she toughened up since then.)

    Posted on Apr 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Dr. Evil and Joe Lieberman
    From crooksandliars.com (Illustration: Blair Golson)

    Anger at Lieberman Turns ‘Evil’

    Sen. Joe Lieberman, the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, shushed an unhappy crowd so many times at a recent appearance that it reminded a blogger of a certain infamous “shusher.” (video)

    Posted on Apr 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Panel Passes Immigration Bill

    The bill, which requires approval by the full Senate, clears the way for 11 million illegal aliens to seek U.S. citizenship, and will allow some 1.5 million workers to seek temporary jobs legally.
    This is a big win for the hundreds of thousands of people who joined protest marches this past weekend.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Immigration Becoming Big 2008 Issue

    Pretenders to the White House are all staking out positions on what they expect to be a hot topic come next election.
    Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper for the skinny on the underlying issue.

    Posted on Mar 24, 2006 READ MORE


    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


    Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)
    From evote.com

    Santorum’s Finances Draw Questions

    The American Prospect digs into the finances of Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and finds that his “lifestyle is financed in ways ... [that] are at best unconventional, and at worst a possible violation of Senate rules.”

    Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Congressional Probe of NSA Spying Is in Doubt

    An all-out White House lobbying campaign has dramatically slowed an investigation into Bush’s spying program and may eventually kill it.
    The White House may have botched Cheney’s response to the hunting incident, but the administration sure hasn’t lost its touch when it comes to leaning on moderate Republicans (and even Democrats) to rally around the president. Call your senators—especially Olympia Snowe of Maine—and urge them not to cave in to political pressure.

    Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘Heckuva Job’ Brownie Takes the Money and Runs

    Former FEMA head Mike Brown stayed on full salary as a consultant in the wake of his disastrous disaster leadership. But now that he’s cashed his checks, he won’t cooperate in the Senate investigation. | story
    Perhaps he’s too busy mucking out Arabian horse stalls....

    Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


    President Bush gestures during a meeting with foundations on Gulf Coast recovery on Thursday, Jan. 19, in Washington. He is flanked by first lady Laura Bush and Don Powell, federal coordinator for Gulf Coast rebuilding.
    Evan Vucci / AP

    Thank Providence for Small Miracles!

    The president categorically rules out any run for office by his wife, Laura Bush. | story
    Now the only ones to worry about are his twin daughters; his nephew, George P. Bush; and his mother, Barbara “Antoinette” Bush, who had such thoughtful things to say about Katrina evacuees.

    Posted on Jan 20, 2006 READ MORE


    In Day Two, Alito Says Even Wartime Presidents Are Not Above the Law

    Ted Kennedy counters: “Time and again, even in routine matters involving average Americans, you give enormous, almost total deference to the exercise of governmental powers.” | story

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


    More Outrageous Opinions From Our Next Justice

    Why is Samuel Alito expected to sail through Senate confirmation when his views are so outrageous? The Associated Press reports that he defended domestic wiretap protections when he worked for the Reagan Justice Department.

    Posted on Dec 23, 2005 READ MORE


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