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Jun 29, 2004

Folly & Deception

Dana Milbank: The Administration vs. the Administration: “The country’s culture is changing from one that has said, ‘If it feels good, do it.’ ”  —President Bush, May 14. “I expressed myself rather forcefully, felt better after I had done it.”  —Vice President Cheney, on his bracing Senate-floor language, June 25. Also this:  Bush last week referred to the prison as “Abu Gareff.” At a speech this spring at the Army War College, Bush pronounced Abu Ghraib three ways. Reuters …

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Jun 29, 2004

Dionne: Tidal Wave

That’s my boy: SEATTLE—Rep. Jay Inslee knows about political tidal waves, because one of them almost sank his political career. Inslee, who now represents a suburban Seattle district, was tossed out of Congress from another district in the 1994 Republican sweep. “When you see a tidal wave go over your head about 35 feet high,” Inslee says, “you notice it.” But he came back to the House in 1998, and now what he’s seeing “is the same tidal wave …

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Jun 29, 2004

Pelosi on Sudan

Democratic Leader: Pelosi: Bush Administration Needs Comprehensive Plan to Stop Killing in Sudan Below is the complete text of the letter to President Bush: June 28, 2004 Dear Mr. President: The humanitarian crisis now occurring in the Darfur region of the Sudan is a challenge to the conscience of the world. It will not be resolved without sustained and effective leadership from the United States, and we do not have much time in which to implement a policy that …

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Jun 29, 2004

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Jun 28, 2004

Genocide in Sudan

The DCCC is dedicating today to the brutal and deteriorating situation in Sudan.  For starters, we are initiating a petition calling on the administration to take action immediately and to raise awareness on the issue.  We will be compiling a list of resources on the topic at the bottom of this post, but first Eugene Oregon of Demagogue, who has been persistent in raising alarms for months, has agreed to write a guest post for us on the issue.  …

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Jun 28, 2004

Rothenburg Report

This will be the first time I have ever posted a DCCC Press release, but here she goes: New Ratings Show Republicans Defending 57% of House Battleground Seats The latest edition of the Rothenberg Political Report shows that strong Democratic campaigns have put more seats in play and Republicans are defending more districts than Democrats. The ratings show 44 districts “in play.” Republicans are defending 25 of these seats (57 percent) while Democrats are only defending 17 seats (39 …

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Jun 28, 2004

Gag Everybody

Via the 2020 Democrats blog, I see the administration’s scientific isolationism goes even further than we noted last time.  You see, the international community now has to ask us for permission slips: Rep. Henry Waxman said he has a letter showing that the Health and Human Services Department has imposed new limits on who may speak to the World Health Organization.  Under the new policy, WHO must ask HHS for permission to speak to scientists and must allow HHS …

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Jun 28, 2004

Activist Judges!

Link: O’Connor said the court has “made clear that a state of war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of the nation’s citizens.” Don’t they know that “authority to set aside the laws is ‘inherent in the president’”? Time to “set aside” the Judicial branch altogether?

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Jun 28, 2004

Pelosi for Farrell

Pelosi was up in CT campaigning against Faux moderate Chris Shays for Dianne Farrell.  Rather than give you a news story though, pay a visit to the blog for State Rep. candidate Kim Hynes, which has some great pictures and stuff from the event - check it out.

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Jun 28, 2004

Pro-Enron

We noted on Friday that Pelosi and several other California Dems were taking to the House floor to demand repayments from Enron: “Enron and its kind lied, cheated, and stole, and it is long past time for Enron to pay consumers and the states back, as Congresswoman Eshoo’s amendment, that she offered last night but was turned down by the Rules Committee, would have required. Even after adoption of this amendment that we’re considering today, settlements will still be …

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Jun 28, 2004

Chalabi’s Free Reign

Question: Do we have any legal jurisdiction over this man any more? Disgraced Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi has played a key role in selecting members of a committee that will shape Iraq’s new parliament.  Chalabi, once the favorite of Pentagon officials but now under investigation, recently served on a five-person panel that chose members of the Supreme Commission for the Preparation of the Iraqi National Conference. That conference will in turn choose an Iraqi National Council that will serve …

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Jun 28, 2004

Another Front in the Schism

Whatever else we might say about Bob Novak, he has been using his GOP Insider status to break some astonishing stories on the fractures in the party.  Today he entitles his column: Civil war looms for Republicans Chicago Sun-Times  Before Congress left town Friday for its Fourth of July recess, Rep. Bill Thomas of California pulled off one of his patented legislative assassinations. Washington’s most cunning parliamentarian, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Thomas eradicated the Freedom of Speech …

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Jun 27, 2004

vanden Heuvel on DeLay

From The Nation to CBSNews.com: DeLay’s brazen attacks on democratic governance—a tangled web of truly scandalous behavior—are so outrageous that even conservative Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel has assailed the Republican leadership for fomenting an “anything goes” atmosphere: “I think we’re on the edge of something dangerous if we don’t turn it around ... It’s like the Middle East. You just keep ratcheting up the intensity of the conflict.” Real conservatives like Hagel believe that they should take responsibility for …

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Jun 27, 2004

From Newsweek

I hate to interject in Jay’s rather inspiring narrative, but it is worth noting some news coming out of Newsweek today.  After all, it is Sunday and the handover is half a week away.  So first off, there’s this concerning an Al Qaeda source: A captured Qaeda commander who was a principal source for Bush administration claims that Osama bin Laden collaborated with Saddam Hussein’s regime has changed his story, setting back White House efforts to shore up the …

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Jun 26, 2004

Women Making a Difference Training (Day 2)

Yesterday, among other presentations, WMD participants learned to develop a door knock script, develop an earned media plan and run a canvass operation. Training day 2 has just started.  Today, we do a bit of online organizing, running a phone bank and a number of other lectures.  We took some great photos throughout the day yesterday of the WMD’rs in action.  Take a look, there is some commentary after each photo.  Some more posts likely later today. Yesterday’s Photos: …

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