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Jun 30, 2004

The DeLay Taint

Via Atrios, Tristero, and Liberal Oasis, we find that one of the little investigations scurrying around DeLay’s feet is taking a nibble on Ralph Reed, paragon of morality: When Ralph Reed was the boyish director of the Christian Coalition, he made opposition to gambling a major plank in his “family values” agenda, calling gambling “a cancer on the American body politic” that was “stealing food from the mouths of children.” But now, a broad federal investigation into lobbying abuses …

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Jun 29, 2004

Haiku: Not Just for Kids Anymore!

Since we felt a little sorry for depriving you of a new GOP Survivor Webisode this week, and, because we do tend to get a little rough with the current Administration (Jesse Lee, I am looking in your direction), we are trying to atone. In order to help all of us put aside the usual partisan nastiness that you see here in Washington (once again, Jesse Lee, “you can go &$*% yourself”), we are launching an application at www.DTripTV.com …

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Jun 29, 2004

Texas Tuesday

They’re honing in on state Rep. candidate James “Jake” Gilbreath, at 21 one of the youngest candidates in the country at any level.  Check out a profile, a rundown on the district, and a nice Q & A: Q: If the GOP retains their majority in both houses, it is likely they will continue to promote private school vouchers. What is your position on school vouchers? A: Vouchers is one of those few issues that is idiotic no matter …

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Jun 29, 2004

The Myth of the “Pro-Business” GOP

This week the House GOP Leadership suffered an embarrassing defeat when 72 Republicans joined the Democrats in voting down budget enforcement that gave free reign for tax cuts without accountability for deficits.  Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer gave the following statement after the crucial victory for budget sanity: “Tonight can aptly be called ‘Republican Budget Failure Redux.’ Republicans have followed their total lack of leadership on the most basic legislative duty - to adopt a budget for the nation - …

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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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