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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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Jun 26, 2004

Women Making A Difference Training

Hey, it is Jay Vincent with the DCCC.  I am the Training Manager and Activist Outreach Director at the committee.  We have a training today and I thought I would share a little of the experience with everyone today.  If you wanna get trained, send me an email at vincent@dccc.org. You know, one of the smarter things we did at the beginning of this year was start a training program to teach people the skills they need to be …

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Jun 26, 2004

Al Qaeda & Iran

Incompetence squared: While it found no operational ties between al Qaeda and Iraq, the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has concluded that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network had long-running contacts with Iraq’s neighbor and historic foe, Iran. Cubed:  An urgent investigation has been launched in Washington into whether Iran played a role in manipulating the US into the Iraq war by passing on bogus intelligence through Ahmad Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress, it emerged yesterday. Some intelligence officials …

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Jun 25, 2004

Rice & Tenet

Interviewed in the Plame case.

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Jun 25, 2004

Murder Most Foul

Remember hearing that the reason we couldn’t have any full Congressional investigations was because the Pentagon already had six going on, blah blah blah?  Well our trustworthy Pentagon Inspector General has come to a conclusion: Inspector General Joseph Schmitz, making his first public comments since returning June 19, blamed the abuse on a few “bad eggs.”  “I’m not aware of any illegal orders that came from any leaders,” he said. Well let’s get him up to speed:  The company …

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Jun 25, 2004

Spreading Hypocrisy

Well let’s see… I think Jerry Falwell might be available to give you some advice on your abortion study: Government scientists must now be cleared by a Bush political appointee before they can lend their expertise to the World Health Organization, a change that a Democratic lawmaker said fits a pattern of politicizing science.  William Steiger, a special assistant to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, said in an April letter that WHO can no longer pick specific …

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Jun 25, 2004

Cheney Apologizes

Not: Cheney, interviewed by Fox News Friday, said he had no regrets about his remarks to Leahy and “I felt better after I said it.” He added, “A lot of my colleagues felt what I said badly needed to be said.” And Hatch is a potty-mouth too:  Just days before, Senate Judiciary Committee Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, had referred to a proposal by Leahy to subpoena Justice Department memos on prisoner interrogation (search) as a “dumb-ass” idea. It must be …

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Jun 25, 2004

“Here’s Why”

A commentor earlier pointed us to Dana Milbank’s online discussion, which includes some “F-Bomb” questions, but which we see also includes this: Arlington, Va.: Recently you wrote the following: “The Sept. 11 commission reported yesterday that it has found no ‘collaborative relationship’ between Iraq and al Qaeda, challenging one of the Bush administration’s main justifications for the war in Iraq. “ You have slammed the Bush administration for setting up less obvious straw men than this. Why do you …

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Jun 25, 2004

Pelosi v. Enron

Democratic Leader: Pelosi: ‘Enron Lied, Cheated, and Stole; It is Long Past Time They Paid Back Consumers and the States’  Washington, D.C.—House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke this afternoon on the House floor in support of an amendment sponsored by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo of California to demand the release of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission documents surrounding the 2000 and 2001 energy crisis in California and other Western states. Below are Pelosi’s remarks:  ...“Time and time again, my Western colleagues …

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Jun 25, 2004

Jesse Helms Lake

DCCC Alum Sean Siperstein has a great post at Get More Ass on the NC Republican Party’s ridiculous hijinks: Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), the brilliant intellect who brought “freedom fries” to the US House of Representatives’ cafeteria, is now trying to have a body of water dubbed “Jesse Helms Lake.” That’s not all, go take a look.

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Jun 25, 2004

Dana Milbank on Cheney’s “F-Bomb”

This article really is almost artful, could have been done by a blogger: As it happens, the exchange occurred on the same day the Senate passed legislation described as the “Defense of Decency Act” by 99 to 1. Cheney’s office did not deny that the phrase was uttered. His spokesman, Kevin S. Kellems, would say only that this language is not typical of the vice presidential vocabulary. “Reserving the right to revise and extend my remarks, that doesn’t sound …

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Jun 25, 2004

GOP Nailed on PAYGO

We mentioned yesterday that it would likely be a rare interesting day in the House, since for once a bill was being brought to the floor without the GOP knowing what would happen to it.  The bill was on budget enforcement, and DeLay was trying to squeeze it through without PAYGO, which calls for new tax cuts to be offset by specifically identified spending cuts.  Didn’t work, and the Republicans got nailed.  Here is Hoyer’s release today: REPUBLICAN BUDGET …

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