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Jun 24, 2004

Limbaugh on Survivor

Go Look!

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Jun 24, 2004

Rabble Rabble

Ever wonder what the GOP Schism looks like from the dark side?  We’ve got the editorial for you.  You see Tom Tancredo of Colorado has recently ruffled some feathers by directing or allowing a PAC he founded last year (now headed by Pat Buchanan’s sister) to campaign against other GOP Congressmen who are insufficiently hateful of immigrants.  Campaigning against Members of your own Party does seem a bit rough, no?  Apparently not, in fact the admonishment of Tancredo is …

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Jun 24, 2004

The Unraveling

Blumenthal.

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Jun 24, 2004

What Remains

The Washington Post editorial board, which has been strict and fair in their coverage of this particular affair (despite Rumsfeld’s complaints) has looked over the “Partial Disclosure” of documents by the administration.  After the obligatory encouragement of such rare openness, this is what is left behind: Questions also remain about how the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison and elsewhere came about. The documents confirm that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld approved a number of harsh interrogation techniques …

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Jun 24, 2004

Secrecy Czar

Jack Shafer, Slate : In a little-noticed mid-June speech, secrecy czar J. William Leonard fretted over signs of a breakdown of the classification system for national security. Leonard heads the Information Security Oversight Office, the National Archives branch that develops classification and declassification policies at the behest of the president. In his talk, given at a classification training seminar, Leonard complains that the system has lost touch with the “basics”: Some agencies don’t know how much information they classify; …

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Jun 23, 2004

Patients’ Bill of Rights

Again, more soon, but in an attempt to show where the people’s interests really lie, we are inititiating a Petition for the Patients’ Bill of Rights. Join up, be counted, and dare Bush and DeLay to go against your will.

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Jun 23, 2004

Quid Pro Pombo

Big smelly mess: Five months after becoming chairman of the House Resources Committee last year, Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, created a political action committee that’s raised money from Indian tribes, gaming ventures, agricultural interests and other groups with issues under his committee’s jurisdiction, federal reports show. [...]  At least eight tribes and tribal lobbyists gave the maximum of $5,000 each, including Jack Abramoff, who resigned in March from Miami’s Greenberg Traurig law firm after news reports of enormous fees …

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Jun 23, 2004

Ouch

Senator Biden: “I turned to Vice President Cheney, who was there, and I said, ‘Mr. Vice President, I wouldn’t keep you if it weren’t constitutionally required.’ I turned back to the president and said, ‘Mr. President, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld are bright guys, really patriotic, but they’ve been dead wrong on every major piece of advice they’ve given you. That’s why I’d get rid of them, Mr. President . . .’ They said nothing. Just sat like big …

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Jun 23, 2004

Dems Demand Abu Ghraib Investigation

Democratic Leader: Washington, D.C.—House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Ranking Members of key committees held a press conference today calling for a Select Committee and a Resolution of Inquiry to investigate the scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and elsewhere. Below are Pelosi’s remarks:  “During the previous Administration, Republicans in Congress were quick to exercise what they viewed as their oversight role. More than 1,000 subpoenas from Committee chairmen were issued to the Clinton Administration, and it …

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Jun 23, 2004

EPA for Sale

Grist Magazine: Have a look at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mike Leavitt’s calendar over the last several months and you’ll notice that it appears to be in lockstep with the Karl Rove playbook.  “I’d hardly call it coincidence,” said Beth Viola, a leading environmental strategist for the Kerry campaign, “that after the EPA spends nearly four years pandering to industry, all of a sudden Leavitt is waltzing around battleground states in a green mantle—doling out grant money, announcing …

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Jun 23, 2004

Patients’ Bill of Rights

You’ll be hearing more about this, but as a primer read Mark A. R. Kleiman’s review of Bush’s gymnastics on the subject, and here is Pelosi’s statement from just after the Supreme Court decision was handed down: “Today’s Supreme Court ruling that favors big HMOs over patients underscores what Democrats have known all along: the only way to give every American in every health plan the right to see a specialist, to go to the nearest emergency room, and …

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Jun 23, 2004

Blunting Allegations?

Is that what you call this? President Bush claimed the right to waive anti-torture laws and treaties covering prisoners of war after the invasion of Afghanistan, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized guards to strip detainees and threaten them with dogs, according to documents released Tuesday.  The documents were handed out at the White House in an effort to blunt allegations that the administration had authorized torture against al Qaeda prisoners from Afghanistan and Iraq. “I have never ordered …

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Jun 22, 2004

Read Carefully

So apparently the Saddam / Osama “controversy” continues, and Kevin Drum weighs in to tell us why the administration will not completely lose the argument, despite the many weaknesses he later lays out: It’s true that the 9/11 commission didn’t say there was no relationship between Saddam and al-Qaeda. They merely said there was no collaboration on attacks against the United States. Wrong. It is hard to sort through this stuff, in fact it is hard to find a …

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Jun 22, 2004

Erroneous or Deliberate?

If you were an administration that had few scruples with bending the truth, and a report was going to come across your desk that completely undermined the entire crux of your campaign, what would you do? Said Powell today: “I can assure you it had nothing to do with putting out anything but the most honest, accurate information we can.” Well what about when your deputies were thumping their chests after the original release?  Still facts only? Said Armitage …

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Jun 22, 2004

Sounds Like Trouble

Just out from the Leader’s office, we’ll keep you posted tomorrow: Washington, D.C.—House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Ranking Members of key committees will hold a press conference tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. on the investigations into prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and elsewhere. Who:        House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Ranking Member, Committee on Government Reform Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) Ranking Member, Committee on the Judiciary Rep. Ike Skelton …

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