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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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Jun 22, 2004

Texas Tuesday

The Texas bloggers are slummin’ down in the Texas legislative races, but you should still go take a look because these elections will determine whether state reps. get their proper comeuppance for riding illegal donations to victory, and then perverting the district lines of to their master’s taste.  They’ve also got a round-up of the Texas Democratic Convention coverage, go see. And Charles Kuffner introduces us to Richard Morrison’s blog, go Morrison!

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Jun 22, 2004

On Oversight

Democratic Leader: Washington, D.C.—In two letters sent today, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, and other Congressional Leaders demanded a response from the President and the Republican leaders in Congress on allegations that the Medicare Chief Actuary was forced to withhold Medicare cost estimates from Congress last year. These allegations include charges that the Bush Administration violated federal law.  The Members wrote:  “During the Clinton Administration, the actions of White House and other executive branch …

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Jun 22, 2004

Reynolds in Trouble

Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds is the head of the NRCC, and Buffalo News thinks he has some problems on his hands: Assemblyman Brian Higgins of Buffalo was paraded before the House Democratic caucus like a prize steer last week. While Higgins must win a Democratic primary to run for retiring Republican Jack Quinn’s seat, leaders of the House Democratic minority see Higgins as the type who will give Republicans like Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds of Clarence nightmares. Reynolds is …

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Jun 21, 2004

Why Talking Points?

Atrios posts Frank Luntz’s talking points on Iraq.  Shorter Luntz: Iraq should never be mentioned, it is rather the war on 9/11.  A Wa Po poll tells us why those talking points were needed: Public anxiety over mounting casualties in Iraq and the doubts about long-term consequences of the war continue to rise and have helped to erase President Bush’s once-formidable advantage over Sen. John F. Kerry on who is best able to deal with terrorist threats, according to …

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Jun 21, 2004

Julia Demands Some Proper Respect

Julia from Sysiphus Shrugged displays some righteous outrage that Governor Rowland is not being referred to by his proper title: Former RNC head, chair of the Republican Governor’s Association, Bush campaign local chair, close friend of Our Fearless Leader and Connecticut Governor John Rowland resigned over casual corruption that would gag a goat.

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Jun 21, 2004

Recardo Gibson: Disenfranchised

Recardo Gibson is an occasional guest poster at the Stakeholder. The Civil Rights Project of Harvard University (html ; pdf) conducted research that discovered: Several empirical studies conducted since November 2000 have found this nationwide pattern of ballot spoilage to have a clear disparate impact on minority communities.  A study by the House Committee on Government Reform found that voters in low-income, high minority congressional districts throughout the country were three times more likely to have their votes for …

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Jun 21, 2004

Wa Po Strikes Back

When we posted Rumsfeld’s stomach-churning screed last week, which blamed “headline writers” for all of the consequences of the Abu Ghraib scandal, and singled out this Washington Post editorial for excoriation, we could not help but wonder whether the Post would see fit to respond.  The original editorial was entitled “Torture Policy.”  Well it may be a bit belated (perhaps Mr. Rumsfeld’s accusation had to find its way through us and the almighty Atrios on the way), but today …

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Jun 21, 2004

Quality

Wa Po: Thomas B. Griffith, President Bush’s nominee for the federal appeals court in Washington, has been practicing law in Utah without a state law license for the past four years, according to Utah state officials. Unfortunately, our country suffers from such a dearth of legal talent that we can’t find any nominees that have actually practiced legally, or that haven’t gone out of their way to defend a cross burner, or that haven’t called Roe v Wade “the …

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Jun 21, 2004

Disco Stu

Rothenberg that is.  From Roll Call, “In Just a Week, Stu Finds Five Candidates He Actually Likes”: It’s just another week in the life of a handicapper. I interviewed five candidates, and my reactions may surprise some. Candidate No. 1 is Jim Sullivan, a Democrat running for Congress against Rep. Rob Simmons (R) in Connecticut’s 2nd district. Sullivan, a 37-year-old financial adviser whose head of gray hair makes him look older, served two terms on the Norwich City Council. …

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