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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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Jun 21, 2004

Politicization? Nah…

Frank Luntz lays out a new contract on America: With voter anxieties about Iraq shadowing this year’s campaign, pollster Frank Luntz has some advice for fellow Republicans: Mind your language.  Luntz, according to a strategy paper that fell into the hands of Democrats, says minor changes in language used by politicians can lead to major differences in voter perceptions—turning a potential liability into an asset. Among his suggested talking points, in the nine-page section on Iraq and terrorism: • …

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Jun 20, 2004

You Have No Government

Only the Bush Campaign. Why should we even continue to teach our children science if this is what happens?

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Jun 20, 2004

The Roots of Incompetence

The Washington Post puts out the first of a three article-series on the post war occupation, and it isn’t pretty.  The government under GOP control has not failed in policy, it has not even attempted it.  Politics only.  The article concludes with this: The other major conflict within the occupation bureaucracy has set the legions of young staff members chosen for their loyalty to the Bush administration against older, more liberal diplomats from the State Department and the British …

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Jun 19, 2004

Anti-Veteran

Carpetbagger Report tells the tale so we don’t have to.

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