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Jun 18, 2004

Jonas Morris on the Squeeze

This is Jonas’ second installment on the economic landscape.  Jonas has more than thirty years as a reporter, analyst and writer, and has worked in many Democratic campaigns, including the presidential campaign of Lyndon Johnson. The Economic Numbers May Appear Strong, But Many Folks Are Hurting Kerry and Bush each present their view of the state of the economy:  Bush that the economy is robust and getting better; Kerry that the perception of a robust economy is seriously misleading …

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Jun 18, 2004

Guest Post: Recardo Gibson

Meet Recardo Gibson, a new member of the DCCC online team who will be guest posting from time to time. Don’t Believe the Hype The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie expects to see an increase in African American voters casting their ballots for Republicans from 9% to 35%. In an interview, Gillespie said black voters had the same concerns as any group of voters: jobs, the economy, health care and education. Bush’s record on creating …

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Jun 18, 2004

Pelosi on Paul Johnson

“The brutal and senseless murder of Paul M. Johnson, Jr. by his captors in Saudi Arabia is a cruel reminder that terrorists operate outside the bounds of accepted human behavior.  The entire world should strongly condemn this horrific act.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Johnson’s family at this very sad time.”

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Jun 18, 2004

How to Find the Plame Culprit

John Dean relays an idea from his late friend, Sam Dash (not a fan of John Ashcroft): To make his point, while waiting for his book to come off the presses, Sam wrote in a Newsday article, “If, as now seems likely, top White House aides leaked the identity of an American undercover agent, they may have committed an act of domestic terrorism as defined by the dragnet language of the Patriot Act their boss wanted so much to …

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Jun 18, 2004

Catching up on Halliburton

Two new entries, neither related to Iraq, both while Cheney was still CEO. Halliburton fires two for bribes in Nigeria:  Halliburton Co. has fired two consultants - one of whom was also the retired chairman - of a subsidiary under investigation for alleged involvement in paying $180 million in bribes to get a natural gas project contract in Nigeria. [...]  The alleged bribes were made to Nigerian officials from 1995 - three years before Halliburton acquired Dresser - through …

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Jun 18, 2004

Hitchens, Inhofe, DeLay

Now I wouldn’t trust Hitchens with my lunch money, but a quote of his is worth throwing up to make a point: In a recent public debate, so I was told, an American officer referred to the Abu Ghraib scandal as a “moral Chernobyl.” You might think that this was overstating matters, even if in one important sense—because Chernobyl was morally an accident, albeit in some ways a “systemic” one—it is actually understating them.  But get ready. It is …

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Jun 18, 2004

E.J.

E.J. Dionne writes on Herseth and Chandler: ...It cannot yet be said that as Kentucky and South Dakota go, so goes the nation. But when hugging President Bush closely no longer guarantees victory for Republicans, and when even GOP loyalists start worrying about partisan overreach, a new mood is stirring. Even in the red states, it’s not 2002 anymore. Go read, is good…

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Jun 17, 2004

Secrecy

Hat tip to Atrios reader Old Hat - Reuters: The United States is holding terrorism suspects in more than two dozen detention centers worldwide and about half of these operate in total secrecy, said a human rights report released on Thursday. Human Rights First, formerly known as the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, said in a report that secrecy surrounding these facilities made “inappropriate detention and abuse not only likely but inevitable.” “The abuses at Guantanamo Bay and Abu …

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Jun 17, 2004

Grotesque

Transcript of Secretary Rumsfeld’s remarks: ...But let me just say this:  I have read this—editorials, “torture”—and one after another.  Washington Post the other day—I forget when it was—just a great, bold “torture.”  The implication—think of the people who read that around the world.  First of all, our forces read it.  And the implication is that the United States government has, in one way or another, ordered, authorized, permitted, tolerated torture.  Not true.  And our forces read that, and they’ve …

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Jun 17, 2004

A Letter

Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate March 18, 2003 Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) Consistent with section 3(b) of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), and based on information available to me, including that in the enclosed document, I determine that: (1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic and other …

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Jun 17, 2004

Perjury

There is some recycled material here, but it is worth revisiting. Rumsfeld, under oath before the Senate:  “Any instructions that have been issued or anything that’s been authorized by the department was checked by the lawyers . . . and deemed to be consistent with the Geneva Conventions.” Seattle Times (May 23, 2004) :  “Presented last fall with a detailed catalog of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, the U.S. military responded Dec. 24 with a confidential letter to a …

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Jun 17, 2004

Draft Bruce

Matt Stoller writes in: This a fascinating proposal.  A promoter has reserved Giants Stadium on September 1 and is running a petition to ask Bruce Springsteen to lead the music industry in a politically oriented concert timed around the time of the Republican Convention.  I thought you’d be interested, if you haven’t heard of this already. best, Matt Stoller http://www.draftbruce.com/

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Jun 17, 2004

Conspiracy

Here’s a safe bet.  If you ever hear anybody disagreeing with the administration, odds are they are part of the THE GREAT LIBERAL CONSPIRACY.  Newly inducted members: The AARP:  The consumer group AARP backed a controversial bill to allow for the reimportation of prescription drugs in order to appease the Democrats, some Republicans suggested yesterday. The 9/11 Commission: Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told The Hill: “I don’t put much credence in the …

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Jun 17, 2004

Rumsfeld Wire

The Rumsfeld Wire is going to change it’s face in the next week or so, but for now it’s humming along.  Have a look at everything in there, Rumsfeld is being credibly accused of war crimes, and it’s causing quite a stir.  Also, BeatBushBlog reminds us of some of Bush’s steadier dishonesty in times of change: The United States is committed to the world-wide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example. That’s what we used …

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Jun 17, 2004

Survivor!

It’s gettin’ hairy, down to four… We missed this when it came out, but I have to say the award for most in-depth article on Republican Survivor goes to…. WorldNetDaily! They’ve got pictures, go through the plot, and best of all it’s written by Joe Kovacs, “executive news editor for WorldNetDaily.com.” Of course their “related offering” is “THE PARTY OF TREASON: How Democrats corrupt morals, steal elections, aid enemies.” Lesson?  Even McCarthyites Love Survivor!

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