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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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Jun 19, 2004

Molly Ivins on “Clean Elections”

No sooner do we win a long struggle to clean up politics and restore democracy in this country than we find the whole thing under attack, and we have to go out and re-fight the same battle all over again. Good thing we’re not easily discouraged.  This is what’s happening in Arizona, where the successful Clean Elections Act is now under attack by the big special interests and national conservatives with ties that run from Tom DeLay (surprise!) to …

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Jun 18, 2004

I Love It

Richard Morrison, the man who will take down Tom DeLay (you heard it here first) meets with the Texas bloggers.  I love those folks.

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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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