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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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Jun 16, 2004

A Mutiny is Born

Wa Po: The Bush administration does not understand the world it faces and is unable to handle “in either style or substance” the responsibilities of global leadership, an eminent group of 27 retired diplomats and military commanders charged today…  ...As recently as this week, Vice President Cheney said Hussein had “long-established ties” with al Qaeda. “Why the vice president continues to make that claim beats me. I have no idea,” said Phyllis Oakley, a signatory of the anti-Bush statement …

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Jun 16, 2004

Touching

Lloyd Garver of CBSNews.com has received an invitation to be an Honorary Chairman of the House Majority Trust from Tom DeLay.  He is truly honored: As a columnist, I have often been rough on politicians from both sides of the aisle. I have certainly not treated the current president with kid gloves. In fact, I have often expressed how appalled I’ve been at things President Bush has done and said. And yet, you still invited me to this occasion. …

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Jun 16, 2004

Odds & Ends

A few tidbits: Our pal at Upper Left has some good quotes from the Reagans and Col. Hackworth. The Progress Report dissects DeLay’s energy grandstand. U.S. Comptroller General David Walker has found at least $1 billion in wasted funds in Iraq, “more than the government spends on research into Alzheimer’s disease and asthma combined, for example.” And the DNC is doing a major outreach project with an ad contest, with the winner being aired during the Convention.  If your …

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Jun 16, 2004

Wa Po and the “Torture Amendment”

Via TalkLeft, who have been humming on this amendment for a while, we have the Post’s endorsement of an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill.  Incidentally, the editorial also lays down the law on what we know as well as anything I’ve seen: SLOWLY, AND IN spite of systematic stonewalling by the Bush administration, it is becoming clearer why a group of military guards at Abu Ghraib prison tortured Iraqis in the ways depicted in those infamous photographs. President …

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Jun 16, 2004

Team DeLay Goes After Team McCain

Little did we know how on point we were when we began discussing the rift, nay chasm in the GOP ranks as Team McCain vs. Team DeLay (the rift really first blew up here). For a quick update: “26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush”  have joined Team McCain. Team McCain is busy this morning promoting a bipartisan effort to push drug reimportation against the …

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Jun 16, 2004

Grass Roots, Baby

The Hill: Out-of-state Republican campaigners were a negligible presence in South Dakota’s recent special election, according to the executive director of that state’s Republican Party, and they were outdone by their Democratic counterparts. “Democrats have always been good about getting the vote turned out,” said Jason Glodt, executive director of South Dakota’s Republican Party. National Republicans, in contrast, represented about “5 percent” of the total campaign volunteers in his state, he said. “In the special, [the Democrats] relied on …

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Jun 15, 2004

Karpinski: “Like Dogs”

Some interesting breaking news from Australia: PRIME Minister John Howard today defended his refusal to call Major George O’Kane before a Senate inquiry, despite revelations the military lawyer had warned of prisoner violations in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail.  Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, who was suspended from duty as head of the jail after the prisoner abuse scandal, has said Major O’Kane, an Australian army officer, had aggressively warned about Geneva Convention violations at Abu Ghraib.  General Karpinski also said …

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Jun 15, 2004

Joke of the Day

Supposedly circulated by “Clinton alumni,” thanks to Dan Froomkin: How many Bush administration officials does it take to screw in a light bulb? • One to deny that a light bulb needs to be replaced. • One to attack and question the patriotism of anyone who has questions about the light bulb. • One to blame the previous administration for the need of a new light bulb. • One to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have …

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Jun 15, 2004

Waxman Prevails

We mentioned earlier that Waxman had turned his guns on the GOP half of the Government Reform Committee for failing to allow any serious hearings on Halliburton.  Waxman wins: Top executives of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former company, Halliburton, will be asked to testify next month before a House committee investigating potential favoritism and waste in Iraq reconstruction contracts. In a bipartisan agreement, announced Tuesday despite political bickering over Halliburton’s role in Iraq, Government Reform Committee leaders said they …

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