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Jun 12, 2004

Pelosi Tribute to Reagan

Democratic Leader: “All Americans, including those of us who serve in the Congress of the United States, have been touched by the dignity, private strength, and public grace of Nancy Reagan and the entire Reagan family, to whom we offer our prayers and deepest condolences. Our nation is in your debt for the care and love that you gave our President, and for the dignity with which you held his hands at the end. I hope it is a …

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Jun 12, 2004

Sanchez and Abu Ghraib

Washington Post: Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the senior U.S. military officer in Iraq, borrowed heavily from a list of high-pressure interrogation tactics used at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and approved letting senior officials at a Baghdad jail use military dogs, temperature extremes, reversed sleep patterns, sensory deprivation, and diets of bread and water on detainees whenever they wished, according to newly obtained documents.  The U.S. policy, details of which have not been previously disclosed, …

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Jun 11, 2004

NCC on “Safe Harbor”

National Council of Churches release: ‘Safe Harbor for Churches’ Is Slippery Slope, NCC Warns Tax Bill Would Let Congregations Endorse Candidates  June 11, 2004, WASHINGTON, D.C.—Despite overwhelming opposition from nearly two dozen religious denominations, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Tom Delay have ordered a version of Rep. Walter Jones’ “Houses of Worship” Political Speech Restoration Act to be included on page 379 of a 398 page tax bill (H.R. 4520, American Jobs Creation Act …

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Jun 11, 2004

No Communion for You

BBC: But FaithfulAmerica.org says the administration has not faced up to the moral wrong of what happened. A senior member of President Bush’s own United Methodist Church, Bishop Melvin Talbert, is the public face of the campaign. He told the BBC he believes the administration should be more forthright and forthcoming in dealing with the abuse scandal and rectifying it.

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Jun 11, 2004

Bonjour, Halliburton

Or as Tom DeLay would say, “See ya in jail.” Just a Bump in the Beltway notices that the SEC has picked up on the ongoing French investigation of Halliburton kickbacks in Nigeria under Cheney’s watch: The U.S. government is investigating payments made by a Halliburton Co. (HAL.N) joint venture to the Nigerian government in connection with a liquefied natural gas plant project in Nigeria, the company said on Friday.  Houston-based Halliburton, one of the biggest providers of field …

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Jun 11, 2004

The Terms of the Debate

Josh Marshall wrote astutely, We’re like contestants on Wheel of Fortune with a long phrase spelled out in front of us with maybe one or two letters missing. We know what the letters spell. It’s obvious. We just don’t have the heart to say it out loud. To phrase it differently, there is no debate left about whose direct fault this is.  The only question that remains, as with so much surrounding the GOP, is what part malice and …

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Jun 11, 2004

Quote of the Day

Clift, Newsweek: “Reagan sought converts while Bush seeks to consign his political enemies to hell,” says a Senate Republican. Ok, a little more…  Reagan started a revolution that President Bush is ending. Tax cuts don’t have the resonance they had when the top marginal rate was 70 percent, as it was when Reagan took office in 1981. Bush has no domestic agenda for a second term, if he gets one.

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Jun 11, 2004

Jonas Morris on the Employment Picture

Allow us to introduce Jonas Morris, who will be researching and giving us in-depth guest posts periodically.  He 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.  This first installment fleshes out the reality of the employment picture, and although it does not include this last month’s numbers, it gives a much better feel for what is actually happening.  Enjoy. No Rosie Scenario …

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Jun 11, 2004

DeLay’s Delay Tactics

If you have been wondering why DeLay’s indictment has taken so long to come down the pipeline, it is because they have been deluging the relatively small DA’s office with frivolous legal requests as a stall tactic.  That strategy got pretty much deflated yesterday, when the Republican AG handed down a decision on a plethora of open record requests: In a pair of extensive rulings, Abbott said Earle does not have to comply with most of the open records …

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Jun 11, 2004

Morning Reading

Today is a day to keep track of the Rumsfeld Wire (in the right sidebar).  Read through what’s in there now.  All hell is starting to break loose, and it isn’t pretty. Update: If you need to let your stomach settle before diving into that, Archpundit has a good analysis of the House landscape in Illinois (in addition to his guest post here last month).  This is a state bubbling with Democratic energy, have a look. Update 2: Still …

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Jun 10, 2004

The Supremacy of Congress

LA Times: On the eve of the war in Iraq, Bush administration lawyers spelled out a strikingly broad view of the president’s power that freed the commander in chief and U.S. military from the federal law and international treaties that barred the use of torture. [...]  Congress adopted an anti-torture law in 1994 that barred Americans abroad acting under U.S. authority from inflicting “severe physical or mental pain.” But the 56-page memo on “Detainee Interrogation in the Global War …

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Jun 10, 2004

Misplaced Loyalties

From Bulletin News (super-subscription): House GOP Considers How To Keep DeLay In Job.  House Republicans are reviewing what they might do about a rule that seemingly would force Majority Leader Tom DeLay to step down from his post if he were indicted as a result of an ongoing investigation into Texas political finance laws. Insiders today revealed that Republicans are considering a “spontaneous” vote of support for DeLay that would allow the leader to stay in his post during …

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Jun 10, 2004

A Plunge From Moral Heights

So runs the title of Richard Cohen’s op-ed in the Wa Po today: Attorney General John Ashcroft, whose Justice Department prepared the memos—one of them running to 50 pages and signed by Jay S. Bybee, then head of the Office of Legal Counsel—assured the Senate the other day that the memos are of no consequence. They were only internal Justice Department stuff, the scribblings of lawyers and—most important—the president has not “directed or ordered” torture, Ashcroft said. In another …

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Jun 10, 2004

More on the Rift

Thus far in our coverage of the “GOP Schism” we have focused on two main issues: deficits and Abu Ghraib.  But anybody with sense sees that both of these issues hinge on an underlying contrast between sheer, infinitely cynical political expediency on the one hand, and some semblance of sticking to principle and conscience on the other.  Thus we get the long-rostered Team Tom DeLay vs. the desperately understaffed Team John McCain.  But here’s an interesting specimen: Orrin Hatch.  …

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Jun 10, 2004

19 Points

LA Times (pdf): If the November 2004 general election for Congress were being held today, which party would you like to see win in your congressional district: the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?  Democrat   54 Republican   35 Panic time.

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