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Jun 09, 2004

Ashcroft Transcript

This was an important hearing, the most damning yet in the wake of Abu Ghraib.  There are a lot of good parts, and I would encourage one and all to go and do a find for “Leahy” on the page and read the Ranking Senator’s opening remarks, as well as Sen. Durbin’s exchange and especially Sen. Biden’s.  But for now I am going to paste a chunk of Leahy’s key exchange in the body and extended entry; simply stunning, …

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Jun 09, 2004

Texas Tuesday

It’s never too late to get on the Texas Tuesday beat. Martin Frost Profile: In short, Frost will have to wade knee-deep into several red precincts and change some voters’ minds to get them to vote for him. Its a task he’s been handling as well as can be done, from most outward appearances. Interviews: BL: Tom DeLay and the Republican leaders in Austin targeted you from day one of the redistricting fight, and cut up the compact, majority-minority …

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Jun 08, 2004

Pelosi on Torture Memos

Washington, D.C.—House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on media reports that Bush Administration lawyers advised the White House in internal memos that the war on terrorism might justify torturing suspected terrorists:  “If these media reports are true, I call upon the President to disavow this legal advice immediately, and to make public the documents that contain it.  “Having served on the Intelligence Committee for 10 years, I know that the American people expect that their …

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Jun 08, 2004

How to Cover a Giant Lie

The Washington Post doesn’t seem to know exactly how to cover Ashcroft’s explanation of the memo /non-memo reported on earlier in today’s Post.  You see there is no memo.  And he can’t comment on it: Attorney General John D. Ashcroft told Congress today that he would not release to members a 2002 policy memo on the degree of pain and suffering legally permitted during enemy interrogations, but he said he knows of no presidential order that would allow torture …

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Jun 08, 2004

Ok, Just This Once

Remember last week when the GOP stepped in it by asking churches to work for Bush-Cheney (thereby sacrificing their claim to tax exempt status)?  Well Ways & Means Chairman Bill Thomas has found a solution: Republicans in the House of Representatives have quietly introduced a measure to make it easier for churches to support political candidates, just days after the Bush campaign came under fire from liberal groups for inviting church members to distribute campaign information at their houses …

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Jun 08, 2004

This Man Will Not Hold Hearings

Duncan Hunter, GOP Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and loyal member of Team DeLay: Congress should do more to investigate the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison rather than let the military probe itself, members of Congress in both parties say. [but not that guy ^]  Democrats have been most vocal in calling for more hearings, especially in the House of Representatives. But they’re joined by some Republicans who say Congress has been slow to …

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Jun 07, 2004

That’s What I Call Profiteering!

Knight Ridder: A dozen current and former truck drivers for a Halliburton Inc. subsidiary said they were directed to drive empty flatbed trucks crisscrossing Iraq more than 100 times this year, putting themselves and military escorts at risk for no apparent purpose.  The truckers, who regularly made the 300-mile resupply run from Camp Cedar in southern Iraq to Camp Anaconda near Baghdad, told Knight Ridder newspapers that their employer charged the government for hauling what the truckers derisively called …

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Jun 07, 2004

Not What Bush Had in Mind

Poor Schools Sue for Funding Washington Post - June 7, 2004  Giant poster boards filled with data from standardized tests dominate the courtroom where attorneys for some of the poorest school districts in South Carolina are suing the state legislature for billions of dollars in education funds.  ...The scene in the South Carolina courtroom has become common across the United States as lawyers use data generated by the drive for higher standards in education as the basis for class-action …

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Jun 07, 2004

Cud

From CQ WEEKLY - EMPLOYMENT & LABOR (June 5, 2004): House Into Summer Reruns With GOP’s Procedural Gambit  Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., the minority whip, dismisses the current House Republican agenda as “cud,” the regurgitated food that cows chew a second time. More politely, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calls it “warmed-over stew.”  At the very least, House floor action the week of May 31 had an unmistakable air of summer reruns…  Democrats responded to the GOP tactic …

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Jun 07, 2004

Thanks, Digby

Digby finds us a new campaign slogan: ’‘It’s quite clear to me that we do not have a coherent approach to this,’’ Rumsfeld said at an international security conference. Consider this added to the list. Thanks to Wa Po as well, who seem to have fallen off the bandwagon for good:  THE ONLY WAY to staunch the continuing damage of the prisoner abuse scandal is for the Bush administration to fully document and publicly report on the dozens of …

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Jun 07, 2004

DTripTV makes AP

Ta ha: Want to vote a Republican off the island? How about all of them? If so, House Democrats are here to help with a new Web-based cartoon program, Republican Survivor.  ...Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia makes a late appearance as the “immunity fairy,” whose function is to designate contestants who can’t be voted off the island.  The cartoon moderator, no friend of any of them, says the overall instructions are to “lie, cheat, steal, coddle, cuddle and pander. …

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Jun 04, 2004

Guest Post: Stephanie Herseth

In this our second installment on the Herseth rally (Part I here), allow us to introduce guest blogger and America’s newest Congresswoman, Stephanie Herseth: “I just want to say again how much I appreciate all the efforts of those of you who ventured out to SoDak, survived the weather and helped us achieve victory two nights ago!  I also want to send a special word of thanks to those bloggers who helped raise awareness for my campaign and make …

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Jun 04, 2004

Rally for Herseth

We had a rabble-rousing rally here at DNHQ for Herseth and the SD volunteers last night, with Chairman Matsui and Leader Pelosi in attendance.  We’re splitting this up into two posts, and you can see Stephanie’s guest post along with guest contributions from our volunteers here.  But here are a few pictures and some inspiring words from our illustrious Leadership and Herseth’s speech: Pelosi “Celebration time is here….Thank you for turning a red state blue.” “There is no election …

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Jun 04, 2004

Ken Lay for Energy Secretary!

CBS News: When a forest fire shut down a major transmission line into California, cutting power supplies and raising prices, Enron energy traders celebrated, CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales reports. “Burn, baby, burn. That’s a beautiful thing,” a trader sang about the massive fire. Four years after California’s disastrous experiment with energy deregulation, Enron energy traders can be heard – on audiotapes obtained by CBS News – gloating and praising each other as they helped bring on, and cash-in …

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Jun 03, 2004

Republican Survivor

First “webisode” up, Go! (...Ouch) Update:  Go to DtripTV.com and click on Ashcroft’s profile to hear him sing a beautiful song that he wrote (really, no satire). Source: GridlockMag.com

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