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May 19, 2004

SD Gets Letters

Actually, they get a lot of letters, and I have to say I’m impressed with the extent to which SD newspapers allow for community discussion on elections that way.  But this is one that hits right on point for Republicans across the board: Two-legged stool Rapid City Journal May 19, 2004  Larry Diedrich promises to balance the federal budget and to lower taxes. This absolutely cannot be done without reducing spending as well. Like a two-legged stool, his tax …

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May 19, 2004

Top Down

From the Gonzales Memo, explaining the last of Secretary Powell’s many objections to abandoning the Geneva Conventions: “A determination that GPW does not apply to Al Qaeda and the Taliban could undermine US Military culture which emphasizes maintaining the highest standards of conduct in combat, and could introduce an element of uncertainty in the status of adversaries.” The next line in the memo is Gonzales’ response:  “On balance, I believe the arguments for reconsideration and reversal are unpersuasive.”

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May 19, 2004

Herseth, 49-40

Keloland scientific, baby: Our KELOLAND-TV/Argus Leader scientific poll shows 49% of likely voters would choose Democrat Stephanie Herseth. 40% would vote for Republican Larry Diedrich. 1% chose Libertarian Terry Begay, although he’s not on the June first ballot. And 10% are still undecided. There’s a four percent margin of error.  Stephanie Herseth says, “It’s going to be a close race. We always knew it would tighten and it’s nice to have the edge that we do. But we know …

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May 18, 2004

Reuters Reporters Beaten

AP relates on its competitor: Reuters said Tuesday three Iraqis working for the news agency were beaten, taunted and forced to put shoes in their mouths during their detention at a military camp near Fallujah in January.  After being freed from their Jan. 2-5 detention, the men told Reuters about their alleged ordeal but only decided to make it public when the U.S. military said there was no evidence of abuse, and news broke about the mistreatment of Iraqi …

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May 18, 2004

War Crimes?

Newsweek wants to know: The White House’s top lawyer warned more than two years ago that U.S. officials could be prosecuted for “war crimes” as a result of new and unorthodox measures used by the Bush administration in the war on terrorism, according to an internal White House memo and interviews with participants in the debate over the issue.   The concern about possible future prosecution for war crimes—and that it might even apply to Bush adminstration officials themselves— …

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May 18, 2004

Medicare Lawsuit

Boy, we’re humming along today: Nineteen House Democratic lawmakers filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles yesterday to force U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson to release disputed cost estimates on the Medicare prescription-drug bill.  The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claims Thompson — through former Medicare administrator Thomas Scully — violated federal law by ordering the Medicare actuary not to provide the estimates to Congress.  The suit also …

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May 18, 2004

Are You Better Off?

Pelosi on the Floor: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask the question that President-to-be Ronald Reagan made famous in a debate in 1980: ‘Are you better off today than you were four years ago?’ “And the answer, for most Americans, is no. Under President Bush and the Republican Congress, most Americans have suffered. “If you are a taxpayer, you are not better off. We went from a budget that was in balance – in 1999 the deficit was …

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May 18, 2004

Accounting Errors

These guys get so sloppy about carrying the ones when they’re funneling around dirty money: *** A Senate committee investigating millions of dollars in fees paid to powerful Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff and public relations executive Michael Scanlon also plans to examine $500,000 in contributions from Scanlon’s firm to the Republican Governors Association. The money was paid by Scanlon’s firm, Capitol Campaign Strategies, to the RGA in the closing months of the 2002 election. But it was not disclosed …

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May 18, 2004

Belated Guest Post at BOP

A day late and some talent short, our guest post is finally up at www.bopnews.com. Thanks to our friend Matt Stoller for allowing us to say our piece, and if you missed his spectacular guest post here, go get caught up.

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May 17, 2004

Independent Ministries

We’ve all heard the gag about how the administration wants universal health care for Iraq but doesn’t even think it’s worth considering here. Well the sound byte I’ve heard all day today is that “eleven ministries have already been turned over to Iraqis.”  Lucky them. Our FDA makes sure Plan B cannot be sold over the counter, against the advice from the boards of scientists convened to advise them on it.  That weekend Karl Rove gives a speech at …

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May 17, 2004

Hoyer on Health Care for Undocumented Aliens

The GOP has been trying to score some points with hard line anti-immigration folks by requiring hospitals to provide documentation for anybody receiving emergency treatment.  As usual when they do this kind of thing, the bill (The Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments of 2004) will accomplish very little except a symbolic slap in the face to immigrants.  This was Hoyer’s statement released just minutes ago: *** “I oppose this bill because it would impose burdensome and costly requirements …

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May 17, 2004

Stoller on Barend

Recent guest poster Matt Stoller does some first-hand blogging of the Congress, having met the rising star that is Samara (Sam) Barend last night. Blogging of the Congress Update:  Looks like the Texas bloggers had a pretty good showing for their first Texas Tuesday, congrats.

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May 17, 2004

Hastert Contest

Roll Call gives us a contest: *** Name That Speaker. Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), a man of few words, has apparently written down enough of them to fill a whole book. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Hastert’s memoir will be published in August, giving him time between the two party conventions to hit the publicity circuit and, perhaps, await a call from Oprah’s Book Club. Given that he has led the House through the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, …

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May 17, 2004

Hard Sell Monday

Again, today is that very special day of the week where we put our hands out and ask all of you for a few bucks to help us take DeLay out, and put Pelosi in.  To spur you on we try to give you one good reason that you may not already know about.  Today’s will be short. Many of us either read about or saw the fiasco of Colin Powell on Meet the Press yesterday.  If not go …

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May 16, 2004

Fear Up Harsh

The Washington Post reports on a memo sent to Sanchez, stating that a method termed “fear up harsh” would be used on a Syrian being held in Abu Ghraib, who was suspected to have knowledge of money and fighters flowing in from abroad. *** But the fact that a plan for such intense and highly organized pressure was proposed by Col. Thomas M. Pappas—a senior military intelligence officer in Iraq who took his job at the insistence of a …

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