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May 13, 2004

SD-AL: Diedrich’s Ad Fabricates Quote

For those of you wondering what has been going on in the South Dakota Special Election (June 1st), apparently GOP candidate Larry Diedrich has been doing some “selective editing”... never mind… I will just say it—FABRICATING quotes from the Democrat, Stephanie Herseth, and taking her actual quotes out of context. The title of the ad? “Straight Talk”. Here is the story: The ad has a voice over reading a “quote” supposedly from Herseth: voice over: “But just days ago, …

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May 13, 2004

Fried-Man Overboard

Oh my: It is time to ask this question: Do we have any chance of succeeding at regime change in Iraq without regime change here at home? “Hey, Friedman, why are you bringing politics into this all of a sudden? You’re the guy who always said that producing a decent outcome in Iraq was of such overriding importance to the country that it had to be kept above politics.” Yes, that’s true. I still believe that. My mistake was …

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May 13, 2004

Coming Apart at the Seams

The Hill: Republicans on the Hill are so frustrated with the White House that when Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) criticized the administration at a House GOP meeting last week, the caucus burst into applause. The meeting was only the latest sign in an accumulating body of evidence that lawmakers are unhappy with the way the administration treats them. One GOP lawmaker at the caucus meeting said Hastert “expressed outright dismay with the White House staff for the way …

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May 13, 2004

One of These Quotes Doesn’t Belong

Can you guess which one: “I don’t know how the hell these people got into our army,” said Colorado Republican Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell after viewing what he called a fraction of the images. “I saw cruel, sadistic torture,” said Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., who said some of the images were of male prisoners masturbating. She said she saw a man hitting himself against a wall as though to knock himself unconscious. Others said they saw images of corpses, …

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May 12, 2004

Marginalize Thyselves

Racicot is really giving DeLay a run for his money: “Why should we reward more of the same? Why should we reward miscalculations of what it would take to make the peace?” Kerry asked in an interview with Associated Press Radio. “I think that it’s been one miscalculation after another, frankly. And arrogance that has lost America respect and influence in the world.” [...] “Political attacks come at a price for the military,” Racicot told reporters in a conference …

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May 12, 2004

OT Battle Continues

Congress Daily: The House today rejected an attempt by House Education and the Workforce ranking member George Miller, D-Calif., to force the chamber to take a recorded vote on the Labor Department’s rewritten overtime pay regulations. The House voted 222-205 to table Miller’s motion to instruct conferees on the FY04 Labor-HHS appropriations bill, legislation that was rolled into last year’s omnibus spending bill but whose conference was never officially closed. A spokesman for House Majority Leader DeLay called the …

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May 12, 2004

Guest Post: Matt Stoller

How to Leverage the Fact that Democrats are Right on Everything Matt Stoller is a communications consultant, and edits BOPnews at www.bopnews.com.  He can be reached at matt@bopnews.com. It’s frustrating to be a Democrat these days.  Not just because, being in the minority, we lose, though we do.  And not just because the other side is able to promote an agenda that every fiber of our beings just intuitively knows is dishonest and about centralizing power in the hands …

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May 12, 2004

Karpinski Shoots it up the Chain

The fall-woman to be has a little chat with the Washington Post. The U.S. general who was in charge of running prisons in Iraq told Army investigators earlier this year that she had resisted decisions by superior officers to hand over control of the prisons to military intelligence officials and to authorize the use of lethal force as a first step in keeping order—command decisions that have come in for heavy criticism in the Iraq prison abuse scandal. Brig. …

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May 12, 2004

Rotten

DeLay (The Hill): House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) continued his ferocious counter-offensive against Democrats yesterday, accusing them of trying to gain political advantage from the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison. DeLay picked up yesterday where he left off on Thursday. He dedicated most of his 30-minute weekly meeting with the press to the war. He fielded only two questions that related to other subjects. “We tried their way,” DeLay said, referring to …

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May 11, 2004

Texas Tuesdays

Kuffner & Friends have their second Texas Tuesday up with an interview and a guest post from Morris Meyer, hoping to knock off Toxic Texan Joe Barton.  From the interview: How concerned are the voters in your district about pollution and clean-air regulations? Joe Barton’s negatives in two recent polls taken among likely Republican women voters are running in excess of 70%. The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram have written extensively about Barton’s decades-long stance catering to …

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May 11, 2004

Senator Mark Dayton

Sign the petition. Transcript: SEN. DAYTON: My time is up, but I’m just going to complete here by just referring to one individual that said he was taken from a barber shop where he was getting a shave and he was beaten with pipes, starting at his legs and back and moving to his head. He was bleeding from his mouth and ears. He fainted. When he woke up, he was in a dog’s cage at a local military …

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May 11, 2004

Inhofe

Taguba testified this morning, and it was really just unbelievable, I did not anticipate in the least that anybody would be brazen enough to say something like this: SEN. INHOFE: First of all, I regret I wasn’t here on Friday. I was unable to be here. But maybe it’s better that I wasn’t because as I watch this outrage that everyone seems to have about the treatment of these prisoners I have to say and I’m probably not the …

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May 11, 2004

Pulling Back the Curtains

A lot of people have asked us to “pull back the curtains” on Congress.  What’s going on back there?  Answer: Not much, and you can thank Tom DeLay: The week of April 26 was eventful and troubling for the nation, yet curiously brief and serene for the House of Representatives. Thirty-five U.S. servicemen were killed in Iraq. CBS aired shocking photos of Americans abusing prisoners near Baghdad. The federal debt reached an all-time high, more than $7.13 trillion. In …

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May 10, 2004

Beneath Novak’s Hackery…

Sometimes people tell him things that are true: While the White House officially vowed Rumsfeld’s retention, there was no reinforcement in his natural political constituency. Last week, I talked to Republican members of Congress, GOP fund-raisers and contributors, defense consultants and even one senior official of a coalition partner. The clear consensus was that Rumsfeld had to go. ‘‘There must be a neck cut,’’ said the foreign official, ‘‘and there is only one neck of choice.’‘ Rumsfeld is paying …

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May 10, 2004

Quid Pro Quo

Hiding in plain sight: A few weeks after the Bush administration named Medco to be one of the first Medicare drug card providers, a company executive helped throw a $100,000 fund-raiser for the president that was headlined by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. The role of Medco Specialty Pharmacy Services president Alan Lotvin, a co-chairman of the mid-April event in New Jersey, is just one of the ways prescription drug card providers have reached out to Washington …

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