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May 07, 2004

The Mighty Petition

The Dismiss Rumsfeld Petition. Washington Times: Republicans said Democrats were just seeking political gain in their calls for Mr. Rumsfeld to step down. They pointed to an e-mail sent yesterday by the political arm of House Democrats, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, calling on Democrats to sign a petition asking the secretary to resign. The DCCC online team said that the Washington Times is the most expensive partisan advertisement in history.  They pointed to the fact that it is …

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May 07, 2004

Petition Follow-Up

A follow-up to the Petition to Dismiss Secretary Rumsfeld that is. Tom DeLay responds in his predictable exclusively partisan refrain, namely dismissing any criticism of his party as “partisan”: “Democrats want to win the White House more than they want to win the war,” DeLay said. “We can’t let them think for one minute that their elected leaders aren’t behind them 100 percent.” Sen. Christopher Bond, R-Mo., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called the Democratic broadsides a …

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May 06, 2004

Petition for Rumsfeld’s Dismissal

Pelosi’s Statement below. Sign the Petition: Rumsfeld out.  To bloggers, with humility and gratitude: Let’s show these guys what you can do. [Update 2 (in reverse order): The Economist agrees.] Update:  Quick thanks to Upper Left for helping us out.  Also, I mentioned earlier that there was buzz about the Pelosi-Murtha press conference today.  John Murtha (D-PA12) is second to none in terms of respect in military matters, having served 20 years on the House Subcommittee on Defense, including …

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May 06, 2004

Pelosi Calls for Rumsfeld Resignation

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today calling for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: “Secretary Rumsfeld’s leadership of the Pentagon has unnecessarily jeopardized the safety of American troops, and it has seriously undermined our ability to prosecute the war on terrorism.  He has been dismissive of international law, of world opinion, and of the Congress.  The Pentagon Secretary Rumsfeld oversees has become an island of unaccountability, ignoring the Geneva Conventions, …

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May 06, 2004

Rumsfeld

AP: Democratic members of Congress began calling Thursday for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation over the U.S. military’s abuse of Iraqi prisoners, but the White House reaffirmed President Bush’s support of the embattled Cabinet officer. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, demanded Rumsfeld’s ouster ``for the good of our country, the safety of our troops, and our image around the globe.’’ ``If he does not resign forthwith, the president should fire him,’’ Harkin said. The top House Democrat indicated she, too, …

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May 06, 2004

Dems on $25B

AP: “The track record of the Bush White House in accounting for funds for Iraq is a record of confusion, obfuscation, bumbling, denial, and deception,” said Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee and a frequent critic of the administration’s Iraq policies. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democratic leader, called the request “the most recent episode in a pattern of secrecy by an administration that refuses to share information …

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May 06, 2004

Hastert’s Finesse

Not COOL, Mr. Speaker By The Journal Editorial Board Rapid City Journal May 6, 2004 Last week, U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was in Rapid City campaigning in support of Republican Larry Diedrich’s bid for South Dakota’s vacant House seat. Our reporter asked the speaker why legislation to implement country of origin labeling on meat products was being held up. Hastert answered that the law that Congress passed in 2002 was flawed but he supports COOL and that a …

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May 05, 2004

Drudge on Cheney’s Fox News Endorsement

From “The Assault on the Free Press” in this week’s @Stake: “Why do you want the endorsement of the vice president? It seems to me he should fear Fox News, he should hate Fox News…the whole marriage of media and government is a recipe for disaster.” (C-Span, Audio Link, minute 34)

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May 05, 2004

DCCC Blog Tour: ArchPundit

Today’s BlogTour Guest Post is from ArchPundit, who is pretty much the authority on stuff in Illinois and Missouri (he also runs Blog St. Louis). We really appreciate his taking the time for us, as he has had a crazy week or two… Anyway, we are trying to feature a different Guest Blogger at least once a week here at the Stakeholder - next up (I think) is Matt Stoller from BOPNews. Without further ado… Illinois politics is both …

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May 05, 2004

Really, We Promise

Atrios links to another silly bus story, but what made me laugh in it was this: Mr. Bush’s aides insisted the new, sharper stump speech was the president’s own creation, the result of his line editing. Is it me, or is this “insistence” becoming a daily ritual?  Does it ever strike them that going out of their way to give Bush personal credit for clever little pieces of snark while passing the buck on everything that matters makes him …

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May 05, 2004

Texas Tuesdays

Looks like Charles Kuffner and the other Texas bloggers did pretty well on their inaugural “Texas Tuesday.”  Yellow Dog Blog also has a guest post by DeLay’s opponent, Richard Morrison: My favorite congressman is Sam Rayburn. His power (and he had as much, if not more, than Mr. DeLay) came from his unassailable honesty. Mr. Sam could not be bought. He was a public servant for over 40 years and when he died, his estate was worth less than …

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May 05, 2004

The Outsourcing Bus Tour Goes to Michigan!

Unwise: President Bush rode across Ohio on Monday in a bus emblazoned, “Yes, America can.” It turns out the bus was made in Canada. The front of the bus bore another label: Prevost Car, jointly owned by the Swedish Volvo Bus Corp. and Britain’s Henly’s Group PLC. Prevost’s manufacturing facility is in St. Claire, Quebec. Foreign-made vehicles are a touchy topic in the job-strapped industrial Midwest - states like Michigan and Ohio, which Bush has been touring for two …

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May 04, 2004

Pelosi on Abu Ghraib

Democratic Leader: “The revelation of grotesque behavior by soldiers in Iraq is not only disgraceful and damaging to the interests of the United States, it also endangers our men and women in uniform, the vast majority of whom are courageously performing their duties.  The shameful mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq is unacceptable and must be investigated thoroughly. “Among the questions that must be answered are:  Was this an isolated incident?  Were personnel trained adequately to do the jobs to …

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May 04, 2004

“Crazy Ideas”

Link: An increase in the state gasoline tax is the best way to repair the area’s transportation infrastructure, U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays said yesterday. They also get letters: To the editor: While leading a delegation from Fairfield County at the March for Women’s Lives in Washington, D.C., on April 25, I heard that our congressman, U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Bridgeport, showed up, wearing a pro-choice T-shirt (Advocate news story, April 26). What chutzpah! Shays is not pro-choice. He weakened …

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May 04, 2004

Hastert Takes a Beating

Wouldn’t have wanted to be in his shoes: McClellan and Hastert spoke to more than 300 seniors who crowded into the Kendall County Senior Center here, about a mile from the high school where Hastert taught and coached wrestling before winning election to the House of Representatives in 1986… Carol Applebaugh, 67, shook with anger as she stood to question Hastert and McClellan about the law. She waved a computer printout listing discount prices available with the cards and …

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