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Apr 20, 2004

Airport Security

One of the rubberstamps we have our eye on this year is John Hostettler (R-IN8) : Rep. John Hostettler of Indiana was briefly detained Tuesday when airport security workers found a handgun in his briefcase as he was going through a checkpoint on a trip back to Washington. The five-term Republican congressman was preparing to board a US Airways flight at Louisville International Airport when the gun was found, said his press secretary Michael Jahr. “Apparently the congressman had …

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Apr 20, 2004

Clean Air Bad

Stone Phillips interviews former EPA official Bruce Buckheit (via Kevin Drum): Phillips: “What’s the biggest enforcement challenge right now when it comes to air pollution?” Buckheit: “The Bush Administration. An opportunity to reduce pollution just as we saw in Tampa is being foregone.” Phillips: “Are you saying this administration just doesn’t care about air pollution?” Buckheit: “Yes. I’m saying this administration has decided to put the economic interests of the coal fired power plants ahead of the public interests …

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Apr 20, 2004

Woodward’s $700 Million

From CQ Today- Defense: Appropriators Probing Report That Anti-Terror Funds Used for Iraq Invasion By Andrew Taylor, CQ Staff Lawmakers scrambled Monday to figure out if the White House adequately informed Congress of its spending decisions following a report that the Pentagon diverted $700 million from the war on terrorism to prepare for an invasion of Iraq. According to Bob Woodward, assistant managing editor of the Washington Post and author of “Plan of Attack,” the administration in July 2002 …

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Apr 20, 2004

Vile Secrecy and Overtime Pay

Dana Milbank: In April 2002, for example, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Apopka Little League team of 11- and 12-year-olds would visit the White House on May 5 to watch a T-ball game. The source: the team manager and parents. “The White House would not confirm the invitation,” the paper reported. And that’s just the funny part. On another note, we won a solid victory today on overtime.  Bush has agreed to up the number of people eligible, …

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Apr 19, 2004

Politicization

Congratulations Tom DeLay: The chairman of the Sept. 11 commission denies panel members are grandstanding or showing partisanship but says they plan a more low-key approach as they put together recommendations for a final report. And what was the central citation for the “partisanship” of the Democratic Comissioners? Democratic commissioners Bob Kerrey and Richard Ben-Veniste used time for questioning to voice personal opinions about potential military action prior to Sept. 11 or comment on the significance of an Aug. …

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Apr 19, 2004

Outrages of the Week

In another little known fact about our “traditional” site, we have a regular feature entitled “Outrage of the Week.”  Normally it’s a short, under-the-radar, entertaining nugget, good for killing some free time.  I used it this week to write a bit a of an extended analysis on the prevalence of the “partisanship” charge that the GOP has adopted as a catch-all response to anything the slightest bit disloyal to the greater cause of their reelection.  I was inpired by …

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Apr 19, 2004

This Could be Interesting

Congress wants answers, says the LA Times: An increasingly anxious Congress has summoned Bush administration officials to testify this week on their plans for quelling violence in Iraq and for handing power over to Iraqis by June 30. Three congressional committees have scheduled hearings that Republican lawmakers hope will produce information they need to explain President Bush’s Iraq policy to increasingly restive constituents. Democrats say the hearings will provide a forum for criticizing what they say have been the …

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Apr 19, 2004

The Frontlines

Roll Call (subscription): House Democratic leaders are gaining confidence in their 18 most threatened Members’ chances after the incumbents’ latest fundraising reports show they have a financial leg up on many of their Republican opponents. The 18 Democrats, known as “Frontline” Members because of their vulnerability, have collectively pulled in $16.4 million this cycle and hold a combined $11.4 million in the bank. In the first quarter of 2004, which ended March 31, those same threatened Members raised $4.9 …

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Apr 17, 2004

Looking Back on Houghton

From The Nation: What makes Houghton remarkable is that he is a Republican. But he will not be remarkable for long. One of the last of the dying breed of moderate – some would even say “liberal” – Republicans in Congress, Houghton won’t be seeking re-election this fall. After almost two decades of battling to prevent the party of Lincoln from becoming the party of DeLay, and facing the prospect of a Republican primary challenge from a conservative local …

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Apr 16, 2004

Draft Ron Paul!

I was actually digging around, compiling materials for “Conservatives on Bush and DeLay,” and one name kept coming up: Ron Paul (R-TX14). Ring any bells?  Well he gained some fame last year for a very long, and very abusive floor statement entitled “Neo-conned”, which had a section on “what neocons believe” that included: They agree with Trotsky on permanent revolution, violent as well as intellectual. They are not bashful about an American empire; instead they strongly endorse it. They …

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Apr 16, 2004

Fundraising Looking Good

FEC Reports are out: Democrats appear to be keeping pace financially with their Republican rivals in crucial Senate races, including those in Florida, North Carolina and South Dakota, according to first-quarter campaign reports filed on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.  The new data also showed that House races considered too close to call reflected aggressive fund-raising on both sides, particularly in a handful of contests in Texas, where redistricting has given Republicans a chance to reverse the 17-to-15 …

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Apr 16, 2004

Farrel Outraising Shays

Watch your back Shays: Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell, a Democrat campaigning for Congress against U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, raised more money than the incumbent did in the last quarter, according to documents filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission. Farrell’s campaign raised $370,000 between Jan. 1 and March 31, while Shays’ campaign raised $249,000 in the same time period, the FEC documents show. [edit] Farrell, a two-term first selectwoman, said she did not expect the fund-raising success her …

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Apr 15, 2004

DeLay the Populist

We mentioned earlier today Tom DeLay’s plan to scrap income and corporate taxes in favor of a national sales tax.  Now it appears DeLay is taking it to the streets: HOUSTON—More than 100 people rallied Thursday in Houston in a push to eliminate federal income taxes. The move came on the deadline to file taxes—April 15. Members of Americans for Fair Taxation were joined by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Sugar Land. The legislation would eliminate all …

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Apr 15, 2004

The Ugly

The San Antonio Current put out it’s “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” today:  The ugly: Depending on your viewpoint, the Democrats, self-imposed exile to Oklahoma and New Mexico to protest Congressional redistricting was either courageous or infantile. (With news of Tom Craddick’s and Tom DeLay’s financial hanky-panky, the Dems are starting to look courageous.) Civil liberties came under siege, even in San Antonio, where you could be arrested for protesting against President Bush, profiled for driving while …

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Apr 15, 2004

RNC Partisan?

Say it Ain’t So: The GOP chairman of the Federal Election Commission gently admonished the Republican National Committee for declining to testify yesterday at a hearing about proposed rules to restrict fundraising and spending by independent political organizations. Chairman Bradley A. Smith said “it would have been useful” if the RNC had sent a representative to answer citizen complaints that the GOP is “seeking merely to silence criticism of President Bush” by attempting to limit the “527” organizations. “It …

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