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Apr 25, 2004

March for Women’s Lives!

Sorry we have been so quiet yesterday and today.. we have been organizing @Stake Activists to recruit more committed dems at the March for Women’s Lives today! Here are some pix. More info soon. I am too sore to type….

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Apr 23, 2004

Shameless

AP: Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson is refusing to make public or give congressional Democrats the Bush administration’s estimates of the cost of last year’s Medicare legislation. In a letter to Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., a senior HHS official writing on Thompson’s behalf said Democrats have no right to review administration estimates that the Medicare overhaul would cost substantially more than what President Bush and Thompson disclosed last year. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the …

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Apr 23, 2004

State’s Revenge on Chalabi

We noted about a month ago that the GAO had agreed to investigate Ahmed Chalabi at the requests of Sens. Kerry and Durbin.  As Newsweek put it: The issue under scrutiny is not whether Chalabi prodded America into a war on false pretenses; it is whether he used U.S. taxpayer dollars and broke U.S. laws or regulations to do so. Did Chalabi and the INC violate the terms of their funding by using U.S. money to sell the public …

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Apr 23, 2004

The Club for Growth’s Hostile Takeover

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Too often in today’s Washington, compromise is equated with betrayal. When political rivalry turns into a jihad, the system breaks down. Newt Gingrich learned this when he was Speaker of the House 10 years ago and tried to work with pragmatic Democrats. He was so undermined by hardliners in his own party that he denounced them as the “perfectionist caucus,” but in the end, purists of Toomey’s stripe helped drive Gingrich from office. Tom …

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Apr 22, 2004

The GOP Congress Celebrates Earth Day

CQ Today: Joe L. Barton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Wednesday he is open to moving legislation that would grant the Defense Department leeway in complying with three major environmental laws, a reversal of the position held by his predecessor. But objections from a key senator could still keep the exemptions from becoming law. Former panel Chairman Billy Tauzin, R-La., blocked the Pentagon’s request for waivers the past two years. Barton, R-Texas, took the helm …

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Apr 22, 2004

Bush Celebrates Earth Day

Outright inspiring: President Bush, trying to shore up his environmental record against criticism from Democratic rival John Kerry, on Thursday called for restoring or protecting as many as 3 million acres of wetlands over the next five years. “Instead of just limiting our losses, we will expand the wetlands of America,” Bush said Thursday after touring a salt marsh accompanied by his mother, Barbara, on an overcast day. But then the story takes a bit of a downturn: In …

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Apr 22, 2004

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

Atrios say: ...as many of you have said it’s absolutely vital for the Democrats to get out in front of this issue. They need to propose some supplemental spending [for Iraq] before Bush pulls it out of his back pocket when it’s “almost too late.” Today in CQ Daily: John M. Spratt Jr. of South Carolina, a senior Democrat on the panel, said he has heard reports from Iraq that commanders could run out of money by summer’s end. …

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Apr 22, 2004

Snow Teaches Kids How to Save

There are just too many unqualified teachers these days: U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow teaches financial education lesson to a fifth-grade class as part of the National Teach Children to Save Day sponsored by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation, New York, 9:30 a.m. Taking such lessons from an administration that has managed to put the IMF and the protesters on the same side might not be the best idea: But, the IMF warned: “A more disorderly adjustment - …

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Apr 22, 2004

Next Generation Democratic Summit

From Pelosi’s release: Pelosi and WWE wrestlers Chris Nowinski and Victoria opened the first ever “Youth Activism Town Hall” at the Summit.  The Town Hall, moderated by MTV News correspondent Gideon Yago, provided the students and young leaders an opportunity to voice their concerns directly to Members of Congress and gave the Members a chance to hear directly from young leaders.  The students and young leaders raised issues including higher education, the economy, Iraq, and national security.  The Members …

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Apr 22, 2004

Not These Jerks Again

Yup, it’s your good friends at the Coalition for the Future American Worker, who as we have discussed before, are some rabid, racist anti-immigration folks who have been running ads against Democratic candidates, most notably Martin Frost in TX-32.  Well after being more or less run out of town down there, they’ve taken their rancor up to South Dakota (presumably to stop the influx migrant Canadians): A television ad claiming that Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., has introduced a bill …

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Apr 22, 2004

3 Days Until the March - We Need YOU!

We still need activists to help us recruit the hundreds of thousands of folks at the March for Women’s Lives here in DC. These hundreds of thousands of people are committed folks, and we need YOU to get the word out to them with us. We are offering the usual incentives - snazzy limited edition Tshirts, food, you get to see the DNHQ, but most importantly, each one of YOU who help us out can turn into THOUSANDS of …

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Apr 21, 2004

Major Pelosi Speech on Iraq

Given to the American Society of Newspaper Editors: Iraq “Today, I would like to talk with you about two issues of great consequence for our nation—the war in Iraq and the budget deficit. “For more than a year and a half, your headlines have been dominated by Iraq. Through the reporting of your newspapers and brave embedded reporters, we have seen the inspiring service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, civilian aid workers, and indeed …

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Apr 21, 2004

Join us at the March for Women’s Lives!

This is from our Volunteer Outreach Director, the lovely and talented Jay Vincent. ——————————————————————————————- Fellow Activists and Organizers: We are looking for D.C. area based Activists to join us on Sunday April 25, 2004 at the March for Womens’ Lives to recruit thousands of folks to help us fight the GOP! There will literally be hundreds of thousands of activists from all across this country rallying on the National Mall and this is our chance to introduce the Campaign …

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Apr 21, 2004

Told You So

We told you our fundraising was exceptional, but you thought we were just blowing hot air didn’t you?  Well CQ Politics Daily confirms: Republicans are favored to retain control of the House this year in part because party has an upper hand over Democrats in overall fundraising.     But in some districts, Democratic candidates reported surprisingly strong fundraising numbers in the first three months of this year — boosting party leaders’ confidence that they might be able to …

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Apr 21, 2004

Blog Round-Up

Via Atrios, David Sirota discusses the case for illegality in the transfer of $700 million from Afghanistan to Iraq (see this previous post as well): - BUSH REQUIRED TO TELL CONGRESS, IF DREW FUNDS FROM THE 9/11 SUPPLEMENTAL: While the President was given discretion to direct $10 billion of the post-9/11 Emergency Supplemental bill, the legislation specifically obligated the President to “consult with the chairmen and ranking minority members of the Committees on Appropriations prior to the transfer” of …

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