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Mar 19, 2004

Off message, but nonetheless…

Couldn’t resist beating the big boys to the punch on this: McCain: Kerry Isn’t ‘Weak’ Republican rebuts Bush-Cheney attacks on national security issues Washington Post “This kind of rhetoric, I think, is not helpful in educating and helping the American people make a choice,” McCain said on “The Early Show” on CBS. Also, if you didn’t catch it, Howie Kurtz had a good column in today’s post as well: The Administration’s Fudge Factory After months of getting hammered on …

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Mar 18, 2004

The Makings of a “Dispute”

NYT: Ms. Bjorklund [a Democratic policy aide] had been pressing Mr. Foster for his numbers since June. When he refused, telling her he could be fired, she said, she confronted his boss, Thomas A. Scully, then the Medicare administrator. “If Rick Foster gives that to you,” Ms. Bjorklund remembered Mr. Scully telling her, “I’ll fire him so fast his head will spin.” Mr. Scully denies making such threats. Republicans are now claiming that Democrats are just attempting to politicize …

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Mar 17, 2004

Bribery Investigation Begins

AP: “The House ethics committee said Wednesday it will begin an investigation to determine whether Rep. Nick Smith, R-Mich., was offered a bribe to vote for a Medicare bill. “The panel issued a brief statement saying it will announce the members of a subcommittee to look into the matter but will have no other comment until a final report is issued. “Smith also issued a statement. ‘I respect the committee’s decision and believe that the committee should be permitted …

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Mar 17, 2004

IL-08 Race Update: Melissa Bean

Melissa Bean (D-IL) won her primary in Illinois-08 last night. She got 78% of the vote, showing that she will be a strong challenger for GOP Rep. Phil Crane. In fact, Bean is already a hardened campaigner, having won an impressive 43% against Crane in 2002 - with limited resources! Bean’s campaign is already thriving. She has raised over $150,000 - five times the amount she raised at this point last cycle. Not only is she a great candidate …

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Mar 17, 2004

Indict the Site!

Al Kamen’s “In the Loop” column reports this morning that the House GOP using its government website to push Bush/Cheney ‘04 could be illegal and result in criminal prosecution. Thus sayeth Kamen: Turns out the use of government Web sites for political purposes, contrary to Monday’s report on the House Resources Committee’s blasts at Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), does appear to be against House rules that prohibit using official resources for campaign or political purposes. “The misuse of …

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Mar 16, 2004

White House Stands Firm

Reuters: “Thompson said he has ordered an investigation by the HHS Inspector General, but that he is confident there was no wrongdoing involved. ‘There was a dispute between Rick Foster and Tom Scully,’ Thompson said, who added that Democrats ‘are trying to demagogue this bill.’” Maybe the “dispute” was about him being threatened with the loss of his job unless he withheld vital information.  Sometimes that makes people mad. “An e-mail—obtained by CBS News—appears to show the White House …

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Mar 16, 2004

The Noose Tightens

Richard E. Cohen in this morning’s Congress Daily/AM (registration required) summarizes developments in the DeLay Fundraising Scandal. Important points to note: * The Grand Jury’s term may need to be extended because “Republican paperwork requests have ‘taken many people lots of hours that could have been spent doing other things.’ ” * The Texas GOP is pulling out all the stops to prevent the investigation from continuing.     As the noose of the Texas grand jury appears to …

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Mar 15, 2004

A Second Email

CBS News finds another email: “An e-mail—obtained by CBS News—appears to show the White House was anxious to hide ballooning cost estimates. Sent on behalf of former Medicare administrator Tom Scully, it warns the agency’s chief actuary, Rick Foster to not tell Congress the price tag would be well above the White House’s stated 400 billion. “Foster is told ‘the consequences for insubordination are extremely severe’.... “ Apparently the White House wants us to believe Scully was a rogue …

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Mar 15, 2004

House Dems Putting GOP on Defense

This is encouraging. Ben Pershing’s article in this morning’s Roll Call (registration required) begins with: For the first time since President Bush was elected, a House GOP Conference that has prided itself on constantly playing offense appears likely to spend much of its time through November playing defense. The article then follows up with quotes from the GOP spokespeople about how they are not “playing-D”. Pershing, however, seems to not be persuaded. Moreover, he points out that there are …

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Mar 14, 2004

Dems Demand Investigation into Intimidation

NYT: “In a letter to the inspector general, they said: ‘Throughout the debate on the Medicare bill, the legislation’s cost was a central issue for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. The withholding of cost information may have impeded lawmakers’ ability to engage in fair debate on the bill.’ “The request was made by Representatives Pete Stark of California, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, all Democrats, and Bernard Sanders of …

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Mar 12, 2004

Federal Government = Bush Campaign HQ

So I got curious when I saw Josh Marshall’s post yesterday about the House Committee on Resources using its public web space to bash Kerry (they continue to do so as I write), and I took a look around to see what some other committees were up to.  I didn’t find anything nearly as blatant, but the Committee on Education and the Workforce certainly straddles the line.  Its front page blares the headline: ‚ÄúPublic Support Rock-Solid for ‘No Child …

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Mar 12, 2004

Salon Delivers on DeLay

Salon promised to deliver on DeLay today, and indeed they did.  For readers of this blog, most of it will be old news, but they do have one new unidentified source: “According to sources close to the case there is little doubt that indictments will be handed down. At the center of the investigation is John Colyandro, who showed up at a deposition for the civil suit with his criminal defense lawyer. Colyandro has reportedly been given limited immunity. …

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Mar 11, 2004

DeLay vs. Cockroach Corner

“This whole thing about not kicking someone when they are down is BS—Not only do you kick him—you kick him until he passes out—then beat him over the head with a baseball bat—then roll him up in an old rug—and throw him off a cliff into the pound[ing] surf below!!!!!” - Former DeLay spokesman Mike Scanlon, who has been implicated in the Indian extortion probe along w/ DeLay ally Jack Abramoff, discussing the legal nuances of impeachment in an …

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Mar 11, 2004

Dick Armey vs. Hastert and DeLay

“The Winter of Conservative Discontent” From Today’s @Stake: “For all the attention paid to partisanship in this town, the more interesting—and consequential—fights here in this election year will pit Republicans against Republicans.” - Wall Street Journal, “Bush Finds Party Faithful in Ugly Mood” There can be no clearer sign of how far off the edge the current GOP Leadership has fallen than the feud in which they are engaged with former Republican leader Dick Armey. Mind you, Dick Armey …

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Mar 11, 2004

Lying, but not Illegal…

GAO Speak, You Listen: “The General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of Congress, said on Wednesday that advertisements and brochures prepared by the Bush administration to publicize a new Medicare law, although not illegal, misrepresented the prescription drug benefits that would be offered to millions of elderly and disabled people.” What do you say, GOP, good enough for you? By the way, with the recent revamping of the site, we’ve started a “Must Read” section, and our biggest problem …

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