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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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May 04, 2004

Vote Online for Herseth!

The Yankton Press & Dakotan has a poll up for Stephanie Herseth - go vote and show your support! (thanks to Raging Bruin for the heads-up… if she had a blog, I would link to it…)

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May 03, 2004

Criminal

Oops: Bush administration officials were wrong to prevent a budget expert from giving Congress estimates of the cost of Medicare legislation, congressional researchers have concluded. In a report made public Monday, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service said efforts to keep Richard Foster, the chief Medicare actuary, from giving Democratic lawmakers his projections of the bill’s cost - $100 billion more than the president and other officials were acknowledging - probably violated federal law. Foster testified in March that he …

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May 03, 2004

Taking Care of Texas

The Texas Bloggers mean business.  The Yellow Dog Blog announces this (via their partner, Charles Kuffner): Starting tomorrow a coalition of Texas bloggers including yours truly, Burnt Orange Report, Off the Kuff and Greg’s Opinion will launch “Texas Tuesdays” where a Texas congressional or legislative candidate will be profiled each week with a guest post, a short interview and a fundraising goal from each site. We want to raise as much money for as many Texas candidates as possible …

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May 03, 2004

DeLay & the 17th Amendment

I’ve seen a few bloggers expressing puzzlement over this: Sen. Zell Miller, the Georgia Democrat who has become increasingly disgusted with his party as well as the way the U.S. Senate has operated the past few years, figures it’s time for a major shake-up in how senators are chosen.   This week, he proposed legislation to repeal the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which in 1913 removed the selection of senators from state legislatures, as the original Constitution called …

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May 02, 2004

Chalabi: Modern Day Iago

This guy is truly aiming for Shakespearian heights of villany (Newsweek): Ahmad Chalabi, the longtime Pentagon favorite to become leader of a free Iraq, has never made a secret of his close ties to Iran. Before the U.S. invasion of Baghdad, Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress maintained a $36,000-a-month branch office in Tehran—funded by U.S. taxpayers. INC representatives, including Chalabi himself, paid regular visits to the Iranian capital. Since the war, Chalabi’s contacts with Iran may have intensified: a Chalabi …

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