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May 17, 2004

Hastert Contest

Roll Call gives us a contest: *** Name That Speaker. Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), a man of few words, has apparently written down enough of them to fill a whole book. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Hastert’s memoir will be published in August, giving him time between the two party conventions to hit the publicity circuit and, perhaps, await a call from Oprah’s Book Club. Given that he has led the House through the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, …

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May 17, 2004

Hard Sell Monday

Again, today is that very special day of the week where we put our hands out and ask all of you for a few bucks to help us take DeLay out, and put Pelosi in.  To spur you on we try to give you one good reason that you may not already know about.  Today’s will be short. Many of us either read about or saw the fiasco of Colin Powell on Meet the Press yesterday.  If not go …

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May 16, 2004

Fear Up Harsh

The Washington Post reports on a memo sent to Sanchez, stating that a method termed “fear up harsh” would be used on a Syrian being held in Abu Ghraib, who was suspected to have knowledge of money and fighters flowing in from abroad. *** But the fact that a plan for such intense and highly organized pressure was proposed by Col. Thomas M. Pappas—a senior military intelligence officer in Iraq who took his job at the insistence of a …

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May 16, 2004

On Language

Paul Vitello, Newsday: *** Accountability: n. The responsibility for apologizing when something goes very wrong, without having to accept the consequences of failure. Ex. “These events occurred on my watch. I am accountable for them. I apologize ... ” - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, refusing to step down in the midst of a worldwide meltdown of political support for America in the wake of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Death penalty: n. Also known as the “death tax.” …

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May 15, 2004

Hersh the Third

As Drum says, “It’s Saturday, which means we get our weekly Seymour Hersh article about Abu Ghraib today.”  Now since it’s Satruday, that also means that cable news goes on vacation to talk about new video games and crocodile hunters, but once people catch on to this I think it’s gonna be pretty hard for anybody with a sense of decency to argue that Rumsfeld has any place in our nation’s chain of command: According to interviews with several …

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May 15, 2004

On my way out…

I caught this, and couldn’t resist a post… A special prosecutor investigating whether administration officials illegally leaked the name of an undercover CIA operative sought yesterday to interview two Washington Post reporters in connection with the probe. Special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald told Post lawyer Eric Lieberman that he wants to talk to Post reporters Walter Pincus and Glenn Kessler but declined to discuss the information he is seeking, Lieberman said. Lieberman said he told Fitzgerald he would respond …

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May 14, 2004

Guess Who Said This

From Conason: “As I looked back 20 years, I saw that it was a very imperial relationship we had with these people.  We were young. We were there because we were told to be there and that they were the enemy. This time I saw them as human beings who had fears and hopes the same as we.” That would be William Franke, CEO and president of Gannon International, a company which has seen ample profits from business in …

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May 14, 2004

Smelling the Coffee

CNN: Those with “doubts and reservations” about Bush’s ability to lead the country rose from 55 percent to 59 percent while those who believe the president can be trusted as a leader dropped from 44 percent to 39 percent, since early February.

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May 14, 2004

Matsui Enters the Fray

From CongressDaily: *** Is Your Partisanship Showing? Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Matsui of California told CongressDaily Thursday that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld should resign—a comment that will likely fuel Republican charges of Democratic partisanship as Capitol Hill struggles to deal with the fallout from the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal. Matsui is the second-highest ranking House Democrat to call for the resignation—joining House Minority Leader Pelosi—since the story broke two weeks ago. “I think [Rumsfeld] has made too …

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May 14, 2004

Meyerson on Pelosi

In next month’s TAP: *** Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Tom DeLay have decreed that all significant legislation is to be passed by straight GOP party-line votes. Save on the most trivial issues, no floor amendments are permitted under DeLay’s rules, and no Democrats are allowed on conference committees, which frequently rewrite major bills in accord with DeLay’s diktats. “It’s not anything to whine about,” Pelosi says matter-of-factly. “We just have to win. No whining, just winning.” …

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May 14, 2004

Oversight

Yesterday we heard this astounding admission: “We Republicans have never quite reached the level of competent oversight that the Democrats developed over their 40 years that they controlled Congress,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)... And yet today we hear this in Roll Call from Rep. Tancredo (R-CO6): Asserting that televised Congressional hearings inspire some lawmakers to “political posturing,” Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) called Tuesday for a ban on live coverage of all oversight and investigations hearings. And this isn’t …

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May 14, 2004

What’s Up in SD

For those joining us late, the special election for South Dakota’s lone House seat (vacated by Janklow) is in less than three weeks.  Our candidate is the young but very impressive Stephanie Herseth.  This is today’s House Race Hotline: *** The DCCC began a new TV ad, highlighting atty Stephanie Herseth’s (D) support for veterans and military personnel. “Tough,” a 30-second ad, “features several veterans who say Herseth would support a military pay raise for troops in ‘harm’s way’ …

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May 14, 2004

Jimmy Carter

In today’s Wa Po: Immediately after Sept. 11, 2001, many traumatized and fearful U.S. citizens accepted Washington’s new approach with confidence that our leaders would continue to honor international agreements and human rights standards. But in many nations, defenders of human rights were the first to feel the consequences of these changes, and international humanitarian organizations began expressing deep concern to each other and to high-level U.S. military and government officials about the adverse impact of the new American …

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May 14, 2004

Podesta and and Max Boot

Progress Report: TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: The American Progress report also charges it is time to “call on the top Pentagon leadership to resign for the good of the country.” It turns out this call has been taken up by conservatives and progressives alike: Neocon Max Boot writes in this morning’s LA Times, “Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld’s failure to offer his resignation over the Abu Ghraib scandal is sadly typical of the lack of accountability that permeates the U.S. …

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May 13, 2004

Tom DeLay, How Times Have Changed

Tom DeLay, in his own words.  From the Office of the Democratic Whip: “Doing good on a worldwide scale appeals to peace hawks, who are motivated by altruism, not patriotism.” Floor Statement, 4/15/99 “American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery.  Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy.” Floor Statement on Resolution on Peacekeeping Operations in Kosovo, 3/11/99 “Bombing a sovereign nation for ill-defined reasons with vague objectives undermines the …

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