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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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May 01, 2004

Investigate Away

Another pesky investigation for DeLay: AUSTIN—Travis County Attorney David Escamilla said Friday he will investigate a complaint that the Texas Republican Party may have illegally used corporate donations to influence state elections in 2002. The criminal complaint was filed by two government watchdog groups, Public Citizen and Common Cause of Texas, in response to a Houston Chronicle article, published earlier this week, recounting how the Texas GOP handled $2.2 million in corporate contributions. Also, on another note, Kevin Drum …

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May 01, 2004

Surprise, Surprise

Associated Press: Sponsors of the new Medicare drug discount card on Friday said some prices are wrong on the online prescription price comparison that the Bush administration rolled out a day earlier. “Everybody seems to be finding problems with inaccuracies with the posted prices,” said Walgreens’ spokeswoman Laurie Meyer. Prices for generic drugs offered by the Walgreens’ drug card “were noticeably higher,” Meyer said. “They were wrong.” [...] The Web site is managed by DestinationRx, a small, California-based company …

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Apr 30, 2004

Time for Better Decision-Making

Knight Ridder: “There was no debate about the wisdom of going to war,” said one senior administration official, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. “No discussion of pros and cons, of what might happen, no planning for the unexpected. It was just something we were going to do.” [edit] It didn’t have to be this way, critics inside and outside the administration say. Top Bush administration officials ignored and even disparaged pre-invasion warnings from their military, intelligence …

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Apr 30, 2004

Pelosi on Wolfowitz

‘Wolfowitz Has Obligation to Know War’s Personal Costs’: Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz’s estimate that 500 U.S. soldiers had been killed in Iraq – the accurate number is 722: “It is appalling that the Deputy Secretary of Defense does not know how many American soldiers have been killed in Iraq.  His casually inaccurate estimate was disrespectful of those who have died, those who loved them, …

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Apr 30, 2004

Medicare Cards

From today’s NYT: “The government on Thursday activated a Web site documenting wide variation in prices for scores of prescription drugs at thousands of pharmacies around the country.  In many cases, the prices offered to Medicare beneficiaries, with the help of new drug discount cards, appear similar to the prices available to any consumer using online pharmacies.” [edit] But after analyzing the data on Thursday, Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California, said, “The prices available with the new …

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Apr 30, 2004

Democracy and “Different Skin Color”

In his brief press conference just now, President Bush more or less reiterated this line from his last one a couple weeks ago: “Some of the debate really centers around the fact that people don’t believe Iraq can be free; that if you’re Muslim, or perhaps brown-skinned, you can’t be self-governing or free….” Now we know that when the President uses language like this, referring vaguely to “people” or “some people,” he is just politely saying “Democrats” - or …

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Apr 30, 2004

Torture the White House

Our quasi-anonymous pal Praktike from American Street makes a brilliant suggestion. “Ask the White House” today features Doug Badger, the administration figure fingered by Medicare Actuary Foster as the likely White House member in charge of enforcing the policy of keeping Congress in the dark on the true costs of the bill (which ended up being about $140 billion more than the administration repeatedly claimed).  He has also refused to testify before the Ways & Means Committee, and the …

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Apr 30, 2004

Friday Elephant Blogging

A reader sent this photo in. Had to post it. In case you are concerned that I faked it, the original is here.

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Apr 30, 2004

DeLay Laundry Lists

CAP’s Claim vs. Fact on Tom DeLay. Our window summarizing his four investigations, full with key press reports and editorials.

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Apr 30, 2004

The Dionne Stamp of Approval

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves: I mourn the decline of the moderate and liberal Republicans. Though not always coherent, progressive Republicanism did try to balance things out, to be socially generous, fiscally prudent and responsibly internationalist. But if conservatives keep trying to drive the moderates and liberals out of the party, the handful of survivors may decide to pack up and leave on their own, as Vermont’s Sen. Jim Jeffords did. That’s what the Club for Growth wants. …

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