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Mar 31, 2004

Pelosi on GBLT Discrimination

This story has been brewing for a while, you can get caught up here, but Pelosi took a firm stand today, and you are likely to hear more on it soon.  Here is Pelosi’s statement in full: Pelosi: ‘White House Has Responsibility to Enforce Non-Discrimination Policies’ Washington, D.C.—House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Bush Administration’s removal of long standing references on the Office of Special Counsel Web site regarding federal policies barring discrimination …

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Mar 31, 2004

Comparison of Democratic and GOP Deficits

In case you would like a more graphic representation of Jesse’s post on the Budget Deficit below, try this: More info is available at the Democratic Whip’s Budget Clearinghouse.

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Mar 31, 2004

Medigate - “So What”?

The Hill has a little insider skinny on the Medicare intimidation scandal.  It details how Republicans on the Hill are distancing themselves from the administration, something we’ve noted here before, but then goes on to quote the ever-present anonymous GOP aide: The GOP aide said that as long as the Bush administration doesn’t attempt to lie, the controversy will fade. After all the talk, the aide said, there is a “so what” reaction to the Foster allegations. The staffer …

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Mar 30, 2004

Republicans on Deficits: Then & Now

From Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer’s Budget Clearinghouse: Then: “I don’t like deficits, I don’t want deficits, and I won’t pretend deficits don’t matter.” -Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle, CongressDaily, 3/12/03 “[Former New York Congressman] Jack Kemp worships at the altar of tax cuts. Jack has always said that deficits don’t matter. We think that deficits do matter.” -Majority Leader Tom DeLay, New York Times, 1997 “The Republican lockbox legislation locks away the entire Social Security surplus . . .Today, …

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Mar 30, 2004

Hoyer on defeat of “Pay-Go”

Very few have probably been following the House and Senate budget debates all that closely, but it has been interesting.  The Senate gave the administration a big punch in the face by including “Pay-Go” provisions that demand that any new tax cuts must be accompanied by equal cuts in spending- essentially forcing the administration to name exactly which programs it will cut in order to shower more money on the top 1%.  House Dems voted in unison to include …

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Mar 30, 2004

House GOP Shafts Veterans

The next time your friendly neighborhood Republican accuses Democrats of being soft on defense and not supporting our troops, please remind them of the Budget vote in the House last week. Not a single Democrat voted for the GOP Budget resolution which was pretty close to Bush’s request. A big part of the reason why we stood against it is that the GOP budget funds Veteran’s Affairs by $1.3 billion LESS than what the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee requested …

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Mar 29, 2004

NRCC Abuses SD Newspaper

This editorial is fascinating reading, and really gives you a clue as to what we are going to be up against this June in South Dakota. The NRCC had a TV ad up last week which “quoted” the Watertown Public Opinion. Problem is, the ad quoted the Public Opinion as supporting Diedrich, the GOP candidate, and saying that he “knows how to get things done.” Well, today’s editorial, by Public Opinion Publisher Mark Roby (registration required), says: Whoa! Wait …

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Mar 29, 2004

Comment Spam

I just installed a patch from Jay Allen to prevent all those comment spams you have been seeing. On the off chance something weird happens to you when you try to comment - that is why (i doubt there will be any problems). feel free to email me if you do have any problems. Stupid spam. sigh.

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Mar 28, 2004

Investigation #11

Newsweek just shot out this press release: NEWSWEEK EXCLUSIVE: Congress’s General Accounting Office to Open Probe Into Whether Chalabi and His Iraqi National Congress Used U.S. Government Money to Press For Iraqi War Sunday March 28, 11:58 am ET Inquiry Requested By Kerry and Sen. Carl Levin, Who in March 3 Letter Describe The INC’s Use of U.S. Money as ‘Troubling’ NEW YORK, March 28 /PRNewswire/—Newsweek has learned that the General Accounting Office, Congress’s investigative arm, is opening a …

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Mar 27, 2004

NRCC Chumps

Well the Republicans appear to have hit that rare moment when there isn’t a breaking disgrace.  So I decided to take a look at the old NRCC folks, I bet you can predict what they’re yelping about: SD-AL: HERSETH HAS A SECRET. NANNA NANNA BOO BOO That’s all I’m gonna bother to quote, go take a look if you want.  Furthermore, I’m not sure there’s much more ridiculing to be done, the big boys beat us to it: Atrios: …

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Mar 26, 2004

DeLay Needs Your Help!

Fresh from the Houston Chronicle: DeLay, R-Sugar Land, told a group of Houston supporters earlier this month he may need to raise more money for a legal defense fund. ... DeLay and an aide in a March 8 private meeting at the Omni Houston Hotel talked to Houston supporters about the possible need to pay for a legal defense in connection with the grand jury investigation, according to two people who attended the meeting. The meeting at the Omni …

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Mar 26, 2004

Good News

National Journal’s Richard E. Cohen asks, “Could Lightning Strike?”: Now, however, many once-dispirited House Democrats believe that the conditions are ripe for lightning to strike. Democrats think their electoral prospects have markedly improved over the past three months, thanks to President Bush’s continuing struggles with the economy and Iraq, and to the enthusiasm generated within their own party by their presumptive presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. A newfound optimism appears to have swept across the House Democrats’ oftenfeisty …

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Mar 26, 2004

Rice’s Credibility

Pincus and Milbank in today’s Wa Po: Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage contradicted Rice’s claim that the White House had a strategy before 9/11 for military operations against al Qaeda and the Taliban; the CIA contradicted Rice’s earlier assertion that Bush had requested a CIA briefing in the summer of 2001 because of elevated terrorist threats; and Rice’s assertion this week that Bush told her on Sept. 16, 2001, that “Iraq is to the side” appeared to …

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Mar 25, 2004

Gephardt at the Opening

It really was an inspiring opening in a lot of ways, but none more so than the presence of Democratic stalwart Dick Gephardt.  He had the look in his eye of a man who had held the party firm for decades, and was now seeing the fruits of his labor.  I asked him what was on his mind, and he said, “This is the best day for the Democratic Party in my memory.  And that’s a long time.” The …

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Mar 25, 2004

The DNHQ is Now Open

the ribbon was cut on the Democratic National Headquarters (DNHQ) this afternoon. more soon.

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