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Apr 01, 2004

Complicit

Boy, oh boy, these Republicans are playing with fire.  The emerging question of this year, with 10 open investigations into GOP Leadership, is whether those lower down will distance themselves from the bosses they’ve served so loyally, or stick with them and absord the stench of their corruption.  The House Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee took a big step towards the latter this afternoon: Republicans rejected Democratic efforts Thursday to force a White House adviser and the …

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Apr 01, 2004

Showdown Coming

From The Hill: Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee may seek to subpoena a top White House aide if he fails to testify today on the Medicare cost-scoring controversy. Administration officials have said that Doug Badger, President Bush’s top healthcare adviser at the White House, will not testify on what Democrats have dubbed “Medigate.” The White House has cited concerns about the separation of powers in their decision not to let Badger testify. A House Democratic aide …

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Apr 01, 2004

Best Medigate Op-ed Ever

From…(drumbeat por favor)...NRO Contributing Editor Deroy Murdoch! His closing remarks: Instead, Republicans should develop a modest plan for poor seniors who lack coverage, rather than any American over 65, including multimillionaires and those who already have drug insurance. The Medicare drug benefit has metastasized from bad policy to bad politics and now to scandal and possible criminality. This law begs to be euthanized. The GOP should pulls its plug. As for the perpetrators of this colossal public fraud, the …

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Apr 01, 2004

Pelosi Strikes Out at GOP’s Political Use of Government Employees

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi went on the offensive yesterday, attacking the GOP for using government employees and resources for political smears - this is bad enough by itself, but when REAL priorities like analysis of job creation strategies and disrupting terrorist networks get shelved to attack political opponents of Bush and DeLay that is WAAAAAAYYYYYYY over the top. Pardon the excessive direct quoting, but I think her comments at a press conference with Rep. Rangel (D-NY15) yesterday sum …

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Apr 01, 2004

Here We Go Again…

It’s Knight Ridder again on Medigate: Citing executive privilege, the White House refused to allow President Bush’s chief health-policy adviser, Douglas Badger, to testify Thursday before the House Ways and Means Committee about early administration estimates that the new Medicare prescription-drug benefit would be far more costly than many lawmakers believed when they voted for it. I’ll save you the google.  From the Washington Post (March, 19): Foster said that he did not have concrete proof of a White …

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Mar 31, 2004

Liars!

Fresh from Reuters (subscription required): WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) Mar 31 - Claims from Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate that the Bush administration acted inappropriately during last year’s consideration of the new Medicare law are without foundation, a top Health and Human Services official said Wednesday. “This is smoke. There’s nothing there,” said HHS senior spokesman Bill Pierce in an interview. Pierce is handing out a thick sheaf of documentation to reporters refuting Democratic claims that the administration …

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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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