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May 10, 2004

Wa Po on the Red Cross

The Post connects the dots on the Red Cross report: Abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers was broad and “not individual acts” as President Bush has argued, according to a Red Cross report disclosed today. Bush has said the abuses were the result of the “wrongdoing of a few.” However, the report says “the use of ill-treatment against (Iraqi) persons deprived of their liberty went beyond exceptional cases and might be considered a practice tolerated by” coalition forces. …

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May 10, 2004

Katherine Harris: What a Joke

It turns out Katherine Harris is incompetent with her own vote as well: Rep. Katherine Harris, the former Florida secretary of state who oversaw the disputed 2000 presidential election, admits she’s responsible for a vote going uncounted - her own. Harris forgot to sign her absentee ballot when she voted in Longboat Key’s local election March 9. “I feel terrible,” the Republican said Friday. “It’s a mistake. I regret it.” If anybody is still a bit confused about her …

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May 10, 2004

Hard Sell Monday

Last week we started a new tradition of trying to give you one solid reason to throw $25 or so our way as an exceptional use of your resources every Monday - thereby alleviating ourselves of doing it the rest of the week.  Today we have this from the Houston Chronicle, which puts much of today’s news in a proper context: ...One reason for Congress’ restrained watch over the war is that the legislative branch of government and the …

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May 09, 2004

“Politicization”

“This administration needs to undertake a total overhaul of its Iraq policy; otherwise, it is courting a total disaster for us all. “That overhaul needs to begin with President Bush firing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld—today, not tomorrow or next month, today.” Those words were from Tom Friedman, a firm supporter of the war in Iraq, and the furthest thing from a partisan hack. Early last year the IHT reported on rising anti-Americanism in South Korea, partly as a …

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May 08, 2004

RESIGN NOW

Sign the petition. From the Washington Post today: There were no rules, by her account, and there was little training. But the mission was clear. Spec. Sabrina D. Harman, a military police officer who has been charged with abusing detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, said she was assigned to break down prisoners for interrogation. [...] Harman, a 26-year-old Army reservist from Alexandria, said members of her military police unit took direction from Army military intelligence officers, …

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May 07, 2004

Hoyer’s Response

“Today’s Hearing Was a First Step, Not the End of the Road” WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the House Armed Services Committee hearing today on the abuses of Iraqi prisoners: “Democrats unquestionably want to succeed in Iraq and win the war on terrorism, and for that reason we want to see a full investigation into the abuses of Iraqi prisoners and full accountability for all those responsible up and down …

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May 07, 2004

“That’s Possible”

Transcript: BAYH: Your resignation has been called for; that’s a pretty serious thing for any of us. And you answered that if you ever concluded that you could not be effective in discharging your duties, you would step down. But that you would not do so as part of a political witch-hunt, so to speak. There’s another aspect of this, though, I’d like to ask your opinion about, and that is whether, in your opinion—and I know it is …

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May 07, 2004

House Committee Hearing

Petition to Dismiss Secretary Rumsfeld. “I would not resign simply because people try to make a political issue out of it.” - Secretary Rumsfeld, today House Committee Hearing ongoing right now, watch here. Red Cross: “The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said it had repeatedly urged the United States to take ‘corrective action’ at a Baghdad jail at the centre of a scandal over abuse of Iraqi prisoners.” Powell: “‘It’s something Powell has raised repeatedly—to release …

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May 07, 2004

The Mighty Petition

The Dismiss Rumsfeld Petition. Washington Times: Republicans said Democrats were just seeking political gain in their calls for Mr. Rumsfeld to step down. They pointed to an e-mail sent yesterday by the political arm of House Democrats, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, calling on Democrats to sign a petition asking the secretary to resign. The DCCC online team said that the Washington Times is the most expensive partisan advertisement in history.  They pointed to the fact that it is …

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May 07, 2004

Petition Follow-Up

A follow-up to the Petition to Dismiss Secretary Rumsfeld that is. Tom DeLay responds in his predictable exclusively partisan refrain, namely dismissing any criticism of his party as “partisan”: “Democrats want to win the White House more than they want to win the war,” DeLay said. “We can’t let them think for one minute that their elected leaders aren’t behind them 100 percent.” Sen. Christopher Bond, R-Mo., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called the Democratic broadsides a …

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May 06, 2004

Petition for Rumsfeld’s Dismissal

Pelosi’s Statement below. Sign the Petition: Rumsfeld out.  To bloggers, with humility and gratitude: Let’s show these guys what you can do. [Update 2 (in reverse order): The Economist agrees.] Update:  Quick thanks to Upper Left for helping us out.  Also, I mentioned earlier that there was buzz about the Pelosi-Murtha press conference today.  John Murtha (D-PA12) is second to none in terms of respect in military matters, having served 20 years on the House Subcommittee on Defense, including …

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May 06, 2004

Pelosi Calls for Rumsfeld Resignation

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today calling for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: “Secretary Rumsfeld’s leadership of the Pentagon has unnecessarily jeopardized the safety of American troops, and it has seriously undermined our ability to prosecute the war on terrorism.  He has been dismissive of international law, of world opinion, and of the Congress.  The Pentagon Secretary Rumsfeld oversees has become an island of unaccountability, ignoring the Geneva Conventions, …

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May 06, 2004

Rumsfeld

AP: Democratic members of Congress began calling Thursday for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation over the U.S. military’s abuse of Iraqi prisoners, but the White House reaffirmed President Bush’s support of the embattled Cabinet officer. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, demanded Rumsfeld’s ouster ``for the good of our country, the safety of our troops, and our image around the globe.’’ ``If he does not resign forthwith, the president should fire him,’’ Harkin said. The top House Democrat indicated she, too, …

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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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