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Apr 15, 2004

The Ugly

The San Antonio Current put out it’s “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” today:  The ugly: Depending on your viewpoint, the Democrats, self-imposed exile to Oklahoma and New Mexico to protest Congressional redistricting was either courageous or infantile. (With news of Tom Craddick’s and Tom DeLay’s financial hanky-panky, the Dems are starting to look courageous.) Civil liberties came under siege, even in San Antonio, where you could be arrested for protesting against President Bush, profiled for driving while …

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Apr 15, 2004

RNC Partisan?

Say it Ain’t So: The GOP chairman of the Federal Election Commission gently admonished the Republican National Committee for declining to testify yesterday at a hearing about proposed rules to restrict fundraising and spending by independent political organizations. Chairman Bradley A. Smith said “it would have been useful” if the RNC had sent a representative to answer citizen complaints that the GOP is “seeking merely to silence criticism of President Bush” by attempting to limit the “527” organizations. “It …

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Apr 15, 2004

Education

The GOP Leadership has produced such a steady stream of offenses that there has hardly been time to explore their close relationship to some serious crazies on the super-hard-Jerry-Falwell-Christian Right.  To get thoroughly acquainted with their relationship, People For the American Way is generally the place to go. Another very good place is Kevin Drum’s series of posts on the Texas Republican platform. But if TV is your game, check out 60 Minutes this weekend.  This is from their …

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Apr 14, 2004

One Good Month

From The Stakeholder Graphics Department (aka our intern, Helen), here is a snazzy graphic to help you rebut claims about Job Growth from the GOP. It is pretty tough to read here, due to the size of the blog… but you can Click here to see fullsize image

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Apr 14, 2004

Chris Matthews Punches John Fund in the Face

This was very funny, from last night’s show after the press conference: FUND: No, because, Chris, I think he went on offense tonight. One of the most interesting things here was his formulation that, if you compare Iraq to Vietnam, it’s not only wrong, but it leaves some support to our enemies. That was a direct shot against the bow of Ted Kennedy. MATTHEWS: Exactly. FUND: And his best friend in the Senate, John Kerry. MATTHEWS: Oh, John McCain’s …

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Apr 14, 2004

The Widgetry Continues

I have also added a feature below each entry that allows you to see other blogs’ posts about our posts. The link is entitled “other blogs” and is next to the “trackback” link. Thanks to Brad DeLong and MaxSpeak for the heads-up.

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Apr 14, 2004

Why One Stonewalls

Here: By the time a CIA briefer gave President Bush the Aug. 6, 2001, President’s Daily Brief headlined “Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US,” the president had seen a stream of alarming reports on al Qaeda’s intentions. So had Vice President Cheney and Bush’s top national security team, according to newly declassified information released yesterday by the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. In April and May 2001, for example, the intelligence community headlined some of those …

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Apr 14, 2004

Bush Loses CATO

Bye-bye: Trust, once squandered, is hard to regain. That is why the administration risks losing its high-stakes showdown with Clarke—and the election in November.

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Apr 13, 2004

DCCC TIP School - Tonight!

Right now the DCCC is hosting a political training seminar called TIP, which stands for “Training People in Politics” here at the Democratic National HQ. The free 4-night program helps to get Democrats trained now so that they can be even more effective at fighting the GOP when elections roll around. Students learn about political targeting, organizing canvass operations, phone banks, online organizing, campaign finance law, and other subjects. Just thought you would like to see what we …

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Apr 13, 2004

Actionable Intelligence

With Ashcroft about to take the stand, I just got around to reading this AP article explaining why “The Aug. 7, 2001, Senior Executive Intelligence Brief didn’t mention the 70 FBI investigations into possible al-Qaida activity that the president had been told of a day earlier in a top-secret memo titled ‘Bin Laden Determined To Strike in U.S.’” The senior executives’ memo “is not used as a way to transmit actionable (raw) intelligence,” an administration official said. Is it …

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Apr 13, 2004

Money Laundering

The Dallas Morning News comes through again, making the connection between the recent NRCC fine and the apparent money-laundering in DeLay’s Texas TRMPAC scandal: The Federal Election Commission has levied a hefty fine for a scheme that illegally used corporate money for 1999 political ads and resembles another transaction a Travis County grand jury is investigating. Both situations involve Jim Ellis, a top aide to U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and political committees in which Mr. DeLay played …

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Apr 13, 2004

Erosion of Trust

No State Facilities for GOP Propaganda: Albuquerque officials canceled meetings to explain complex new Medicare prescription drug benefits to senior citizens after complaints that the sessions would not be neutral. “This one hasn’t been fun,” said Kim Perdue, director of the city Department of Senior Affairs. “This has been one of the most controversial things we’ve been involved with.” The department had invited Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., and a representative of Presbyterian Health Plan to present the seminars. But …

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Apr 12, 2004

DeLay’s “Dangerous Pattern”

Jimmy Carter “expressed hope this week for ‘some peaceful resolution of the war’ in Iraq.” That made Tom DeLay mad. “I’m just glad President Carter wasn’t in charge after Valley Forge, Bull Run or Pearl Harbor,” Mr. DeLay said in a blistering statement issued today. “President Carter should understand that appeasement isn’t an option, and the only `peaceful settlement’ to this war will be America’s victory.” He continued: The majority leader, known for not mincing words, said Mr. Carter’s …

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Apr 12, 2004

New Yorker on Abuse of Statistics

The New Yorker knocks down the “ok, but everybody lies” defense: Statistical expediency and fiscal obfuscation have become hallmarks of this White House. In the past three years, the Bush Administration has had the Bureau of Labor Statistics stop reporting mass layoffs. It shortened the traditional span of budget projections from ten years to five, which allowed it to hide the long-term costs of its tax cuts. It commissioned a report on the aging of the baby boomers, then …

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Apr 12, 2004

Ivins on DeLay

If you still need to be caught up on GOP House Leader Tom DeLay’s Texas fundraising tribulations, there’s no funner way to learn than from Molly Ivins: One of the saddest pieces of evidence in the case, found by the Texas Observer, is a memo from a fund-raising trip to Houston taken by a TRMPAC staffer, Susan Lilly. In 5 1/2 hours, she met with six Houston energy and finance executives. TRMPAC and TAB were coordinating the campaign to …

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