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May 11, 2004

Texas Tuesdays

Kuffner & Friends have their second Texas Tuesday up with an interview and a guest post from Morris Meyer, hoping to knock off Toxic Texan Joe Barton.  From the interview: How concerned are the voters in your district about pollution and clean-air regulations? Joe Barton’s negatives in two recent polls taken among likely Republican women voters are running in excess of 70%. The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram have written extensively about Barton’s decades-long stance catering to …

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May 11, 2004

Senator Mark Dayton

Sign the petition. Transcript: SEN. DAYTON: My time is up, but I’m just going to complete here by just referring to one individual that said he was taken from a barber shop where he was getting a shave and he was beaten with pipes, starting at his legs and back and moving to his head. He was bleeding from his mouth and ears. He fainted. When he woke up, he was in a dog’s cage at a local military …

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May 11, 2004

Inhofe

Taguba testified this morning, and it was really just unbelievable, I did not anticipate in the least that anybody would be brazen enough to say something like this: SEN. INHOFE: First of all, I regret I wasn’t here on Friday. I was unable to be here. But maybe it’s better that I wasn’t because as I watch this outrage that everyone seems to have about the treatment of these prisoners I have to say and I’m probably not the …

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May 11, 2004

Pulling Back the Curtains

A lot of people have asked us to “pull back the curtains” on Congress.  What’s going on back there?  Answer: Not much, and you can thank Tom DeLay: The week of April 26 was eventful and troubling for the nation, yet curiously brief and serene for the House of Representatives. Thirty-five U.S. servicemen were killed in Iraq. CBS aired shocking photos of Americans abusing prisoners near Baghdad. The federal debt reached an all-time high, more than $7.13 trillion. In …

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May 10, 2004

Beneath Novak’s Hackery…

Sometimes people tell him things that are true: While the White House officially vowed Rumsfeld’s retention, there was no reinforcement in his natural political constituency. Last week, I talked to Republican members of Congress, GOP fund-raisers and contributors, defense consultants and even one senior official of a coalition partner. The clear consensus was that Rumsfeld had to go. ‘‘There must be a neck cut,’’ said the foreign official, ‘‘and there is only one neck of choice.’‘ Rumsfeld is paying …

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May 10, 2004

Quid Pro Quo

Hiding in plain sight: A few weeks after the Bush administration named Medco to be one of the first Medicare drug card providers, a company executive helped throw a $100,000 fund-raiser for the president that was headlined by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. The role of Medco Specialty Pharmacy Services president Alan Lotvin, a co-chairman of the mid-April event in New Jersey, is just one of the ways prescription drug card providers have reached out to Washington …

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May 10, 2004

Army Times: Failure of Leadership

Army Times Editorial: A Failure of Leadership at the Highest Levels Around the halls of the Pentagon, a term of caustic derision has emerged for the enlisted soldiers at the heart of the furor over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal: the six morons who lost the war. Indeed, the damage done to the U.S. military and the nation as a whole by the horrifying photographs of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi detainees at the notorious prison is incalculable. But the …

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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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