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May 01, 2004

Surprise, Surprise

Associated Press: Sponsors of the new Medicare drug discount card on Friday said some prices are wrong on the online prescription price comparison that the Bush administration rolled out a day earlier. “Everybody seems to be finding problems with inaccuracies with the posted prices,” said Walgreens’ spokeswoman Laurie Meyer. Prices for generic drugs offered by the Walgreens’ drug card “were noticeably higher,” Meyer said. “They were wrong.” [...] The Web site is managed by DestinationRx, a small, California-based company …

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Apr 30, 2004

Time for Better Decision-Making

Knight Ridder: “There was no debate about the wisdom of going to war,” said one senior administration official, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. “No discussion of pros and cons, of what might happen, no planning for the unexpected. It was just something we were going to do.” [edit] It didn’t have to be this way, critics inside and outside the administration say. Top Bush administration officials ignored and even disparaged pre-invasion warnings from their military, intelligence …

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Apr 30, 2004

Pelosi on Wolfowitz

‘Wolfowitz Has Obligation to Know War’s Personal Costs’: Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz’s estimate that 500 U.S. soldiers had been killed in Iraq – the accurate number is 722: “It is appalling that the Deputy Secretary of Defense does not know how many American soldiers have been killed in Iraq.  His casually inaccurate estimate was disrespectful of those who have died, those who loved them, …

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Apr 30, 2004

Medicare Cards

From today’s NYT: “The government on Thursday activated a Web site documenting wide variation in prices for scores of prescription drugs at thousands of pharmacies around the country.  In many cases, the prices offered to Medicare beneficiaries, with the help of new drug discount cards, appear similar to the prices available to any consumer using online pharmacies.” [edit] But after analyzing the data on Thursday, Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California, said, “The prices available with the new …

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Apr 30, 2004

Democracy and “Different Skin Color”

In his brief press conference just now, President Bush more or less reiterated this line from his last one a couple weeks ago: “Some of the debate really centers around the fact that people don’t believe Iraq can be free; that if you’re Muslim, or perhaps brown-skinned, you can’t be self-governing or free….” Now we know that when the President uses language like this, referring vaguely to “people” or “some people,” he is just politely saying “Democrats” - or …

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Apr 30, 2004

Torture the White House

Our quasi-anonymous pal Praktike from American Street makes a brilliant suggestion. “Ask the White House” today features Doug Badger, the administration figure fingered by Medicare Actuary Foster as the likely White House member in charge of enforcing the policy of keeping Congress in the dark on the true costs of the bill (which ended up being about $140 billion more than the administration repeatedly claimed).  He has also refused to testify before the Ways & Means Committee, and the …

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Apr 30, 2004

Friday Elephant Blogging

A reader sent this photo in. Had to post it. In case you are concerned that I faked it, the original is here.

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Apr 30, 2004

DeLay Laundry Lists

CAP’s Claim vs. Fact on Tom DeLay. Our window summarizing his four investigations, full with key press reports and editorials.

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Apr 30, 2004

The Dionne Stamp of Approval

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves: I mourn the decline of the moderate and liberal Republicans. Though not always coherent, progressive Republicanism did try to balance things out, to be socially generous, fiscally prudent and responsibly internationalist. But if conservatives keep trying to drive the moderates and liberals out of the party, the handful of survivors may decide to pack up and leave on their own, as Vermont’s Sen. Jim Jeffords did. That’s what the Club for Growth wants. …

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Apr 30, 2004

Why?

From Salon: If you’d logged onto the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau Web site in 1999, you would have found a list of more than 25 fact sheets and statistical reports on topics ranging from “Earning Differences Between Men and Women” to “Facts About Asian American and Pacific Islander Women” to “Women’s Earnings as Percent of Men’s 1979-1997.” Not anymore. Those fact sheets no longer exist on the Women’s Bureau Web site, and have instead been replaced with a …

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Apr 29, 2004

Ahmed Chalabi, Meet Jesse Jackson Jr.

Shut ‘em down: A congressman is threatening to block U.S. payments to the Iraqi National Congress until it is determined if the group used the money to lobby the U.S. government to invade Iraq. Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson said Thursday he will try to insert language into the Pentagon’s 2005 spending bill to block the Defense Intelligence Agency’s monthly payments of $340,000 to the group for intelligence services. The INC is led by the controversial Ahmed Chalabi. Chalabi is …

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Apr 29, 2004

Odds & Ends

Commentor R. Davis gives us a heads up on this careful analysis he or she wrote on the love affair between the RNC and the Treasury. Also, Charles Kuffner (CK) sends in this interview he did with Martin Frost (D-TX24) just yesterday: CK: In defending the re-redistricting of 2003 and its intent to oust incumbents such as yourself, Republicans often bring up the 1991 redistricting effort, which is cited as a prime example of partisan gerrymandering, in this case …

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Apr 29, 2004

Drunk with Power

Dallas Morning News: Hoping to settle a festering dispute involving Cuba, rum and international trade, Texas Rep. Lamar Smith filed a bill Wednesday that would give control of the legendary “Havana Club” label to Bacardi-Martini Ltd. A watchdog group criticized the move, saying it was an apparent favor for a donor linked to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, a Smith ally who tried to add similar language to an appropriations bill last fall. A grand jury in …

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Apr 29, 2004

I Don’t Know What to Say

This is unbelievable (MSNBC): Members of the Iraqi National Congress and its leader Ahmed Chalabi were airlifted into southern Iraq the day Saddam’s government fell. Chalabi was President Bush’s guest at the State of the Union address.  Even today, the INC gets $340,000 a month from the Pentagon to feed the United States intelligence information. But NBC News has learned that members of the group are now under investigation by Iraqi police in Baghdad — allegations of: *abduction *robbery …

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Apr 28, 2004

“Winning the War on Terrorism”

Jim Turner of Texas, the leading Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, and Jane Harman of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, just released a comprehensive report entitled “Winning the War on Terror.” The full report, as well as an index by subject, is available on the website of the Select Committee on Homeland Security. This from Reuters:  The plan says the United States should make a “dramatic and massive commitment on the scale of …

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