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Mar 25, 2004

The DNHQ is Now Open

the ribbon was cut on the Democratic National Headquarters (DNHQ) this afternoon. more soon.

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Mar 25, 2004

Why DeLay and the GOP Must Go

From Congress Daily AM: Bubbling with confidence President Bush and congressional Republicans will win re-election this November, House Majority Leader DeLay Wednesday laid out the broad outlines of a GOP agenda next year—including the replacement of the federal income tax with a national sales tax.     DeLay also pledged to begin work this year on a major overhaul of federal law to lighten the regulatory burden on American businesses.     “We plan to move legislation in the …

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Mar 25, 2004

The Ball’s Rollin’

The AP picks up on DeLay: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, is telling close colleagues he may have to temporarily abandon his leadership post if he is indicted by a Texas grand jury investigating alleged campaign finance abuses, Roll Call reports. In background they say: Democrats allege that Republicans took money that could not be given to candidates and moved it around before donating it to candidates. Republican officials have said the transactions were legal, and the timing …

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Mar 25, 2004

WOW

FROM ROLL CALL VIA KEVIN DRUM!!!! House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has begun quiet discussions with a handful of colleagues about the possibility that he will have to step down from his leadership post temporarily if he is indicted by a Texas grand jury investigating alleged campaign finance abuses. ...Republican Conference rules state that a member of the elected leadership who has been indicted on a felony carrying a penalty of at least two years in prison must …

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Mar 24, 2004

Fire Away

Chatterbox tells us of another destroyed Medicare whistleblower, the radio talkshow host who derailed Nick Smith’s attempts to backtrack from his bribery allegations by producing an interview with the Congressman in which he confirmed the allegations. Vandenbroek did himself no particular good at WKZO by providing evidence that the House GOP leadership may harbor a felon. “While there are some people at the station who seem to be quite proud of my coverage of Nick Smith,” Vandenbroek told Chatterbox, …

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Mar 23, 2004

No Good

AP (printed everywhere, you’ll see this somewhere soon): Medicare will go broke by 2019 without changes in a program that is swelling in cost because of a new prescription drug benefit, trustees were to report Tuesday. My first take on this story was to just shoot it up here, and not make a partisan issue out of it.  But then I read this: Republicans pressed for the overhaul of Medicare last year to give private insurers a much larger …

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Mar 23, 2004

College Dems Blog

Continuing the donkey jokes, the College Dems have a blog up now: Smart Ass. Lest we forget to giggle at the other official donkey-themed blogs, please check out Get More Ass (Brown University College Dems) and Kicking Ass (DNC).

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Mar 23, 2004

Deficit Rabble Rabble

From WSJ: House leaders scramble for votes as fiscal 2005 budget hits floor next week. Next is a brawl with Senate over tax cuts and spending caps. Tension builds on highway bill: White House demands big cuts, but lawmakers want projects. Transportation Chairman Young publicly explodes at Rep. Shaw yesterday, “I don’t have the money!” then tells him to get party leaders to find “the g-d- money.” And oh well, as long as I’m putting up ridiculous Republican quotes, …

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Mar 22, 2004

More Burma?

You may have read here (or elsewhere) last week that President Bush is making some of his campaign material in Burma - in violation of his own law. Now we find that the head of the company making those fleeces happens to be the campaign manager of Rep. Anne Northup (R-KY3).  Maybe that’s why her issues page doesn’t include jobs- unless “faith-based initiatives” refers to the President’s employment plan. Chairman Matsui’s statement: “It’s no wonder Louisville has lost over …

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Mar 22, 2004

CD on Rubber Stamp Moderates

From our Congress Daily subscription to you: Moderation In Moderation By some counts, House Republican moderates have enough votes, perhaps as many as 30, to protect their interests on budget and spending measures. So why do they invariably cave in to their leadership and conservative colleagues on crucial votes—such as the annual budget resolution—rather than using that muscular potential to reshape budget priorities more to their liking? This year, for instance, the Budget Committee has produced a spending blueprint …

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Mar 22, 2004

The GOP DeLay Strategy

Excerpts from CQ Daily on Tom DeLay and TRMPAC: It may be one of the biggest political corruption investigations in Texas since the early 1970s, when the Sharpstown stock fraud scandal led to a major housecleaning of the state’s then-Democratic power structure. Yet Republicans in Congress say few among them are talking about it, even though the alleged wrongdoing centers on one of the most powerful GOP figures in both Washington and Texas: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. “I …

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Mar 21, 2004

Well Put

Wow, this Medicare business really seems to be sticking.  A simple google news search looks like political armageddon for the Republicans. And it’s not just reprints of AP or NYT stories, it’s the editorial pages of almost any paper you could imagine.  The Baltimore Sun summarizes the situation well today: The administration is awash in charges of deceitful and thuggish tactics used to win approval of the bill and turn it into a political tool. Worse, for the rest …

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Mar 20, 2004

Ahh, now I see…

NYT (on the ball for this story): Richard Foster, the chief actuary of Medicare, provided Congress with documents Friday showing that federal payments to private health insurance plans under a new Medicare law could far exceed what Congress assumed when it passed the measure last fall. For months, lawmakers had been seeking the data, but Foster said in an interview that he had withheld it under instructions from Bush administration officials. He turned over documents outlining the information at …

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Mar 19, 2004

Dems Fight Back Against Medicare Propaganda

From a Pelosi announcement today: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and Democratic Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez today announced that House Democrats will hold more than 70 events around the country on Medicare and prescription drugs this weekend. ... Many members are playing a video featuring trusted former news anchor Walter Cronkite, in which he discusses the new Republican law. The video was produced by Families USA, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on providing high-quality, affordable …

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Mar 19, 2004

Bush Buys from Burma

The Bush Campaign is selling goods made in Burma, even though Bush himself last year banned imports from Burma due to the regime’s appalling rights record. Considering the Administration’s talk about jobs, you think they could buy American. Oh, as the above article from Newsday points out: “Violators of the import ban are subject to fines and jail, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.”

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