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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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Apr 28, 2004

Morris Meyer @ Eschaton

Morris Meyer, who is trying to take down Toxic Texan Joe Barton, has a guest post over with Atrios, go see.

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Apr 28, 2004

Senate Dems Join Lawsuit Threat

From Congress Daily AM: Senate Minority Leader Daschle said Tuesday Senate Democrats are ready to join House Democrats to demand that the Bush administration turn over more documents regarding its working estimates of the new Medicare law and communications about those estimates last fall with members of the House-Senate conference committee.     On Friday, Medicare officials told Democrats on the House Government Reform Committee they would not, as promised earlier, turn over estimates by Medicare’s Office of the …

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Apr 28, 2004

Dear Scott Paterno

Let us first congratulate you on your victory in the Republican primary for PA’s 17th, you ran a swell campaign and your utter lack of experience was nobly countered by the repetition of your father’s well-respected name.  However, in the spirit of good will and friendly advice, let us list some things that you should leave off of your website in the future: Accusing Former President’s of Being Serial Killers:  “In my opinion, President Clinton, at the very least, …

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Apr 28, 2004

Meet the New Boss

Much different than the old boss (Roll Call): The New Boss? The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched speakerpelosi.com, a new Web site dedicated to making House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the first woman in U.S. history to wield the Speaker’s gavel. “We need you to join us to win US House races around the nation so Democrats can elect Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi the FIRST WOMAN SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE!” reads the solicitation on the site, which …

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Apr 28, 2004

This Is Pretty Disgusting

But just another day in the life of Tom DeLay... WASHINGTON (AP) - A man whose son was killed 11 years ago in a gruesome workplace accident urged Congress on Tuesday to give prosecutors the threat of felony convictions against employers whose neglect for federal safety rules causes a death. Ron Hayes, a Fairhope, Ala., resident who in December ended his two-year term on the advisory panel overseeing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, was in Washington to lobby …

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Apr 27, 2004

More March Photos

To celebrate the small victory in the post below, let’s throw up some more March pictures from our man Jorge in Political: Quite a day.

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Apr 27, 2004

Marchers Win

I guess a million people all screaming for you to go the *?&% back to Texas as you ride over in a helicopter will put a little different slant on your thinking: In a reversal, Justice Department lawyers defending the new federal law that bans a type of abortion voluntarily withdrew a subpoena for abortion records from a Manhattan hospital yesterday.

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Apr 27, 2004

Blog Tour Update

Again, a hearty thanks to Charles Kuffner (see post below), who has posted our side of the bargain on his site here. In addition, thanks to Atrios and Lean Left for supporting our humble enterprise. Next stop Archpundit.  We’re going to try to get up to a pace of one a week, with the idea being that we can both get the word out about where the Democratic Caucus is coming from, and allow bloggers to speak directly to …

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Apr 27, 2004

DCCC Blog Tour: Charles Kuffner

This is the first installment of the DCCC blog tour, in which we are exchanging space and thoughts with some of the more influential and insightful members of the blogosphere.  This first edition features Charles Kuffner of www.offthekuff.com, who specializes in the circus that is Texas politics- the topic of his post today: First, I’d like to thank Jesse Lee for the opportunity to post here. I’ve been an advocate of blogging by groups like the DCCC, and I’ve …

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Apr 26, 2004

Don’t Mess With Waxman

Sue their pants off: House Democrats are poised to sue the Bush administration for failing to give them more specific answers on a Medicare scoring controversy that is the focus of a government investigation. The outcome of the likely lawsuit could clearly define the long-debated parameters of congressional oversight over the executive branch. Leading House Democrats have pressed for details surrounding the administration’s decision earlier this year not to inform Congress that its actuaries projected that the Medicare drug …

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Apr 26, 2004

Another One Bites the Dust

“GOP Moderate” Jack Quinn out in NY-27.  From our press release: Quinn Departure Makes Dem Open Seat Advantage Even Stronger [Washington, DC] Democrats’ advantage in House open seats got even stronger today as another of NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds’ New York Republican colleagues announced he is abandoning Tom DeLay and his Republican House.  In a news conference this morning, Rep. Jack Quinn told reporters he is giving up his overwhelmingly Democratic seat (Al Gore carried the district with 57% …

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Apr 26, 2004

The RNC and the Treasury: BFF

In the first press I’ve seen on this, the LA Times breaks the Treasury Press Release - RNC Fact Sheet scandal, which turns out to be more widespread than we thought:  Last-minute tax filers desperately e-rummaging through the IRS’ website might have run across, at the bottom of several official government press releases, this boldface alarm: “America has a choice: it can continue to grow the economy and create new jobs as the president’s policies are doing; or it …

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Apr 25, 2004

Novak, Meet Google

Why Novak is a hack: The word spread through Republican circles on Capitol Hill is that a runaway Democratic prosecutor in Texas may indict House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, creating upheaval in the GOP leadership. If Mr. Novak were familiar with google, he might find articles like this from today’s Houston Chonicle: The Texas Republican Party went on a drive during the last major statewide elections to raise corporate cash like never before, collecting $2.2 million from companies such …

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