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Jun 15, 2004

Puke Galore

William F. Buckley spews some astoundingly ill-informed moral vomit into the echo chamber today: Finding honor in Abu Ghraib  ...Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa was quick to ask for the dismissal of Donald Rumsfeld. Sen. Harkin, just a few months ago, was counseling the election of Howard Dean as president of the United States, which tells us something of his own judgment. He is part of a little group of left toughies who are calling for Rumsfeld’s dismissal—Nancy Pelosi …

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Jun 15, 2004

Friendly Skies

There was a big scare here last week where we evacuated the building, people were running in droves out of the Capitol, etc. etc.  There was a plane entering restricted airspace, and nobody knew what was going on.  This morning the Evansville Courier Press editorializes about those events: Republicans have given new meaning to flying the friendly skies After recent events, one wonders if Republicans just shouldn’t give up air travel. For a fleeting moment last week, it appeared …

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Jun 15, 2004

“Energy Week”

Wa Po sums up this week’s theatrics pretty well: THIS IS “ENERGY Week” down at the House of Representatives. Members are due to vote on at least four and possibly more bills, all related to domestic energy production, all designed to provoke the Senate to pass broad energy legislation, all designed, perhaps, to provide fodder for the election campaign. Some are also calling this Congress’s answer to high gasoline prices—but if this is the answer, maybe it’s time to …

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Jun 15, 2004

This is what happens…

When you give the whole world the finger for two years in a row. Washington Post “World Opinion Roundup”: The unexpected eruption of anti-American rage among young Iraqi men swarming to the site of a suicide bombing in downtown Baghdad Monday is no isolated incident. Rather, Iraq can be seen as the violent epicenter of a slow-motion earthquake of anti-Americanism with tremors felt thousands of miles away in countries once known for their American sympathies. The results have been …

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Jun 15, 2004

Waxman Blasts his Committee

On Halliburton (Washington Times): Allegations of squandering $8 billion in Iraq by the U.S.-based Halliburton oilfield service company swirled in Washington Tuesday, the Financial Times said.  At the center of the storm was Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who was to testify before a House committee on government reform that Halliburton mismanaged funds for the contract that was never open to tender.  A Pentagon audit has already found wide-spread deficiencies in the way Halliburton tracks billions of dollars of government …

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Jun 15, 2004

More Than Rhetoric

Roll Call: With two special election victories under their belts and “generic” ballot polling tilted heavily in their favor, House Democrats will convene a Caucus-wide meeting today aimed at convincing their rank-and-file Members that winning back control is now a plausible proposition. The centerpiece of this effort will be a presentation by targeting guru Mark Gersh that casts 2004 as a “trend election” based on continued feelings of economic insecurity, particularly among rural voters. While Democrats have yet to …

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Jun 15, 2004

What’s Up in NC-1?

As you may already know, Democratic Rep. Frank W. Ballance Jr. resigned from North Carolina’s 1st for health reasons last week, precipitating a July 20 special election.  Well we’ve got our candidate lined up, this is what CQ Politics Daily has to say: Democrats in North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District chose former state Supreme Court Justice G.K. Butterfield on Monday as their nominee for a July 20 special election, which will fill the seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Frank …

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Jun 14, 2004

Matsui in the House

U.S. News: Robert Matsui is batting a thousand, and now he’s got people thinking he can take the whole enchilada. A veteran California congressman, Matsui took over as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee after the 2002 elections, when Republicans defied history and picked up House seats even though their party held the White House. Facing the uphill task of returning a disorganized and demoralized group of Democrats back to power in the House of Representatives, Matsui was …

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Jun 14, 2004

Quote of the Day

Ron Jr.: “The Bush people have no right to speak for my father, particularly because of the position he’s in now,” he said during a recent interview with Salon. “Yes, some of the current policies are an extension of the ‘80s. But the overall thrust of this administration is not my father’s—these people are overly reaching, overly aggressive, overly secretive, and just plain corrupt. I don’t trust these people.” You mean like when they tried to line up the …

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Jun 14, 2004

New Questions

NYT: Beginning in November, a small unit of interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison began reporting allegations of prisoner abuse, including the beatings of five blindfolded Iraqi generals, in internal documents sent to senior officers, according to interviews with military personnel who worked in the prison.  The disclosure of the documents raises new questions about whether senior officers in Iraq were alerted about serious abuses at the prison before January. Top military officials have said they only learned about abuses …

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Jun 14, 2004

Waxman: Halliburton Stalker

Looks like it’s working: As the government prepared for war in Iraq in the fall of 2002, a senior political appointee in the Defense Department chose oil services giant Halliburton Co. to secretly plan how to repair Iraqi oil fields, and then briefed Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff and other White House officials about the sole-source contract before it was granted. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) said the new details about the $1.8 million contract, disclosed last week …

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Jun 14, 2004

Ethics Lesson for DeLay

Houston Chronicle: In a new twist to a bitter Texas political feud, Rep. Chris Bell, a Houston Democrat, is finalizing a House ethics complaint against Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Sugar Land. Bell, a first-term congressman who lost his House seat in a redistricting battle engineered by DeLay, plans to file documents Tuesday seeking an investigation by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, said spokesman Eric Burns. Officials who have seen a draft of the complaint …

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Jun 14, 2004

Mutiny

LA Times: A group of 26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, plans to issue a joint statement this week arguing that President George W. Bush has damaged America’s national security and should be defeated in November. The group, which calls itself Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, will explicitly condemn Bush’s foreign policy, according to several of those who signed the document. “It is …

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Jun 12, 2004

Supporting the Troops

From the extremely disillusioned Washington Post: THE VOLUNTEER ARMY expects to bear the brunt of danger on behalf of the country in any war. But when failed leadership turns volunteers into conscripts, soldiers have every right to feel misused. President Bush has compared the war against terrorism to the 20th-century struggles against totalitarianism and communism, calling it “the great challenge of our time.” But he has refused to adjust his policies to those stakes. And the first casualty of …

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Jun 12, 2004

Consequences

Wa Po again: “What Saddam did was awful, but what the Americans are doing is worse,” said Abu Ahmed, a laborer who lives with his wife and four sons in a government-built apartment house flanking the road. “They say they are bringing us freedom. But this is what they bring.” Since U.S. forces drove to Baghdad and overthrew President Saddam Hussein in April 2003, the 138,000 American soldiers stationed here have lost their status as liberators in the eyes …

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