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Jun 10, 2004

GOP Surviror: Webisode II

So rough.  So very, very rough…

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Jun 10, 2004

How Not to Get NATO’s Help

There comes a point when denigrating other countries for the sake of a new way to campaign on hate crosses the line from idle despicability to seriously harming our national security interests.  The NRCC crossed that line some time ago, but we got another good example on Saturday from the Texas GOP Convention.  From the head of the faux minority PAC Dream PAC, we get this “optimistic” campaign slogan: “There are people who say ‘Why can’t we be like …

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Jun 09, 2004

Wrecking Ball

Oh that Josh Marshall is so five minutes ago.  No, but seriously, the swordsman supreme links to the “Safe Harbor for Churches” story today, which we hit up yesterday, but who cares about us - let’s hear what Jewish Week reports on the subject: “This is the most shocking example of politicizing churches I’ve ever seen,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, the Americans United executive director. Some Jewish groups agreed. “This week, the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign and President …

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Jun 09, 2004

Let’s Have a Little Talk

Well there’s just so much going on, the White House couldn’t possibly be expected to know what was going on at every single interrogation facility. Right? The head of the interrogation center at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq told an Army investigator in February that he understood some of the information being collected from prisoners there had been requested by “White House staff,” according to an account of his statement obtained by The Washington Post. Lt. Col. Steven …

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Jun 09, 2004

Undoing Reagan’s Legacy

Steven Pearlstein, Wa Po: If Republicans really want to honor the memory of Ronald Reagan, they should toss in the trash the corporate tax legislation making its way through Congress. One of Reagan’s greatest achievements was passage, with bipartisan support, of the 1986 Tax Reform Act. The goal of the landmark bill was to make the tax code simpler and fairer while boosting economic efficiency. Loopholes were closed, tax rates were reduced, and all sorts of distinctions were eliminated …

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Jun 09, 2004

The Charitable Mr. DeLay

From the Houston Press: On that day last September, Congressman Tom DeLay and his wife, Christine, showed they can still mount the perfect photo op. She wore blue; he (and her fingernails) wore red. And they both flashed the smiles of political veterans. The occasion was a big one. After a few years of talking, planning and $6 million of fund-raising, the couple was breaking ground for the Oaks at Rio Bend, a residential campus for foster kids and …

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Jun 09, 2004

Ashcroft Transcript

This was an important hearing, the most damning yet in the wake of Abu Ghraib.  There are a lot of good parts, and I would encourage one and all to go and do a find for “Leahy” on the page and read the Ranking Senator’s opening remarks, as well as Sen. Durbin’s exchange and especially Sen. Biden’s.  But for now I am going to paste a chunk of Leahy’s key exchange in the body and extended entry; simply stunning, …

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Jun 09, 2004

Texas Tuesday

It’s never too late to get on the Texas Tuesday beat. Martin Frost Profile: In short, Frost will have to wade knee-deep into several red precincts and change some voters’ minds to get them to vote for him. Its a task he’s been handling as well as can be done, from most outward appearances. Interviews: BL: Tom DeLay and the Republican leaders in Austin targeted you from day one of the redistricting fight, and cut up the compact, majority-minority …

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Jun 08, 2004

Pelosi on Torture Memos

Washington, D.C.—House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on media reports that Bush Administration lawyers advised the White House in internal memos that the war on terrorism might justify torturing suspected terrorists:  “If these media reports are true, I call upon the President to disavow this legal advice immediately, and to make public the documents that contain it.  “Having served on the Intelligence Committee for 10 years, I know that the American people expect that their …

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Jun 08, 2004

How to Cover a Giant Lie

The Washington Post doesn’t seem to know exactly how to cover Ashcroft’s explanation of the memo /non-memo reported on earlier in today’s Post.  You see there is no memo.  And he can’t comment on it: Attorney General John D. Ashcroft told Congress today that he would not release to members a 2002 policy memo on the degree of pain and suffering legally permitted during enemy interrogations, but he said he knows of no presidential order that would allow torture …

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Jun 08, 2004

Ok, Just This Once

Remember last week when the GOP stepped in it by asking churches to work for Bush-Cheney (thereby sacrificing their claim to tax exempt status)?  Well Ways & Means Chairman Bill Thomas has found a solution: Republicans in the House of Representatives have quietly introduced a measure to make it easier for churches to support political candidates, just days after the Bush campaign came under fire from liberal groups for inviting church members to distribute campaign information at their houses …

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Jun 08, 2004

This Man Will Not Hold Hearings

Duncan Hunter, GOP Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and loyal member of Team DeLay: Congress should do more to investigate the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison rather than let the military probe itself, members of Congress in both parties say. [but not that guy ^]  Democrats have been most vocal in calling for more hearings, especially in the House of Representatives. But they’re joined by some Republicans who say Congress has been slow to …

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Jun 07, 2004

That’s What I Call Profiteering!

Knight Ridder: A dozen current and former truck drivers for a Halliburton Inc. subsidiary said they were directed to drive empty flatbed trucks crisscrossing Iraq more than 100 times this year, putting themselves and military escorts at risk for no apparent purpose.  The truckers, who regularly made the 300-mile resupply run from Camp Cedar in southern Iraq to Camp Anaconda near Baghdad, told Knight Ridder newspapers that their employer charged the government for hauling what the truckers derisively called …

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Jun 07, 2004

Not What Bush Had in Mind

Poor Schools Sue for Funding Washington Post - June 7, 2004  Giant poster boards filled with data from standardized tests dominate the courtroom where attorneys for some of the poorest school districts in South Carolina are suing the state legislature for billions of dollars in education funds.  ...The scene in the South Carolina courtroom has become common across the United States as lawyers use data generated by the drive for higher standards in education as the basis for class-action …

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Jun 07, 2004

Cud

From CQ WEEKLY - EMPLOYMENT & LABOR (June 5, 2004): House Into Summer Reruns With GOP’s Procedural Gambit  Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., the minority whip, dismisses the current House Republican agenda as “cud,” the regurgitated food that cows chew a second time. More politely, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calls it “warmed-over stew.”  At the very least, House floor action the week of May 31 had an unmistakable air of summer reruns…  Democrats responded to the GOP tactic …

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