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May 24, 2004

More Dirty Spies

You may have heard about Obama’s stalker, but down in Kentucky-3… A common but sometimes covert campaign tactic, sending observers to monitor the opposing candidate, became unusually public last week in the race for Congress in the 3rd District between Republican Rep. Anne Northup and Democrat Tony Miller. On the home page of the Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party’s Web site, www.louisvilledemocrat.com, the first picture was of two smiling young men at the party’s primary-night celebration. They were labeled “Anne …

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May 24, 2004

Herseth is the Choice

Argus Leader endorsement: Intelligence, sense of what’s important for S.D. would let her shine in Congress  ...Herseth and Diedrich aren’t clones, though.  It’s true, either would enter Congress as a freshman and, while good committee assignments might come along, would be at the bottom of the seniority-influence ladder.  But the real issue in this race is simple. As one member of the 435-person Congress, who can better lobby for the needs of South Dakotans? Who can make a voice …

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May 24, 2004

Hard Sell Monday Redux

Ok, this article from Salon, “A House Divided,” gives about 100 other good reasons to help us out.  Here’s one: For two years, the assistant who answered Rove’s phone was a woman who had previously worked for lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a close friend of Norquist’s and a top DeLay fundraiser. One Republican lobbyist, who asked not to be named because DeLay and Rove have the power to ruin his livelihood, said the way Rove’s office worked was this: “Susan …

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May 24, 2004

Hard Sell Monday

Every Monday we try to give you one good reason to help us out.  Today’s reason is simple: We can win. With President Bush’s political strength eroding, Democrats face improved electoral prospects this fall in the House and Senate — political terrain that not long ago seemed firmly in the GOP’s grip.  Recent polls indicate that problems in Iraq and continuing lack of confidence in the economy are not only hurting Bush but undercutting voters’ assessment of Republicans in …

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May 23, 2004

Under Oath

Seattle Times: Presented last fall with a detailed catalog of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, the U.S. military responded Dec. 24 with a confidential letter to a Red Cross official asserting that many Iraqi prisoners were not entitled to the full protections of the Geneva Conventions.  The letter, drafted by military lawyers and signed by Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, emphasized the “military necessity” of isolating some inmates for interrogation because of their “significant intelligence value” and said prisoners held …

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May 23, 2004

Incompetent II

Kevin Drum links to Kautilyan speculating on the source of the forged uranium documents, asking whether Iran might have had something to do with it.  As it happens, I was writing this post on the same question, and will add a couple things.  We were both caused to wonder by this in Knight Ridder (5/22/04): The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that a U.S.-funded arm of Ahmad Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress has been used for years by Iranian intelligence …

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May 22, 2004

Matsui / Pelosi Not Letting Bush Off Hook

This morning’s Sacramento Bee has a great story about Rep. Matsui (our chair) and Democratic Leader Pelosi turning up the heat on Bush’s lack of war planning and preparation. Relevant snippets: “Democrats hurled sharp barbs at the White House, with Rep. Robert Matsui of Sacramento, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, declaring that President Bush is “either clueless or incompetent” when it comes to the war.” [snip]  “It’s a healthy debate,” said Frank Rusciano, a political scientist at …

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May 21, 2004

Incompetent

“I believe we are absolutely on the brink of failure.  We are looking into the abyss.” —General Joseph Hoar, a former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command; testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 20, 2004  “I’m surprised that he is surprised because there was a lot of us who were telling [Rumsfeld] that it was going to be thus… Anyone could know the problems they were going to see.  How could they not?...I think that some …

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May 21, 2004

Matsui Has Pelosi’s Back

SFGate.com: Matsui echoed Pelosi’s critique of Bush, calling developments in Iraq a sign of the president’s “either being clueless, or being incompetent.’‘ As for the charge that such criticisms are inappropriate during a time of war, Matsui said: “Frankly, that’s McCarthyism.’‘

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May 21, 2004

Why Contractors?

Financial Times asks the experts: Several high-ranking military legal officers believe the Pentagon used private contractors to interrogate prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan in a deliberate attempt to obscure aggressive practices from congressional or military oversight, according to a civilian lawyer who has spoken with them.  The civilian lawyer said that the military lawyers, part of the Judge Advocate General corps, complained to him about the use of private contractors during meetings last year, before the scandal over abuses …

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May 21, 2004

Go Vote!

Go Vote to support Pelosi.  Now.  Quick.

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May 21, 2004

What a Difference a Chamber Makes

CQ Today gets a hold of the new GOP talking points.  I am posting them in their entirety in the extended entry for those interested, but the Senate and the House published different sets, and it’s worth seeing the difference on one matter in particular: Senate: “The actions of the soldiers in the photographs depicting detainee abuse are totally unacceptable and violate the law. They betrayed their comrades, who serve honorably every day, and they have damaged the cause …

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May 21, 2004

The Goth Problem!

The Kansas City Star reports on Rep. Graves’ (R-MO6) crowning acheivement: Almost half of a $273,000 grant awarded in 2002 to fight the Goth culture in Blue Springs has been returned because of a lack of interest - and the absence of a real problem.  Blue Springs received the grant two years ago from the Youth Outreach Unit, money the city and U.S. Rep. Sam Graves trumpeted proudly as a way to fight a perceived Goth problem.  But $132,000 …

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May 21, 2004

Cross Post: Seth of College Dems

Seth Tanner of Smart Ass gave us permission to cross post his thoughts on Diane Farrell and South Dakota, amongst other things.  Enjoy. This previous weekend, I went home to Connecticut from DC in order to go on a Costco run and gather stuff for my move into a new dorm. My little bro, Scott, asked me to come with him to an organizational meeting for interns on the Dianne Farrell for Congress campaign in Connecticut.  Scott and I …

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May 21, 2004

Prisoner Accounts

Washington Post: Previously secret sworn statements by detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq describe in raw detail abuse that goes well beyond what has been made public, adding allegations of prisoners being ridden like animals, sexually fondled by female soldiers and forced to retrieve their food from toilets. [...]  The statements provide the most detailed picture yet of what took place on the cellblock. Some of the detainees described being abused as punishment or discipline after they …

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