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Jun 07, 2004

Thanks, Digby

Digby finds us a new campaign slogan: ’‘It’s quite clear to me that we do not have a coherent approach to this,’’ Rumsfeld said at an international security conference. Consider this added to the list. Thanks to Wa Po as well, who seem to have fallen off the bandwagon for good:  THE ONLY WAY to staunch the continuing damage of the prisoner abuse scandal is for the Bush administration to fully document and publicly report on the dozens of …

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Jun 07, 2004

DTripTV makes AP

Ta ha: Want to vote a Republican off the island? How about all of them? If so, House Democrats are here to help with a new Web-based cartoon program, Republican Survivor.  ...Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia makes a late appearance as the “immunity fairy,” whose function is to designate contestants who can’t be voted off the island.  The cartoon moderator, no friend of any of them, says the overall instructions are to “lie, cheat, steal, coddle, cuddle and pander. …

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Jun 04, 2004

Guest Post: Stephanie Herseth

In this our second installment on the Herseth rally (Part I here), allow us to introduce guest blogger and America’s newest Congresswoman, Stephanie Herseth: “I just want to say again how much I appreciate all the efforts of those of you who ventured out to SoDak, survived the weather and helped us achieve victory two nights ago!  I also want to send a special word of thanks to those bloggers who helped raise awareness for my campaign and make …

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Jun 04, 2004

Rally for Herseth

We had a rabble-rousing rally here at DNHQ for Herseth and the SD volunteers last night, with Chairman Matsui and Leader Pelosi in attendance.  We’re splitting this up into two posts, and you can see Stephanie’s guest post along with guest contributions from our volunteers here.  But here are a few pictures and some inspiring words from our illustrious Leadership and Herseth’s speech: Pelosi “Celebration time is here….Thank you for turning a red state blue.” “There is no election …

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Jun 04, 2004

Ken Lay for Energy Secretary!

CBS News: When a forest fire shut down a major transmission line into California, cutting power supplies and raising prices, Enron energy traders celebrated, CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales reports. “Burn, baby, burn. That’s a beautiful thing,” a trader sang about the massive fire. Four years after California’s disastrous experiment with energy deregulation, Enron energy traders can be heard – on audiotapes obtained by CBS News – gloating and praising each other as they helped bring on, and cash-in …

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Jun 03, 2004

Republican Survivor

First “webisode” up, Go! (...Ouch) Update:  Go to DtripTV.com and click on Ashcroft’s profile to hear him sing a beautiful song that he wrote (really, no satire). Source: GridlockMag.com

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Jun 03, 2004

Burnt Orange on Herseth

Andrew D finds a good piece in the Nation and adds some insight of his own.

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Jun 03, 2004

PAYGO Flippity Floppity

Now: “The moderates need to read the Republican philosophy… What we believe is you don’t have paygo for tax cuts.” - Majority Leader Tom DeLay, May 18, 2004 Then: ”[Former New York Congressman] Jack Kemp worships at the altar of tax cuts. Jack has always said that deficits don’t matter. We think that deficits do matter.” - Majority Leader Tom DeLay, 1997 “I rise in support of this legislation that finally balances our Federal budget.  It is about time.  …

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Jun 03, 2004

Boogy

Via Reuters (click for full size), via Froomkin. ..Steady “gettin down” in times of change…

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Jun 03, 2004

Interesting Time to Leave

Tenet is leaving for “personal reasons.”  Maybe he personally did not want to deal with this: The controversy surround-ing Ahmad Chalabi, the former US ally who promoted the war against Saddam Hussein, deepened yesterday as the Bush administration confirmed that the Central Intelligence Agency was looking into Mr Chalabi’s intelligence activities. Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, told members of Congress in a closed-door briefing that George Tenet, CIA director, would oversee an inquiry into Mr Chalabi. She did …

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Jun 03, 2004

More Reason to Rejoice

We all just got back from Stephanie Herseth’s swearing in (great turnout from Dem reps, a little lighter from the GOP side), and it was definitely inspiring.  A couple scribbled quotes from Herseth; “The people of South Dakota can once again have their voice in this great chamber.” “Thanks to my parents, the strongest people I know, who taught me to reach across disagreements to find common ground.” I also talked to a woman with her kids, and asked …

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Jun 03, 2004

Rejoice

Democrats Rejoice Over South Dakota Win Washington Post - June 2, 2004 A narrow victory in yesterday’s congressional race in Republican-leaning South Dakota has Democrats talking of something that seemed unthinkable six months ago: The possibility of regaining the House majority this fall after a decade in the minority. Even the most optimistic Democrats agree it’s an uphill fight, but Stephanie Herseth’s win in the special election lends credence to party claims that it can grab former GOP seats …

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Jun 02, 2004

Halliburton Probe?

In addition to our coverage, the good Mr. Atrios also noted developments in the Halliburton fiasco earlier today.  Following up on the earlier story that we both linked to, Reuters now reports that Dems are in full throttle over the issue, and this could reach a boiling point soon.  The question is, how far and how many times are GOP Congressmen willing to debase themselves to protect an administration that is clearly morally bankrupt, and probably more important in …

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Jun 02, 2004

Rumsfeld & Halliburton

Faux News: ...On the other side of Capitol Hill, Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, wrote to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld suggesting he also helped steer Iraq oil work to Halliburton. Waxman said the General Accounting Office, the audit arm of Congress, told him the oil work should have been obtained competitively. The Army knew this, Waxman said the GAO had told him. But, he wrote Rumsfeld, “your office overruled the Army and directed Army officials to issue the …

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Jun 02, 2004

The Diedrich Comeback!

According to the NRCC, Diedrich is closing in! Polls Show Diedrich Closing in on Herseth in South Dakota Special Election Race Ha ha ha. And let’s take the time to dedicate this victory to Karl Rove, who took time out of his busy schedule to co-host a fundraiser for Diedrich (and no doubt lend a hand for some of Diedrich’s dirtier deceptions), to Denny Hastert for his ham-handed help, demonstrating for all to see what kind of masters Diedrich …

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