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Mar 27, 2004

NRCC Chumps

Well the Republicans appear to have hit that rare moment when there isn’t a breaking disgrace.  So I decided to take a look at the old NRCC folks, I bet you can predict what they’re yelping about: SD-AL: HERSETH HAS A SECRET. NANNA NANNA BOO BOO That’s all I’m gonna bother to quote, go take a look if you want.  Furthermore, I’m not sure there’s much more ridiculing to be done, the big boys beat us to it: Atrios: …

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Mar 26, 2004

DeLay Needs Your Help!

Fresh from the Houston Chronicle: DeLay, R-Sugar Land, told a group of Houston supporters earlier this month he may need to raise more money for a legal defense fund. ... DeLay and an aide in a March 8 private meeting at the Omni Houston Hotel talked to Houston supporters about the possible need to pay for a legal defense in connection with the grand jury investigation, according to two people who attended the meeting. The meeting at the Omni …

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Mar 26, 2004

Good News

National Journal’s Richard E. Cohen asks, “Could Lightning Strike?”: Now, however, many once-dispirited House Democrats believe that the conditions are ripe for lightning to strike. Democrats think their electoral prospects have markedly improved over the past three months, thanks to President Bush’s continuing struggles with the economy and Iraq, and to the enthusiasm generated within their own party by their presumptive presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. A newfound optimism appears to have swept across the House Democrats’ oftenfeisty …

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Mar 26, 2004

Rice’s Credibility

Pincus and Milbank in today’s Wa Po: Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage contradicted Rice’s claim that the White House had a strategy before 9/11 for military operations against al Qaeda and the Taliban; the CIA contradicted Rice’s earlier assertion that Bush had requested a CIA briefing in the summer of 2001 because of elevated terrorist threats; and Rice’s assertion this week that Bush told her on Sept. 16, 2001, that “Iraq is to the side” appeared to …

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Mar 25, 2004

Gephardt at the Opening

It really was an inspiring opening in a lot of ways, but none more so than the presence of Democratic stalwart Dick Gephardt.  He had the look in his eye of a man who had held the party firm for decades, and was now seeing the fruits of his labor.  I asked him what was on his mind, and he said, “This is the best day for the Democratic Party in my memory.  And that’s a long time.” The …

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Mar 25, 2004

The DNHQ is Now Open

the ribbon was cut on the Democratic National Headquarters (DNHQ) this afternoon. more soon.

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Mar 25, 2004

Why DeLay and the GOP Must Go

From Congress Daily AM: Bubbling with confidence President Bush and congressional Republicans will win re-election this November, House Majority Leader DeLay Wednesday laid out the broad outlines of a GOP agenda next year—including the replacement of the federal income tax with a national sales tax.     DeLay also pledged to begin work this year on a major overhaul of federal law to lighten the regulatory burden on American businesses.     “We plan to move legislation in the …

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Mar 25, 2004

The Ball’s Rollin’

The AP picks up on DeLay: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, is telling close colleagues he may have to temporarily abandon his leadership post if he is indicted by a Texas grand jury investigating alleged campaign finance abuses, Roll Call reports. In background they say: Democrats allege that Republicans took money that could not be given to candidates and moved it around before donating it to candidates. Republican officials have said the transactions were legal, and the timing …

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Mar 25, 2004

WOW

FROM ROLL CALL VIA KEVIN DRUM!!!! House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has begun quiet discussions with a handful of colleagues about the possibility that he will have to step down from his leadership post temporarily if he is indicted by a Texas grand jury investigating alleged campaign finance abuses. ...Republican Conference rules state that a member of the elected leadership who has been indicted on a felony carrying a penalty of at least two years in prison must …

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Mar 24, 2004

Fire Away

Chatterbox tells us of another destroyed Medicare whistleblower, the radio talkshow host who derailed Nick Smith’s attempts to backtrack from his bribery allegations by producing an interview with the Congressman in which he confirmed the allegations. Vandenbroek did himself no particular good at WKZO by providing evidence that the House GOP leadership may harbor a felon. “While there are some people at the station who seem to be quite proud of my coverage of Nick Smith,” Vandenbroek told Chatterbox, …

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Mar 23, 2004

No Good

AP (printed everywhere, you’ll see this somewhere soon): Medicare will go broke by 2019 without changes in a program that is swelling in cost because of a new prescription drug benefit, trustees were to report Tuesday. My first take on this story was to just shoot it up here, and not make a partisan issue out of it.  But then I read this: Republicans pressed for the overhaul of Medicare last year to give private insurers a much larger …

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Mar 23, 2004

College Dems Blog

Continuing the donkey jokes, the College Dems have a blog up now: Smart Ass. Lest we forget to giggle at the other official donkey-themed blogs, please check out Get More Ass (Brown University College Dems) and Kicking Ass (DNC).

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Mar 23, 2004

Deficit Rabble Rabble

From WSJ: House leaders scramble for votes as fiscal 2005 budget hits floor next week. Next is a brawl with Senate over tax cuts and spending caps. Tension builds on highway bill: White House demands big cuts, but lawmakers want projects. Transportation Chairman Young publicly explodes at Rep. Shaw yesterday, “I don’t have the money!” then tells him to get party leaders to find “the g-d- money.” And oh well, as long as I’m putting up ridiculous Republican quotes, …

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Mar 22, 2004

More Burma?

You may have read here (or elsewhere) last week that President Bush is making some of his campaign material in Burma - in violation of his own law. Now we find that the head of the company making those fleeces happens to be the campaign manager of Rep. Anne Northup (R-KY3).  Maybe that’s why her issues page doesn’t include jobs- unless “faith-based initiatives” refers to the President’s employment plan. Chairman Matsui’s statement: “It’s no wonder Louisville has lost over …

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Mar 22, 2004

CD on Rubber Stamp Moderates

From our Congress Daily subscription to you: Moderation In Moderation By some counts, House Republican moderates have enough votes, perhaps as many as 30, to protect their interests on budget and spending measures. So why do they invariably cave in to their leadership and conservative colleagues on crucial votes—such as the annual budget resolution—rather than using that muscular potential to reshape budget priorities more to their liking? This year, for instance, the Budget Committee has produced a spending blueprint …

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