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Chris Bell, Ethical Democrat, To Run for Governor of Texas (salon) Chris Bell, the former one-term Democratic congressman best known for filing an ethics complaint against U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, will seek the Democratic nomination for governor next yea.....- 7/29/2005 8:46:57 AM
George Bush-Above the Law (salon) Huffington PostPlaying the role of Steven Seagal, Tom Cruise and Jesse Ventura combined, George W. Bush barricades himself in the Oval Office fending off the generals. Major General Romig, “Sir, this .....- 7/29/2005 8:43:16 AM
IF the View that Our Constitution is Obsolete Is Allowed to Prevail, The Terrorists Will Have Won (salon) The sentence itself was fairly straightforward: An Algerian man received 22 years for plotting to bomb the Los Angeles airport on the eve of the millennium. It was what the judge said in imposing the .....- 7/28/2005 8:33:42 AM
Military Was Concerned about the Bush Administration's Harsh Interrogation Tactics in 2003 (salon) Senior military lawyers lodged vigorous and detailed dissents in early 2003 as an administration legal task force concluded that President Bush had authority as commander in chief to order harsh inter.....- 7/28/2005 8:29:52 AM
Seniors and Medicare Advice-For the First time, Beneficiaries Asked to Detail Their Income and Assets (salon) Senior centers throughout the region are bracing for an onslaught of telephone calls from confused Medicare recipients who are being asked to disclose the most intimate details of their financial live.....- 7/28/2005 8:27:52 AM
Roberts had a larger role in the 2000 Florida Presidential Recount Than Was Reported-He Helped Prepare the Case (salon) U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts played a broader behind-the-scenes role for the Republican camp in the aftermath of the 2000 election than previously reported -- as legal consultant, lawsuit e.....- 7/28/2005 8:14:00 AM
AFL/CIO Calls for Return of Troops from Iraq (salon) It was the first time in the federation's 50-year history that the AFL-CIO has taken a position squarely opposing US foreign policy or military action. "An unending military presence will waste l.....- 7/28/2005 8:05:52 AM
Tehran Calls the United States on it's Nuclear Double Standard (salon) Iran accused the Bush administration yesterday of operating a double standard and undermining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by agreeing to aid India's civil nuclear programme, while insisting t.....- 7/28/2005 7:52:49 AM
Tom DeLay Attempts to Snaek in a 1.5 Billion Dollar Giveaway to Big Oil outside of Congressional procedures (salon) Iran accused the Bush administration yesterday of operating a double standard and undermining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by agreeing to aid India's civil nuclear programme, while insisting t.....- 7/27/2005 11:55:02 PM
Was Judy Miller Actually the Reporter Source of the CIA Leak? (salon) Huffington Post....a very different scenario is being floated in the halls. Here it is: It's July 6, 2003, and Joe Wilson's now famous op-ed piece appears in the Times, raising the idea that the Bush .....- 7/27/2005 11:48:49 PM
Pat Roberts and the Faux CIA Hearings (salon) Via Huffington PostPat Roberts, the Kansas Senator who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced this weekend that he'll hold hearings on how the CIA designates and protects undercover offic.....- 7/27/2005 11:38:55 PM
Not Winning the War On Terror? Call it Something Else- The Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism (salon) However, since the usual translation of "Jihad" is "struggle" does this make the US troops jihadists? Reminds one of when the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" became, when n.....- 7/27/2005 7:04:03 PM
Iraq Roundup (salon) 1784Baghdad Car Bomb Barrage Continues - General Talks of Pulling TroopsIraq Wants Quick Withdrawal of U.S. Troops Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said at a joint news conference with Defense Secret.....- 7/27/2005 9:38:18 AM
Roberts Roundup (salon) Roberts a significant player in the Reagan administration.Newly released documents show that John G. Roberts Jr. was a significant backstage player in the legal policy debates of the early Reagan admi.....- 7/27/2005 7:22:52 AM
Hubris Alert-Clear Channel Believes it Should be Treated as a Sovereign Government Entity (salon) TAMPA - When 50 Cent raps about pimpin' and AK-47s, and when Toby Keith rouses a crowd with drinking songs, are they performing a governmental purpose?Clear Channel Entertainment, owner of the $23-mil.....- 7/27/2005 7:08:23 AM
Texas House Doesn't Like Perry's School Bill (salon) Houston Chronicle:You might call it chaos. Confusion. Fatigue.Certainly you can call it a stalled special legislative session after the Texas House voted down its own multibillion-dollar school fundin.....- 7/27/2005 1:19:09 AM
Reforming Government-What It Would Look Like If We Could Change Things (salon) We were reading an article tonight by Russ Feingold in which he discusses a bill to toughen lobbyists disclosures and gift rules, due to lobbying expenditures totalling 5.4 Billion dollars in 2003-200.....- 7/26/2005 11:13:25 PM
Spreading Democracy? Why the Rush? (salon) From Huffington PostWe rushed into a war with Iraq based on erroneous information – Iraq buying uranium from Niger, Saddam possessing WMDs, etc., etc. Now a U.S. envoy, led by Ambassador Zalmay Khalil.....- 7/26/2005 7:54:23 PM
Worms in the Water in Baghdad and Electricity on for about 2 hours per day-Our Iraq Tax Money at Work (salon) Talib Abu Younes put his lips to a glass of tap water recently and watched worms swimming in the bottom.Electricity flickers on and off for two hours in Muthana Naim's south Baghdad home then shuts of.....- 7/26/2005 7:48:22 PM
Alberto Gonzales Says that Supreme Court Justices are not bound by Roe v Wade (salon) The legal right to abortion is settled for lower courts, but the Supreme Court "is not obliged to follow" the  {activateYQinl(this);return false;}" href="http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/.....- 7/26/2005 7:41:39 PM
Pentagon Defies Order to Release Photos; 2,000 Veterans Call for Independent Investigation (salon) Veterans for Common Sense (VCS), a nonpartisan veterans' organization with 12,000 members, called for a commission to investigate torture allegations today, in response to the Pentagon refusal to rele.....- 7/25/2005 1:28:04 PM
White House Won't Say When It Learned of the Leak Probe (12 Hour Gap) (salon) The White House isn't responding to questions about when top officials were informed about an investigation into the revelation of a CIA operative's identity. The first person notified by the Justice .....- 7/25/2005 8:38:37 AM
Roberts-On the Steering Committee of the Federalist Society ... and He Can't Remember? (salon) Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. has repeatedly said that he has no memory of belonging to the Federalist Society, but his name appears in the influential, conservative legal organization's 1.....- 7/25/2005 8:21:33 AM
A Conservative Federal Judiciary Candidate That Made Sexual Advances on Men in Gyms (salon) Lively court briefs Amid the political hullabaloo surrounding white-bread Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, gay activist Michelangelo Signorile remembers a much more colorful candidate. "There .....- 7/25/2005 8:18:12 AM
Islamic Group Indignant Over Tancredo, Extremist Congressman (salon) The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) expressed its indignation at the extremist declarations made by Congressman Tom Tancredo [A Colorado Republican], who insinuated .....- 7/24/2005 5:18:51 PM
Pentagon Fake News- Same Quote in Two Press Releases with almost identical quotes (salon) The U.S. military on Sunday said it was looking into how virtually identical quotations ended up in two of its news releases about different insurgent attacks.Following a car bombing in Baghdad on Sun.....- 7/24/2005 4:58:27 PM
Privacy in Libraries or for your Medical Records-Alberto Gonzales Doesn't Think So (salon) One of the Patriot Act's most debated elements, known as the "library provision," permits secret warrants for "books, records, papers, documents and other items" from businesses, h.....- 7/24/2005 3:15:25 PM
Secretive Bush Administration Opposes Congressional Oversight of Data-Mining (salon) Does it bother you that your privacy is being invaded constantly without your knowledge by the Bush administration?The other day the GAO (Government Accountability Office) showe that the TSA violated .....- 7/24/2005 3:02:35 PM
US Military Lawyer Says Upcoming Hicks Action is a Show Trial (salon) The US military commissions which will try Australian detainee David Hicks and other Guantanamo detainees has been branded "political show trials" by the US military lawyer appointed to defe.....- 7/24/2005 2:12:25 PM
Secretive White House Won't Show All of Roberts Papers (salon) Citing privacy and precedent, the Bush administration indicated Sunday it does not intend to release all memos and other documents written by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts when he worked for two .....- 7/24/2005 2:08:41 PM
New PAC in Texas to Support Public Schools (salon) A new political action committee formed by supporters of public schools aims to raise money, recruit candidates and influence next year's legislative races."We're just fed up, we're frustrated. W.....- 7/24/2005 2:00:26 PM
Jefrey Kofman Was the Target of a Smear Campaign For His Articles about Troop Morale (salon) After ABC News reporter Jeffrey Kofman contributed to a story about the sinking morale among American service member's in Iraq, the openly gay correspondent found himself the target of an alleged smea.....- 7/24/2005 1:59:16 PM
Rove-Plame-Libby-Gonzales Leak Roundup (salon) Bush has Yet to Answer Difficult Question on CIA LeakHis former secretary of state, most of his closest aides and a parade of other senior officials have testified to a grand jury. His political strat.....- 7/24/2005 1:44:12 PM
Cornyn Going for Vice-Chair Position on Senate Republican Committee-Hutchison to go for Chair (salon) Cornyn considers GOP leadership postSen. John Cornyn is considering a run to be the next vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, the No. 5 Senate leadership position now held by his Texas c.....- 7/24/2005 7:52:45 AM
Bush White House Isn't Laughing Too Much These Days (salon) Houston ChronicleWASHINGTON - There haven't been many laughs around the White House lately. A few chuckles, some knowing smirks — but President Bush, who finds mirth in many things, has been a little .....- 7/24/2005 7:49:45 AM
Our Congressional Votes This Last Week (salon) Senate• 1. Russian nuclear weapons: Voted, 78-19, to streamline the Nunn-Lugar law, which pays Russia to destroy stockpiles of Soviet-era nuclear warheads and chemical and biological arms to keep the .....- 7/24/2005 7:40:07 AM
Plame Investigation Roundup (salon) St Louis Post-Dispatch-Karl Rove-He Has Betrayed the NationIt's ironic that political genius Karl Rove - and perhaps others - could end up in prison for exposing the identity of an undercover CIA agen.....- 7/24/2005 12:38:33 AM
Why the Pentagon is Fighting Release of the Abuse Photos Ordered by the Courts to be Released (salon) NEW YORK So what is shown on the 87 photographs and four videos from Abu Ghraib prison that the Pentagon, in an eleventh hour move, blocked from release this weekend? One clue: Defense Secretary Donal.....- 7/24/2005 12:27:07 AM
Waxman: 11 Security Breaches in Plame Case (salon) The disclosure of the covert identity of Valerie Plame Wilson in a July 14, 2003, column by Robert Novak has triggered a criminal investigation and led to calls for congressional investigations. The N.....- 7/24/2005 12:05:25 AM
Cheney Opposes Barring the Military from Inhumane treatment of prisoners (salon) Where does this stop? When the Bush administration decides that it is not only quite all right to ill-treat prisoners, but, going further, seeks to stop legislation that would stop cruel punishment, s.....- 7/23/2005 11:51:50 PM
Besides Rove, another investigation is going on as to who forged the Niger documents (salon) GuardianMeanwhile, a parallel investigation is under way into who forged the Niger documents. They are known to have been passed to an Italian journalist by a former Italian defence intelligence offic.....- 7/23/2005 2:16:11 PM
NBA Selling Sweatshirts that were made in a Honduras Sweatshop for 19 cents a garment (salon) Tom Brady, Terrell Owens, Jason Kidd, Stephon Marbury, Eli Manning, Many Others on Garments Selling for $75 in US; Reebok Supplier Pays Workers 19 Cents per ShirtJerseys made in a Honduran sweatshop b.....- 7/22/2005 9:46:58 PM
Smokey Joe Barton and Charles Bass Cut A Deal about Cancer-Causing MTBE-Leaves Consumers with the bill (salon) Today, Representatives Charles Bass and Joe Barton of the Energy Bill Conference Committee announced a proposed "deal" regarding the contentious MTBE "Safe Harbor" provision. The p.....- 7/22/2005 9:28:40 PM
3 Million Dollars of Taxpayer Money to be spent for Psyops in Iraq (salon) Burson-Marseller's BKSH Gets Piece of Pentagon Psyops Pie"Burson-Marsteller's BKSH & Assocs., has been hired by The Lincoln Group, one of three firms selected last month by the U.S. Special O.....- 7/22/2005 9:25:53 PM
Bush Administration Has Something to Hide- Court Order to Produce Abu Ghraib Photos Defied-Seeking to Block (salon) On July 22, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)  denounced the latest efforts of the Bush Administration to block the release of the Darby photos and videos depicting torture at Iraq’s Abu Ghra.....- 7/22/2005 3:10:05 PM
The Leaks to Media Favorable to Rove Are Coming from Rove and His Attorney (salon) Lawrence O'Donnell via Huffington PostIn the 21 days since I broke the story that Karl Rove was Matt Cooper's source, Rove's lawyer, Bob Luskin, has been working the press everyday with a new defense .....- 7/22/2005 2:58:45 PM
Bush, Still Flogging his Unpopular Social Security Snake Oil, Brings in the Big Guns----Mommy (salon) Lawrence O'Donnell via Huffington PostIn the 21 days since I broke the story that Karl Rove was Matt Cooper's source, Rove's lawyer, Bob Luskin, has been working the press everyday with a new defense .....- 7/22/2005 12:13:04 PM
Iraq War Roundup (salon) 1773Iraq Police Slain as Pentagon Admits Local Forces Unable to CopeAt least nine people, five of them policemen, were killed in Baghdad as authorities hunted for two kidnapped Algerian diplomats and .....- 7/22/2005 11:37:36 AM
Senators Want More Information about Report that MTBE Causes Cancer (salon) Twenty-one senators asked the Environmental Protection Agency for more information Thursday about an internal paper that reportedly concludes that the gasoline additive MTBE may cause cancer.Key eleme.....- 7/22/2005 11:04:37 AM
Strict Constructionists of the Constitution (salon) Huffington Post - Karen Russell (Why the Strict Constructionist Crowd Makes Me Nervous)It feels like the left has already thrown in the towel on fighting Judge John Robert’s nomination. Everyone is so.....- 7/22/2005 10:53:19 AM
Bush has been pushing Roberts quietly behind the scenes for the past year (salon) How is it that Conservatives, including Dobson, have been happy about Bush's choice?  Because they've known about the candidate for some time, the last year, in fact. More importantly, they know that .....- 7/22/2005 10:48:49 AM
Plame Rove Libby Bush Roundup (salon) The House is conducting an investigation this morning, titled "Protecting Identities of CIA Agents". Following is the statement of Larry Johnson that he is making before the committee.I subm.....- 7/22/2005 10:43:42 AM
Canada Says Some Provisions of the US Patriot Act are Ilegal (salon) The USA Patriot Act violates British Columbia's privacy laws because it can order American companies to hand over information on British Columbians in secret, B.C. Privacy Commissioner David Loukideli.....- 7/22/2005 10:25:32 AM
White House Press Briefing from July 21- Rove and Bush comments (salon) White House transcriptQ Why does Karl Rove still have security clearance and access to classified documents when he has been revealed as a leaker of a secret agent, according to Time magazine's corres.....- 7/22/2005 10:24:24 AM
Time to Find Out if there is a Democrat Candidate to Run Against Chet Edwards (salon) We have detailed a large percentage of his voting record here. While we applaud his stance on VA bills, he has voted the Republican side on important issues such as Re-authorizing the Patriot Act,  th.....- 7/22/2005 10:17:14 AM
House Votes to Extend the Patriot Act-Along Party Lines (salon) We have detailed a large percentage of his voting record here. While we applaud his stance on VA bills, he has voted the Republican side on important issues such as Re-authorizing the Patriot Act,  th.....- 7/21/2005 9:35:32 PM
White House Doesn't want Senate Investigations or Regulations into Guantenemo Bay (salon) The White House on Thursday threatened to veto a massive Senate bill for $442 billion in next year's defense programs if it moves to regulate the  {activateYQinl(this);return false;}" href="http://sea.....- 7/21/2005 7:05:26 PM
Plame Subpoena Information (salon) Article from 2004 Newsday via Common Dreams- Air Force One Phone Records SubpoenedThe federal grand jury probing the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity has subpoenaed records of Air Force One tel.....- 7/21/2005 6:24:21 PM
Plame-Memos, Memos, Memos (salon) We were re-reading an article regarding the FBI's investigation of John Hannah and Scooter Libby, who worked at the time for Dick Cheney. Writing up some impressions about this, including information .....- 7/21/2005 6:12:13 PM
Punch-Card Machine that uses Biometrics (salon) We were re-reading an article regarding the FBI's investigation of John Hannah and Scooter Libby, who worked at the time for Dick Cheney. Writing up some impressions about this, including information .....- 7/21/2005 3:36:58 PM
Joseph Wilson's Attorney Corrects the Dallas Morning News article (salon) The Dallas Morning News editorialWilson's attorney replies: Neighbors didn't know Re: "The Rove Affair – Fast-talk is hurting White House's credibility," yesterday's Editorials. You wrote: &.....- 7/21/2005 2:58:35 PM
John G Roberts Jr and the Steel Mills (salon) We might consider that Mr. Roberts spending his summers at the steel mill indicated a common man rags-to-riches story, except, as this article brings out, Mr. Roberts father was an executive at the st.....- 7/21/2005 2:22:45 PM
Civil Rights Abuses Come to Ireland- US Investigators, including CIA Will be allowed to interrogate Irish citizens in their country (salon) Treaty gives CIA powers over Irish citizens -why are the Irish allowing this? US INVESTIGATORS, including CIA agents, will be allowed interrogate Irish citizens on Irish soil in total secrecy, under a.....- 7/21/2005 8:30:29 AM
John G Roberts, Supreme Court Nominee (salon) John Roberts Gave Advice During the Florida Recount - we noted this yesterday, the St Petersburg Times has more, including that Roberts traveled at his own expense to let Jeb Bush know how he could de.....- 7/21/2005 8:16:02 AM
Plame Rove Roundup (salon) We wrote yesterday about the news from the Washington Post that proves that the memo referenced by those who sought to retaliate against Joseph Wilson was marked "Secret" on the paragraph th.....- 7/21/2005 8:05:44 AM
GAO Blasts Fiscal Policy of Interminable Debt Coupled With Enormous Health Care Costs (salon) The United States can't afford to keep spending the way it is, and David Walker of the GAO (Government Accountability Office) says that Medicare costs are about to kick in next year, ballooning the co.....- 7/21/2005 7:44:34 AM
Pentagon-Spending One Billion Dollars Per Week In Iraq-And Can't Account For It (salon) The federal government's chief investigator yesterday blasted the Pentagon for its ''atrocious financial management," saying the Defense Department was not able to give federal oversight official.....- 7/21/2005 7:36:23 AM
Iraq Body County Report (salon) Who was killed? 24,865 civilians were reported killed in the first two years. Women and children accounted for almost 20% of all civilian deaths. Baghdad alone recorded almost half of all deaths. When.....- 7/20/2005 11:34:08 PM
The Clearance on the Plame Memo was Marked Secret (salon) Memo Central to Probe Of Leak Was Written By State Dept. AnalystA classified State Department memorandum central to a federal leak investigation contained information about CIA officer Valerie Plame i.....- 7/20/2005 11:05:02 PM
Eleven Intelligence Officers Say that the CIA Leak May Have Harmed the United States (salon) Eleven former intelligence officers say the leak of CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity may have damaged national security and the government's ability to gather intelligence.The former officers made.....- 7/20/2005 8:05:15 PM
Pentagon Rolls out a Fiendish New Weapon- Microwave Heat Beam Ray Gun (salon) Cruel and Unusual? Yes.The Active Denial System weapon, classified as “less lethal” by the Pentagon, fires a 95-gigahertz microwave beam at rioters to cause heating and intolerable pain in less than f.....- 7/20/2005 7:07:21 PM
Iraq Roundup (salon) Most Soldiers in Iraq Report Low Unit Morale"Fifty-four percent of OIF-II soldiers reported their unit moral as low or very low," it said. Only nine percent reported high or very high unit m.....- 7/20/2005 3:02:00 PM
Moazzam Begg, a British citizen, Shares His Story at Guantenemo Bay (salon) AlternetBut, I can try to highlight the most profound parts of my incarceration including being held by the Americans in Kandahar, in Bagram, and ultimately in Guantanamo for 2 years. During my time t.....- 7/20/2005 12:49:19 PM
Plame Rove Leak Roundup (salon) What the 10/17/2003 WSJ Niger Memo Leak Tells UsIt is fascinating to note the facts that are omitted from David Cloud's October 17, 2003 Wall Street Journal article that described the memo detailing t.....- 7/20/2005 12:47:35 PM
John G Roberts Roundup (salon) John Roberts - Just Representing his Clients?Unfortunately on TV last night, it looked like the pundit class has already confirmed the guy. Too many people seemed to have bought the White House talkin.....- 7/20/2005 12:40:23 PM
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