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Iraq Roundup (salon) Death Toll As of Thursday, July 7, 2005, at least 1,751 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,348.....- 7/7/2005 9:12:07 PM
Water Privitization Protest-Should public water be in private corporate hands? (salon) A women takes part in a protest against water service privatization in front of the National Assembly in Managua, Nicaragua, Thursday, July, 7, 2005. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) Corporations Grope for In.....- 7/7/2005 8:27:47 PM
Maria Corina Machado and three other Sumate group to go on trial in Venezuela for Conspiracy (salon) Background:A Venezuelan opposition figure who was received by US President George Bush is to go on trial with three colleagues accused of conspiring to change the government using US funds.Judge Norma.....- 7/7/2005 8:20:09 PM
Iraq Signs Military Pact with Iran (salon) When asked whether this relationship with Iran would make the US angry, Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi said "Nobody can dictate to Iraq its relations with other countries."Iranian Presi.....- 7/7/2005 8:13:09 PM
Worldwide Terrorism-Major Increase in 2004 According to US National Terrorism Center (salon) The U.S. government Tuesday increased its 2004 estimate of terrorist attacks worldwide to 3,192 from 651 after changing to a broader definition of terrorism.A new U.S. government Web site set up to tr.....- 7/7/2005 7:48:13 PM
Bush and the Flypaper Theory-Disproven today by the London Bombings (salon) Bush-"We are fighting these terrorists with our military in Afghanistan and Iraq and beyond so we do not have to face them in the streets of our own cities."Left CoasterYes, yes, remember no.....- 7/7/2005 7:43:56 PM
G8 Watering Down the Global Warming Agreement to Bend to Bush's Rejection of the Kyoto Treaty (salon) Watering Down For BushHeading into what promises to be a combative summit of world leaders, President Bush on Wednesday disparaged one of the meeting's key issues, the Kyoto treaty on climate control,.....- 7/7/2005 7:14:59 PM
Why Rove May be Indicted (salon) BackgroundLawrence O'Donnell via Huffington PostTwo years ago, when I first read the federal law protecting the identities of covert agents, my reaction was the same as everyone else who reads it -- t.....- 7/7/2005 6:47:30 PM
Westar Energy of Kansas Said They were told TRMPAC Donation Would Buy Influence with Tom DeLay (salon) Dallas Morning News -A company indicted in a Texas campaign fundraising case says it was told that by giving a Tom DeLay political committee $25,000, company officials would get access to the U.S. Hou.....- 7/7/2005 12:20:29 AM
Tom DeLay Photos from Fourth at Friendswood and his Invitation Only "Town Hall" Meeting (salon) - 7/6/2005 11:09:16 PM
Republicans Represent God? (salon) Huffington Post-Tony CampoloRecently I was a guest on Chris Matthew’s television show, Hardball. The topic for discussion on the show was whether or not the church should be involved in politics. It w.....- 7/6/2005 7:35:58 PM
Israel Wants the US to Help Bankroll the Evacuation of the Gaza Strip to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars (salon) When Bush spends so much of his time attempting to convince the American public that we have problems funding social security, is it possible that the US will give money for Israel to forcibly bulldoz.....- 7/6/2005 1:35:42 PM
US Soldiers Kill 57 year old Iraqi Arabic Teacher (salon) From Military.com - When Bush comments that the public turns on their television to see images of the war, he's wrong, because the Pentagon suppresses those images. In this case, it's a military websi.....- 7/6/2005 1:20:22 PM
Bush's Visit to Denmark Protested by Thousands (salon) Thousands of Danish demonstrators gathered outside the US Embassy in Copenhagen on Wednesday to protest a visit by President George W. Bush amid one of the biggest security operations Denmark has ever.....- 7/6/2005 12:51:49 PM
No Freedom of Speech in the Military-Blogs Must Now Register Their Blogs with Commanders (salon) Boots on the GroundThis is one of my last posts I will put on my blog. I don't intend to convert this blog to a political blog. It will just stay unchanged for a long time for maybe some historian int.....- 7/5/2005 8:26:59 AM
Lawrence O'Donnell Compares Rove's Lawyers Statement to Clinton's I-Did-Not-Inhale (salon) BackgroundHuffington PostKarl Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, had his holiday weekend ruined on Friday when I broke the story that the e-mails that Time delivered to the special prosecutor that afternoo.....- 7/5/2005 8:19:29 AM
What Bush Leaves Out about Zarqawi (salon) "I beg your pardon, Zarqawi -- Mr. Zarqawi, who is leading the terrorist effort in Iraq -- was in Iraq prior" to the US-led war, he told Britain's ITV television after being asked whether th.....- 7/4/2005 9:28:15 PM
New York Times on Freedom (salon) We are, as a nation, exceptionally profligate with the symbols of our national identity and with words like "democracy" and "freedom." The word "freedom" especially seems.....- 7/4/2005 6:52:51 PM
Army Can't Find Enough Recruits- Clear Expression of American's Dissatisfaction with the Iraq War (salon) Baltimore SunThis is democracy where it matters. No one should doubt that young Americans would willingly go to war if they believed in it. But this is a war of choice that began with fabrications and.....- 7/4/2005 6:13:28 PM
Bush's Independence Day Propaganda Discussed (salon) Bush's Speech Today we gather to celebrate the 229th anniversary of America's independence.  Across our great land, families will gather to fly the flag, to watch the fireworks, and count our blessing.....- 7/4/2005 1:21:08 PM
Debunking the idea that the entire world thought Saddam had WMD (salon) The world did not think that. Germany, France, Russia, and Canada did not think that. The UN wanted more time for weapons inspectors; Hans Blix told the UN there were no WMD. There were massive protes.....- 7/4/2005 12:01:41 PM
Why is the FBI helping Iraq solve crime? (salon) We were under the impression that the FBI's mission was "to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and to enforce the criminal laws of the United .....- 7/3/2005 4:00:10 PM
John Cornyn Against Idealogical Balance on the Supreme Court (salon) Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said in an interview yesterday that his party will resist Democratic arguments for "ideological balance" on the court, a concept not in the writings of the Founding.....- 7/3/2005 3:55:35 PM
Economic Explosion in Hood County-Natural Gas Production (salon) Hood County NewsRevenue generated from gas leases was estimated in excess of $50 million. About a year ago, gas leases were paying about $100 an acre. Today, the price has skyrocketed to more than $50.....- 7/3/2005 11:10:42 AM
What Got Bush Interested in Mars? His Wife Laura (salon) Waco TribuneSociety members like to believe they already helped contribute to President Bush's interest in Mars when, in summer 2003, the red planet got its closest to earth in 60,000 years, presentin.....- 7/3/2005 11:00:06 AM
Rove's Lawyer Speaks and Lawrence O Donnell Answers (salon) Background:Huffington PostOn Friday, I broke the story that the e-mails that Time turned over to the prosecutor that day reveal that Karl Rove is the source Matt Cooper is protecting. That provoked Ro.....- 7/3/2005 10:19:00 AM
How Our Congressional Representatives Voted This Week (salon) Houston ChronicleSenate•1. Energy tax breaks: Approved, 85-12, a package (HR 6) of tax incentives, regulatory relief, environmental waivers and other policy changes designed to reduce U.S. dependence .....- 7/3/2005 10:11:37 AM
Enacting "No Teacher Left Behind"- In Salaries (salon) Press-TelegramThis is a bizarre and unsettling time in the lives of students, parents and teachers. It is a time when school lets out, and hundreds of thousands of teachers start their second jobs to .....- 7/3/2005 8:53:21 AM
Afghanistan Roundup (salon) Afghan 'civilians' die in US raidUS military officials concede civilians may have been killed during Friday's bombing raids on a suspected Taleban hideout in eastern Afghanistan. US fighter planes car.....- 7/3/2005 8:41:21 AM
Bush in 2000 Debates- No Nation Building and an Exit Strategy-What Happened? (salon) Debate TranscriptMODERATOR: New question. How would you go about as president deciding when it was in the national interest to use U.S. force, generally? BUSH: Well, if it's in our vital national inte.....- 7/3/2005 8:13:36 AM
Rory Mayberry on His Experience Working with Halliburton In Iraq (salon) Testimony before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee - Excerpts-Mayberry worked there from Feb 2004 to April 2004When I was assigned to the dining facility, KBR managers informed me that there were.....- 7/3/2005 7:55:05 AM
Lawrence O Donnell Confirms via Huffington Post that Rove was Cooper's Source (salon) I revealed in yesterday's taping of the McLaughlin Group that Time magazine's emails will reveal that Karl Rove was Matt Cooper's source. I have known this for months but didn't want to say it at a ti.....- 7/2/2005 11:47:17 PM
The "'We Invaded Iraq Because there Were WMD and We Found them'" Myth (salon) We heard again today the erroneous viewpoint that WMD were found in Iraq.  We aren't sure why anyone believes this at this point, but we'll recap the data. Counterpunch-Who Said What WhenSep 8, 2002- .....- 7/2/2005 8:49:17 PM
Lawrence O'Donnell Said that the Time Plame documents identify Rove as the source (salon) Editor and Publisher[In another development, senior MSNBC political analyst Lawrence O'Donnell said Friday night on the TV talk show The McLaughlin Group that he had learned that the Cooper documents .....- 7/1/2005 11:29:47 PM
Iraq Roundup (salon) Water Plant Fire in Bagdhad leaves millions without water.A mortar attack sparked a fire Friday that forced authorities to shut down a water plant, leaving millions of weary Baghdad residents with dry.....- 7/1/2005 6:13:26 PM
Chinese and Russia Form Alliance for Multi-Polar World-Mutual Respect for Sovereignty (salon) "All countries of the world must strictly abide by the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in internal affairs of each .....- 7/1/2005 5:42:18 PM
Robin Hood Stays (salon) In a carbon copy of school finance legislation approved in May, the Senate passed a bill Thursday that would raise teacher salaries, cut school property taxes and require schools to start classes afte.....- 7/1/2005 5:27:49 PM
US Misled UK over Iraq fire bombs (successors to Vietnam's napalm) (salon) BackgroundThe government was asked yesterday to explain why the US failed to tell it the truth about use on Iraq of incendiary bombs, successors to the napalm used in Vietnam. The MoD repeatedly denie.....- 7/1/2005 4:17:08 PM
USAToday's Al Neuharth on What Iraq Needs is A Walter Cronkite (salon) President Bush went on the air this week to pretend again that things are OK in Iraq. Shades of President Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam nearly 40 years ago....The crucial difference between Vietnam and I.....- 7/1/2005 4:02:23 PM
Blair Tries Again-This Time with the Breach of UN Resolutions False Argument (salon) Harry Shearer via Huffington PostTony Blair, still hoping to get support from President Bush at the upcoming G8 summit for his pie-in-Africa proposals, stepped up to the plate one more time in an AP i.....- 7/1/2005 4:00:30 PM
Bush Administration Hires a PR Firm to Convince Americans the US Can and Is Winning the War in Iraq (salon) As the article from the Washington Post says, this is  "the very same White House that outwardly exudes contempt for polls". Baker and Balz write: "When President Bush confidently predi.....- 7/1/2005 3:59:15 PM
Republicans Shoot Down a Democratic Amendment That Would Stop the Credit Card Practice of Universal Default (salon) What is Universal Default?Even if you make your credit card payments on time, the credit card bank can raise your interest rate automatically if you're late on payments elsewhere -- such as on another.....- 7/1/2005 1:38:49 PM
There is no "'Solution'" to the Iraq Mess (salon) Juan ColeI have been reading the debate . . . on "What next in Iraq?" ("Unilateral withdrawal? UN forces? Staying the course?") with great interest. There is a way, however, in whi.....- 6/30/2005 11:00:12 PM
The fallacy -Have to fight them over there so that we don't have to fight them here (salon) Juan ColeArguing with BushBush's speech."The terrorists who attacked us and the terrorists we face murder in the name of a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance and despises.....- 6/30/2005 7:30:53 PM
The Corporate Media's Sudden Fascination with the Newly-elected Iranian President (salon) Hooman Majd via Huffington PostThe story that the President-elect of Iran may have been one of the student hostage-takers in Tehran in 1979 seems to be gaining some momentum and the media, finding the.....- 6/30/2005 7:25:05 PM
Iraq War Roundup (salon) June one of the deadliest monthsAt least 68 U.S. soldiers, Marines and sailors were killed by hostile fire in Iraq, the fifth highest number since the war began, according to Iraq Coalition Casualty C.....- 6/30/2005 6:32:58 PM
Napalm in Iraq-why isn't the Corporate Media covering this? (salon) Background:Covering up Napalm in IraqTwo weeks ago the UK Independent ran an article which confirmed that the US had “lied to Britain over the use of napalm in Iraq”. (6-17-05) Since then, not one Ame.....- 6/30/2005 4:42:21 PM
Bolton Roundup (salon) Bolton Endgame - Will Bush make Bolton a Recess Appointment since Congress won't approve him?The Washington Post reported that our allies so distrust Bolton on the sensitive negotiations over Iran's n.....- 6/30/2005 4:11:57 PM
Backlash from the Bankruptcy Bill-Keep Paying Down Your Credit Cards (salon) Bankruptcy law scaring people into paying down debt - April 25, 2005The credit card industry was patting itself on the back when the new bankruptcy law it has been pushing for finally got passed recen.....- 6/30/2005 3:20:59 PM
American Friends (Quakers) Service Committee Comments on Bush's Iraq War Failure (salon) Last night, faced with documents that discredit his reasons for war and plunging poll figures among the American public, President Bush addressed the nation in the wake of the growing death toll in Ir.....- 6/30/2005 3:03:14 PM
Rep King still pushing his Telcom fantasy- IPI testifies (salon) Today Barry M. Aarons of the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) -- an independent, public policy organization based out of Dallas -- submitted written testimony to the Texas House Regulated Industr.....- 6/30/2005 3:00:51 PM
Saddam's Trial Will Mean Problems for the US (salon) Despite the "assumption" that "Saddam Hussein's upcoming trial will validate the Iraq War," warns Robert Weiner, a former Clinton White House public affairs aide and spokesman for .....- 6/30/2005 2:56:05 PM
New Texas Shredding Law- HB 698- Business will have to shred personal information or be fined (salon) PHOENIX, June 30 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Businesses in Texas will have to destroy materials containing personal information before throwing them away, under a new law that goes much further than a recent f.....- 6/30/2005 2:49:54 PM
Who Owns the Roads? Congress Planning to Legislate Private Companies Building State Toll Roads (salon) - 6/30/2005 2:18:01 PM
Why is the US House passing bills that affect only one person? (salon) We assumed when we saw the House leap into action to spend time on Terri Schiavo that passing bills that don't benefit all but one person was an anomaly.Here's another- Betty Dick. Making it clear tha.....- 6/29/2005 10:02:27 PM
TX House-State House OKs school plan, 77-70 (salon) Texas students would go back to school on the first day after Labor Day and teachers would get an average pay raise of $1,500, but they\'d also lose extra money for health insurance under legisl.....- 6/29/2005 7:15:31 PM
Presidential Disconnect-About those Troops (salon) Bush in his speech last night contradicted himself regarding troop strength. Paul Rieckhoff- In one breath, the President said, “If our commanders on the ground say we need more troops, I will send th.....- 6/29/2005 4:47:02 PM
Russian Taliban Suspect That was in Gitmo Bay is Suing the United States (salon) Vakhitov, a Muslim cleric, together with other Russian citizens, were sent to Cuba directly from AfghanistanIn his lawsuit, which is being examined in a U.S. civil court, Vakhitov not only demands tha.....- 6/29/2005 4:31:48 PM
Cornyn Votes Against Amendment That Would Prevent EPA From Using Results from Pesticide Tests on Humans (salon) Washington PostThe Senate voted to block the Environmental Protection Agency from using studies that expose people to pesticides when considering permits for new pest killers.By a 60-37 vote, the Sena.....- 6/29/2005 4:24:46 PM
But Cheney Said Afghanistan was a Success- 17 Troops Dead Yesterday in Afghan Crash (salon) Cheney in his CNN "Last Throes" speech"We will succeed in Iraq, just like we did in Afghanistan."Yesterday, before Bush gave his spiritless speech about Iraq. WASHINGTON (Reuters) .....- 6/29/2005 4:01:02 PM
Bush's Labor Department Buried CAFTA Report That Contradicted Their Own Viewpoint (salon) - 6/29/2005 3:43:51 PM
Harry Shearer Also Makes The Point that the Iraq War Resolution Isn't Only Of Two Choices (salon) Our previous commentHarry Shearer from Huffington Post....the commentary offered since the speech, that which I've been able to catch up with, has offered a full range of opinions--on the right, all t.....- 6/29/2005 3:32:36 PM
Rejected-the notion that Iraq is a bad war but the United States must stay there regardless (salon) In Bush's speech last night, which was the same recycled catch-phrases he always uses, sprinkled liberally with terror, 911 and Bin Laden phrases, he failed to give an exit strategy for leaving Iraq. .....- 6/29/2005 7:24:34 AM
Comments on Bush's Rehashed 911 Forever Speech (salon) NYTimesPresident Bush told the nation last night that the war in Iraq was difficult but winnable. Only the first is clearly true. Despite buoyant cheerleading by administration officials, the military.....- 6/28/2005 11:24:37 PM
Protests in Iraq- Worth it? (salon) Iraqis, holding and throwing empty water bottles and waving banners, protest outside the municipality building in Baghdad, Iraq to call attention to water shortages in the capital city, Sunday, June 2.....- 6/28/2005 6:59:10 PM
As taxpaying citizens, we support the troops (salon) How? Not by putting yellow ribbons on our vehicles, but by encouraging our congressional representatives to provide the proper equipment to protect troops while in combat, as well as providing health .....- 6/28/2005 5:23:15 PM
Do the Troops Mind Being Used as Props to Shore up Bush's Flagging Popularity? (salon) - 6/28/2005 4:10:00 PM
After a Year, Gitmo Bay Prisoners still in legal limbo (salon) Why is it taking so long for the Bush administration to follow the Supreme Court's rulings for the prisoners to have a fair trial?WASHINGTON - One year ago, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling .....- 6/28/2005 3:52:57 PM
Raising the Retirement Age to Cover Social Security Shortfalls? (salon) Ellen Goodman "The New Leisure Class"One of the best-kept secrets is that we have already raised the age of full retirement to 65 1/2. It's increasing gradually until 2027, when it will be 6.....- 6/28/2005 1:44:07 PM
We are a Nation of Law-Regaining Respect (salon) Jeffrey Smith. Law matters, especially in time of war. This is true not only for moral reasons but also because adhering to the rule of law makes us stronger. We are now paying the consequences, ".....- 6/28/2005 1:41:42 PM
Robert Redford on Bush- Spoiled, Narrow, Limited and Arrogant (salon) From Scarborough CountrySCARBOROUGH:  And why do you think the Bush administration has such a blind spot on the environment?  REDFORD:  I mean, look, this is a personal opinion, so it will have to sit.....- 6/28/2005 1:34:52 PM
Troops Prespond to Bush's Speech-Paul Rieckhoff (salon) Huffington PostTonight at Fort Bragg, in front of a backdrop of American service members, President Bush will tell the nation that victory is at hand, as long as we stay the course. Add a banner prais.....- 6/28/2005 12:53:02 PM
Bush Polling at His Lowest- Majority of Americans Want to See him Set a TimeTable to Leave Iraq (salon) Most Americans also think the Iraq War was a mistake, his Social Security "plan" is a bust, don't believe the US is winning against the insurgency, and his approval rating is down. The CNN/U.....- 6/28/2005 12:45:47 PM
Taking on the idea that the US must stay in Iraq or the country will fall into chaos (salon) We've been considering the premise that the United States is forced to stay in Iraq until some condition is met, such as having enough Iraqi security forces to prevent civil war. Meanwhile, buckets of.....- 6/28/2005 1:20:28 PM
Bush Now-Bush Then- Bush Demanded Timetables of Clinton in 1999 (salon) Think ProgressIn 1999, George W. Bush criticized President Clinton for not setting a timetable for exiting Kosovo, and yet he refuses to apply the same standard to his war.George W. Bush, 4/9/99:“Vict.....- 6/28/2005 12:05:29 PM
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