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Senior Officials in Bush's Justice Department Overrode Attorney Penalties in Tobacco Racketeering Trial (salon) WASHINGTON, June 15 - Senior Justice Department officials overrode the objections of career lawyers running the government's tobacco racketeering trial and ordered them to reduce the penalties sought .....- 6/16/2005 12:44:12 PM
Army Will use Delayed-Entry Recruits if the shortfalls continue (salon) Don't sign the Delayed Entry Form WASHINGTON — The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday that Army officials can use recruits in the delayed-entry pool to reach their yearly recruiti.....- 6/16/2005 12:41:35 PM
What is a Journalist? Harry Shearer (salon) Huffington PostWhat is a journalist?He’s a hard drinking, soft spoken, burn=up=some=shoe=leather, sit=on=his=hiney sort of son=of=a-gun who’s seen it all before, and can’t wait to see it all again.A j.....- 6/16/2005 7:24:33 AM
Bush Admin Says Gitmo Bay inmates can be held in prison in perpetuity (salon) Because the "War on Terror" is general and non-specific and because the Pentagon has said that people will be held in prison until the war ends, the prisoners might be there forever until th.....- 6/15/2005 11:54:16 PM
The Pentagon was concerned in 2002 that interrogation techniques were illegal (salon)  June 15, 2005 — The interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in 2002 triggered concerns among senior Pentagon officials that they could face criminal prosecution under U.S. an.....- 6/15/2005 11:44:05 PM
Republicans Ready to Bail on Bush's Social Security Fiasco (salon) With the Senate Finance Committee at an impasse on Social Security and House leaders anxious about moving forward, Republican congressional leaders have told the White House in recent days that it is .....- 6/15/2005 11:39:31 PM
Schiavo Autopsy Results In-Upholds Michael Schiavo-Showed Massive Brain Damage (salon) Severely and irreversibly brain-damaged and blind, as well as no evidence that she was strangled or otherwise abused. The autopsy showed that Schiavo's brain had shrunk to about half the normal size f.....- 6/15/2005 11:30:21 PM
Chet Edwards Does Good-Votes for Sanders Patriot Act Amendment (salon) Previously, Edwards voted against preventing the government from snooping into library and bookstore records without a court order. His explanation was that he would decide the Patriot Act issues when.....- 6/15/2005 11:14:14 PM
Republicans Starting to worry about connection with Bush's Low Political Standing (salon) Bush's poll ratings are among the worst since he took office, declining in virtually every category since his win over Democratic Sen. John Kerry. From his handling of the economy, foreign policy and .....- 6/15/2005 11:01:43 PM
Bush Protested in Philadelphia-Still Beating that Dead Social Security Horse (salon) Peggy Stone, 79, and other protesters disperse from the site of a protest in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Tuesday, June 14, 2005, where President Bush was attending a closed fund-raising event for Sen. Rick Santor.....- 6/14/2005 9:57:51 PM
Supreme Court Won't Reinstate Media Ownership Rules that Eased Restrictions on Media Ownership (salon) The Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from broadcast and newspaper groups that sought to restore government rules that would have eased restrictions on media ownership. Without comment, just.....- 6/14/2005 8:36:32 AM
If MPAA wants the Broadcast Flag Regulation, it must accept restoration of Fair Use Rights-Boucher (salon) BackgroundCongressman Rick Boucher of VA speaks out about the Broadcast Flag.....I want to make certain that the American people will continue to have the opportunity to see our movies and television .....- 6/14/2005 8:29:09 AM
The Downing Street Documents- Transcripts and PDFs (salon) AfterDowningStreet.Org Downing Street Minutes - a document containing meeting minutes transcribed during the British Prime Minister's meeting on July 23, 2002Cabinet Office's Papers -Conditions for mi.....- 6/14/2005 8:09:52 AM
Army Scrambling to Increase its ranks from high school students (salon) They Won't GoWith the war in Iraq going badly and allegations of abuse by military personnel widespread, young men and women are increasingly deciding that there's no upside to a career choice in whic.....- 6/14/2005 7:43:22 AM
Gitmo Forever! (salon) Huffington PostWell, we have it on the authority of Dick Cheney, speaking on Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes tonight, that the administration has no intention of closing the detention facility at Guant.....- 6/14/2005 7:40:59 AM
Additional Downing Street Memos That Confirm Bush's Plans for Regime Change In Iraq-Bush Lied and is Lying (salon) Background - To remind; a government cannot use regime change as a justification for invading another country. Therefore, Bush and Blair had to drum up support for a different reason, an imminent thre.....- 6/14/2005 7:51:48 AM
How Our Congresspersons voted (salon) Senate• 1. Judge Janice Rogers Brown: Voted, 56-43, to confirm Brown as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Brown, 56, has been a California Supreme Court justice. Repub.....- 6/13/2005 4:01:27 PM
Bush Disdains States Rights (salon) Republicans used to be against big, intrusive government and for states rights. Bush has changed all that.Well, it used to be that Texans were states' rights advocates and didn't relish the federal go.....- 6/13/2005 3:58:26 PM
Texas Industries, Inc (TX) Wants to Ditch Pollution Controls (Midlothian) (salon) BackgroundWAXAHACHIE -- Texas Industries Inc., local environmental groups and Midlothian residents will meet with a mediator over the next 30 days to try to reach a compromise on the cement maker's re.....- 6/13/2005 7:53:37 AM
US Environmental Policy Chief Phillip Cooney Quits- Doctored US Policy Papers on Global Warming (salon) BackgroundA former oil industry lobbyist has resigned as a White House aide after being accused of doctoring official US policy papers on global warming to play down the link between greenhouse gas em.....- 6/13/2005 7:14:01 AM
Bush's Accountability Moment has been Extended-Downing Street Memos and Minutes (salon) Yesterday, more minutes from Downing Street were leaked to the Times UK that showed that the UK needed an excuse to invade Iraq since regime change is illegal. The minutes also enforced that the US ha.....- 6/13/2005 7:11:31 AM
Custer Battles, After Stealing Millions from Iraq, Continue to Do Contracting Work (salon) Issue- is it legal for Custer Battles, which is under investigation by the Pentagon for cheating the government out of milliions of dollars by submitting fake contracts, and were banned from obtaining.....- 6/13/2005 6:55:03 AM
Oversight For the UN-Where's the Oversight for the Bush Administration? (salon) A Congressionally mandated panel will report this week that the United Nations suffers from poor management, "dismal" staff morale and lack of accountability and professional ethics but will.....- 6/13/2005 6:41:29 AM
Cheney the Pathological Liar (salon) A Congressionally mandated panel will report this week that the United Nations suffers from poor management, "dismal" staff morale and lack of accountability and professional ethics but will.....- 6/12/2005 11:26:38 PM
Dean Speaks up for Democrats (salon) We're pleased to see Dean speaking up about issues that are important to Democrats, despite the efforts of Republicans to denigrate him. "I think it's hypocritical for the Republicans to pretend .....- 6/12/2005 10:39:01 PM
Rick Perry Overplayed his hand last week (salon) BackgroundIt wasn't just the blatant blend of church and state that made the gathering in Fort Worth unusual. Advance publicity also attracted about 300 angry protesters — unheard of for the routine b.....- 6/12/2005 10:35:31 PM
Iraq Update-Death Toll In Iraq Pushes Past 1700 (salon) Four American soldiers died Saturday in two roadside bombings west of Baghdad, increasing to at least 1,701 the number of U.S. forces who have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. The numbe.....- 6/12/2005 10:28:56 PM
Venezuela May Take US To Court For Refusing to Extradite Terrorist US Is Harboring (salon) BackgroundVenezuela will take the United States to an international court if it does not extradite a Cuban exile sought by Caracas for blowing up a Cuban airliner in 1976, President Hugo Chavez said o.....- 6/12/2005 9:42:52 PM
Leak of new Downing Street Memo confirms the last memo-and shows US illegally wanted regime change (salon) Background on the Downing Street Memo released last monthThe issue to keep in mind is, is it legal under international law to breach another country's sovereignty and exercise regime change as a justi.....- 6/12/2005 7:33:47 AM
Bush and the Downing Street Memo- Commentary on the State of Democracy (salon) Background PRESIDENT BUSH apparently thinks he can dismiss the damning "Downing Street memo" with a few glib words. If he is right, it is a sad commentary on the state of American democracy .....- 6/11/2005 1:49:52 PM
No Good Idea Left Behind-Rethinking NCLB (salon) Huffington PostThere is a group of four small school districts in Northern California (some with fewer than 800 students) that formed a collaborative four years ago to provide professional development.....- 6/11/2005 1:46:41 PM
Army Recruiters Lowering Standards- Going After High School Dropouts (salon) WASHINGTON, June 10 - The Army is having to turn to more high school dropouts and lower-achieving applicants to fill its ranks, accepting hundreds of recruits in recent months who would have been reje.....- 6/11/2005 1:42:16 PM
New Gallop Poll- Low Numbers for Congress and Bush (salon) Bush has a 49 percent disapproval rating and, as Left Coaster points out, the poll favors Republicans, meaning that his numbers among Republicans are going down.Today’s Gallup poll with such bad numbe.....- 6/11/2005 1:38:13 PM
Republicans and Democrats Want an Iraq Exit Strategy (salon) We were disappointed in May that Chet Edwards didn't vote for the Woolsey Amendment which would have asked Bush to elucidate an exit strategy for Iraq. Since then, more House Reps, both Democrat and R.....- 6/11/2005 1:30:33 PM
If impersonating a Secret Service agent is not illegal, it's past time for the White House to say why (salon) BackgroundIn a letter sent Thursday to the head of the U.S. Secret Service, Colorado Reps. Mark Udall and Diana DeGette and Sen. Ken Salazar asked to meet with agency officials "in the next week&.....- 6/11/2005 1:19:54 PM
Justice Department has Broadened Definition of what constitutes a terror case (salon) When Bush pushes the Patriot Act, the numbers he cites require clarification instead of blind acceptance.Newly released documents show that the U.S. Justice Department has greatly broadened how it def.....- 6/11/2005 8:04:09 AM
Republicans Fix for Social Security- Raise the Retirement Age (salon) We have had enough of Republicans in Congress whose only goal is destroying the poor and middle class while seeking advantages for corporations and the very wealthy. Now they want people to work longe.....- 6/10/2005 10:10:06 PM
Iraq Daily Deaths-More Americans Dying from Roadside Bombs (salon) As of Thursday, June 9, 2005, at least 1,683 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 1,293 died as a .....- 6/10/2005 9:23:19 PM
Protests Around the World (salon) Indian Muslims shout anti U.S. slogans as they burn a U.S. flag with a portrait of U.S. President Goerge Bush displayed on it, during a demonstration in Bombay June 10, 2005. Hundreds of Muslims stage.....- 6/10/2005 8:42:03 PM
Cutbacks to Public Broadcasting Planned by the House of Representatives-Will You Miss Sesame Street? (salon) Your Republican-Controlled Congress At "Work"A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government's financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating .....- 6/10/2005 4:59:08 PM
US made no decision to go to war in 2002? Revisiting the missing 700 million dollars Bush shifted around (salon) Bob Woodward comments from 2004 in the Sun-Herald - Woodward: Administration had 'fever' to take down Iraq.WASHINGTON - President Bush asked for a plan to invade Iraq in November 2001, about three mon.....- 6/10/2005 4:54:08 PM
Downing Street Memos- Wrongfooting Saddam and a Video Showing the Timetable of the Bush/Blair Lies (salon) From ScoopCONFIDENTIAL AND PERSONAL British Embassy Washington From the AmbassadorChristopher Meyer KCMG 18 March 2002 Sir David Manning KCMGNo 10 Downing Street IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: CONVERSATION WIT.....- 6/10/2005 4:45:22 PM
Sensenbrenner Flips His Wig and Walks out of Patriot Act Meeting (salon) Sensenbrenner, who is also in favor of the National ID card aka Real ID Act, who rewrote Democratic congressional amendments in his own slanted style (and finally stopped), was, according to the Democ.....- 6/10/2005 4:27:01 PM
New CIA Documents about the Terrorist the United States is Harboring (salon) CarillesWashington D.C. May 18, 2005 - The National Security Archive today posted additional documents that show that the CIA had concrete advance intelligence, as early as June 1976, on plans by Cuba.....- 6/10/2005 3:11:04 PM
Bush's Incredibly Incompetent or Dishonest Appointees (salon) We've spoken before about how ill-qualified Bolton is to be UN Ambassadors, although the Republicans will make attempts to shove him through. Here are two more that have raised eyebrows in the world c.....- 6/10/2005 2:52:12 PM
3 Panel Judge Federal Court Okays Gerrymandering in Texas (salon)  A three-judge federal court panel Thursday rejected legal challenges to the 2003 congressional redistricting plan that helped lead to a Republican majority in Texas' delegation in Washington. Democra.....- 6/10/2005 1:05:19 PM
Bush Administration Defends Cooney's Alteration of the Climate Report (salon) Background:At the White House Press Briefing, excerpted below, McClellan blew off that a White House official that was a lobbyist for the oil industry altered scientific reports to play down global wa.....- 6/10/2005 11:42:14 AM
Were we at war before the 911 attacks? Bush believes so (salon) Bush's meandering talk at Capital Hilton included the comment."One of the main jobs we have here in Washington is to protect our country. You see, not only did the attacks help accelerate a reces.....- 6/10/2005 11:12:35 AM
Patriot Act Passed the Judiciary Committee (salon) The FBI will be able to use "administrative subpoenas" to investigate crime problems with the Patriot Act, and won't be required to get a court order to justify snooping. At the time the Pat.....- 6/10/2005 10:34:59 AM
Bush Won't Answer Questions about the Noe Case When In Toldeo, Ohio (salon) COLUMBUS - President Bush yesterday traveled to Ohio to talk about terrorism, but he arrived in the midst of the biggest statewide scandal in years and to a crowd of angry "Coingate" protest.....- 6/10/2005 9:54:28 AM
Perry: Don't Like Texas Law? Leave (salon) Perry teaming up with tv preachers to win election. No separation of church and state for Goodhair Christian Warrior backdrop-resembles more the Romans that crucified Christ.The Calvary Cathedral Inte.....- 6/8/2005 12:43:07 PM
Pakistan to Forge Ahead with the Iran-India Pipeline-Pushing Back Against US Pressure (salon) BackgroundISLAMABAD June 08 Federal Minister for Petroleum Amanullah Khan Jadoon has confirmed that laying of gas pipeline from Iran to India through Pakistan would start next year. However, he said t.....- 6/8/2005 11:40:17 AM
Downing Street Memo-What Did Bush Decide and When Did He Decide It? (salon) Think ProgressThe Downing Street Memo reported that in a July 23, 2002 meeting between Prime Minister Blair and his war cabinet, attendees of the meeting discussed the fact that President Bush had alr.....- 6/8/2005 11:35:22 AM
Poodle Blair Unable to Get Any Concessions from Bush (salon) Biggest two items on Blair's plate were doubling aid to Africa and toughening standards on emissions to stop or reverse global warming. Bush's reaction? No.WASHINGTON — President Bush and British Prim.....- 6/8/2005 10:58:58 AM
Democracy cannot be imposed. It is born from dialogue-Brazilian Secretary of State Celso Amorim (salon) OAS UpdateVenezuela's Rodriguez noted that as an oil exporter his nation has strong economic ties to the United States and warned that U.S. intervention efforts could jeopardize that economic relation.....- 6/8/2005 10:04:05 AM
Iraq News Roundup (salon) Iraq TollAs of Tuesday, June 7, 2005, at least 1,676 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 1,286 di.....- 6/8/2005 8:00:44 AM
More Bullying by the US- US Disapproves of the Indo-Iran Gas Pipeline Project (salon) We surmise the US doesn't want Iran to build it nor any of its neighboring countries to use its gas (hence the threats from Rice) because it competes with the Caspian Sea Oil Pipeline that the US taxp.....- 6/8/2005 7:44:57 AM
Bush, Greenhouse Gas, and Exxon-Mobil's Interference (salon) Bush Aide Phillip A Cooney Softened Greenhouse Gas Links to Global Warming-edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to intern.....- 6/8/2005 7:39:54 AM
After secret meetings, Patriot Act to be renewed (salon) One of the offensive portions that has been changed this time is the FBI's  ability to pry into personal records without having to have court subpoena. Also, the Patriot Act is supposed to be for terr.....- 6/8/2005 7:18:13 AM
Rice Takes Another Jab at Chavez at the OAS (salon) Bush and Rice have been openly opposing Chavez, also attempting to set up an OAS watchdog group to oversea Latin American countries. (Most participants in the OAS meetings have denounced the over-arch.....- 6/7/2005 11:48:26 AM
OAS Notes-Rice's Threats Aren't Going Over Well (salon) From yesterdayRice wants to have private groups monitor members of the OAS to ensure that the countries governing are democratic. Isn't that what a democracy is? If the US is wanting to enforce this o.....- 6/6/2005 10:28:07 AM
Bush Talks About the Drinking Debate, Larry King Ignores (salon) From yesterdayRice wants to have private groups monitor members of the OAS to ensure that the countries governing are democratic. Isn't that what a democracy is? If the US is wanting to enforce this o.....- 6/6/2005 8:51:57 AM
Protest Photos of Goodhair Trampling on Separation of Church and State Today (salon) Crowds and Crowds and Crowds at Cavalry Cathedral in Fort WorthUpdate: Star-TelegramPerry tries to divert attention from the issue of signing a bill at a church.The governor drew criticism for choosin.....- 6/6/2005 8:49:53 AM
Rice Stirs Up Trouble for Venezuela (salon) US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States was 'concerned' about Venezuela's actions in Latin America, saying it was studying how to 'be supportive' of countries affected by them.(A.....- 6/5/2005 7:08:21 PM
Senator Byron Dorgan on How Democracy Works (salon) Hello, I'm Senator Byron Dorgan.Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., talks about the Senate's upcoming votes on judicial nominations during a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday, May 24, 2005. .....- 6/5/2005 6:35:13 PM
Bush and Company Started the War, Bombing Iraq before Congress Gave Approval (salon) Grounds for impeachment.It was a huge air assault: Approximately 100 US and British planes flew from Kuwait into Iraqi airspace. At least seven types of aircraft were part of this massive operation, i.....- 6/5/2005 6:31:56 PM
White House Defensive About the Koran Reports (salon) Joe Lockhart, former press secretary for President Clinton, said that when a news organization — such as Newsweek — makes a factual mistake, White House officials are tempted to try to discredit the e.....- 6/5/2005 5:46:52 PM
Jerusalem about to bulldoze 1000 Palestinian homes, leaving the owners homeless (salon) Jerusalem's city council has ordered one of the largest mass demolitions in the city's recent history, with plans to raze the homes of about 1,000 Palestinians in a neighbourhood claimed by Jewish set.....- 6/4/2005 4:39:47 PM
Photos of US Fatalities in Iraq Rarely Published (salon) We've commented on this beforeA review of six prominent U.S. newspapers and the nation's two most popular newsmagazines during a recent six-month period found almost no pictures from the war zone of A.....- 6/4/2005 4:29:07 PM
FBI Stalled a Houston Terror Probe for four months-why? Senator Grassley also asks why (salon) WASHINGTON - The head of Houston's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office has accused the FBI of stalling a federal investigation into a terrorist fund-raising organization, officials said Friday......- 6/4/2005 3:29:08 PM
Amnesty International Answers Bush and Cheney and other critics (salon) NYTimesTo the Editor:President Bush's characterization of Amnesty International's criticisms of United States human rights abuses as "absurd" is ironic (news article, June 1). If our reports.....- 6/4/2005 3:11:30 PM
Reports of Terrorist Meetings in Syria were Bogus (salon) WASHINGTON - (KRT) - U.S. intelligence has no evidence that terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi visited Syria in recent months to plan bombings in Iraq, and experts don't believe the widely publicized meet.....- 6/4/2005 2:58:39 PM
After Fallujah, city not rebuilt, cholera, and no money (salon) No potable water available inside Fallujah, only 10 percent of the compensation paid out so far, no rebuilding going on, US soldiers occupy seven elementary schools (students learn in tents), US milit.....- 6/4/2005 2:56:05 PM
Bolton tried to get Bustani fired because Bustani wanted to bring weapons inspectors into Iraq (salon) We continually ask why it is that Bush is plugging for such incompetence and why Republicans want a bully instead of ambassador in the UN. Evidence continues to mount about the unfitness of Bolton for.....- 6/4/2005 2:39:36 PM
George! George? She's Just Not That Into You (salon) We aren't the only one who read the article about Bush's Endless Social Security TourPaul Feig-Maybe We Should Get A Restraining OrderNow that President Bush has decided to turn his 60-cities-in-60-da.....- 6/4/2005 2:14:39 PM
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