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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 Update Venezuela'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 economi.....- 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) - 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
US Disbands Iraqi Training Unit after they refuse US Training (salon) An Iraqi army unit has been disbanded after it refused to attend a U.S. training course in Baghdad, former members of the unit said on Saturday.  The soldiers said they feared reprisals from locals if.....- 6/4/2005 12:01:56 PM
Out of Touch Bush Continues his Endless Social Security Tour (salon) When Bush first started stumping for his unpopular social security privitization changes, he said his tour would last 60 days. Instead of working at his job as president, he said, from Kentucky on Thu.....- 6/4/2005 11:58:39 AM
Impeaching Bush (salon) Bangor Maine NewsLet's consider an item from the news of about two weeks ago: A British citizen leaked a memo to London's Sunday Times. The memo was of the written account of a meeting that a man name.....- 6/3/2005 10:14:51 PM
Manila Outraged over US Failure to Extradite Terrorist Luis Posada Cerilles (salon) Protesters burn a mock American flag with the photo of American Luis Posada Cerrilles during a brief rally outside the US Embassy in Manila on Friday to demand his extradition from the US to Venezuela.....- 6/3/2005 9:45:33 PM
Guard, Reserve monthly death toll at high (salon) WASHINGTON — Thirty members of the Army National Guard, Army Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve died in the Iraq war in May, matching the highest toll for any month of the war, according to Pentagon fig.....- 6/3/2005 7:46:14 PM
Military Recruiting Goals Down-Pentagon's Answer? Services no longer have to announce numbers every month (salon) The Army and Marine Corps, as they struggle with recruiting shortfalls, will no longer announce their monthly recruiting numbers at the beginning of each month. Instead, the Defense Department will ap.....- 6/3/2005 7:34:03 PM
News Dump Late on a Friday Night-Pentagon Admits Koran Abused at Guantanemo Bay (salon) The Pentagon on Friday confirmed for the first time that a U.S. soldier deliberately kicked a Guantanamo Bay prisoner's Muslim holy book in violation of the military's rules for handling the Quran.Now.....- 6/3/2005 7:18:30 PM
Job Creation Slowed to a Crawl in May (salon) NYTimesThe nation added only 78,000 jobs in May, less than half the pace of the previous three months and the smallest monthly increase in nearly two years.The report, far weaker than most Wall Street.....- 6/3/2005 6:59:26 PM
IRAQ Update (salon) Iraqi Deaths Rising as Suicide Bomber Attacks Airport Iraqi officials said today that May’s increase in militant attacks has resulted in more Iraqis killed than the previous month. A suicide car bombi.....- 6/3/2005 12:53:33 PM
Student Boom-Does This Solve the Social Security Problem? (salon) - 6/3/2005 12:19:53 AM
Thomas Paine (Common Sense) Writes the FEC (salon) via DigbyCommon SenseDear FEC,I write to you today to request your kind advisory as to whether this pamphlet defines me as an ACTIVIST or a JOURNALIST. Whilst I am loathe to corrupt our pristine elect.....- 6/2/2005 11:58:00 PM
Separation of Church and State? Not for Governor Goodhair (salon) Perry is going to sign two bills into law at a ceremony at Cavalry Cathedral in Fort Worth. He has no problem with it, but others do. We do, too. We don't care if he's a Christian or not, or where he .....- 6/2/2005 11:35:25 PM
Bush Said Again, Today, If you Harbor a Terrorist (salon) - 6/2/2005 11:05:31 PM
If People Vote for those who Campaign for Peace, Why Did Bush Win? (salon) IronyThe president ran on a peace platform,” Bush said of Abbas. “You know, maybe somebody will run on a war platform--you know, vote for me, I promise violence. I don’t think they’re going to get ele.....- 6/2/2005 10:56:45 PM
Jenna, Barbara, Your Country Needs You More Than Ever (salon) Before we excerpt part of the following column, we repeat that we are pro-non-military war options, rather than joining up to fight Bush's wars of imperialism. However, since Bush believes so mightly .....- 6/2/2005 10:51:37 PM
Bush in St Louis and Kentucky Flogging that Tired Dog and Pony Social Security Show (salon) Does the public in general, all his constituents, get to attend? No. Invitation-only, as usual.The president plans an invitation-only roundtable in Hopkinsville in western Kentucky as he tries to ligh.....- 6/2/2005 10:40:32 PM
Parents Post Problems for Military Recruiters (salon) NYTimesAround the dinner table, many parents said, they are discouraging their children from serving. At schools, they are insisting that recruiters be kept away, incensed at the access that they have.....- 6/2/2005 10:09:31 PM
Laura Bush Hypocrisy- Cease Fire for Gangs in the US (salon) For Laura Bush to go around the country sympathizing with gang members and urging cease fires because of deaths in the community is more than myopic, it is galling, when the administration of her husb.....- 6/2/2005 9:50:34 PM
Is the FBI Spying on You? FBI admits spying on political activists (salon) ACLU- Although the FBI has refused to turn over most of the files, we have obtained evidence (pdf) that confirms the FBI and local police, working through Joint Terrorism Task Forces, are spying on po.....- 6/2/2005 3:24:59 PM
MPAA Trying to Push Through the Broadcast Flag, Negating Fair Use, In Any Bill They Can (salon) BackgroundThe MPAA would like to tack the broadcast flag into Joe Barton's bill, but Joe opposes it. MPAA did this after the FCC was ruled against by the US Court of Appeals for attempting to force th.....- 6/2/2005 2:50:33 PM
Democracy versus Bush-o-cracy in Venezuala-Bush attempts to groom a traitor (salon) On April 11th of that year Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez—democratically elected in 1998 and again in 2000—was overthrown in what proved to be a short-lived coup.  Before he was restored to power by.....- 6/1/2005 8:14:28 PM
Bush Welcomes Woman Who Took American Taxpayer Funds to Overthrow Venezuela's Democratic Government (salon) U.S. President George W. Bush shakes hands with Maria Corina Machado, executive director and founder of Sumate, in the Oval Office of the White House May 31, 2005. Sumate is a non-governmental organiz.....- 6/1/2005 8:00:39 PM
Bush Hypocritical on Darfur (salon) If we are to believe that invading another country to overthrow a leader who has not attacked us, but savages his own people, is all right, then why, by the same yardstick, is Bush not invading Sudan .....- 6/1/2005 6:19:25 PM
Kenya angry over US requirement to exempt US war crimes suspects from International Criminal Court (salon) May 30- why should the US be exempt from accountability?Angry Kenyans are urging their government not to sign an agreement with the United States that would require Kenya to get permission from the U......- 6/1/2005 5:27:46 PM
TSA Starts Phase 3 of Fingerprinting Truck Drivers (salon) Background: We believe that truck drivers are having to pay the 94 dollar fee themselves.TSA's announcementWASHINGTON, June 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began .....- 6/1/2005 3:23:40 PM
C Student Bush Needs to Read his Script More Closely (salon) From the White House Press BriefingIn terms of the detainees, we've had thousands of people detained. We've investigated every single complaint against the detainees. It seemed like to me they based s.....- 6/1/2005 2:38:08 PM
What to believe on the questions of the Iraq War and the US Treatment of Prisoners? (salon) - 6/1/2005 2:24:29 PM
Muni Wireless-King Couldn't Get it Banned, but Now Pete Sessions is Trying at the Fed Level (salon) - 6/1/2005 2:22:51 PM
Bush-Not Worried About Anything but Creates Problems (salon) Yesterday, Bush said in his press conference.Q You're worried, sir, that you're losing some of your push? THE PRESIDENT: I don't worry about anything here in Washington, D.C. I mean, I feel -- feel co.....- 6/1/2005 2:07:17 PM
Proliferation Security Initiative-Part 2: Bolton Spying on US Companies that Violated Export Restrictions? (salon) Background:An article that came out in the New York Times seems to be an attempt to justify the secrecy surrounding the documents that Bolton requested of the NSA that the Bush administration refuses .....- 6/1/2005 1:33:06 PM
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