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Howard Dean Takes the Subway (salon) USNewsLet's just state the obvious: New Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is no Terry McAuliffe . Where the flashy former Clinton fundraiser was a gregarious ringmaster accustomed to .....- 4/24/2005 1:52:39 PM
Iraqi Prime Minister Says It's Up to the Parliament to Decide If US Has a Military Base There (salon) Newsweek:What about the U.S. military presence in Iraq? Until the end of 2005, the multinational forces will be present to assist Iraqi secu-rity services, although this period might witness the begin.....- 4/24/2005 1:07:33 PM
Bush Administration Takes Neutral Telecommunications Issues and Makes them Partisan (salon) Time MagazineThe Inter-American Telecommunication Commission meets three times a year in various cities across the Americas to discuss such dry but important issues as telecommunications standards and.....- 4/24/2005 11:23:07 AM
No Bizness Like War Bizness (salon) How much money does the United States spend on military weapons and equipment and who benefits?The latest obscenity in the war business is the decision by the Bush Administration to sell F-16 Fighter .....- 4/24/2005 10:56:57 AM
How Texans Voted (salon) From the Houston Chronicle:SENATE1. Iraq War Budget: Passed, 99-0, and sent to conference with the House (HR 1268) a bill providing $77 billion this fiscal year for U.S. military actions in Iraq and A.....- 4/24/2005 12:47:46 AM
Senators Ask Rice to Please Ask New Iraqi Govt To Let US Military Remain (salon) on the premise that if the Iraqi Govt asks them to stay, the US will be less likely to be seen as occupiers.Meaning that right now the US military is seen in Iraq as occupiers. Meaning that the Iraqi .....- 4/24/2005 12:35:09 AM
Bush's Dept of Health and Human Services Seeks to Stiff Medicare Recipients (salon) What does Bush have against the elderly? Suppose you are a Medicare recipient and are turned down for some reason by the government, such as on claims for nursing home services, prescription drugs, ho.....- 4/24/2005 12:15:56 AM
Energy Bill Provides Little in the Way of Conservation or Alternative Energy (salon) Bush's spokesman Scotty McClellan siad regarding the energy billl, that despite it having little in the way of money for conservation or alternative energy, proving plenty of tax breaks for the oil an.....- 4/23/2005 11:56:19 PM
Bush's Speech to Insurance Agents in which he Mocks Social Security Promises (salon) Froomkin in the Washington PostIn one of the least-covered presidential speeches of recent history, Bush dropped by the Grand Hyatt hotel yesterday to talk to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brok.....- 4/23/2005 11:40:05 PM
Don't Take Investment Advise from Bill Frist (salon) We already know that Dr Frist isn't the best place to go for doctor advice, after he diagnosed Schiavo from videotapes, to the horror of his colleagues in the AMA. From the Palm Beach Post article ent.....- 4/23/2005 10:59:20 PM
Term Nuclear Option Coined by Republican Trent Lott-Republicans Seek to Pin the Term on Dems (salon) But due to concern that the public believes Republicans plans to do away with the filibuster is the wrong action to take, Republicans are now trying to say this is a Democrat term. Not so. Republicans.....- 4/23/2005 10:28:22 PM
Bolton Was Running his own Intelligence Agency (salon) But due to concern that the public believes Republicans plans to do away with the filibuster is the wrong action to take, Republicans are now trying to say this is a Democrat term. Not so. Republicans.....- 4/23/2005 9:44:52 PM
Why Does Media Ownership aka Media Monopoly Matter? (salon) Amy and David Goodman George Bush must have been delighted to learn from a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll that 56 percent of Americans still think Iraq had weapons of mass destruction befor.....- 4/23/2005 9:23:39 AM
Ken Ferree, Media Ownership Rules and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) (salon) Ken Ferree wants to bring more conservative viewers to PBS. The new President for Corporation of Public Broadcasting, which oversees PBS and NPR, doesn't watch much television, including PBS, nor list.....- 4/23/2005 8:32:36 AM
TX Sen Jane Nelson, Author of SB6, Says She Will Fight to Strip the Gay/Bisexual Amendment (salon) Background: Sen Nelson has the right idea- she believes that other parts of the bill to overhaul CPS are important enough not to allow the bill to be tied up in court over the intolerant amendment off.....- 4/22/2005 10:36:53 PM
Textbook bill would teach creationism and have option to remove evolution (salon) Rep Howard of Sugar Land (Tom DeLay is also from Sugar Land) says that since evolution is a theory, and he believes in creationism, science textbooks should teach both, in HB 220 The Housto.....- 4/22/2005 10:25:14 PM
Reid: Bush Goes Back on Word and Encourages Irresponsible Abuse of Power (salon) Harry Reid met with Bush last week, spoke about the filibuster and Bush told hiim "would not become involved in Republican efforts to break the Senate rules". But it's okay for his vice-pres.....- 4/22/2005 9:35:58 PM
Rep Waxman asks the State Department Inspector General about 2003 Terrorism Data (salon) The Bush Administration found that the statistics about terrorism were unfavorable, so they dropped the annual Patterns of Terrorism Report. Thursday, April 21, 2005 -- Rep. Waxman asked the State Dep.....- 4/22/2005 9:16:19 PM
Meddler Bush At it Again- Tells Ecuador's President He Must Hold Elections (salon) We weren't aware that Bush was Emperor of the World. Did we not get the memo or was the Memo from God only directed to Bush in the shower? Quito, April 22 (RHC)--In the wake of the sacking of the Pres.....- 4/22/2005 6:15:37 PM
Clean Air Watch on Bush's "Almost" Vist to The Smokies Today-Backs Dirty Air Energy Bill (salon) President Bush Visits Parks with Dirty Air, Backs Energy Bill to Prolong Dirty Air (the same energy bill that passed yesterday and included dirty air and dirty water provisions while providing pork fo.....- 4/22/2005 5:45:51 PM
How Will FCC's Broadcast Flag Rules Affect Fair Use? (salon) First, the FCC's Broadcast Flag Rules that affect not only television sets but pcs. Essentially, "broadcast flags" are a form of copy protection to prevent consumers from copying digital con.....- 4/22/2005 5:31:25 PM
Scientific Article About US Nuclear Weapon- Earth Penetrating Warheads (salon) Read about this on the Federation of American Scientists site, as we were still considering the implications of the United States having nuclear weapons while preventing other countries from doing so......- 4/22/2005 5:00:22 PM
American Library Association (ALA) on Library Battles Against Portions of the Patriot Act (salon) ALA's Carol Brey-Casiano will be holding a news conference on Monday.The American Library Association (ALA) opposes any use of governmental power to suppress the free and open exchange of knowledge or.....- 4/22/2005 4:43:41 PM
Republicans Planning to Shove Private Accounts Down Unwilling Populace Throat (salon) We already know that the President's Social Security Roadshow is a failure, except for the hand-picked audiences that are already fans, for reasons we can't fathom, of Bush. The more Bush has attempte.....- 4/22/2005 4:30:52 PM
More on the Guns in Bars Bill in Arizona (salon) Background: We read a press release today from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, who are calling the opponents to carrying a concealed weapon into a bar or restaurant, anti-g.....- 4/22/2005 4:16:51 PM
Potpourri of Posted Religious Documents (salon) Digby has a posting about Gov Haley Barbour signing a law in Mississippi okaying the posting of religious documents on government property. Instead of fighting this as an issue of separation of church.....- 4/22/2005 3:32:00 PM
Bush Touts Success of Parks Program While National Parks Service Tells Congress of Shortages (salon) Dissonance-Bush's Remarks: One of my concerns back when I first started running for President was to make sure that our national park system worked well for all our citizens.  The parks belong to the .....- 4/22/2005 3:14:41 PM
Separation of Church and State (salon) The one platform so far that we agree with Chet Edwards about.Andrew Sullivan via TPMQUOTE FOR THE DAY I: "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute -- where no.....- 4/22/2005 2:10:51 PM
Bush's Visit to the Smokies Cancelled (salon) Background: Bad weather kept Bush from attending the most-polluted national park today; instead the plane was turned around and headed for sunny Texas. Bush, despite his hot air, is not a responsible .....- 4/22/2005 1:10:58 PM
Jon Stewart on Time Magazine and Ann Coulter (salon) At the Time shindigJon Stewart's Time Line Jon Stewart wowed 'em at the Time shindig celebrating the mag's 100 most influential people Tuesday night in Manhattan. Chosen as the entertainer for the eve.....- 4/22/2005 10:45:11 AM
Bush has a Rival for World Domination and Imperialism-The New Pope (salon) It has become commonplace to read on an almost daily basis of Bush meddling, bullying and threatening other countries, either himself or through one of his agents, such as C Rice, into doing what the .....- 4/22/2005 9:15:17 AM
Bush Event Being Probed by Secret Service (salon) Followup on the three people who were removed from the Colorado Bush "town hall" meeting for Social Security after supposed Secret Service agents saw a "No More Blood for Oil" bump.....- 4/22/2005 1:20:27 AM
Sen Wayne Allard (R) of Colorado thinks vigilantes should be deputized for border patrol (salon) Even Bush believes the Minute Men are vigilantes. Immigration advocates and Border Patrol officials have raised concerns about the volunteers. President Bush has said he is opposed to "vigilantes.....- 4/22/2005 1:08:52 AM
Corporate Sponsors of National Parks and Park Programs-Strange Bedfellows (salon) Bush, while posing as an environmental president, has underfunded the National Parks Service, despite saying that he would be increasing the budget. (Detail of various national parks budget cuts.)The .....- 4/22/2005 12:35:22 AM
Token Black Network Project 21 Attempting to make black judicial nominee a wedge issue (salon) We read a press release today from Project 21 entitled "Black Network Demands Black Judicial Nominee Be Judged On her Competence; Brown Nomination a Chance for Liberals to Prove 'They Mean What T.....- 4/21/2005 11:19:41 PM
Uncle "Spanky" Sam Comes to DeLay's District (salon) http://www.bayareanewdemocrats.org/articles2.cfm?articleID=24Members of Bay Area New Democrats took a spin with Spanky the Ben and Jerry trailer with Uncle Sam spanking Tom DeLay. Did we have fun or w.....- 4/21/2005 8:38:32 PM
Former Fox (KDFW) Newcaster Criswell says Some Media is the Tool of Satan (salon) Tuesday's Volunteer Center of Collin County lunch was not the appropriate place for former longtime local TV news anchor John Criswell to make statements about personal religious beliefs, the center's.....- 4/21/2005 6:51:02 PM
Bush Urges Senate to "Put Aside Ethics" and Confirm Bolton (salon) Typo- Bush Urges Senate to "Put Aside Politics".Mr. Bolton, who is known to have the strong support of Vice President Dick Cheney, will have to wait until at least the second week of May bef.....- 4/21/2005 5:19:03 PM
Snow Explicitly Links Cuts to the Deficit with Benefit Cuts in Social Security (salon) Talking Points MemoIs anyone listening to this? In remarks yesterday before the Bond Market Association -- one of the hardest partying groups on the street -- Treasury Secretary John Snow explicitly l.....- 4/21/2005 5:00:16 PM
Energy Bill Passes-Chet Edwards Votes for it (salon) Roll Call He also voted against striking the MTBE provisions from the bill via the Capps Amendment. He voted yesterday to allow drilling in ANWR.How does passing this energy bill  affect Somervell Cou.....- 4/21/2005 4:25:03 PM
Texas Candidate Julian Castro (San Antonio Mayor) Admits Using Twin as Stand-In (salon) Roll Call He also voted against striking the MTBE provisions from the bill via the Capps Amendment. He voted yesterday to allow drilling in ANWR.How does passing this energy bill  affect Somervell Cou.....- 4/21/2005 1:36:50 PM
Republicans Seeking to Divide-Frist Claims Democrats are Not People of Faith (salon) We have had enough of the far-right, outrageous viewpoint that insists that Democrats cannot possibly be religious or have a faith or be Christians .. only because they are not of the same flavor of f.....- 4/21/2005 12:08:11 PM
Gorbachev Calls US's Nuclear Arms Stance Hypocritical (salon) We didn't find Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, but we could find them in the United States.The United States has an arsenal of nuclear weapons, along with Russia, to the tune of 34,000 nuclear we.....- 4/21/2005 11:38:10 AM
Tom DeLay- (salon) Tom DeLay in 1995- "The time has come that the American people know exactly what their representatives are doing here in Washington. Are they feeding at the public trough, taking lobbyist-paid va.....- 4/21/2005 11:19:29 AM
Chet Edwards Voted Against Prohibiting Drilling in ANWR, against fuel economy (salon) House votes tonight to allow drilling for oil in the Alaska Arctic Wildlife Refuge - not a refuge anymore but as usual, we expected better from Edwards.Roll Call: TEXAS Democrats — Cuellar, N; Doggett.....- 4/20/2005 10:30:43 PM
Bush Claims Post Office Address in Illinois as Home Address for 1040 Tax Return (salon) Not Crawford, site of the faux ranch? Austin-American Statesman: WASHINGTON — They've got a ranch in rural Texas and a nice home-office setup on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. But for income tax p.....- 4/20/2005 7:48:07 PM
For what purpose do Bush's posted online speeches have audience reaction comments? (salon) We've noticed for some time when we go to the White House website or read press releases of speeches Bush is giving, that the speeches are peppered with comments such as "applause", "ho.....- 4/20/2005 6:44:50 PM
Bush on the Bankruptcy Bill Today (salon) We've noticed for some time when we go to the White House website or read press releases of speeches Bush is giving, that the speeches are peppered with comments such as "applause", "ho.....- 4/20/2005 6:13:33 PM
Bankruptcy Law Provisions Signed into Law Today by Bush (salon) Voted for by Chet Edwards, John Cornyn and KBHPresident Bush on Wednesday signed into law a bankruptcy reform bill that will make it harder for individuals to clear their debts through bankruptcy. So,.....- 4/20/2005 5:32:56 PM
Matrix Data-Mining Grant has Expired (Seisint) (salon) Background: Lexis/Nexis informed that the Seisint breakin of personal records larger than expected.News.comData was provided by Seisint, a data-mining firm recently embroiled in a flap over an intrusi.....- 4/20/2005 5:11:04 PM
Books are one thing, but the internet? (salon) Margaret Kane from News.com House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been toughening his attacks on what he considers a too-liberal judiciary. In recent comments on Fox Radio, DeLay singled out Supreme Cou.....- 4/20/2005 4:54:40 PM
Interview with Jose Padilla's Attorney Donna Newman (salon) In case you don't recall who Jose Padilla is- he is a United States citizen that was deprived of his constituional right of habeus corpus and declared an "enemy combatant" by the Bush admini.....- 4/20/2005 4:38:08 PM
Military Lies-US Does Keep a Tally of Iraqi Civilian Deaths (salon) The Geneva Convention says that military must keep counts of civilian deaths. The US has ignored this requirement- Tommy Franks said  the US Army "don't do body counts". But according to hum.....- 4/20/2005 4:15:26 PM
Bush to Visit the Most Polluted Park in the US on Earth Day (salon) Bush is hardly any champion of environmentalism, although he has his patter down about what to say to pretend he does. The Great Smokies in Tennessee are the most polluted, while Bush cuts back progra.....- 4/20/2005 3:02:34 PM
Truck Drivers Bristle at Anti-Terror Laws (Higher License Fees) (salon) You're a truck driver that hauls nail polish and other materials that might not be environmentally safe but are not WMD. Starting May 31, truckers in the United States that haul what has been defined .....- 4/20/2005 2:31:23 PM
Energy Bill 2005 and How it Would affect Somervell County (salon) We mentioned before that Joe Barton\'s bill (HB6) does not protect the environment, particularly in his regard about clean water and clean air (you\'ve seen the cement plants in Midlothian?.....- 4/20/2005 2:13:53 PM
Gerrymandering in Texas (salon) We mentioned before that Joe Barton\'s bill (HB6) does not protect the environment, particularly in his regard about clean water and clean air (you\'ve seen the cement plants in Midlothian?.....- 4/20/2005 1:41:30 PM
DeLay Wants to Meddle in Our Lives-Tell Us What Constitutes Good Behavior (salon) "We want to define what good behavior means. And that's where you have to start."We want to have Mr. DeLay, who has his own credibility problems due to his shady, unethical behavior, mind hi.....- 4/20/2005 1:26:50 PM
Texans Join Suit Over NCLB (salon) Background- From Today- WASHINGTON — The nation's largest teachers union and school districts in Texas and two other states launched a legal fight over No Child Left Behind today, aiming to free schoo.....- 4/20/2005 12:55:28 PM
Fake News- How Companies Pay TV Experts for On-Air Product Mentions (salon) As we have discussed before, the answer to the fake news issue, which includes not only government propaganda disguised as true news, but marketing press releases presented in VNRs (Video News Release.....- 4/20/2005 12:45:48 PM
Why did the Senate Panel to investigate Iraq War Intelligence failures leave out the Curveball memo? (salon) Curveball, an Iraq emigre, was used as a main source of intelligence and justification for going to war with Iraq. As Newsweek points out, Curveball was considered a liar and his information discredit.....- 4/20/2005 11:57:21 AM
Bush-Americans have no right or calling to impose our own form of government on others. (salon) Really. Why, then, did the US preemptively attack Iraq, who was not a threat to us, on the false pretext of WMD, and then decide to change the pretext to bringing them democracy?Reading further into B.....- 4/20/2005 10:38:40 AM
Hutchison Hijinks at the NRA (salon) Burnt Orange Report on the utter foolishness of KBH in her attempt to pander to the right-wing nuts at the NRAKBH tried to win favor with gun owners by saying this at the NRA convention:"The Fren.....- 4/20/2005 9:59:44 AM
TX House CPS Bill to privatize foster care, prevent homosexuals from being foster parents (salon) Houston Chronicle: Private contractors would be responsible for placing abused and neglected children in foster homes and monitoring their progress under a Texas House plan lawmakers passed Tuesday to.....- 4/20/2005 9:39:46 AM
Needs of the American People VS Radical Idealogical Elements in the Republican Party Base (salon) Harry Reid to Mitch McConnell regarding judicial nominations via KOSThank you for your letter yesterday regarding judicial nominations. I assume that your reply to my March 15 letter is not a substitu.....- 4/19/2005 11:20:36 PM
Tom DeLay's Email Protesting his Innocence and a Rebuttal (salon) Tom's Email Broken Down - Note to Tom DeLay: If it takes 2540 words to explain why you didn’t do anything wrong, you’ve probably done something wrong. Rebuttal - DeLay's DodgeYesterday, in an effort t.....- 4/19/2005 10:56:12 PM
Drug and Alcohol Employee Testing-Reported to TDPS for commercial license holders (salon) SB 217-  Requires all firms and agencies using drug testing on workers holding commercial driver's licenses to report results to the Texas Department of Public Safety if results exceed the legal limit.....- 4/19/2005 10:39:16 PM
Changes to Zero Tolerance Bill in Texas (salon) We've read our share of silly situations in which students have been expelled from school by some innocent action that nevertheless went against strict zero-tolerance policy.SB 126 changes this for th.....- 4/19/2005 10:29:24 PM
Spanking in Texas-Pro and Con (salon) Rep Dutton sponsored HB 383 which gives the custodial parent the right to use "corporal punishment for the reasonable discipline of the child"  Last Action: 04/19/2005  H  Non.....- 4/19/2005 10:16:04 PM
Texas HB 3563 Calls for Randomly Testing Students for Steroid Use (salon) Phil King of Weatherford is author.The bill would apply to students competing under UIL rules. Houston Chronicle:Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, said if his bill is passed, a student-athlete who tests .....- 4/19/2005 10:07:06 PM
Enron Documentary Opens in Houston- When's Ken Lay Coming to Trial? (salon) Houston Chronicle: The documentary includes internal corporate videos, bits of Skilling's 2002 testimony before Congress and photos of ex-executives ensnared in criminal cases. Lay appears in his post.....- 4/19/2005 10:00:40 PM
Why is Luger eager to push through Bolton's nomination? (salon) We watched with fascination the Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on vote for John Bolton for UN Ambassador. Senator Lugar, as chair, repeatedly attempted to cut off any discussion of new all.....- 4/19/2005 9:39:05 PM
White House's Trent Duffy Seems to Indicate Bush Pre-Screens Audiences for (salon) We have written previously about Bush's pre-screened meetings which ensure, first, that only those who agree with his policies can attend, ensure that all participants on the platform are pre-screened.....- 4/19/2005 9:28:55 PM
Obama's Speech at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (salon) Compare what he says about Lincoln and what made him a great president versus Bush.And yet what separates Lincoln from the other great men has to do with something else. It's an issue of character tha.....- 4/19/2005 8:07:35 PM
Fire Bombs In Iraq: Napalm by any other name (salon) The Iraq Analyis reportSummaryThis briefing examines the continuing use of incendiary weapons by the US military in Iraq. US officials have been forced to admit using the MK-77 incendiary, a modern fo.....- 4/18/2005 8:12:13 PM
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