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Thursday, 25 October 2007 08:03

Cindy Sheehan: Pete, Nancy, George and WWIII

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Cindy Sheehan

"You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement." Pete Stark (D-CA)

"While Members of Congress are passionate about their views, what Congressman Stark said during the debate was inappropriate." Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Thursday, 25 October 2007 02:50

Jeff Fleischer: Hail to the Victors?

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By Jeff Fleischer

Time was, the term "rogue state" was reserved for international troublemakers fond of human-rights violations -- the North Koreas and Zimbabwes of the world. Lately, the same construction has also been showing up in headlines referring to the likes of Michigan and Florida. Their crime? Moving their presidential primaries earlier in the year in violation of party rules.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007 04:44

Peter Michaelson: Pelosi Capitulates to Hatred

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by Peter Michaelson

There's an old adage that goes back into the mists of history: The greater the evil we try to depose, the more hatred we'll encounter.

Arianna Huffington asked Nancy Pelosi in an interview last week, "Are you too well-behaved to get us out of Iraq?" It would have been more germane to the reality of our predicament if Huffington had asked: "How would you feel about all the hatred you would encounter if you were to become effective in routing the neo-cons and the evil they stand for?"

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by Michael Winship

Over the last three weeks, for different reasons, I've had inside access to two kinds of events that usually take place privately, behind closed doors.

In the first instance, I was invited -- as a non-paying observer -- to small political fundraisers for two major Congressional candidates, one for the Senate, one for the House. The other invitees were quite well to do, possessed of very deep pockets. As opposed to me, whose pockets only jingle shallowly with quarters for the laundromat.

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by Dave Zirin

Jason "Big Sexy" Whitlock has told me to "mind my own damn business" when it comes to his mission to lead a new Civil Rights movement against "black idiots." But whether you are talking about Whitlock or someone hanging a noose on a tree, there is a problem when you say, "Just ignore it and it will go away."

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by Danny Schechter
Mediachannel.org

19,000 Americans died in hospitals and nursing homes in 2005. They were victims of a scary "superbug" -- a bacterial staph infection for which there is now no known cure. Experts warn that we are facing a "medical typhoon" unless we act to contain this menace of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

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by Marjorie Cohn

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by Roger Bybee and Carolyn Winter

For some time, it should have been crystal clear that the Bush-Cheney regime was utterly and proudly impervious to record-level disapproval ratings, massive outpourings of democratic public outrage, exposures of flagrant violations of both the Constitution and the Geneva Conventions, and revelations about slavishly serving the interests of huge corporations and campaign contributors.

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by Cheri DelBrocco

George Bush is no lame duck. You aren't lame when you're getting your way on everything. At a press conference this week, instead of quacking like a duck, he was strutting like a peacock, and warning the world of how relevant he still is. The Decider Guy is dancing with the stars. A 24% approval rating, a (still mostly) lapdog press and Orwellian delusions continue to assure him that he can do as he damn well pleases. In other words, he has another 18 months to take this country farther down a rat hole. And the one thing he knows for sure is the gutless opposition has no serious plans to stop him.

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Judge Mukasey Should Be Opposed For Attorney General ... Unless He Commits To The Constitution

This can be said briefly: There is a great debate in Washington between the Judge Mukasey who testified on his first day of confirmation hearings, and the Judge Mukasey who testified on his second day of hearings.

It was extraordinary and unprecedented. In his second day of hearings, Judge Mukasey appeared to support what the free world would call torture; appeared to support extreme reaches of presidential power; and appeared to be willing to put presidential power ahead of long accepted constitutional protections.

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