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by Brent Budowsky

Every American has a profound opportunity to stand with Democrats, independents and genuinely concerned Republicans to elect a Congress that will bring America together, lift all Americans higher, make all Americans proud, and restore unity and integrity to our democracy.

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by Jesse M. Reiter, President, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association

MR. PRESIDENT, WE NEED TO START TALKING ABOUT INSURANCE REFORM

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by Peter Michaelson

The Los Angeles Times of Thursday, Oct. 12, has a superficial story about George Bush as teaser, describing the president's frat-boy comments to the White House press corps concerning how they're dressed. "What Not to Wear in Front of Bush" reads the headline.

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by Norman Solomon

No one knows exactly how many Iraqi civilians have died from the war's violence since the invasion of their country. The new study from public health researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimates that the number of those deaths is around 601,000, while saying the actual total could be somewhere between 426,369 and 793,663. Such wartime figures can't be precise, but the meaning is clear: The invasion of Iraq has led to ongoing carnage on a massive scale.

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by Brent Budowsky

I have been quietly talking to many of the "right people" about a proposal I will formally make shortly after the election that would create a Democracy Venture Fund that will provide direct support to projects, sites and ventures to promote people and ideas working for an enlightened America.

Right up front: the core group of 3-5 million Americans who are the most progressive, independent and committed have the unilateral and pre-emptive power to make this happen.

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by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

A just released study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, published in the current issue of the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet, reports that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has led to the deaths of between 426,000 and 794,000 Iraqis. This is a substantial increase over the 100,000 dead that the same research group found through 2004, based upon a smaller survey, and it represents an astonishing 2.5 percent of the country's total population.

The grim news was widely -- though not universally -- reported in the U.S. media (my local paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, blacked it out), but few news organizations reported the most disturbing finding of the study, which was that 31 percent of those killed were acatually slain by U.S. and "coalition" forces (actually by U.S. forces, since most of the other foreign forces working with the U.S., with the exception of the British, have not played combat roles, and even the British have largely operated in the south where fighting has been much less severe.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 22:44

George Lakoff: A Call for Progressive Unity

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by George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute

I have long been advocating unity among progressives of all stripes, including those on the Democratic right. The far right's dominance of the Republican party make it urgent that those who oppose the far right, even on partially progressive grounds, unite.

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by Brent Budowsky

Election: If Republicans Win, Bush Requests More Troops to Iraq, If Democrats Win, Baker Moves Major Policy Change.

The new Army planning to keep current troops levels in Iraq into 2010 is a very honest plan based on the current policy. Note this Army contingency does not mean American troops stay into 2010 and then leave. It means the current projection, based on the current policy, is troop strength remains at current levels and our presence will, in fact, continue long after.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 03:04

Rory O'Connor: Time Is on His Side

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by Rory O'Connor

Rick Stengel is a man of nuance in an increasingly unsubtle media world. What's more, Stengel believes much of the rest of America stands with him.

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by Brent Budowsky

Democrats should push back against every dishonest excuse and every evasion of responsibility by the partisan President and his acolytes who have done enough damage to our security for a lifetime.

Lets get this straight: Bill Clinton had a policy towards Korea that worked for eight years that included a strong military, and included diplomacy, and resulted in North Korea holding back from nuclear tests that have taken place on George W. Bush's watch.

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