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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

One of the Democratic Party's leading pollsters, consultants and strategists is quoted in the Washington Post as advising Democrats to avoid taking a strong stand against the troop surge and escalation of the war in Iraq.

Sunday, 07 January 2007 23:29

Bush in the Bunker

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

In reading a BBC News Profile of Saddam Hussein from 2001, we couldn’t help but be struck by some eerie points of nexuses with George W. Bush:

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

As Nancy Pelosi first picked up her gavel as Speaker of the House, the Democrats finally got their "money shot" – and a masterful one it was: the first woman Speaker surrounded by a swarming group of grandchildren.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Danny Schechter

New York, New York: "The conservative era is over," proclaimed a well-known progressive activist on the day that the Democrats triumphantly took charge in Congress. There has been lots of smiling and back-slapping since the midterm meltdown election in which the hard right stumbled and took a well deserved fall.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
BuzzFlash,

We may have a Congress who is still too timid and do not want to get too tough, "BUT," I don't feel that the majority of American citizens are going to put up with Bush for two more years. Congress, the Democrats, would have to really go out of their way to be more nasty than the GOP has been for the last 15 years. They don't have to worry about how badly they are treating these criminals.

BuzzFlash,

Well, Americans are going to have to get real "tough," in order to get the GOP corporations, including the Republicans in government, to pay attention. I didn't think Wal-Mart could stoop any lower, but you must read the latest ploy in this article in WAG, in how they get cheap work our of people and yet, punish the worker. The greed in a company like Wal-Mart is the best example of the Republican Party and the best example of what will happen to this country if these corporations are allowed to keep using people instead of hiring people as respectable and dependable employees. This is what happens when this country has sunk to such a level that Wal-Mart is the largest employer of these United States. That is something that is damn shameful. Damn shameful! This has to stop and we need government to stop it. How can we compete in the world when we have slave owners in our own businesses, and that's what this is? Slavery in the workplace. These people who own this business are among the top ten wealthiest people in the world. This is criminal.

BuzzFlash,

Well, I got this from Senator Reid and I just had to clear the air.

We are the majority. Now what?

Today for the first time since 1994, Democrats are the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. As great as winning in November was, we now need to demonstrate that Democrats are prepared to lead -- finding a solution to Iraq so our troops can come home, cleaning up Washington, and moving our country forward on the many issues affecting the lives of Americans each and everyday.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

The Democrats' ambitious 100 Hours agenda is a stark contrast to the current bleak abyss of Republican policy. After a grand thumping last November, Republicans have become the opposition party for the first time in more than a decade. Even though they still control the White House, most Republicans have tried to stay as far away from George W. Bush has possible. Other than his moronic Iraq escalation proposal, even Bush does not have any of his own ideas these days.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

The Bush Administration is pushing aggressively forward on rewriting Iraq’s oil infrastructure to allow greater control and access to U.S. corporations for its oil under the ground, for exploration and production.  I believe that's what’s keeping the Bush Administration in Iraq and pointed towards having the United States military remain in Iraq.  -- Antonia Juhasz 

POWER PLAYS -- WORLD ENERGY WATCH
edited by Gloria Lalumia

The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world’s remaining energy resources.

Iraq to Tempt Russians
Iraq may be ready to welcome back the Russians, who held many contracts prior to the war. “Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zibari has held talks with the Russian Ambassador Vladmir Gamov about the possible return of Russian oil companies, including Lukoil, to the troubled nation, reported the KUNA. The talks also touched upon the issue of bilateral trade and the future operation of Russian firms in Iraq. It is hoped Lukoil will send a delegation to Iraq to discuss possibilities.”

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