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Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.  A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries. 

by Marjorie Cohn

Responding to fear-mongering by the Bush administration, the Democratic-led Congress put its stamp of approval on the unconstitutional wiretapping of Americans. 

by Daniel Ellsberg

[Remarks of Daniel Ellsberg at a press conference August 9, 2007 at which Cindy Sheehan announced her independent candidacy for the 8th Congressional District of California, an office now held by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House.]

I don't speak for Cindy Sheehan -- whom I admire unreservedly -- or for her campaign. When I say "we" in what follows, I'm really just giving my own perspective on this campaign, as one of her supporters.

by Harvey Wasserman

After 50 years of what Forbes Magazine long ago called "the largest managerial disaster in business history," the nuke power industry is demanding untold billions in a federal "Bailout-in-Advance." Congress will decide on these proposed loan guarantees for new nukes in its September conferences over the new Energy Bill.

Thursday, 09 August 2007 07:30

Cindy Sheehan: Long Line of Chickenhawks

by Cindy Sheehan

An anti-war activist at a town hall meeting in Iowa recently asked Mitt Romney why not ONE of his five sons served the USA in the military. The woman's brother had been in Iraq and she understandably would have liked to know if the Romney family was so supportive of BushCo's war of terror why didn't they support it with their own flesh and blood.

by John Williford

Progressive web sites like BuzzFlash, Truthout, Daily KOS, etc. suffer by picking up headlines from wire services (AP, Reuters, etc.) and from major newspapers. Such sources often seem no more than co dependents supporting an administration addiction to lies and to propaganda, spoon fed to the press.

Mitt could just decide to perhaps take pity
On soldiers on a third tour now in Sadr City,

They said Fred Thompson's wife is a lawyer
Which according to the most accepted rule
Doesn't happen if you didn't pass the bar
Or, for that matter, attend a law school.

Thursday, 09 August 2007 02:47

Jim Ridout: The Two Americas

by Jim Ridout

John Edwards speaks of two Americas, those that have and those that don't. As time goes by, I like the idea of two Americas more and more. The premise is not to simply end poverty but to live in a country that represents what I thought for so long we did, and do not. The solution may be an arrangement where those of us that have certain beliefs live and govern to our values and the same for the others. Our reliance on Federal Government would be for defense. I am not speaking of a revolution but rather an evolution. Some of us would hold dear the Constitution and govern to the principles espoused by this most wonderful of documents and ideals, others could edit it to their particular principles. The United States would still stand as one nation under God with liberty and choices for all.

The Democratic Party is not a bunch of wafflers. They are a bunch of WFILers. Let me explain.

If you assume the Democratic Party leadership is not a bunch of idiots, then the only alternative theory has to be that they think that we are.

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