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House Democrats blasted the Bush Administration today for not fully funding checked baggage screening for passenger airplanes. A non-partisan report developed by the government and private experts concluded that at least $435 million is necessary to purchase and maintain Explosive Detection Systems, but Republicans are proposing only about $150 million in funding. "That won't even get us to the 5 yard line," said House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie Thompson.


I was lucky enough to have been inside a network program, managed by the top news division in television, NBC news, and I could see the corruption, the timidity, the news suppression day by day from the inside. It was something breathtaking to behold.


The House Judiciary Committee today rejected Bush's excessive, unconstitutional military tribunal proposal, 17-20. The bipartisan vote mirrored the recent rebellion of moderate Senate Republicans over the same bill.

Wednesday, 20 September 2006 07:36

Amy Branham: Mrs. Branham Goes to Washington!

by Amy Branham

Twelve days ago my husband and I embarked on a journey to Washington, D.C. It was our plan to see the city and to participate in Camp Democracy. Our trip turned into something far different than what we had originally planned. This is about our trip, what I found, personally, that was important to me, and what I have taken away from this trip.


The Democratic "Truth Squad" of progressive House Democrats has released a report showing that pharmaceutical industry profits have skyrocketed since the Republican Medicare drug plan went into effect at the beginning of this year.

Wednesday, 20 September 2006 05:56

BuzzFlash Mailbag for September 20, 2006


Subject: Bush's Abilities

My grandmother had an expression that pretty much describes George W Bush’s ability to run the country:

“He couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if it had a hole in the toe and the instructions written on the heel.”


The Bush Administration's decision to reduce EPA funding and eliminate several scientific research libraries has been challenged by Democratic House Ranking Members Bart Gordon, John Dingell, and Henry Waxman in a letter to the GAO. "We have grave concerns of this plan on the EPA's ability to protect the environment, and we question whether the plan will actually save the government money," they wrote.

Wednesday, 20 September 2006 03:12

DNC: Bush Cronies: Unqualified But Well Connected

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Washington, DC - On Sunday, the Washington Post chronicled how the Bush Administration's pattern of rewarding unqualified political cronies with jobs has hindered the Iraqi reconstruction efforts. These GOP allies were given jobs based on their political service in campaigns not their experience or expertise in the respective areas of reconstruction including security, health care and finance. This is just the latest example of the Bush Administration's continued practice of putting their party above the needs of the American people. Over the past five years, the White House has installed Bush cronies in all corners of the government, regardless of their qualifications, with serious, sometimes harmful consequences as a result.


There are some little boys who blow up frogs and torture animals that grow up to be mad men and torture human beings. "BUSH: What does that mean, 'outrages upon human dignity'?" It should come as no surprise that George Bush doesn't understand what "outrages upon human dignity" means, because "dignity" and Bush are so far removed. In reality, if the truth is known, he only wants clarity so he can escape culpability!


1//The Toronto Star, Canada--AFGHAN MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: POLL (Public support for Canada's military role in Afghanistan has dropped "precipitously" as more and more Canadians think troops are fighting an impossible mission, a new poll shows. "We're sending our best people over there with our best equipment. It's a real effort and you know what, the more we do the less we seem to be seeing success," said Frank Graves, president of EKOS Research. ... Currently, 49 per cent of Canadians oppose the Afghanistan mission, 38 per cent support it and 12 per cent have no opinion, according to an EKOS poll done for the Toronto Star. "There has been a precipitous decline. For the first time we see more Canadians opposed to the mission than in support of it," Graves said in an interview. In December 2001, support for Canadian participation in military action in Afghanistan was at 62 per cent, with only 18 per cent opposed. By December 2002, 50 per cent supported the mission, with 30 per cent opposed. And support has dropped more than 10 percentage points since early this year, the same time that Canadian troops took on a more dangerous and high profile role in southern Afghanistan. Surprisingly though, opposition isn't driven by concerns about mounting casualties - 16 soldiers have been killed in the last three months alone. Rather, opponents say the mission is unlikely to bring stability and democracy to Afghanistan and fear that it is bringing Canada uncomfortably close to American foreign policy, the poll indicates. ... Despite the public unease about Afghanistan, Harper and his Conservatives don't appear to be paying a political price. "There's a real sort of paradox here," Graves said. "Despite this precipitous decline in support for the mission, it doesn't appear to have had any deleterious impact on Harper's approval ratings or the prospects for this party.")

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