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A new provision requiring Medicaid applicants to provide "satisfactory documentary evidence of citizenship or nationality" may prevent coverage for many of the U.S. citizens who need it the most, according to a letter sent to the General Accountability Office (GAO) by senior House Democrats John Dingell and Henry Waxman.


This is how the Repuglicans plan to win in November! "A vote for George Washington could easily be converted to a vote for Benedict Arnold on an electronic voting machine and neither the voter, nor the election officials administering the election would ever know what happened. It wouldn't require a 'conspiracy theory' or a 'conspiracy' at all. It could be done by a single person with just a few moments of access to the voting systems."

One thing you can say -- the current debate on immigration is at last focusing attention on the pervasive violations of our labor laws in sweatshops and other parts of the low-wage economy. But instead of getting national legislation to shut down sweatshops around the country, we are getting policies to punish some of the victims -- while leaving the underground economy that breeds undocumented immigration largely in place.


News from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee:

The Senate Judiciary Committee caved in, but the people will not!

NORTHAMPTON, MA-The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) expressed disappointment over the Senate Judiciary's approval today, on party-line votes, of two bills that would legalize President Bush's illegal warrantless wiretapping of Americans. The grassroots group vowed to continue mobilizing ordinary people around the country to call on their Senators to reject this unprecedented expansion of presidential power.


President Says He's Leading A "Third Awakening Of Christianity" In America

by Tony Peyser

It sounds like Bush thinks he might just
Be God
Is what we need right now a born again


I think the Republican campaign this year comes down to one word -- Halloween -- one long Halloween. It’s fright night every night. The symbol of their party ought to be Freddy and Chucky. The Democrats need to focus on Bush. The importance of my book is that it focuses on Bush, who remains the key crucial question and issue, even in the midterm campaign. Will we have unaccountable, one-party rule with Bush for the next two years? And has this Congress performed its Constitutional duty? The answer is no.  -- Sidney Blumenthal

Wednesday, 13 September 2006 22:19

Brent Budowsky: A Republic, If You Can Keep It

by Brent Budowsky

In the entire history of our Republic, there is one day that rises above others as the profound and mysterious moment of the great American Idea: July 4, 1826.


The Senate Judiciary Committee passed three bills relating to the Bush Administration's warrantless surveillance program today. The only one to attract bipartisan support was an act sponsored by a Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The main bill - written in consultation with the White House and introduced by Republican Senator Arlen Specter - passed on a party line vote, 10-8.

Wednesday, 13 September 2006 07:55

Pulling Levers or Our Chains? ... Or Both?



The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived, and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. -- John F. Kennedy, Address, Yale University, 1962

Interesting quote from Bush about how al Qaeda, who had never been allowed into Iraq until Bush invaded that country, were somehow terrified at "the sight of an old man pulling the election lever." I don't know what kind of voting machines they had in Iraq ... having voted for many years, I don't ever remember "pulling a lever." However, I do remember seeing those Iraqi ballots with hundreds or even thousands of names on them. I don't remember the exact number told by the person being interviewed about those ballots, but the number of names on the ballots was enormous, as I recall and it didn't take a real sense of democracy or brain power to know that this was a Bush GOP cruel joke and a sham put upon the Iraqi people, and to insist that they had a democracy as long as the Bush GOP made all of the major decisions. While dodging death during a civil war today, that is a direct result of Bush's invasion, no doubt, most Iraqis understand Bush's type of democracy and couldn't care less about it.



The human race has today the means for annihilating itself--either in a fit of complete lunacy, in a big war, by a brief fit of destruction, or by careless handling of atomic technology, through a slow process of poisoning and of deterioration in its genetic structure. -- Max Born, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 1957

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