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July 31, 2004

Lies and the Lying Liars ...

On the federal deficit. From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Point 1:

The Administration has hailed the 2004 projected deficit as evidence that its policies are working. The Administration notes that the $445 billion deficit it now forecasts for 2004 represents a significant improvement compared with the larger, $521 billion deficit it projected last February. As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported at that time, however, the Administration’s February forecast artificially inflated the projected deficit for 2004, apparently so that subsequent downward adjustments in the deficit estimate could be presented as progress rather than as being, in significant part, the substitution of more realistic estimates for overstated ones.[1] Furthermore, as noted above, the $445 billion deficit now forecast for 2004 represents a deterioration from the level of the deficit in 2003, when the deficit stood at $375 billion.
Point 2:
The Administration also is portraying the drop in the projected 2004 deficit as a sign of stronger-than-expected economic growth. Such a portrayal is not accurate. Overall economic growth has been no faster than the Administration forecast earlier this year. The economy grew at a 3.9 percent annual real rate in the first three quarters of the fiscal year, in line with what the Administration projected when it released its earlier deficit projection in February. Indeed, economic growth has been below the growth rate the Congressional Budget Office projected at the start of the year.
Point 3:
The Administration is again contending that under its proposed budget policies, the deficit would be cut in half by 2009. But, the Administration uses a further set of unrealistic budget estimates for years after 2004 to make this case; the Administration omits major costs from its projections for those years, such as the costs of continuing relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax, something that the Administration has made clear it favors. Moreover, the Administration’s budget figures are provided for five years rather than ten, leaving out the years from 2010-2014 when the baby-boom generation will begin to retire in large numbers and the deficit is expected to rise.
Read the full analysis here.

Posted by Eric at 08:55 PM | Comments (13)

Lies and the Lying Liars ...

On the federal deficit. From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Point 1:

The Administration has hailed the 2004 projected deficit as evidence that its policies are working. The Administration notes that the $445 billion deficit it now forecasts for 2004 represents a significant improvement compared with the larger, $521 billion deficit it projected last February. As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported at that time, however, the Administration’s February forecast artificially inflated the projected deficit for 2004, apparently so that subsequent downward adjustments in the deficit estimate could be presented as progress rather than as being, in significant part, the substitution of more realistic estimates for overstated ones.[1] Furthermore, as noted above, the $445 billion deficit now forecast for 2004 represents a deterioration from the level of the deficit in 2003, when the deficit stood at $375 billion.
Point 2:
The Administration also is portraying the drop in the projected 2004 deficit as a sign of stronger-than-expected economic growth. Such a portrayal is not accurate. Overall economic growth has been no faster than the Administration forecast earlier this year. The economy grew at a 3.9 percent annual real rate in the first three quarters of the fiscal year, in line with what the Administration projected when it released its earlier deficit projection in February. Indeed, economic growth has been below the growth rate the Congressional Budget Office projected at the start of the year.
Point 3:
The Administration is again contending that under its proposed budget policies, the deficit would be cut in half by 2009. But, the Administration uses a further set of unrealistic budget estimates for years after 2004 to make this case; the Administration omits major costs from its projections for those years, such as the costs of continuing relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax, something that the Administration has made clear it favors. Moreover, the Administration’s budget figures are provided for five years rather than ten, leaving out the years from 2010-2014 when the baby-boom generation will begin to retire in large numbers and the deficit is expected to rise.
Read the full analysis here.

Posted by Eric at 08:55 PM | Comments (0)

More Inaction from the Ironic Name Agency

EPA "will no longer have to consult with wildlife agencies before deciding whether pesticides are likely to harm threatened or endangered species." WP:

Under current regulations, the EPA must get written approval from the Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service before ruling that a new pesticide would not "adversely affect" imperiled plants and animals. Bush officials said the new rules would streamline the process by entrusting EPA scientists with the job of deciding how pest controls affect endangered species.

... The change will allow agency officials to "focus on those ingredients that are of most concern" rather than scrutinizing how hundreds of compounds could affect about 1,200 threatened and endangered species across the nation, said Adam Sharp, the associate assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances.

Environmentalists, of course, criticized the decision:
Grant Cope, an associate attorney for the environmental group Earthjustice, said the new rule "is a drastic weakening of protections for all endangered species across the country."

"If you take the experts out of the room because you don't like what they're saying, that's one way to streamline the registration of dangerous pesticides," he said.

Posted by Eric at 07:36 AM | Comments (36)

More Inaction from the Ironic Name Agency

EPA "will no longer have to consult with wildlife agencies before deciding whether pesticides are likely to harm threatened or endangered species." WP:

Under current regulations, the EPA must get written approval from the Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service before ruling that a new pesticide would not "adversely affect" imperiled plants and animals. Bush officials said the new rules would streamline the process by entrusting EPA scientists with the job of deciding how pest controls affect endangered species.

... The change will allow agency officials to "focus on those ingredients that are of most concern" rather than scrutinizing how hundreds of compounds could affect about 1,200 threatened and endangered species across the nation, said Adam Sharp, the associate assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances.

Environmentalists, of course, criticized the decision:
Grant Cope, an associate attorney for the environmental group Earthjustice, said the new rule "is a drastic weakening of protections for all endangered species across the country."

"If you take the experts out of the room because you don't like what they're saying, that's one way to streamline the registration of dangerous pesticides," he said.

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July 30, 2004

That Liberal ABC News

Airing unopposed attack segments by John Stossel against John Edwards.

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That Liberal ABC News

Airing unopposed attack segments by John Stossel against John Edwards.

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Highest Ever!

Federal! Deficit! $445 billion!

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Highest Ever!

Federal! Deficit! $445 billion!

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Conservatives Reach Out

Former NBC commentator Michael Savage on why not to vote for the Democrats:

SAVAGE: You know something; I'm voting for Bush, I just made up my mind. There's nothing in this for me. I'm a white male, I'm a white, male, married heterosexual -- I don't want the Democrats. Everywhere I turn, there's another hot coal in my eye. For example, today's DNC calendar of public events included lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender meeting, the disability meeting, the ethnic meeting, the American Indian meeting, the Asian/Pacific Islander meeting, the Hispanic meeting, and the African American meeting -- God bless 'em, they're entitled to their meeting, I'm entitled to my vote, they're not my party, end of story. And that's it. I'm not voting for a party of ethnic minorities and women and immigrants. I will not do it. And if I thought for a moment that they had changed their direction, if I thought for a moment there was a new Democrat Party that was more centrist and more focused on the real issues of today, I would have considered, well, maybe sitting the election out, or voting for Kerry -- no, I'm not.

Posted by Eric at 10:20 PM | Comments (23)

Conservatives Reach Out

Former NBC commentator Michael Savage on why not to vote for the Democrats:

SAVAGE: You know something; I'm voting for Bush, I just made up my mind. There's nothing in this for me. I'm a white male, I'm a white, male, married heterosexual -- I don't want the Democrats. Everywhere I turn, there's another hot coal in my eye. For example, today's DNC calendar of public events included lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender meeting, the disability meeting, the ethnic meeting, the American Indian meeting, the Asian/Pacific Islander meeting, the Hispanic meeting, and the African American meeting -- God bless 'em, they're entitled to their meeting, I'm entitled to my vote, they're not my party, end of story. And that's it. I'm not voting for a party of ethnic minorities and women and immigrants. I will not do it. And if I thought for a moment that they had changed their direction, if I thought for a moment there was a new Democrat Party that was more centrist and more focused on the real issues of today, I would have considered, well, maybe sitting the election out, or voting for Kerry -- no, I'm not.

Posted by Eric at 10:20 PM | Comments (11)

O'Reilly Declares Victory

From the NYDN:

Bill O'Reilly has declared himself the victor of his Fox joust with Michael Moore this week. The "No-Spin"-meister tells us he gives the "Fahrenheit 9/11" director credit for coming on his show because "he knew he wasn't going to win." Keep telling yourself that, Bill.
Transcript, fyi, here.

Regardless, O'Reilly is certainly winning the overheated rhetoric war.

Posted by Eric at 10:15 PM | Comments (36)

O'Reilly Declares Victory

From the NYDN:

Bill O'Reilly has declared himself the victor of his Fox joust with Michael Moore this week. The "No-Spin"-meister tells us he gives the "Fahrenheit 9/11" director credit for coming on his show because "he knew he wasn't going to win." Keep telling yourself that, Bill.
Transcript, fyi, here.

Regardless, O'Reilly is certainly winning the overheated rhetoric war.

Posted by Eric at 10:15 PM | Comments (6)

Liberals Want TV Net

To counter Fox influence. From Wired:

Stinson said he wants the best progressive journalists and online publishers to join the New Media, the name he uses for the planned network. Editorial standards at the network will be high, he said.

"This is about the issues. This is for real," said Stinson.

Stinson is meeting next week in New York with other New Media planners, including Greg Palast, a reporter for BBC TV and The Guardian newspaper in London. There, the group will begin reaching out to investors.

Posted by Eric at 08:09 PM | Comments (29)

Liberals Want TV Net

To counter Fox influence. From Wired:

Stinson said he wants the best progressive journalists and online publishers to join the New Media, the name he uses for the planned network. Editorial standards at the network will be high, he said.

"This is about the issues. This is for real," said Stinson.

Stinson is meeting next week in New York with other New Media planners, including Greg Palast, a reporter for BBC TV and The Guardian newspaper in London. There, the group will begin reaching out to investors.

Posted by Eric at 08:09 PM | Comments (0)

Ron Reagan Blasts Bush in Esquire

His convention speech may not have been political, but this article is Esquire certainly is:

Does anyone really favor an administration that so shamelessly lies? One that so tenaciously clings to secrecy, not to protect the American people, but to protect itself? That so willfully misrepresents its true aims and so knowingly misleads the people from whom it derives its power? I simply cannot think so. And to come to the same conclusion does not make you guilty of swallowing some liberal critique of the Bush presidency, because that's not what this is. This is the critique of a person who thinks that lying at the top levels of his government is abhorrent. Call it the honest guy's critique of George W. Bush. ...

GEORGE W. BUSH PROMISED to "change the tone in Washington" and ran for office as a moderate, a "compassionate conservative," in the focus-group-tested sloganeering of his campaign. Yet he has governed from the right wing of his already conservative party, assiduously tending a "base" that includes, along with the expected Fortune 500 fat cats, fiscal evangelicals who talk openly of doing away with Social Security and Medicare, of shrinking government to the size where they can, in tax radical Grover Norquist's phrase, "drown it in the bathtub." That base also encompasses a healthy share of anti-choice zealots, homophobic bigots, and assorted purveyors of junk science. Bush has tossed bones to all of them—"partial birth" abortion legislation, the promise of a constitutional amendment banning marriage between homosexuals, federal roadblocks to embryonic-stem-cell research, even comments suggesting presidential doubts about Darwinian evolution. It's not that Mr. Bush necessarily shares their worldview; indeed, it's unclear whether he embraces any coherent philosophy. But this president, who vowed to eschew politics in favor of sound policy, panders nonetheless in the interest of political gain. As John DiIulio, Bush's former head of the Office of Community and Faith-Based Initiatives, once told this magazine, "What you've got is everything—and I mean everything—being run by the political arm."

Posted by Eric at 08:00 PM | Comments (33)

Ron Reagan Blasts Bush in Esquire

His convention speech may not have been political, but this article is Esquire certainly is:

Does anyone really favor an administration that so shamelessly lies? One that so tenaciously clings to secrecy, not to protect the American people, but to protect itself? That so willfully misrepresents its true aims and so knowingly misleads the people from whom it derives its power? I simply cannot think so. And to come to the same conclusion does not make you guilty of swallowing some liberal critique of the Bush presidency, because that's not what this is. This is the critique of a person who thinks that lying at the top levels of his government is abhorrent. Call it the honest guy's critique of George W. Bush. ...

GEORGE W. BUSH PROMISED to "change the tone in Washington" and ran for office as a moderate, a "compassionate conservative," in the focus-group-tested sloganeering of his campaign. Yet he has governed from the right wing of his already conservative party, assiduously tending a "base" that includes, along with the expected Fortune 500 fat cats, fiscal evangelicals who talk openly of doing away with Social Security and Medicare, of shrinking government to the size where they can, in tax radical Grover Norquist's phrase, "drown it in the bathtub." That base also encompasses a healthy share of anti-choice zealots, homophobic bigots, and assorted purveyors of junk science. Bush has tossed bones to all of them—"partial birth" abortion legislation, the promise of a constitutional amendment banning marriage between homosexuals, federal roadblocks to embryonic-stem-cell research, even comments suggesting presidential doubts about Darwinian evolution. It's not that Mr. Bush necessarily shares their worldview; indeed, it's unclear whether he embraces any coherent philosophy. But this president, who vowed to eschew politics in favor of sound policy, panders nonetheless in the interest of political gain. As John DiIulio, Bush's former head of the Office of Community and Faith-Based Initiatives, once told this magazine, "What you've got is everything—and I mean everything—being run by the political arm."

Posted by Eric at 08:00 PM | Comments (4)

The Word Liberal

Alterman:

The demonization of the word "liberal" has been an ongoing project of the well-funded right and draws its fire from intellectuals who should really know better. Shelby Steele, for instance, has provided useful and interesting challenges to conventional wisdom on race and affirmative action but look what he wrote on the Wall Street Journal editorial page about John Walker Lindh and liberals. Speaking of the allegedly liberal values of Marin County, California, where Lindh was raised, and taking a page from the playbook of former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Steele charged, sans evidence that "This liberalism thrives as a subversive, winking, countercultural hipness...Cultural liberalism serves up American self-hate to the young as idealism. It's too much to say that treason is a rite of passage in this context. But that is exactly how it turned out for Walker. In radical Islam he found both the victim's authority and the hatred of America that had been held out to him as marks of authenticity...And when he turned on his country to be secure in his new faith, he followed a logic that was a part of his country's culture." This begs the question, why does Shelby Steele hate America? An interesting line of reasoning, this, considering that conservatives normally reject victimization in favor of personal responsibility. Apparently, liberalism trumps free will in Steele's sociological methodology ... Given the rhetorical dominance of conservatives over the past several decades, one might be surprised to learn from a June Wall Street Journal analysis that "[The] proportion of Americans calling themselves "liberal" edged up to 21 percent in [ pollster Stan] Greenberg's May poll from 16 percent a month earlier. Self-identified "conservatives" dropped to 37 percent from 41 percent. And why not? One of the most honored guests here in Boston this week turns out to be none other than George McGovern. As he told a reporter from National Journal when queried about his apparently alien ideological affiliation "Every program that ever helped working people -- from rural electrification to Medicare -- was enacted by liberals over the opposition of conservatives. When people tell me they don't like liberals, I ask, 'Do you like Social Security? If so, then shut up!' "

Posted by Eric at 12:16 PM | Comments (106)

The Word Liberal

Alterman:

The demonization of the word "liberal" has been an ongoing project of the well-funded right and draws its fire from intellectuals who should really know better. Shelby Steele, for instance, has provided useful and interesting challenges to conventional wisdom on race and affirmative action but look what he wrote on the Wall Street Journal editorial page about John Walker Lindh and liberals. Speaking of the allegedly liberal values of Marin County, California, where Lindh was raised, and taking a page from the playbook of former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Steele charged, sans evidence that "This liberalism thrives as a subversive, winking, countercultural hipness...Cultural liberalism serves up American self-hate to the young as idealism. It's too much to say that treason is a rite of passage in this context. But that is exactly how it turned out for Walker. In radical Islam he found both the victim's authority and the hatred of America that had been held out to him as marks of authenticity...And when he turned on his country to be secure in his new faith, he followed a logic that was a part of his country's culture." This begs the question, why does Shelby Steele hate America? An interesting line of reasoning, this, considering that conservatives normally reject victimization in favor of personal responsibility. Apparently, liberalism trumps free will in Steele's sociological methodology ... Given the rhetorical dominance of conservatives over the past several decades, one might be surprised to learn from a June Wall Street Journal analysis that "[The] proportion of Americans calling themselves "liberal" edged up to 21 percent in [ pollster Stan] Greenberg's May poll from 16 percent a month earlier. Self-identified "conservatives" dropped to 37 percent from 41 percent. And why not? One of the most honored guests here in Boston this week turns out to be none other than George McGovern. As he told a reporter from National Journal when queried about his apparently alien ideological affiliation "Every program that ever helped working people -- from rural electrification to Medicare -- was enacted by liberals over the opposition of conservatives. When people tell me they don't like liberals, I ask, 'Do you like Social Security? If so, then shut up!' "

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Pataki Says NO to Min-Wage Hike

Rejects $7.15 plan.

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Pataki Says NO to Min-Wage Hike

Rejects $7.15 plan.

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Movie Plug

The Manchurian Candidate (a Hamster advertiser) opens this weekend. Cast: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber and Al Franken (I think he has one line).

Anyway, in an interview with NPR, director Jonathan Demme "says the film is partly a surreal thriller, and partly an effort to make viewers question the modern political process."

Current event stuff: "Today's “Manchurian” takes place in an equally scary but more complex world of terror, pre-emptive wars, fright-fest 24-hours news, unaccountable multi-national corporations and the ruthless, stateless players who run them."

Ebert gives it three stars.

Also there's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

Posted by Eric at 12:11 PM | Comments (49)

Movie Plug

The Manchurian Candidate (a Hamster advertiser) opens this weekend. Cast: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber and Al Franken (I think he has one line).

Anyway, in an interview with NPR, director Jonathan Demme "says the film is partly a surreal thriller, and partly an effort to make viewers question the modern political process."

Current event stuff: "Today's “Manchurian” takes place in an equally scary but more complex world of terror, pre-emptive wars, fright-fest 24-hours news, unaccountable multi-national corporations and the ruthless, stateless players who run them."

Ebert gives it three stars.

Also there's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

Posted by Eric at 12:11 PM | Comments (0)

July 29, 2004

Thursday Comms


Commentary
Rob Zaleski. Bush's environmental outrages spur group to battle
Ruth Conniff. Reversing the Slide
Robert Kuttner. Three Nightmares: John Kerry could win by 2 million votes and still lose the election. Here are three ways to fix the system
Harold Meyerson. Tearing Down the Walls; The crowd stood and roared for Barack Obama -- and for his ability to unite the party. Ron Reagan didn't do so badly, either
Sheryl McCarthy . Luck and skill combine in Obama's stellar climb
Marie Cocco. Can a man's man woo women voters?
Richard Cohen. The Wrong Way to Be Right
Jeremy Dauber. Obama: A star is born
Chic ST. Illinois basks in glow of Obama's shining moment
Gary Hart. New Grand Strategy: The U.S. must see that in today's world, its principles carry more heft than economic, political and military might
Maureen Dowd. Banned in Boston
Barbara Ehrenreich. The New Macho: Feminism
NYT. In Conclusion: speechwriters from the last five Democratic administrations propose a conclusion to Mr. Kerry’s address
Regis T. Sabol. Ralph Nader Threatens American Democracy
Max Blumenthal. The Scaife Strategy: Smother Teresa
Michael Moore. Michael Moore's Speech in Cambridge, Mass.
Arianna Huffington. Anger Management
Joshua Holland. Blackwashing: Scratch the surface of a black conservative group and you find a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
Thomas F. Schaller. Obama v. Sharpton
John Nichols. Networks Missed a Historic Speech
Matthew Rothschild. Kennedy, Obama Dust Off Declaration of Independence
Tom Engelhardt. The Story of No-Story:For the media the story of the convention is the media -- the bubble inside the bubble. The delegates see things differently
Mother Jones. Obama: Believe the Hype

Posted by Eric at 11:38 PM | Comments (33)

Thursday Comms


Commentary
Rob Zaleski. Bush's environmental outrages spur group to battle
Ruth Conniff. Reversing the Slide
Robert Kuttner. Three Nightmares: John Kerry could win by 2 million votes and still lose the election. Here are three ways to fix the system
Harold Meyerson. Tearing Down the Walls; The crowd stood and roared for Barack Obama -- and for his ability to unite the party. Ron Reagan didn't do so badly, either
Sheryl McCarthy . Luck and skill combine in Obama's stellar climb
Marie Cocco. Can a man's man woo women voters?
Richard Cohen. The Wrong Way to Be Right
Jeremy Dauber. Obama: A star is born
Chic ST. Illinois basks in glow of Obama's shining moment
Gary Hart. New Grand Strategy: The U.S. must see that in today's world, its principles carry more heft than economic, political and military might
Maureen Dowd. Banned in Boston
Barbara Ehrenreich. The New Macho: Feminism
NYT. In Conclusion: speechwriters from the last five Democratic administrations propose a conclusion to Mr. Kerry’s address
Regis T. Sabol. Ralph Nader Threatens American Democracy
Max Blumenthal. The Scaife Strategy: Smother Teresa
Michael Moore. Michael Moore's Speech in Cambridge, Mass.
Arianna Huffington. Anger Management
Joshua Holland. Blackwashing: Scratch the surface of a black conservative group and you find a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
Thomas F. Schaller. Obama v. Sharpton
John Nichols. Networks Missed a Historic Speech
Matthew Rothschild. Kennedy, Obama Dust Off Declaration of Independence
Tom Engelhardt. The Story of No-Story:For the media the story of the convention is the media -- the bubble inside the bubble. The delegates see things differently
Mother Jones. Obama: Believe the Hype

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Kerry Outlines Presidential Vision

Text of his speech.

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Kerry Outlines Presidential Vision

Text of his speech.

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Clark: Kerry "leader and fighter"

From speech tonight:

War. I've been there. Heard the thump of enemy mortars. Seen the tracers fly. Bled on the battlefield. Recovered in hospitals. Received and obeyed orders. Sent men and women into battle. Awarded medals, comforted families, attended funerals. And this soldier has news for you: Anyone who tells you that one political party has a monopoly on the defense of our nation is committing a fraud on the American people. Franklin Roosevelt said it best: "Repetition does not transform a lie into the truth."

This hall and this party are filled with veterans who have served under this flag -- our flag. We rose and stood reveille to this flag. We fought for this flag. And we've seen brave men and women buried under this flag. This flag is ours! And nobody will take it away from us.

The safety of our country demands urgent and innovative measures to strengthen our armed forces. The safety of our country demands credible intelligence. The safety of our country demands cooperation with our allies. The safety of our country demands making more friends and fewer enemies. The safety of our country demands an end to the doctrinaire, ineffective policies that currently grip Washington.

Enough is enough! A safe America -- a just America -- that's what we want, and that's what we need. And with John Kerry and John Edwards, that's what we will achieve.

Posted by Eric at 09:59 PM | Comments (5)

Clark: Kerry "leader and fighter"

From speech tonight:

War. I've been there. Heard the thump of enemy mortars. Seen the tracers fly. Bled on the battlefield. Recovered in hospitals. Received and obeyed orders. Sent men and women into battle. Awarded medals, comforted families, attended funerals. And this soldier has news for you: Anyone who tells you that one political party has a monopoly on the defense of our nation is committing a fraud on the American people. Franklin Roosevelt said it best: "Repetition does not transform a lie into the truth."

This hall and this party are filled with veterans who have served under this flag -- our flag. We rose and stood reveille to this flag. We fought for this flag. And we've seen brave men and women buried under this flag. This flag is ours! And nobody will take it away from us.

The safety of our country demands urgent and innovative measures to strengthen our armed forces. The safety of our country demands credible intelligence. The safety of our country demands cooperation with our allies. The safety of our country demands making more friends and fewer enemies. The safety of our country demands an end to the doctrinaire, ineffective policies that currently grip Washington.

Enough is enough! A safe America -- a just America -- that's what we want, and that's what we need. And with John Kerry and John Edwards, that's what we will achieve.

Posted by Eric at 09:59 PM | Comments (0)

Zogby: Kerry Leads Electoral

From a July 27, 2004 survey:

The collection of state polls, conducted July 19-23, shows Mr. Kerry leading, 275 to 220, with three of the 16 states in the collection - Florida, Missouri, and Nevada - excluded from the count.

Florida is an absolute dead heat; while Missouri and Nevada are razor-thin advantages leaning toward Mr. Kerry. All three states were won by Mr. Bush four years ago. Even without considering the votes from those states, Mr. Kerry still has enough support in the Zogby model to win the Presidency.

But it cannot be emphasized enough that the polling shows this race is too close to call right now.

Posted by Eric at 08:53 PM | Comments (5)

Zogby: Kerry Leads Electoral

From a July 27, 2004 survey:

The collection of state polls, conducted July 19-23, shows Mr. Kerry leading, 275 to 220, with three of the 16 states in the collection - Florida, Missouri, and Nevada - excluded from the count.

Florida is an absolute dead heat; while Missouri and Nevada are razor-thin advantages leaning toward Mr. Kerry. All three states were won by Mr. Bush four years ago. Even without considering the votes from those states, Mr. Kerry still has enough support in the Zogby model to win the Presidency.

But it cannot be emphasized enough that the polling shows this race is too close to call right now.

Posted by Eric at 08:53 PM | Comments (1)

Obama Delievered, But Did America See It?

John Nichols on the problem with the media's coverage of the convention:

ABC, NBC and CBS chose not to air any of Tuesday night's convention proceedings. For the first time since the development of broadcast television, Americans could not tune into one of their local commercial television stations and watch the nation's oldest political party reinventing itself for the newest campaign ...

It is true that much of what is said from the convention podium these days adds up to little more than a partisan infomercial. But there are still meaningful moments, and Obama's address was one of them. In fact, the Illinois state senator's speech was an exceptionally significant expression of the ever-evolving story of American citizenship and political engagement. Obama's often poetic message - with its "E pluribus unum: out of many one" theme - was the talk of the convention.

It was not, however, the talk of the nation because, of course, the networks chose not to give it the same time and attention they devoted to that program about the eating habits of "pageant girls."

Posted by Eric at 08:44 PM | Comments (36)

Obama Delievered, But Did America See It?

John Nichols on the problem with the media's coverage of the convention:

ABC, NBC and CBS chose not to air any of Tuesday night's convention proceedings. For the first time since the development of broadcast television, Americans could not tune into one of their local commercial television stations and watch the nation's oldest political party reinventing itself for the newest campaign ...

It is true that much of what is said from the convention podium these days adds up to little more than a partisan infomercial. But there are still meaningful moments, and Obama's address was one of them. In fact, the Illinois state senator's speech was an exceptionally significant expression of the ever-evolving story of American citizenship and political engagement. Obama's often poetic message - with its "E pluribus unum: out of many one" theme - was the talk of the convention.

It was not, however, the talk of the nation because, of course, the networks chose not to give it the same time and attention they devoted to that program about the eating habits of "pageant girls."

Posted by Eric at 08:44 PM | Comments (1)

Cable Ratings

From TV Newser:

CNN and FNC are both touting the three-day ratings averages, but for different reasons. CNN is #1 when it comes to primetime convention coverage, but FNC is on top in the total day.

From Monday to Wednesday, FNC has averaged 952,000 in the total day, compared to 709,000 for CNN and 420,000 for MSNBC.

Between 8 and 11pm, though, CNN has averaged 2,178,000 viewers, while FNC has averaged 1,917,000 and MSNBC has had 1,205,000. During the keynote hour of 10pm, CNN has averaged 2,796,000, compared to MSNBC's 1,643,000.

...No one will be surprised if FNC retakes the #1 position after the Democrats leave Boston, though...

In 2000, Fox did exceedingly well during the GOP convention.

Posted by Eric at 07:51 PM | Comments (31)

Cable Ratings

From TV Newser:

CNN and FNC are both touting the three-day ratings averages, but for different reasons. CNN is #1 when it comes to primetime convention coverage, but FNC is on top in the total day.

From Monday to Wednesday, FNC has averaged 952,000 in the total day, compared to 709,000 for CNN and 420,000 for MSNBC.

Between 8 and 11pm, though, CNN has averaged 2,178,000 viewers, while FNC has averaged 1,917,000 and MSNBC has had 1,205,000. During the keynote hour of 10pm, CNN has averaged 2,796,000, compared to MSNBC's 1,643,000.

...No one will be surprised if FNC retakes the #1 position after the Democrats leave Boston, though...

In 2000, Fox did exceedingly well during the GOP convention.

Posted by Eric at 07:51 PM | Comments (0)

Sharpton

Pretty good line: "It, to me, is a glaring contradiction that we would fight, and rightfully so, to get the right to vote for the people in the capital of Iraq in Baghdad, but still don't give the federal right to vote for the people in the capital of the United States, in Washington, D.C."

This one too:

You said the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It is true that Mr. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, after which there was a commitment to give 40 acres and a mule.

That's where the argument, to this day, of reparations starts. We never got the 40 acres. We went all the way to Herbert Hoover, and we never got the 40 acres.

We didn't get the mule. So we decided we'd ride this donkey as far as it would take us.

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Sharpton

Pretty good line: "It, to me, is a glaring contradiction that we would fight, and rightfully so, to get the right to vote for the people in the capital of Iraq in Baghdad, but still don't give the federal right to vote for the people in the capital of the United States, in Washington, D.C."

This one too:

You said the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It is true that Mr. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, after which there was a commitment to give 40 acres and a mule.

That's where the argument, to this day, of reparations starts. We never got the 40 acres. We went all the way to Herbert Hoover, and we never got the 40 acres.

We didn't get the mule. So we decided we'd ride this donkey as far as it would take us.

Posted by Eric at 08:42 AM | Comments (3)

Thursday Finale

Thursday:

Stronger at Home, Respected in the World

Madeline Albright, Former Secretary of State
Joe Biden, U.S. Senator from Delaware
Wesley Clark, Four Star General, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Max Cleland, Former U.S. Senator from Georgia
James Clyburn, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
Alexandra Kerry, Daughter of John Kerry
John Kerry, 2004 Democratic Presidential Nominee
Vanessa Kerry, Daughter of John Kerry
Joe Lieberman, U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Ed Markey, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
Juanita Millender-McDonald, U.S. Representative from California
Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Representative from the District of Columbia
Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative from California, Democratic Leader
Jim Rassman, Green Beret rescued by John Kerry in Vietnam
Louise Slaughter, U.S. Representative from New York
(joined by Congressional Women)
John Sweeney, President of AFL-CIO
Mark Warner, Governor of Virginia

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Thursday Finale

Thursday:

Stronger at Home, Respected in the World

Madeline Albright, Former Secretary of State
Joe Biden, U.S. Senator from Delaware
Wesley Clark, Four Star General, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Max Cleland, Former U.S. Senator from Georgia
James Clyburn, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
Alexandra Kerry, Daughter of John Kerry
John Kerry, 2004 Democratic Presidential Nominee
Vanessa Kerry, Daughter of John Kerry
Joe Lieberman, U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Ed Markey, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
Juanita Millender-McDonald, U.S. Representative from California
Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Representative from the District of Columbia
Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative from California, Democratic Leader
Jim Rassman, Green Beret rescued by John Kerry in Vietnam
Louise Slaughter, U.S. Representative from New York
(joined by Congressional Women)
John Sweeney, President of AFL-CIO
Mark Warner, Governor of Virginia

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Impending Disaster?

From PFAW:

A computer crash erased detailed records from Miami-Dade County's first widespread use of touchscreen voting machines, raising again the specter of elections troubles in Florida, where the new technology was supposed to put an end to such problems.

The crashes occurred in May and November of 2003, erasing information from the September 2002 gubernatorial primaries and other elections, elections officials said Tuesday.

The malfunction was made public after the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition, a citizen's group, requested all data from the 2002 gubernatorial primary between Democratic candidates Janet Reno and Bill McBride.

The loss of data underscores problems with the touchscreen voting machines, the citizen's group said. "This is a disaster waiting to happen," said Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition. "Of course it's worrisome."

Learn more with People for the American Way.

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Impending Disaster?

From PFAW:

A computer crash erased detailed records from Miami-Dade County's first widespread use of touchscreen voting machines, raising again the specter of elections troubles in Florida, where the new technology was supposed to put an end to such problems.

The crashes occurred in May and November of 2003, erasing information from the September 2002 gubernatorial primaries and other elections, elections officials said Tuesday.

The malfunction was made public after the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition, a citizen's group, requested all data from the 2002 gubernatorial primary between Democratic candidates Janet Reno and Bill McBride.

The loss of data underscores problems with the touchscreen voting machines, the citizen's group said. "This is a disaster waiting to happen," said Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition. "Of course it's worrisome."

Learn more with People for the American Way.

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OOoouh That Halliburton

Money money money:

Halliburton Co., the biggest U.S. contractor in Iraq, has lost $18.6 million of government property that country, about a third of the items it was given to manage, including trucks, computers and office furniture.

Government auditors couldn't account for 6,975 of 20,531 items on the ledgers of Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root unit, according to a report by Stuart Bowen, auditor for the coalition provisional authority inspector general, which oversees contractors. Halliburton is providing services to U.S. troops under a contract that has generated $3.2 billion in revenue so far.

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OOoouh That Halliburton

Money money money:

Halliburton Co., the biggest U.S. contractor in Iraq, has lost $18.6 million of government property that country, about a third of the items it was given to manage, including trucks, computers and office furniture.

Government auditors couldn't account for 6,975 of 20,531 items on the ledgers of Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root unit, according to a report by Stuart Bowen, auditor for the coalition provisional authority inspector general, which oversees contractors. Halliburton is providing services to U.S. troops under a contract that has generated $3.2 billion in revenue so far.

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Bomb Attack Kills Dozens

In Iraq:

As many as 70 people were killed Wednesday after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed sedan on a busy street here.
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The attack was apparently aimed at new police recruits but killed scores of ordinary Iraqis shopping or waiting in morning traffic.
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About 55 people were wounded, the Iraqi Ministry of Health reported.
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It was one of the deadliest single attacks in the country and by far the worst since Iraqis took over sovereignty from the American occupation on June 28.

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Bomb Attack Kills Dozens

In Iraq:

As many as 70 people were killed Wednesday after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed sedan on a busy street here.
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The attack was apparently aimed at new police recruits but killed scores of ordinary Iraqis shopping or waiting in morning traffic.
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About 55 people were wounded, the Iraqi Ministry of Health reported.
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It was one of the deadliest single attacks in the country and by far the worst since Iraqis took over sovereignty from the American occupation on June 28.

Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (1)

July 28, 2004

Edwards: "Hope is on the way"

Speech here.

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Edwards: "Hope is on the way"

Speech here.

Posted by Eric at 11:53 PM | Comments (0)

O'Reilly Lost

Sad or amusing, you take your pick:

After an interview with actor Ben Affleck on the July 27 O'Reilly Factor, FOX News Channel host Bill O'Reilly, who was presenting his show live from the Democratic National Convention, teased the upcoming segment of his show by saying of convention speaker Senator Edward Kennedy: "When we come back, we'll let you listen to Ted Kennedy for a while, if he shows up."

In fact, Kennedy had already shown up and had been speaking for several minutes, as O'Reilly need only have turned around to see. FOX News even showed live footage of Kennedy's speech in one part of the screen during O'Reilly's interview with Affleck.

Posted by Eric at 11:12 PM | Comments (19)

O'Reilly Lost

Sad or amusing, you take your pick:

After an interview with actor Ben Affleck on the July 27 O'Reilly Factor, FOX News Channel host Bill O'Reilly, who was presenting his show live from the Democratic National Convention, teased the upcoming segment of his show by saying of convention speaker Senator Edward Kennedy: "When we come back, we'll let you listen to Ted Kennedy for a while, if he shows up."

In fact, Kennedy had already shown up and had been speaking for several minutes, as O'Reilly need only have turned around to see. FOX News even showed live footage of Kennedy's speech in one part of the screen during O'Reilly's interview with Affleck.

Posted by Eric at 11:12 PM | Comments (5)

Lincoln Chafee on Iraq

From the AP:

Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee criticized the Bush administration on Tuesday for a "host of mistakes" in its postwar reconstruction of Iraq, saying the country is less secure than before and that basic infrastructure is still not working.

The senator, who was the only Republican to vote against the White House war resolution in October 2002 leading up to the invasion of Iraq, said the U.S. effort will fail if the White House does not work more closely with other countries in the region and re-engage itself in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"I don't think we can be successful if we're not working regionally," he told The Associated Press.

Chafee said he favored recruiting more allies, and feared that demagogues in the Middle East and terrorists would exploit a U.S. invasion. He did vote to authorize reconstruction money.

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Lincoln Chafee on Iraq

From the AP:

Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee criticized the Bush administration on Tuesday for a "host of mistakes" in its postwar reconstruction of Iraq, saying the country is less secure than before and that basic infrastructure is still not working.

The senator, who was the only Republican to vote against the White House war resolution in October 2002 leading up to the invasion of Iraq, said the U.S. effort will fail if the White House does not work more closely with other countries in the region and re-engage itself in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"I don't think we can be successful if we're not working regionally," he told The Associated Press.

Chafee said he favored recruiting more allies, and feared that demagogues in the Middle East and terrorists would exploit a U.S. invasion. He did vote to authorize reconstruction money.

Posted by Eric at 09:28 PM | Comments (0)

Right-Wing on Obama: Really One of Us!

As Kos notes: Funny.

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Right-Wing on Obama: Really One of Us!

As Kos notes: Funny.

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Someone Wake-Up Dan Rather

Falling asleep during the convention.

Now it’s official: This convention really is duller than those the parties held four years ago. Inside the hall, it’s scripted down to the nanosecond. Outside the hall, security is battened down tighter than the lug nuts on a ’55 Ford. Remember DNC 2000’s anti-globalism protestors and the Rage Against the Machine concert in the Staples Center parking lot? Nothing of that sort this time around — perhaps if they put an exercise wheel and a water bottle inside the so-called “protestor’s cage” (a.k.a. “Free-Speech Zone”)….

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Someone Wake-Up Dan Rather

Falling asleep during the convention.

Now it’s official: This convention really is duller than those the parties held four years ago. Inside the hall, it’s scripted down to the nanosecond. Outside the hall, security is battened down tighter than the lug nuts on a ’55 Ford. Remember DNC 2000’s anti-globalism protestors and the Rage Against the Machine concert in the Staples Center parking lot? Nothing of that sort this time around — perhaps if they put an exercise wheel and a water bottle inside the so-called “protestor’s cage” (a.k.a. “Free-Speech Zone”)….

Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (1)

MSNBC's Olbermann Scolds Dems for Fox Appearances

From Hardblogger, Keith Olbermann opines:

Maybe Bill O'Reilly feels the obsessive need to talk over the first fifteen minutes of the convention every night because he's trying to pave over his disastrous years as a local Boston news anchor. Regardless, we know what we're getting from him.

My beef tonight is with his first two guests: Ben Affleck and Jerry Brown.
I know that if neither of them agreed to be the sparring partner for O'Reilly as he drowned Kennedy out, somebody else would. And that they think they're somehow bringing the argument on to foreign territory, and perhaps win a few converts.

But therein lies the crux of the conundrum that is the Democrats' contention that FNC is not just biased, but also an extra little devil head growing off the body of the Republican Party. Every Democrat who agrees to appear on that network helps support it, helps it argue (falsely or accurately) that it is not partisan.

And, tonight, every Democrat who went on live with O'Reilly instead of saying "I'm not helping you blow off Kennedy" showed he'd rather hear himself talk.

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MSNBC's Olbermann Scolds Dems for Fox Appearances

From Hardblogger, Keith Olbermann opines:

Maybe Bill O'Reilly feels the obsessive need to talk over the first fifteen minutes of the convention every night because he's trying to pave over his disastrous years as a local Boston news anchor. Regardless, we know what we're getting from him.

My beef tonight is with his first two guests: Ben Affleck and Jerry Brown.
I know that if neither of them agreed to be the sparring partner for O'Reilly as he drowned Kennedy out, somebody else would. And that they think they're somehow bringing the argument on to foreign territory, and perhaps win a few converts.

But therein lies the crux of the conundrum that is the Democrats' contention that FNC is not just biased, but also an extra little devil head growing off the body of the Republican Party. Every Democrat who agrees to appear on that network helps support it, helps it argue (falsely or accurately) that it is not partisan.

And, tonight, every Democrat who went on live with O'Reilly instead of saying "I'm not helping you blow off Kennedy" showed he'd rather hear himself talk.

Posted by Eric at 08:51 AM | Comments (3)

Obama-Rama!

Chicago Sun Times. Candidate, wife all smiles after speech.
CNN. Obama looks to own past in convention speech.
Kos. Meditating on Obama.
Mathew Gross. Reviewing Obama.
Honolulu Advertiser. Sister, other viewers here proud of keynote speaker .
Pandagon. This Man Makes Me Want To Freestyle.
KRT. Obama's crossover appeal defies labels, will energize party.
WTVO. Local Supporters Cheer for Obama.
AP. Obama Draws Roars of Approval at DNC.
Ill Leader. Obama's speech called most memorable convention speech in 25 years.
WTVO. Republicans Still Searching for U.S. Senate Candidate.
KRT. Obama finds himself to be convention's hottest political celebrity.
WP. The Other Man of the Hour.
Houston Chron. Keynote speaker Obama a rising star.
Reuters. Rising Black Star Tells Democrats of Life Story.

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Obama-Rama!

Chicago Sun Times. Candidate, wife all smiles after speech.
CNN. Obama looks to own past in convention speech.
Kos. Meditating on Obama.
Mathew Gross. Reviewing Obama.
Honolulu Advertiser. Sister, other viewers here proud of keynote speaker .
Pandagon. This Man Makes Me Want To Freestyle.
KRT. Obama's crossover appeal defies labels, will energize party.
WTVO. Local Supporters Cheer for Obama.
AP. Obama Draws Roars of Approval at DNC.
Ill Leader. Obama's speech called most memorable convention speech in 25 years.
WTVO. Republicans Still Searching for U.S. Senate Candidate.
KRT. Obama finds himself to be convention's hottest political celebrity.
WP. The Other Man of the Hour.
Houston Chron. Keynote speaker Obama a rising star.
Reuters. Rising Black Star Tells Democrats of Life Story.

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Affleck Continues to Stump

Will politics - gasp - grab Ben from acting (Good Will Hunting is one of my favorites, though). From NYDN:

"I really appreciate that President Bush saw fit to give me, who already has a ton of money, a bunch more," said Affleck archly. "He didn't want to waste that money making sure that everyday Americans could afford health care. Or properly equipping our men and women in Iraq - who have to buy their own body armor." ...

After his pep talk, he headed to a meeting with Bill Clinton. Then to an event where Affleck introduced Gen. Wesley Clark. Later, he interviewed Sen. Ted Kennedy for "Good Morning America." When the convention ends, he's due to join Kerry and Sen. John Edwards on their bus tour through Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

"I'll try to do whatever is helpful and not get in the way," Affleck told us ...

But Affleck admits he gets a bigger charge from politics than acting: "It feels like I'm using my brain a little bit more. In some ways, I'm better at this than I am as an actor."

Even if he doesn't want to act or run for office, Ben still has poker.

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Affleck Continues to Stump

Will politics - gasp - grab Ben from acting (Good Will Hunting is one of my favorites, though). From NYDN:

"I really appreciate that President Bush saw fit to give me, who already has a ton of money, a bunch more," said Affleck archly. "He didn't want to waste that money making sure that everyday Americans could afford health care. Or properly equipping our men and women in Iraq - who have to buy their own body armor." ...

After his pep talk, he headed to a meeting with Bill Clinton. Then to an event where Affleck introduced Gen. Wesley Clark. Later, he interviewed Sen. Ted Kennedy for "Good Morning America." When the convention ends, he's due to join Kerry and Sen. John Edwards on their bus tour through Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

"I'll try to do whatever is helpful and not get in the way," Affleck told us ...

But Affleck admits he gets a bigger charge from politics than acting: "It feels like I'm using my brain a little bit more. In some ways, I'm better at this than I am as an actor."

Even if he doesn't want to act or run for office, Ben still has poker.

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Bush Cribs from Dartmouth Undergrad

If you want to attack Fidel, there are easier ways than copying from papers on the internet, NBC News:

Speaking to Florida law enforcement officials on July 16, Bush claimed the Cuban leader shamelessly promotes sex tourism.

“The dictator welcomes sex tourism. Here’s how he bragged about the industry,” said Bush. “This is his quote — ‘Cuba has the cleanest and most educated prostitutes in the world’ and ‘sex tourism is a vital source of hard currency.’”

The president made his accusations amid the release of the State Department yearly report on global human trafficking, which lists Cuba among the top ten violators.

Three days after Bush’s remarks, the Los Angeles Times reported that the White House found the comments in a Dartmouth undergraduate paper posted on the Internet and lifted them out of context. “It shows they didn’t read much of the article,” commented Charlie Trumbull, the author.

Speaking in 1992 to the Cuban parliament, Castro actually said, “There are prostitutes, but prostitution is not allowed in our country. There are no women forced to sell themselves to a man, to a foreigner, to a tourist.”

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Bush Cribs from Dartmouth Undergrad

If you want to attack Fidel, there are easier ways than copying from papers on the internet, NBC News:

Speaking to Florida law enforcement officials on July 16, Bush claimed the Cuban leader shamelessly promotes sex tourism.

“The dictator welcomes sex tourism. Here’s how he bragged about the industry,” said Bush. “This is his quote — ‘Cuba has the cleanest and most educated prostitutes in the world’ and ‘sex tourism is a vital source of hard currency.’”

The president made his accusations amid the release of the State Department yearly report on global human trafficking, which lists Cuba among the top ten violators.

Three days after Bush’s remarks, the Los Angeles Times reported that the White House found the comments in a Dartmouth undergraduate paper posted on the Internet and lifted them out of context. “It shows they didn’t read much of the article,” commented Charlie Trumbull, the author.

Speaking in 1992 to the Cuban parliament, Castro actually said, “There are prostitutes, but prostitution is not allowed in our country. There are no women forced to sell themselves to a man, to a foreigner, to a tourist.”

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Wed's Schedule

Theme: A Stronger More Secure America

Speakers:
Steve Brozak, Ret. Lt. Col., USMC, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey
Elijah Cummings, U.S. Representative from Maryland
Cate Edwards, Daughter of John Edwards
Elizabeth Edwards, Wife of John Edwards
John Edwards, Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee
Bob Graham, U.S. Senator from Florida, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Jennifer Granholm, Governor of Michigan
Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative from Ohio, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Greg Meeks, U.S. Representative from New York
Martin O’Malley, Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland
Harry Reid, U.S. Senator from Nevada
Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania
Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico
Al Sharpton, 2004 Presidential Candidate

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Wed's Schedule

Theme: A Stronger More Secure America

Speakers:
Steve Brozak, Ret. Lt. Col., USMC, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey
Elijah Cummings, U.S. Representative from Maryland
Cate Edwards, Daughter of John Edwards
Elizabeth Edwards, Wife of John Edwards
John Edwards, Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee
Bob Graham, U.S. Senator from Florida, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Jennifer Granholm, Governor of Michigan
Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative from Ohio, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Greg Meeks, U.S. Representative from New York
Martin O’Malley, Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland
Harry Reid, U.S. Senator from Nevada
Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania
Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico
Al Sharpton, 2004 Presidential Candidate

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Simpsons Character to Come Out of Closet

If you watch the show regularly, you probably know which character ... E! Online:

Speaking during a weekend panel at San Diego's Comic-Con convention, show producers dropped a bomb: An upcoming Simpsons story line will focus on what happens when Springfield legalizes gay marriage.

"We have a show where, to raise money, Springfield legalizes gay marriage," producer Al Jean told comic book fans. "Homer becomes a minister by going on the Internet and filling out a form. A longtime character comes out of the closet, but I'm not saying who."

And with that, Simpsons aficionados got their gaydar on and began winnowing down the list of potential suspects.

The early favorite appears to be billionaire Monty Burns' ever-devoted sidekick, Waylon Smithers, who--aside from being a yes-man--has been known to collect Malibu Stacy dolls, lives in the gay part of town (where Homer once shacked up with two gay guys), has a Mr. Burns screensaver and dreams of a naked Mr. Burns jumping out of a birthday cake.

But that might be too easy. According to online fan scuttlebutt, there are other characters who might be secretly having a gay old time in Springfield, including Homer's regular-guy cohorts at the nuclear plant, Carl and Lenny, as well as Moe the bartender, the Reverend Lovejoy, Principal Skinner and Comic Book Guy. Of course, the producers didn't rule out a lesbian wedding, either.

Burns: I should've known you were the only one stupid enough to kidnap you! Now get down here so I can spank you in front of this gawking rabble. Smithers, take off my belt.
Smithers: With pleasure, sir!

Posted by Eric at 01:57 AM | Comments (4)

Simpsons Character to Come Out of Closet

If you watch the show regularly, you probably know which character ... E! Online:

Speaking during a weekend panel at San Diego's Comic-Con convention, show producers dropped a bomb: An upcoming Simpsons story line will focus on what happens when Springfield legalizes gay marriage.

"We have a show where, to raise money, Springfield legalizes gay marriage," producer Al Jean told comic book fans. "Homer becomes a minister by going on the Internet and filling out a form. A longtime character comes out of the closet, but I'm not saying who."

And with that, Simpsons aficionados got their gaydar on and began winnowing down the list of potential suspects.

The early favorite appears to be billionaire Monty Burns' ever-devoted sidekick, Waylon Smithers, who--aside from being a yes-man--has been known to collect Malibu Stacy dolls, lives in the gay part of town (where Homer once shacked up with two gay guys), has a Mr. Burns screensaver and dreams of a naked Mr. Burns jumping out of a birthday cake.

But that might be too easy. According to online fan scuttlebutt, there are other characters who might be secretly having a gay old time in Springfield, including Homer's regular-guy cohorts at the nuclear plant, Carl and Lenny, as well as Moe the bartender, the Reverend Lovejoy, Principal Skinner and Comic Book Guy. Of course, the producers didn't rule out a lesbian wedding, either.

Burns: I should've known you were the only one stupid enough to kidnap you! Now get down here so I can spank you in front of this gawking rabble. Smithers, take off my belt.
Smithers: With pleasure, sir!

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Michael Moore on Bill O'Reilly's Show

Transcript here.

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Michael Moore on Bill O'Reilly's Show

Transcript here.

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July 27, 2004

Obama

Rising star. After tonight's incredible speech, easy to see why. Visit his website.

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Obama

Rising star. After tonight's incredible speech, easy to see why. Visit his website.

Posted by Eric at 09:58 PM | Comments (2)

Kennedy's Speech

Remarks tonight:

In these challenging times for our country, in these fateful times for the world, America needs a genuine uniter – not a divider who only claims to be a uniter.

We have seen how they rule­they divide and try to conquer. They know the power of the people is weakened when our house is divided. They believe they can’t win, unless the rest of us lose. We reject that shameful view.

The Democratic Party has a different idea. We believe that all of us can win. We believe we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. And when we say all, we mean all.

Today in this global age, our goal of the common good extends far beyond America’s borders.

Posted by Eric at 09:33 PM | Comments (12)

Kennedy's Speech

Remarks tonight:

In these challenging times for our country, in these fateful times for the world, America needs a genuine uniter – not a divider who only claims to be a uniter.

We have seen how they rule­they divide and try to conquer. They know the power of the people is weakened when our house is divided. They believe they can’t win, unless the rest of us lose. We reject that shameful view.

The Democratic Party has a different idea. We believe that all of us can win. We believe we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. And when we say all, we mean all.

Today in this global age, our goal of the common good extends far beyond America’s borders.

Posted by Eric at 09:33 PM | Comments (0)

Nancy Reagan Likely to Skip GOP Convention

From The New Republic blog:

GOP officials don't seem too bothered by the fact that presidential son Ron Reagan will address the Democratic convention tonight. They're clearly more troubled, however, by the fact that Reagan's mother, Nancy, apparently won't be speaking at theirs. It's no secret that Mrs. Reagan is dismayed by George W. Bush's restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, which holds enormous promise for future disease cures. Researchers admit the near-term potential of stem cells for Alzheimer's patients like Ronald Reagan is quite limited, but Mrs. Reagan doesn't seem to care: "I do not expect her at our convention," Republican chairman Ed Gillespie admitted in a press briefing here this morning.

But Gillespie wasn't content to leave reporters with the impression that Mrs. Reagan was boycotting the convention over stem cells. Instead, he cast her as a traumatized old widow. "Let's be a little thoughtful here," the GOP chairman lectured inquisitive reporters. "Mrs. Reagan's been through a lot this year. And whether she determines she wants to come to our convention this year is Mrs. Reagan's decision, and no one else's. ... Just keep in mind for a moment the year Mrs. Reagan has had, and be understanding."

Nancy Reagan is undoubtedly drained and in mourning. But that wasn't enough to keep her from speaking last month at the public christening of an aircraft carrier named after her husband. Sure, a national convention is a much bigger ordeal than a ceremony naming an aircraft carrier. But I have a feeling that's not what's going on here--and that Gillespie knows it.

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Nancy Reagan Likely to Skip GOP Convention

From The New Republic blog:

GOP officials don't seem too bothered by the fact that presidential son Ron Reagan will address the Democratic convention tonight. They're clearly more troubled, however, by the fact that Reagan's mother, Nancy, apparently won't be speaking at theirs. It's no secret that Mrs. Reagan is dismayed by George W. Bush's restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, which holds enormous promise for future disease cures. Researchers admit the near-term potential of stem cells for Alzheimer's patients like Ronald Reagan is quite limited, but Mrs. Reagan doesn't seem to care: "I do not expect her at our convention," Republican chairman Ed Gillespie admitted in a press briefing here this morning.

But Gillespie wasn't content to leave reporters with the impression that Mrs. Reagan was boycotting the convention over stem cells. Instead, he cast her as a traumatized old widow. "Let's be a little thoughtful here," the GOP chairman lectured inquisitive reporters. "Mrs. Reagan's been through a lot this year. And whether she determines she wants to come to our convention this year is Mrs. Reagan's decision, and no one else's. ... Just keep in mind for a moment the year Mrs. Reagan has had, and be understanding."

Nancy Reagan is undoubtedly drained and in mourning. But that wasn't enough to keep her from speaking last month at the public christening of an aircraft carrier named after her husband. Sure, a national convention is a much bigger ordeal than a ceremony naming an aircraft carrier. But I have a feeling that's not what's going on here--and that Gillespie knows it.

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Gillette: The Best The Dems Can't Get

Yeah ... I sorta do feel sorry for the corporation, or at least the person who's going to lose his/her job. From Wash Monthly:

NOW THAT WAS BRIGHT....With all of the headlines and commotion about strict security at this year's political conventions you would think that someone would have thought twice about the decision to place boxes of Gillette razors in each of the welcome bags handed out with credentials to delegates and press types in Boston. Boston-based Gillette reportedly spent over a million dollars on the product placement, only to have: a) their products unused as all of the razors were confiscated when convention-goers attempted to pass through security; and b) their name taken in vain repeatedly because the already-long security lines became even more backed-up due to the razor snafu. Might we suggest substituting a nice moisturizer instead next time?

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Gillette: The Best The Dems Can't Get

Yeah ... I sorta do feel sorry for the corporation, or at least the person who's going to lose his/her job. From Wash Monthly:

NOW THAT WAS BRIGHT....With all of the headlines and commotion about strict security at this year's political conventions you would think that someone would have thought twice about the decision to place boxes of Gillette razors in each of the welcome bags handed out with credentials to delegates and press types in Boston. Boston-based Gillette reportedly spent over a million dollars on the product placement, only to have: a) their products unused as all of the razors were confiscated when convention-goers attempted to pass through security; and b) their name taken in vain repeatedly because the already-long security lines became even more backed-up due to the razor snafu. Might we suggest substituting a nice moisturizer instead next time?

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Inside the RNC's War Room

The main point of it all:

Mr. Feehery is only one soldier in the Republican field operation. Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican National Committee, is overseeing about three dozen people, including a rotation of "spinners" like Ralph Reed and Mary Matalin, and top Republican strategists. There is a regional desk focused on battleground states and a nerve center with computers monitoring and cataloging all things Kerry. The effort here is coordinated with scores of surrogate speakers in the battleground states so all are talking from the same page.

"The goal is to get into the stories," Mr. Gillespie said in an interview in his bare-bones bunker office. "We know we're swimming upstream and that our quotes are going to be on the jump page. But we don't want to let charges go unanswered and we don't want to allow them to ditch the senator's record, because we believe it's important in the debate."

It is the Republican view that Mr. Kerry's voting record in the Senate shows him to be a liberal, partial to tax raises and weak on defense and that the convention is trying to conceal that information, hence the new Republican Web site DemsExtremeMakeover.com.

And hence, if you have a media that is willing to put those bits of info in their stories ...

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Inside the RNC's War Room

The main point of it all:

Mr. Feehery is only one soldier in the Republican field operation. Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican National Committee, is overseeing about three dozen people, including a rotation of "spinners" like Ralph Reed and Mary Matalin, and top Republican strategists. There is a regional desk focused on battleground states and a nerve center with computers monitoring and cataloging all things Kerry. The effort here is coordinated with scores of surrogate speakers in the battleground states so all are talking from the same page.

"The goal is to get into the stories," Mr. Gillespie said in an interview in his bare-bones bunker office. "We know we're swimming upstream and that our quotes are going to be on the jump page. But we don't want to let charges go unanswered and we don't want to allow them to ditch the senator's record, because we believe it's important in the debate."

It is the Republican view that Mr. Kerry's voting record in the Senate shows him to be a liberal, partial to tax raises and weak on defense and that the convention is trying to conceal that information, hence the new Republican Web site DemsExtremeMakeover.com.

And hence, if you have a media that is willing to put those bits of info in their stories ...

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More Musicians to Rock Against Bush

Among the possible players: Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Tom Morello, Earle, the Dave Matthews Band, the Dixie Chicks, Bright Eyes, Ani DiFranco, Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Dylan and James Taylor and International Noise Conspiracy.

Meanwhile, MoveOn.org is sponsoring "Future Soundtrack for America."

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More Musicians to Rock Against Bush

Among the possible players: Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Tom Morello, Earle, the Dave Matthews Band, the Dixie Chicks, Bright Eyes, Ani DiFranco, Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Dylan and James Taylor and International Noise Conspiracy.

Meanwhile, MoveOn.org is sponsoring "Future Soundtrack for America."

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Rolling Stone: Doonesbury Goes to War

The cover story:

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Rolling Stone: Doonesbury Goes to War

The cover story:

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Wildlands at Risk

A new report from The Sierra Club, available online, contends that "America's wildlands are facing an unprecedented threat from Bush administration policies that are threatening to destroy these special places and reverse decades of progress on public lands protection."

An example of a wildland place at risk: Sierra Nevada

In January 2001, the Forest Service released a new comprehensive plan for managing all 11 national forests in California’s Sierra Nevada. Known as the Sierra Framework, the plan would affect 11 million acres.

It was the culmination of 14 years of extensive planning, research and public input, and virtually all stakeholders except logging companies lauded the Framework for its ancient forest reserves, habitat protections for the spotted owl and Southern Fisher, and fuels-reduction program that removed small trees and brush near communities. In fact, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has made protection of Sierra Nevada forests and support for the Framework one of his environmental priorities.

Under the Bush administration, however, the Forest Service disregarded years of scientific research and drastically altered the Sierra Framework, replacing ecologically sound recommendations with plans to eliminate old growth forest protection and intensify logging of larger, fire-resistant trees.

In January 2004, the administration announced a plan to triple logging in the Sierra Nevada. The new plan would not only allow large numbers of trees to be cut but also allows timber companies to log trees up to 30-inches in diameter across the entire range.

Also see Stewart L. Udall's Bush's Dark Pages in Conservation History in the LA Times.

Sign a petition here.

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Wildlands at Risk

A new report from The Sierra Club, available online, contends that "America's wildlands are facing an unprecedented threat from Bush administration policies that are threatening to destroy these special places and reverse decades of progress on public lands protection."

An example of a wildland place at risk: Sierra Nevada

In January 2001, the Forest Service released a new comprehensive plan for managing all 11 national forests in California’s Sierra Nevada. Known as the Sierra Framework, the plan would affect 11 million acres.

It was the culmination of 14 years of extensive planning, research and public input, and virtually all stakeholders except logging companies lauded the Framework for its ancient forest reserves, habitat protections for the spotted owl and Southern Fisher, and fuels-reduction program that removed small trees and brush near communities. In fact, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has made protection of Sierra Nevada forests and support for the Framework one of his environmental priorities.

Under the Bush administration, however, the Forest Service disregarded years of scientific research and drastically altered the Sierra Framework, replacing ecologically sound recommendations with plans to eliminate old growth forest protection and intensify logging of larger, fire-resistant trees.

In January 2004, the administration announced a plan to triple logging in the Sierra Nevada. The new plan would not only allow large numbers of trees to be cut but also allows timber companies to log trees up to 30-inches in diameter across the entire range.

Also see Stewart L. Udall's Bush's Dark Pages in Conservation History in the LA Times.

Sign a petition here.

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Send John Kerry

Big Dawg:

Here is what I know about John Kerry. During the Vietnam War, many young men—including the current president, the vice president and me—could have gone to Vietnam but didn’t. John Kerry came from a privileged background and could have avoided it too. Instead he said, send me.

When they sent those swift-boats up the river in Vietnam, and told them their job was to draw hostile fire—to show the American flag and bait the enemy to come out and fight—John Kerry said, send me. When it was time to heal the wounds of war and normalize relations with Vietnam—and to demand an accounting of the POWs and MIAs we lost there—John Kerry said, send me.

When we needed someone to push the cause of inner-city kids struggling to avoid a life of crime, or to bring the benefits of high technology to ordinary Americans, or to clean the environment in a way that creates jobs, or to give small businesses a better chance to make it, John Kerry said send me.

Tonight my friends, I ask you to join me for the next 100 days in telling John Kerry’s story and promoting his plans. Let every person in this hall and all across America say to him what he has always said to America: Send Me.

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Send John Kerry

Big Dawg:

Here is what I know about John Kerry. During the Vietnam War, many young men—including the current president, the vice president and me—could have gone to Vietnam but didn’t. John Kerry came from a privileged background and could have avoided it too. Instead he said, send me.

When they sent those swift-boats up the river in Vietnam, and told them their job was to draw hostile fire—to show the American flag and bait the enemy to come out and fight—John Kerry said, send me. When it was time to heal the wounds of war and normalize relations with Vietnam—and to demand an accounting of the POWs and MIAs we lost there—John Kerry said, send me.

When we needed someone to push the cause of inner-city kids struggling to avoid a life of crime, or to bring the benefits of high technology to ordinary Americans, or to clean the environment in a way that creates jobs, or to give small businesses a better chance to make it, John Kerry said send me.

Tonight my friends, I ask you to join me for the next 100 days in telling John Kerry’s story and promoting his plans. Let every person in this hall and all across America say to him what he has always said to America: Send Me.

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Obama: The Natural

Today's "big" speaker is a rather unknown state politician from Illinois. Ryan Lizza in The Atlantic Monthly asks, Why is Barack Obama generating more excitement among Democrats than John Kerry?

Over the past couple of years Obama has used his chairmanship of the health committee to broaden his appeal, promoting issues aimed at the Lisa Lipins of the world. He led a fight to ban the dietary supplement ephedra, and after the collapse of a Chicago porch killed thirteen people, he voiced support for stricter building codes. Some of these efforts echo the micro-initiatives that Bill Clinton used so effectively to mobilize the middle class. But Obama hasn't forsaken minority voters: he has promoted legislation to broaden children's access to health insurance and to make the state's earned-income tax credit refundable. He has earned a reputation as a show horse and a workhorse—apt to take a visible role in high-profile issues causing anxiety in suburbia, but equally willing to work doggedly to forge compromises on serious legislation. And he hasn't shied away from potentially polarizing racial issues; he helped to pass an important law to address racial profiling in Illinois. Obama has transcended the strictly racial identity often forced on—or embraced by—black officials.

Like any political star, Obama has a knack for effortlessly fitting into disparate racial, ideological, and social worlds. As we walked past Abraham Lincoln's old law offices, a disheveled black man standing on a street corner called out, "Hey, Obama, how you doing?" They bantered like old friends. Later, at an Illinois State Dental Society cocktail party, an entire roomful of mostly white Republican-leaning dentists reoriented themselves in Obama's direction. The accolades flowed: "You are fantastic." "If you were my husband, I wouldn't let you go around alone." "You're going to do a wonderful job in Washington!" "You impress the hell out of me." Obama has perfected a becoming modesty; he often reacts to praise by looking at his shoes and saying, "Oh, you are making me blush."

His skill with constituents extends even to a group that politicians frequently mishandle: the press. Obama has mastered the art of appearing to take reporters into his confidence by dispensing the sort of forthright political chatter that causes them to swoon. I received a signed copy of his autobiography and with it a trenchant analysis of his party's presidential nominee. ("Sometimes Kerry just doesn't have that oomph," he said, punctuating the thought with a tight-lipped shake of the head and a clenched fist.)

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Obama: The Natural

Today's "big" speaker is a rather unknown state politician from Illinois. Ryan Lizza in The Atlantic Monthly asks, Why is Barack Obama generating more excitement among Democrats than John Kerry?

Over the past couple of years Obama has used his chairmanship of the health committee to broaden his appeal, promoting issues aimed at the Lisa Lipins of the world. He led a fight to ban the dietary supplement ephedra, and after the collapse of a Chicago porch killed thirteen people, he voiced support for stricter building codes. Some of these efforts echo the micro-initiatives that Bill Clinton used so effectively to mobilize the middle class. But Obama hasn't forsaken minority voters: he has promoted legislation to broaden children's access to health insurance and to make the state's earned-income tax credit refundable. He has earned a reputation as a show horse and a workhorse—apt to take a visible role in high-profile issues causing anxiety in suburbia, but equally willing to work doggedly to forge compromises on serious legislation. And he hasn't shied away from potentially polarizing racial issues; he helped to pass an important law to address racial profiling in Illinois. Obama has transcended the strictly racial identity often forced on—or embraced by—black officials.

Like any political star, Obama has a knack for effortlessly fitting into disparate racial, ideological, and social worlds. As we walked past Abraham Lincoln's old law offices, a disheveled black man standing on a street corner called out, "Hey, Obama, how you doing?" They bantered like old friends. Later, at an Illinois State Dental Society cocktail party, an entire roomful of mostly white Republican-leaning dentists reoriented themselves in Obama's direction. The accolades flowed: "You are fantastic." "If you were my husband, I wouldn't let you go around alone." "You're going to do a wonderful job in Washington!" "You impress the hell out of me." Obama has perfected a becoming modesty; he often reacts to praise by looking at his shoes and saying, "Oh, you are making me blush."

His skill with constituents extends even to a group that politicians frequently mishandle: the press. Obama has mastered the art of appearing to take reporters into his confidence by dispensing the sort of forthright political chatter that causes them to swoon. I received a signed copy of his autobiography and with it a trenchant analysis of his party's presidential nominee. ("Sometimes Kerry just doesn't have that oomph," he said, punctuating the thought with a tight-lipped shake of the head and a clenched fist.)

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Patriotic Fox

O'Reilly blather trumps all. From TV Newser:

"Is FNC really covering the convention?," an e-mailer asks. CNN and MSNBC paused for the National Anthem, while O'Reilly kept on talking. CNN and MSNBC aired Al Gore's speech, while O'Reilly bloviated. CNN and MSNBC aired Jimmy Carter's whole speech, while FNC aired four minutes, then broke away to interview Bill Bennett. Half a dozen e-mailers quickly predicted that FNC wouldn't ignore the Republican convention.

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Patriotic Fox

O'Reilly blather trumps all. From TV Newser:

"Is FNC really covering the convention?," an e-mailer asks. CNN and MSNBC paused for the National Anthem, while O'Reilly kept on talking. CNN and MSNBC aired Al Gore's speech, while O'Reilly bloviated. CNN and MSNBC aired Jimmy Carter's whole speech, while FNC aired four minutes, then broke away to interview Bill Bennett. Half a dozen e-mailers quickly predicted that FNC wouldn't ignore the Republican convention.

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Tuesday's Schedule

Theme: A Lifetime of Strength & Service

Speakers:

Tom Daschle, U.S. Senator from South Dakota, Democratic Leader
Howard Dean, Former Governor of Vermont, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Richard Durbin, U.S. Senator from Illinois
James Forbes, Senior Minister at Riverside Church, New York City
Richard Gephardt, U.S. Representative from Missouri, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Chris Heinz, Stepson of John Kerry
Teresa Heinz Kerry, Wife of John Kerry
Mike Honda, U.S. Representative from California
Ted Kennedy, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Jim Langevin, U.S. Representative from Rhode Island
Carol Moseley-Braun, Former U.S. Senator from Illinois, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Janet Napolitano, Governor of Arizona
Barack Obama, State Senator from Illinois, U.S. Senate Candidate
Ron Reagan, Son of former President Ronald Reagan
Christie Vilsack, First Lady of Iowa
Ilana Wexler, 13-Year-Old Founder of Kids for Kerry

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Tuesday's Schedule

Theme: A Lifetime of Strength & Service

Speakers:

Tom Daschle, U.S. Senator from South Dakota, Democratic Leader
Howard Dean, Former Governor of Vermont, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Richard Durbin, U.S. Senator from Illinois
James Forbes, Senior Minister at Riverside Church, New York City
Richard Gephardt, U.S. Representative from Missouri, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Chris Heinz, Stepson of John Kerry
Teresa Heinz Kerry, Wife of John Kerry
Mike Honda, U.S. Representative from California
Ted Kennedy, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Jim Langevin, U.S. Representative from Rhode Island
Carol Moseley-Braun, Former U.S. Senator from Illinois, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Janet Napolitano, Governor of Arizona
Barack Obama, State Senator from Illinois, U.S. Senate Candidate
Ron Reagan, Son of former President Ronald Reagan
Christie Vilsack, First Lady of Iowa
Ilana Wexler, 13-Year-Old Founder of Kids for Kerry

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DNC Chat

democrats.org/chat: "Each day of the convention, we'll be hosting a live chat with a different guest. They'll answer your questions about why they're supporting John Kerry and the Democrats and how you can get involved."

Tuesday, July 27, 4:00 p.m. Rob Reiner
Wednesday, July 28, 6:00 p.m. Al Franken
Thursday, July 29, 4:30 p.m. DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe

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DNC Chat

democrats.org/chat: "Each day of the convention, we'll be hosting a live chat with a different guest. They'll answer your questions about why they're supporting John Kerry and the Democrats and how you can get involved."

Tuesday, July 27, 4:00 p.m. Rob Reiner
Wednesday, July 28, 6:00 p.m. Al Franken
Thursday, July 29, 4:30 p.m. DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe

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Kerry - Bush Close in 3 Battleground States

According to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll:

President Bush and Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry are essentially tied in Florida, Ohio and Missouri, three of the most populous battleground states in the November election, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of likely voters released Sunday.

Together, the states account for 58 electoral votes -- more than one-fifth of the 270 needed to win the presidency.

Bush holds a slight numerical lead over Kerry in Florida, Kerry has a little larger numerical lead in Ohio, and the two are tied in Missouri.

But because the results are all within each poll's margin of error, the candidates are essentially even. The three polls were conducted between July 19 and Thursday.

In Florida, with 27 electoral votes, Bush was the choice of 50 percent of the 699 likely voters polled, while 47 percent of those surveyed preferred Kerry.

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Kerry - Bush Close in 3 Battleground States

According to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll:

President Bush and Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry are essentially tied in Florida, Ohio and Missouri, three of the most populous battleground states in the November election, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of likely voters released Sunday.

Together, the states account for 58 electoral votes -- more than one-fifth of the 270 needed to win the presidency.

Bush holds a slight numerical lead over Kerry in Florida, Kerry has a little larger numerical lead in Ohio, and the two are tied in Missouri.

But because the results are all within each poll's margin of error, the candidates are essentially even. The three polls were conducted between July 19 and Thursday.

In Florida, with 27 electoral votes, Bush was the choice of 50 percent of the 699 likely voters polled, while 47 percent of those surveyed preferred Kerry.

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Recap

Transcripts, and some videos here.

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Recap

Transcripts, and some videos here.

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July 26, 2004

Monday Stories

News
Newsweek. The Solitary Soldier; A Life in Full: He comes from money, but had less than his schoolmates. He is smart and courageous but can be cautious and distant. From childhood to combat to the Senate, exploring the roots of John Kerry's enigmatic character
TIME. Inside The Mind Of John Kerry: The Democratic candidate deals in shades of gray, which means reaching a decision can be a long and winding road.
NYT. Democrats Converge on Boston, Seething but Also Celebratory
NYT. A Surprise Senate Contender Reaches His Biggest Stage Yet
NPR. The Art of Writing a Convention Speech
Seattle Times. Thousands of marchers rally before convention
AP. Clinton in Spotlight at Kerry Convention
Seattle PI. Nader barred from FleetCenter during Democratic convention
Reuters. Democratic All-Stars to Open National Convention
AP. Speeches to stay on message
WP. In Boston, Democrats Seek a Positive Sign
BBC. Kerry looks for convention bounce
Newsday. Dems' plan: Accentuate the positive
Bloomberg. Kerry's Speech Will Be Watched by 6 of 10 Americans, Poll Finds
Arizona Republic. Dems put up unified front
LAT. Convention Blog Watch
LAT. Aiming for More Than a 'Bounce'
LAT. Kerry Knocks Bush as Dems Gather in Boston
NYT. U.S. 'Correctional Population' Hits New High
LAT. Colors of This Church Are Changing With Times
AP. 51 percent of Americans fear kids may get AIDS, poll says

Commentary
JohnKerry.com. Veterans Set to Play Historic Role at Boston Convention
Sheryl McCarthy . This is the time to hold nothing back
Guardian. Kerry's chance to shine
Mary Mitchell. Obama could bring out all-important youth vote
Dennis Lehane. It’s showtime, Boston!
George McGovern. Get ready for prime time
Mario Cuomo. How Kerry can connect
Jesse Jackson. ‘Rainbow’ votes are key to victory
Barbara Boxer. A turning point for the nation
Marie Cocco. His family name echoes in the hearts of his party
Cynthia Tucker. McKinney and Bush: A winning combination?
The Nation. DNC Activism
Katrina vanden Heuvel. A Little Political History
John Nichols. Tammy Baldwin's Turn
David Corn. Shining, Happy People: The Dems Hit Boston
Harry J. Holzer. Pay Gap: Not Just About Skills
Don Hazen. Dispatch from Boston
JoAnn Wypijewski. Rainbow's Gravity
Noy Thrupkaew. Howard's Beginnings: A new documentary about the life of historian Howard Zinn shows why he's adored by Matt Damon and millions more
NYT. Lost in the Haze
Bob Herbert. Sharing the Passion
Edward M. Kennedy. In the spirit of the first JFK

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Monday Stories

News
Newsweek. The Solitary Soldier; A Life in Full: He comes from money, but had less than his schoolmates. He is smart and courageous but can be cautious and distant. From childhood to combat to the Senate, exploring the roots of John Kerry's enigmatic character
TIME. Inside The Mind Of John Kerry: The Democratic candidate deals in shades of gray, which means reaching a decision can be a long and winding road.
NYT. Democrats Converge on Boston, Seething but Also Celebratory
NYT. A Surprise Senate Contender Reaches His Biggest Stage Yet
NPR. The Art of Writing a Convention Speech
Seattle Times. Thousands of marchers rally before convention
AP. Clinton in Spotlight at Kerry Convention
Seattle PI. Nader barred from FleetCenter during Democratic convention
Reuters. Democratic All-Stars to Open National Convention
AP. Speeches to stay on message
WP. In Boston, Democrats Seek a Positive Sign
BBC. Kerry looks for convention bounce
Newsday. Dems' plan: Accentuate the positive
Bloomberg. Kerry's Speech Will Be Watched by 6 of 10 Americans, Poll Finds
Arizona Republic. Dems put up unified front
LAT. Convention Blog Watch
LAT. Aiming for More Than a 'Bounce'
LAT. Kerry Knocks Bush as Dems Gather in Boston
NYT. U.S. 'Correctional Population' Hits New High
LAT. Colors of This Church Are Changing With Times
AP. 51 percent of Americans fear kids may get AIDS, poll says

Commentary
JohnKerry.com. Veterans Set to Play Historic Role at Boston Convention
Sheryl McCarthy . This is the time to hold nothing back
Guardian. Kerry's chance to shine
Mary Mitchell. Obama could bring out all-important youth vote
Dennis Lehane. It’s showtime, Boston!
George McGovern. Get ready for prime time
Mario Cuomo. How Kerry can connect
Jesse Jackson. ‘Rainbow’ votes are key to victory
Barbara Boxer. A turning point for the nation
Marie Cocco. His family name echoes in the hearts of his party
Cynthia Tucker. McKinney and Bush: A winning combination?
The Nation. DNC Activism
Katrina vanden Heuvel. A Little Political History
John Nichols. Tammy Baldwin's Turn
David Corn. Shining, Happy People: The Dems Hit Boston
Harry J. Holzer. Pay Gap: Not Just About Skills
Don Hazen. Dispatch from Boston
JoAnn Wypijewski. Rainbow's Gravity
Noy Thrupkaew. Howard's Beginnings: A new documentary about the life of historian Howard Zinn shows why he's adored by Matt Damon and millions more
NYT. Lost in the Haze
Bob Herbert. Sharing the Passion
Edward M. Kennedy. In the spirit of the first JFK

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Lehrer Criticizes Network Coverage

From the Boston Globe:

Speaking before a crowd of Democrats, dignitaries, and journalists at Harvard University yesterday, PBS "NewsHour" anchor Jim Lehrer rebuked the big three anchors for their networks' decision to air only three hours of prime-time coverage at each national convention this summer.

"I think that starting tomorrow, we're going to have four of the eight most important days we can have as a nation," said Lehrer, criticizing CBS's Dan Rather, ABC's Peter Jennings, and NBC's Tom Brokaw for not getting more air time. "I'm sorry. You guys are a hell of a lot more important than your bosses are willing to admit."

Poynter with more.

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Lehrer Criticizes Network Coverage

From the Boston Globe:

Speaking before a crowd of Democrats, dignitaries, and journalists at Harvard University yesterday, PBS "NewsHour" anchor Jim Lehrer rebuked the big three anchors for their networks' decision to air only three hours of prime-time coverage at each national convention this summer.

"I think that starting tomorrow, we're going to have four of the eight most important days we can have as a nation," said Lehrer, criticizing CBS's Dan Rather, ABC's Peter Jennings, and NBC's Tom Brokaw for not getting more air time. "I'm sorry. You guys are a hell of a lot more important than your bosses are willing to admit."

Poynter with more.

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Today's Schedule

Monday's theme: The Kerry-Edwards Plan for America's Future

Speakers:

David Alston, Vietnam Swift Boat Crewmate of John Kerry
Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States
Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States
Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator from New York
Al Gore, Former Vice-President of the United States
Steny Hoyer, U.S. Representative from Maryland, Democratic
Whip
Terry McAuliffe, Chairman of the Democratic Party
Kendrick Meek, U.S. Representative from Florida
Robert Menendez, U.S. Representative from New Jersey
Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston
Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator from Maryland
(joined by all Women Senators)
Stephanie Tubbs Jones, U.S. Representative from Ohio
Jim Turner, U.S. Representative from Texas

FYI, the Convention's blog is here (Hamster link-less!)

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Today's Schedule

Monday's theme: The Kerry-Edwards Plan for America's Future

Speakers:

David Alston, Vietnam Swift Boat Crewmate of John Kerry
Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States
Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States
Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator from New York
Al Gore, Former Vice-President of the United States
Steny Hoyer, U.S. Representative from Maryland, Democratic
Whip
Terry McAuliffe, Chairman of the Democratic Party
Kendrick Meek, U.S. Representative from Florida
Robert Menendez, U.S. Representative from New Jersey
Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston
Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator from Maryland
(joined by all Women Senators)
Stephanie Tubbs Jones, U.S. Representative from Ohio
Jim Turner, U.S. Representative from Texas

FYI, the Convention's blog is here (Hamster link-less!)

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Convention Note

Wage-slaving obligations (I don't work near a computer) on Monday and Wednesday will prevent me from doing 'real time' blogging here in Hawaii. Regardless, big bloggers like Talk Left, Kos and Atrios, among others (click for convention blog feeds), have that covered. I'll do posts mostly during the night / early mornings.

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Convention Note

Wage-slaving obligations (I don't work near a computer) on Monday and Wednesday will prevent me from doing 'real time' blogging here in Hawaii. Regardless, big bloggers like Talk Left, Kos and Atrios, among others (click for convention blog feeds), have that covered. I'll do posts mostly during the night / early mornings.

Posted by Eric at 05:41 AM | Comments (0)

Obama Shines on National TV

Makes the Sunday talk rounds:

Obama, the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention here Tuesday night, appeared on NBC's Meet the Press with Tim Russert, CBS' Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer and Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. Russert, in particular, put Obama to the test, asking a series of hardball questions designed to throw the intellectually nimble Obama off his game ... shortcomings of poor blacks, then asked Obama, an African-American, to respond. Obama said that he understood Cosby's remarks and agreed with them to a point. Obama said that it is true that African-Americans need to stretch beyond the "anti-intellectualism" that infects portions of their culture. But Obama said it is incumbent upon wealthier Americans to lend a helping hand to people in need, no matter their race.

"There has got to be an element of individual responsibility and communal responsibility in African-American communities," Obama said.

On Face the Nation, Obama criticized President Bush for not addressing the NAACP convention, calling that snub "a mistake."

"The attitude has to be that if you're the president, you're the president of all people," Obama said.

MTP transcript.

FTN (pdf)

Obama, a graduate of Punahou High School in Hawaii (home to Michelle Wie), says he credits Hawaii with his ability "to relate to a lot of different people." From the AP:

"Hawaii's spirit of tolerance might not have been perfect or complete, but it was -- and is -- real," said Obama, the son of a black African father and Caucasian mother from Kansas, who met at the University of Hawaii.

"The opportunity that Hawaii offered -- to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect -- became an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear," he wrote in a Fall 1999 essay in the Punahou Bulletin, the magazine of his alma mater ... "Both my mother and father embraced the ideal of racial harmony that Hawaii represented, and although their marriage proved short-lived, it was that ideal that my family continued to nurture in me throughout my early childhood," he wrote.

The NY Times also covers Obama's rise to prominence.

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Obama Shines on National TV

Makes the Sunday talk rounds:

Obama, the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention here Tuesday night, appeared on NBC's Meet the Press with Tim Russert, CBS' Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer and Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. Russert, in particular, put Obama to the test, asking a series of hardball questions designed to throw the intellectually nimble Obama off his game ... shortcomings of poor blacks, then asked Obama, an African-American, to respond. Obama said that he understood Cosby's remarks and agreed with them to a point. Obama said that it is true that African-Americans need to stretch beyond the "anti-intellectualism" that infects portions of their culture. But Obama said it is incumbent upon wealthier Americans to lend a helping hand to people in need, no matter their race.

"There has got to be an element of individual responsibility and communal responsibility in African-American communities," Obama said.

On Face the Nation, Obama criticized President Bush for not addressing the NAACP convention, calling that snub "a mistake."

"The attitude has to be that if you're the president, you're the president of all people," Obama said.

MTP transcript.

FTN (pdf)

Obama, a graduate of Punahou High School in Hawaii (home to Michelle Wie), says he credits Hawaii with his ability "to relate to a lot of different people." From the AP:

"Hawaii's spirit of tolerance might not have been perfect or complete, but it was -- and is -- real," said Obama, the son of a black African father and Caucasian mother from Kansas, who met at the University of Hawaii.

"The opportunity that Hawaii offered -- to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect -- became an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear," he wrote in a Fall 1999 essay in the Punahou Bulletin, the magazine of his alma mater ... "Both my mother and father embraced the ideal of racial harmony that Hawaii represented, and although their marriage proved short-lived, it was that ideal that my family continued to nurture in me throughout my early childhood," he wrote.

The NY Times also covers Obama's rise to prominence.

Posted by Eric at 04:21 AM | Comments (0)

Ted Turner: My Beef With Big Media

Commentary in The Washington Monthly:

At this late stage, media companies have grown so large and powerful, and their dominance has become so detrimental to the survival of small, emerging companies, that there remains only one alternative: bust up the big conglomerates. We've done this before: to the railroad trusts in the first part of the 20th century, to Ma Bell more recently. Indeed, big media itself was cut down to size in the 1970s, and a period of staggering innovation and growth followed. Breaking up the reconstituted media conglomerates may seem like an impossible task when their grip on the policy-making process in Washington seems so sure. But the public's broad and bipartisan rebellion against the FCC's pro-consolidation decisions suggests something different. Politically, big media may again be on the wrong side of history--and up against a country unwilling to lose its independents.

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Ted Turner: My Beef With Big Media

Commentary in The Washington Monthly:

At this late stage, media companies have grown so large and powerful, and their dominance has become so detrimental to the survival of small, emerging companies, that there remains only one alternative: bust up the big conglomerates. We've done this before: to the railroad trusts in the first part of the 20th century, to Ma Bell more recently. Indeed, big media itself was cut down to size in the 1970s, and a period of staggering innovation and growth followed. Breaking up the reconstituted media conglomerates may seem like an impossible task when their grip on the policy-making process in Washington seems so sure. But the public's broad and bipartisan rebellion against the FCC's pro-consolidation decisions suggests something different. Politically, big media may again be on the wrong side of history--and up against a country unwilling to lose its independents.

Posted by Eric at 01:46 AM | Comments (0)

Ron Reagan and Stem Cell

Sort of a preview of Reagan's Tuesday convention speech. On the potential political nature of the speech:

Reagan: "Maybe the Democrats are using me. Wouldn't that be shocking? But you know what? I'm using them. You know? And all these people that have been taking shots at me lately for doing this thing. As long as they spell embryonic stem cell correctly, I don't care. It's fine. It puts the issue in the public eye, and that's the only reason I'm doing this."

Posted by Eric at 01:24 AM | Comments (20)

Ron Reagan and Stem Cell

Sort of a preview of Reagan's Tuesday convention speech. On the potential political nature of the speech:

Reagan: "Maybe the Democrats are using me. Wouldn't that be shocking? But you know what? I'm using them. You know? And all these people that have been taking shots at me lately for doing this thing. As long as they spell embryonic stem cell correctly, I don't care. It's fine. It puts the issue in the public eye, and that's the only reason I'm doing this."

Posted by Eric at 01:24 AM | Comments (0)

From the Mouth of God to Bush

Bush says he was told by God to strike down ye enemies.

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From the Mouth of God to Bush

Bush says he was told by God to strike down ye enemies.

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July 23, 2004

Friday

News
Reuters. Bush Seeks to Limit Political Damage from Report
NewsNet5. Accuracy Of Bush Campaign Ad Questioned
NYT. Army Report Says Flaws in Detention Didn't Cause Abuse
NYT. Halliburton Defends Record in Iraq on Capitol Hill
WP. Marriage Protection Act Passes
WP. More Revelations in Berger Inquiry; Wider Circle in Administration Claims Prior Knowledge of Probe
WP. Senate Democrats Block 3 More Bush Judicial Nominees
AP. Feds order Enron to pay $32 million
AP. O'Connor disgusted by federal sentencing case
LAT. From Al Jazeera to BBC, Conventions Are Hot Story
LAT. Noncitizen Voting Divides S.F. Chinese
Newsday. Brooklyn councilwoman plans to run for Congress
AP. Bush Aims to Connect With Black Voters
AP. Voters to Decide on Edwards' Experience
AP. GOP Seeks Catholic Parish Directories
Guardian. Kerry runs high-tech campaign
BG. Kerry pushes $400m antigang initiative
Arizona Republic. Could Arizona decide the election?

Commentary
Krugman. Accounting and Accountability
Bob Herbert. Who's Getting the New Jobs?
NYT. Insurance for Electronic Votes
Jay Bookman. Tapped-out U.S. military must regroup
Joseph Smigelski. Rock Against Bush
Scott D. O’Reilly. The Neocon Con
Boston Globe. Doubts about Tom DeLay
Derrick Z. Jackson. Eroding trust among Arabs
Marie Cocco. The people shared the failure on terror attacks
Guardian. Stopping the next attack
SFC. Digital politics
Seattle PI. Victory in Iraq was 'genius' -- or not
E. J. Dionne. A Lesson From 9/11: Openness
Eric Alterman. 'As Goes Kansas...'
Steven Rosenfeld. A Small Victory for Progressives
Esther Kaplan. Time's Up
PFAW. House Passes Direct Attack on Constitution, Gay and Lesbian Americans
The Nation. A People's Democratic Platform
Maeve Hebert. When a Good Day For Bush Is a Better Day For Kerry
Laurie Spivak. Harnessing Hollywood
Kenneth S. Baer. The Speech: Six lessons for John Kerry and his speechwriters.

Posted by Eric at 11:11 PM | Comments (10)

Friday

News
Reuters. Bush Seeks to Limit Political Damage from Report
NewsNet5. Accuracy Of Bush Campaign Ad Questioned
NYT. Army Report Says Flaws in Detention Didn't Cause Abuse
NYT. Halliburton Defends Record in Iraq on Capitol Hill
WP. Marriage Protection Act Passes
WP. More Revelations in Berger Inquiry; Wider Circle in Administration Claims Prior Knowledge of Probe
WP. Senate Democrats Block 3 More Bush Judicial Nominees
AP. Feds order Enron to pay $32 million
AP. O'Connor disgusted by federal sentencing case
LAT. From Al Jazeera to BBC, Conventions Are Hot Story
LAT. Noncitizen Voting Divides S.F. Chinese
Newsday. Brooklyn councilwoman plans to run for Congress
AP. Bush Aims to Connect With Black Voters
AP. Voters to Decide on Edwards' Experience
AP. GOP Seeks Catholic Parish Directories
Guardian. Kerry runs high-tech campaign
BG. Kerry pushes $400m antigang initiative
Arizona Republic. Could Arizona decide the election?

Commentary
Krugman. Accounting and Accountability
Bob Herbert. Who's Getting the New Jobs?
NYT. Insurance for Electronic Votes
Jay Bookman. Tapped-out U.S. military must regroup
Joseph Smigelski. Rock Against Bush
Scott D. O’Reilly. The Neocon Con
Boston Globe. Doubts about Tom DeLay
Derrick Z. Jackson. Eroding trust among Arabs
Marie Cocco. The people shared the failure on terror attacks
Guardian. Stopping the next attack
SFC. Digital politics
Seattle PI. Victory in Iraq was 'genius' -- or not
E. J. Dionne. A Lesson From 9/11: Openness
Eric Alterman. 'As Goes Kansas...'
Steven Rosenfeld. A Small Victory for Progressives
Esther Kaplan. Time's Up
PFAW. House Passes Direct Attack on Constitution, Gay and Lesbian Americans
The Nation. A People's Democratic Platform
Maeve Hebert. When a Good Day For Bush Is a Better Day For Kerry
Laurie Spivak. Harnessing Hollywood
Kenneth S. Baer. The Speech: Six lessons for John Kerry and his speechwriters.

Posted by Eric at 11:11 PM | Comments (1)

Air America Plug

If you ever miss an Air America Radio show, go to Air America Place's audio archives and download your missed episode.

The archives are donation based, so if you have a few bucks to spare, throw it here.

Posted by Eric at 09:54 PM | Comments (61)

Air America Plug

If you ever miss an Air America Radio show, go to Air America Place's audio archives and download your missed episode.

The archives are donation based, so if you have a few bucks to spare, throw it here.

Posted by Eric at 09:54 PM | Comments (1)

Fox Spins Bush DUI

As Eric Boehlert in Salon.com notes, "some inside the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel are fighting back, insisting FNC doesn't go easy on Republicans. A favorite talking point has become how it was the Fox News Channel that first broke the embarrassing news, during the closing week of the 2000 campaign, that George W. Bush had been arrested for drunken driving in 1976 when he was 30 years old -- an arrest Bush had never come clean about."

However, the whole story (something that often escapes Fox News) is quite different.

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Fox Spins Bush DUI

As Eric Boehlert in Salon.com notes, "some inside the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel are fighting back, insisting FNC doesn't go easy on Republicans. A favorite talking point has become how it was the Fox News Channel that first broke the embarrassing news, during the closing week of the 2000 campaign, that George W. Bush had been arrested for drunken driving in 1976 when he was 30 years old -- an arrest Bush had never come clean about."

However, the whole story (something that often escapes Fox News) is quite different.

Posted by Eric at 03:56 PM | Comments (0)

Email Cal Thomas

From the Progress Report:

Right-wing pundit Cal Thomas's latest syndicated column leads with a quote from a Fox News interview he personally conducted with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Thomas claims Rumsfeld admitted "the declaration presented by the United States to the United Nations justifying war against Iraq 'was flawed, was inaccurate, was false.'" It would have been a surprising – and beneficial - admission from Rumsfeld. The only problem is, Rumsfeld never admitted any such thing; Thomas took his quote out of context in order to make it seem as if the Defense Secretary was suddenly being honest about Iraq. According to the official transcript, however, Rumsfeld actually said, "the declaration that was submitted to the United Nations by Saddam Hussein was flawed, was inaccurate, was false." Rumsfeld offered no admission that the administration misled the country about the premise for war. E-mail the Baltimore Sun at letters@baltsun.com and tell them to make Cal Thomas either correct the record, or get Rumsfeld to actually admit the truth about Iraq.

Funny enough, Cal Thomas comments on media accuracy on the weekend for Fox News Watch. Yeah.

Posted by Eric at 03:33 PM | Comments (59)

Email Cal Thomas

From the Progress Report:

Right-wing pundit Cal Thomas's latest syndicated column leads with a quote from a Fox News interview he personally conducted with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Thomas claims Rumsfeld admitted "the declaration presented by the United States to the United Nations justifying war against Iraq 'was flawed, was inaccurate, was false.'" It would have been a surprising – and beneficial - admission from Rumsfeld. The only problem is, Rumsfeld never admitted any such thing; Thomas took his quote out of context in order to make it seem as if the Defense Secretary was suddenly being honest about Iraq. According to the official transcript, however, Rumsfeld actually said, "the declaration that was submitted to the United Nations by Saddam Hussein was flawed, was inaccurate, was false." Rumsfeld offered no admission that the administration misled the country about the premise for war. E-mail the Baltimore Sun at letters@baltsun.com and tell them to make Cal Thomas either correct the record, or get Rumsfeld to actually admit the truth about Iraq.

Funny enough, Cal Thomas comments on media accuracy on the weekend for Fox News Watch. Yeah.

Posted by Eric at 03:33 PM | Comments (2)

Kerry Large Lead in Penn

Ten points, according to latest poll. AP:

In Pennsylvania, a key swing state won by Democrat Al Gore (news - web sites) in 2000, Kerry was up over Bush by 48 percent to 38 percent, while Nader was at 5 percent, in a state poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times.

In Oregon, Kerry led Bush 50 percent to 42 percent, while Nader had 4 percent, according to a poll by the American Research Group. Gore narrowly won Oregon in 2000.

In Florida, a Mason-Dixon poll found Bush at 48 percent, Kerry at 46 percent and Nader at 2 percent. The race was equally close in a Los Angeles Times poll, with Bush at 45 percent, Kerry at 44 percent and 2 percent for Nader.

In other competitive states, Kerry and Bush were tied in ARG polls in New Hampshire and Ohio. Bush won both states in 2000.

In New Hampshire, Kerry had 47 percent, Bush 45 percent and Nader 3 percent. In Ohio, Kerry and Bush also were deadlocked in a three-way race.

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Kerry Large Lead in Penn

Ten points, according to latest poll. AP:

In Pennsylvania, a key swing state won by Democrat Al Gore (news - web sites) in 2000, Kerry was up over Bush by 48 percent to 38 percent, while Nader was at 5 percent, in a state poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times.

In Oregon, Kerry led Bush 50 percent to 42 percent, while Nader had 4 percent, according to a poll by the American Research Group. Gore narrowly won Oregon in 2000.

In Florida, a Mason-Dixon poll found Bush at 48 percent, Kerry at 46 percent and Nader at 2 percent. The race was equally close in a Los Angeles Times poll, with Bush at 45 percent, Kerry at 44 percent and 2 percent for Nader.

In other competitive states, Kerry and Bush were tied in ARG polls in New Hampshire and Ohio. Bush won both states in 2000.

In New Hampshire, Kerry had 47 percent, Bush 45 percent and Nader 3 percent. In Ohio, Kerry and Bush also were deadlocked in a three-way race.

Posted by Eric at 03:20 PM | Comments (0)

No Link

'Operational Relationship' With Al Qaeda Discounted.

Can we finally put this to rest?

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No Link

'Operational Relationship' With Al Qaeda Discounted.

Can we finally put this to rest?

Posted by Eric at 08:34 AM | Comments (4)

Iraqi General Assassinated

From AP:

Gunmen assassinated a senior member of Iraq (news - web sites)'s fledgling armed forces as he traveled to Friday prayers in the northern city of Mosul, police said.

Brigadier General Salim Blaish and one of his neighbors who was traveling with him were killed by gunmen in a drive-by shooting.

Guerrillas in Iraq have repeatedly targeted senior officials and members of Iraq's police and armed forces.

Posted by Eric at 08:23 AM | Comments (10)

Iraqi General Assassinated

From AP:

Gunmen assassinated a senior member of Iraq (news - web sites)'s fledgling armed forces as he traveled to Friday prayers in the northern city of Mosul, police said.

Brigadier General Salim Blaish and one of his neighbors who was traveling with him were killed by gunmen in a drive-by shooting.

Guerrillas in Iraq have repeatedly targeted senior officials and members of Iraq's police and armed forces.

Posted by Eric at 08:23 AM | Comments (0)

McEnroe a Miss for CNBC

From CableNewser:

McEnroe's CNBC disaster scratched again last night. It managed a 0.1, with 70,000 households and 72,000 viewers watching. Only 21,000 folks in the ad-friendly 25-54 demo checked the show out. "At this point, CNBC's Wake Up Call at 6am is beating McEnroe when the HUT (households using television) levels are at
18.5%," a cable news source says. "Yesterday Wake Up Call averaged 83,000 viewers." During McEnroe's show, the HUT levels were around 60%, so how many more days does the show have to scratch before Jeff Zucker wll start "re-tooling?"

Posted by Eric at 07:42 AM | Comments (25)

McEnroe a Miss for CNBC

From CableNewser:

McEnroe's CNBC disaster scratched again last night. It managed a 0.1, with 70,000 households and 72,000 viewers watching. Only 21,000 folks in the ad-friendly 25-54 demo checked the show out. "At this point, CNBC's Wake Up Call at 6am is beating McEnroe when the HUT (households using television) levels are at
18.5%," a cable news source says. "Yesterday Wake Up Call averaged 83,000 viewers." During McEnroe's show, the HUT levels were around 60%, so how many more days does the show have to scratch before Jeff Zucker wll start "re-tooling?"

Posted by Eric at 07:42 AM | Comments (4)

White House Environmental Accomplishments?

The NRDC does a rather good job refuting White House talking points on the environment. Por ejemplo:

WH Claim: Of the $4.9 billion maintenance backlog plaguing national parks, $2.8 billion has been allocated and another $1.1 billion proposed.

Reality: The White House's numbers don't add up. The General Accounting Office estimates the current maintenance backlog is between $4 billion and $6.8 billion. According to the National Parks Conservation Association, the administration has so far provided only $662 million to address that backlog. The FY 2005 budget proposes only $350 million in new money to address the maintenance backlog. (To the consternation of conservationists, the administration also has shifted money away from other essential park programs.) On average, national parks are operating with only two thirds of the necessary funding, a system-wide shortfall that translates to more than $600 million annually ...

WH Claim: Committed to cutting greenhouse gas "intensity" (ratio of emissions to economic output) by 18 percent by 2012.

Reality: Total emissions will still increase under this plan by as much as 19 percent because of expected economic growth. That is about the same rate of reduction in carbon intensity that has occurred over the past 12 years, according to an Energy Department analysis. In other words, this is a do-nothing approach.

Posted by Eric at 07:00 AM | Comments (37)

White House Environmental Accomplishments?

The NRDC does a rather good job refuting White House talking points on the environment. Por ejemplo:

WH Claim: Of the $4.9 billion maintenance backlog plaguing national parks, $2.8 billion has been allocated and another $1.1 billion proposed.

Reality: The White House's numbers don't add up. The General Accounting Office estimates the current maintenance backlog is between $4 billion and $6.8 billion. According to the National Parks Conservation Association, the administration has so far provided only $662 million to address that backlog. The FY 2005 budget proposes only $350 million in new money to address the maintenance backlog. (To the consternation of conservationists, the administration also has shifted money away from other essential park programs.) On average, national parks are operating with only two thirds of the necessary funding, a system-wide shortfall that translates to more than $600 million annually ...

WH Claim: Committed to cutting greenhouse gas "intensity" (ratio of emissions to economic output) by 18 percent by 2012.

Reality: Total emissions will still increase under this plan by as much as 19 percent because of expected economic growth. That is about the same rate of reduction in carbon intensity that has occurred over the past 12 years, according to an Energy Department analysis. In other words, this is a do-nothing approach.

Posted by Eric at 07:00 AM | Comments (1)

Bushisms

Alright, but just one chance. From About.com:

"Give me a chance to be your president and America will be safer and stronger and better." Marquette, Michigan, July 13, 2004
George W. Bush, once again running on his record.

Posted by Eric at 04:49 AM | Comments (31)

Bushisms

Alright, but just one chance. From About.com:

"Give me a chance to be your president and America will be safer and stronger and better." Marquette, Michigan, July 13, 2004
George W. Bush, once again running on his record.

Posted by Eric at 04:49 AM | Comments (3)

Still Deadlocked

New LA Times. Among the points:


  • Overall. "Sen. John F. Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, leads President Bush by 2 percentage points among registered voters nationwide, with or without liberal independent candidate Ralph Nader included in the matchup. That's an advantage within the poll's margin of error, and a smaller lead than Kerry enjoyed in a Times survey last month."
  • Wrong Direction. "Fully 54% say the nation is moving in the wrong direction. Nearly half say Bush's economic policies have made the country worse off — almost twice as many as say his agenda has improved conditions. A slim majority says the war in Iraq was not justified. Perhaps most ominously for Bush, nearly three-fifths say the country should not "continue in the direction he set out," and "needs to move in a new direction"."
  • Kerry Confidence. "The poll shows Kerry has progressed in making his case to voters. Nearly three-fifths say he is qualified to be commander in chief, traditionally a key hurdle for a challenger. And just over four-fifths of his supporters say they are certain to vote for him, equal to the percentage of Bush supporters who say they are locked in."
  • Kerry Who? "But one-third of voters, a portion virtually unchanged from June, say they do not know enough about Kerry to decide whether he would be a better president than Bush."

    Posted by Eric at 02:06 AM | Comments (36)

    Still Deadlocked

    New LA Times. Among the points:


  • Overall. "Sen. John F. Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, leads President Bush by 2 percentage points among registered voters nationwide, with or without liberal independent candidate Ralph Nader included in the matchup. That's an advantage within the poll's margin of error, and a smaller lead than Kerry enjoyed in a Times survey last month."
  • Wrong Direction. "Fully 54% say the nation is moving in the wrong direction. Nearly half say Bush's economic policies have made the country worse off — almost twice as many as say his agenda has improved conditions. A slim majority says the war in Iraq was not justified. Perhaps most ominously for Bush, nearly three-fifths say the country should not "continue in the direction he set out," and "needs to move in a new direction"."
  • Kerry Confidence. "The poll shows Kerry has progressed in making his case to voters. Nearly three-fifths say he is qualified to be commander in chief, traditionally a key hurdle for a challenger. And just over four-fifths of his supporters say they are certain to vote for him, equal to the percentage of Bush supporters who say they are locked in."
  • Kerry Who? "But one-third of voters, a portion virtually unchanged from June, say they do not know enough about Kerry to decide whether he would be a better president than Bush."

    Posted by Eric at 02:06 AM | Comments (3)

    Dean Member of Republican National Committee's Victory 2004 Club

    *See, Democrats are really Republicans in disguise*. WPost:

    Former Vermont governor Howard Dean learned something new yesterday: He's a member of the Republican National Committee's Victory 2004 club. Even has the membership card to prove it. It arrived in the mail with a striking picture of President and Laura Bush, and a typed note: "To: Howard Dean, thank you for your loyal commitment, I'm looking forward to working with you for a great Republican victory in Vermont this year. Warmest regards, George Bush." (And the onetime Democratic presidential contender thought his loss in Iowa was a good reason to shriek.)

    When we called the RNC yesterday, spokeswoman Christine Iverson sniffed: "Well, the RNC was pleased to recently receive a fundraising solicitation for Senator Kerry -- with the name 'Republican National Committee' fully typed out on the envelope. Unfortunately for Senator Kerry, we chose not to respond."

    By the way, if you need convincing there is a difference between Republicans and Democrats (empty Nader rhetoric doesn't count), go here.

    Posted by Eric at 01:50 AM | Comments (133)

    Dean Member of Republican National Committee's Victory 2004 Club

    *See, Democrats are really Republicans in disguise*. WPost:

    Former Vermont governor Howard Dean learned something new yesterday: He's a member of the Republican National Committee's Victory 2004 club. Even has the membership card to prove it. It arrived in the mail with a striking picture of President and Laura Bush, and a typed note: "To: Howard Dean, thank you for your loyal commitment, I'm looking forward to working with you for a great Republican victory in Vermont this year. Warmest regards, George Bush." (And the onetime Democratic presidential contender thought his loss in Iowa was a good reason to shriek.)

    When we called the RNC yesterday, spokeswoman Christine Iverson sniffed: "Well, the RNC was pleased to recently receive a fundraising solicitation for Senator Kerry -- with the name 'Republican National Committee' fully typed out on the envelope. Unfortunately for Senator Kerry, we chose not to respond."

    By the way, if you need convincing there is a difference between Republicans and Democrats (empty Nader rhetoric doesn't count), go here.

    Posted by Eric at 01:50 AM | Comments (10)

    July 22, 2004

    Thursday Stories

    News
    AP. Edwards says he and Kerry will bring real values to White House
    Reuters. S.F. Chronicle Editor Suspended Over Kerry Donation
    AP. Kerry ad targeting Hispanics touts faith
    ChicTrib. Re: Against Obama. Does anyone want this job? As Kirk Dillard becomes the latest to take himself out of the running for the GOP spot in November's race, many are wondering
    ChicTrib. Clinton team helps Kerry set policy agenda
    Ann Arbor News. Nader retains GOP help, earns ballot spot
    AP. Nader qualifies for Nevada ballot
    Newsweek. 'An Evolution' Congressman Barney Frank on gay rights, civility—and running for the Senate
    AP. Nader sues to get ballot access in Texas
    BGlobe. Bush shifts gear, speaks of vision for second term
    WP. Bush Quashes GOP Deal on Tax Cuts' Life
    WP. War Funds Dwindling, GAO Warns
    WP. D.C. Gap In Wealth Growing; Uneducated Suffer Most, Study Shows
    NYT. Bush Sketches His Agenda for U.S. in a Second Term
    NYT. Army to Call Up Recruits Earlier
    AP. Australian Report Finds Iraq Data Was Flawed
    NYT. Iraqi Insurgents Report Grabbing 6 More Hostages
    NYT. War Costs Exceed Budget, Watchdog Panel Says
    NYT. Marines Said to Kill 25 Iraqis in Clashes in Ramadi

    Commentary
    Jeff Cohen. Nader's "Grassroots" Campaign... Courtesy of the GOP
    David Corn. The Real Goal of the Get-Wilson Crusade
    Andrew Gumbel. America Sings a New Song of Celebrity Censorship
    Mark Morford. Rig My Election, Please
    Bill Berkowitz. Tom DeLay's tainted ethics panel
    Molly Ivins. The peace president: 900 Americans dead, and campaigning Bush washes his hands of Iraq
    Joshua Holland. Blackwashing; Scratch the surface of a black conservative group and you find a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Spreading Democracy: Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Martin Meehan are trying to restore democracy on the Hill with two new bills. Good luck.
    Arianna Huffington. In Praise of Unruly Women
    Stephen S. Roach. More Jobs, Worse Work
    Barbara Ehrenreich. Owning Up to Abortion
    Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Bad message in convention snub
    SFC. Bush's pup tent
    Richard Cohen. Our Forgotten Panic
    Seattle PI. Things could get worse at EPA
    Clarence Page. Kerry presses fight in middle America
    Robert B. Reich. Better Spies Won't Add Up to Better Foreign Policy
    Sidney Blumenthal. Kerry's war didn't end in the Mekong
    Ellen Goodman. Warming up to Kerry

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (31)

    Thursday Stories

    News
    AP. Edwards says he and Kerry will bring real values to White House
    Reuters. S.F. Chronicle Editor Suspended Over Kerry Donation
    AP. Kerry ad targeting Hispanics touts faith
    ChicTrib. Re: Against Obama. Does anyone want this job? As Kirk Dillard becomes the latest to take himself out of the running for the GOP spot in November's race, many are wondering
    ChicTrib. Clinton team helps Kerry set policy agenda
    Ann Arbor News. Nader retains GOP help, earns ballot spot
    AP. Nader qualifies for Nevada ballot
    Newsweek. 'An Evolution' Congressman Barney Frank on gay rights, civility—and running for the Senate
    AP. Nader sues to get ballot access in Texas
    BGlobe. Bush shifts gear, speaks of vision for second term
    WP. Bush Quashes GOP Deal on Tax Cuts' Life
    WP. War Funds Dwindling, GAO Warns
    WP. D.C. Gap In Wealth Growing; Uneducated Suffer Most, Study Shows
    NYT. Bush Sketches His Agenda for U.S. in a Second Term
    NYT. Army to Call Up Recruits Earlier
    AP. Australian Report Finds Iraq Data Was Flawed
    NYT. Iraqi Insurgents Report Grabbing 6 More Hostages
    NYT. War Costs Exceed Budget, Watchdog Panel Says
    NYT. Marines Said to Kill 25 Iraqis in Clashes in Ramadi

    Commentary
    Jeff Cohen. Nader's "Grassroots" Campaign... Courtesy of the GOP
    David Corn. The Real Goal of the Get-Wilson Crusade
    Andrew Gumbel. America Sings a New Song of Celebrity Censorship
    Mark Morford. Rig My Election, Please
    Bill Berkowitz. Tom DeLay's tainted ethics panel
    Molly Ivins. The peace president: 900 Americans dead, and campaigning Bush washes his hands of Iraq
    Joshua Holland. Blackwashing; Scratch the surface of a black conservative group and you find a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Spreading Democracy: Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Martin Meehan are trying to restore democracy on the Hill with two new bills. Good luck.
    Arianna Huffington. In Praise of Unruly Women
    Stephen S. Roach. More Jobs, Worse Work
    Barbara Ehrenreich. Owning Up to Abortion
    Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Bad message in convention snub
    SFC. Bush's pup tent
    Richard Cohen. Our Forgotten Panic
    Seattle PI. Things could get worse at EPA
    Clarence Page. Kerry presses fight in middle America
    Robert B. Reich. Better Spies Won't Add Up to Better Foreign Policy
    Sidney Blumenthal. Kerry's war didn't end in the Mekong
    Ellen Goodman. Warming up to Kerry

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (1)

    Prophet G

    From MoDowd:

    Last year, Ali G asked James Baker III, the Bush I secretary of state, if it was wise for Iraq and Iran to have such similar names. "Isn't there a real danger," the faux rapper wondered, "that someone give a message over the radio to one of them fighter pilots, saying 'Bomb Ira-' and the geezer doesn't heard it properly" and bombs the wrong one?

    "No danger," Mr. Baker replied.

    Well, as it turns out, the United States did bomb the wrong Ira-.

    President Bush says he's now investigating Qaeda-Iran ties, and whether Iran helped the 9/11 hijackers.

    Whoops. Right axis. Wrong evil.

    For those interested, Dowd has a new book, which is a collection of her columns about Bush and family.

    Posted by Eric at 08:34 PM | Comments (12)

    Prophet G

    From MoDowd:

    Last year, Ali G asked James Baker III, the Bush I secretary of state, if it was wise for Iraq and Iran to have such similar names. "Isn't there a real danger," the faux rapper wondered, "that someone give a message over the radio to one of them fighter pilots, saying 'Bomb Ira-' and the geezer doesn't heard it properly" and bombs the wrong one?

    "No danger," Mr. Baker replied.

    Well, as it turns out, the United States did bomb the wrong Ira-.

    President Bush says he's now investigating Qaeda-Iran ties, and whether Iran helped the 9/11 hijackers.

    Whoops. Right axis. Wrong evil.

    For those interested, Dowd has a new book, which is a collection of her columns about Bush and family.

    Posted by Eric at 08:34 PM | Comments (1)

    O'Reilly Keeps Lying

    About ratings.

    About the dropout rate for blacks.

    About Jeremy Glick.

    About the Florida recount.

    Posted by Eric at 08:27 PM | Comments (37)

    O'Reilly Keeps Lying

    About ratings.

    About the dropout rate for blacks.

    About Jeremy Glick.

    About the Florida recount.

    Posted by Eric at 08:27 PM | Comments (1)

    Candidate Caught Stealing Opponent's Signs

    Candidate campaigns always believe the other side is sabatoging their campaign signs. Well, this guy was caught red-handed:

    Armed with a video camera and dressed in camouflage clothing, a candidate for Sequoyah County commissioner hid in the thickets along U.S. 64 and waited in the dim morning light for the culprit who had been stealing his campaign signs.

    He caught the thief in the act.

    Candidate Steve Carter said he never expected the culprit to be incumbent Sequoyah County Commissioner Lewis Warren.

    But Carter has videotape and the testimony of a county sheriff's deputy who accompanied him to prove his story.

    "I was shocked," Carter said Thursday from his home in Gore. "This is a public officer. What kind of example is this for children? Since the news got out about the video, people have generally said the same thing. They can't believe a public official would stoop so low to actually steal an opponent's campaign signs."

    Video here.

    Posted by Eric at 08:05 PM | Comments (18)

    Candidate Caught Stealing Opponent's Signs

    Candidate campaigns always believe the other side is sabatoging their campaign signs. Well, this guy was caught red-handed:

    Armed with a video camera and dressed in camouflage clothing, a candidate for Sequoyah County commissioner hid in the thickets along U.S. 64 and waited in the dim morning light for the culprit who had been stealing his campaign signs.

    He caught the thief in the act.

    Candidate Steve Carter said he never expected the culprit to be incumbent Sequoyah County Commissioner Lewis Warren.

    But Carter has videotape and the testimony of a county sheriff's deputy who accompanied him to prove his story.

    "I was shocked," Carter said Thursday from his home in Gore. "This is a public officer. What kind of example is this for children? Since the news got out about the video, people have generally said the same thing. They can't believe a public official would stoop so low to actually steal an opponent's campaign signs."

    Video here.

    Posted by Eric at 08:05 PM | Comments (0)

    Where Bush Gets His "Science"

    Environmental Defense on the oil industry's so called environmental experts. Surprise! They're also extremely well paid:

    Posted by Eric at 07:59 PM | Comments (7)

    Where Bush Gets His "Science"

    Environmental Defense on the oil industry's so called environmental experts. Surprise! They're also extremely well paid:

    Posted by Eric at 07:59 PM | Comments (0)

    John Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards on Larry King

    Transcript here.

    Posted by Eric at 11:00 AM | Comments (11)

    John Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards on Larry King

    Transcript here.

    Posted by Eric at 11:00 AM | Comments (2)

    Kucinich Endorsement Part 2

    On his website, Kucinich has released this statement about his support for the Kerry - Edwards ticket.

    The tens of thousands of volunteers who helped our campaign across America will be enlisted to help the Kerry-Edwards ticket. Those delegates who pledged to me at the convention will be asked to join the Kerry- Edwards delegates in our sweep to victory. This convention will be a great celebration of John Kerry, John Edwards and our Democratic Party and its capacity to restore hope for all Americans.

    The word is unity. My volunteers united at the Democratic Platform and we will unite now because we recognize that unity is essential to bring change in November. Unity is essential to repair America. Unity is essential to set America on a new path.

    John Kerry is a good friend and a decent man. He has a lifelong commitment of honorable service to our nation as a soldier and as a Senator. He can be trusted with power. He will help heal America. He has outstanding intellectual gifts he will bring to the White House and to world affairs. I am proud to stand here to say I will do everything possible to make John Kerry the next President of the United States.

    He also addressed those thinking of supporting Nader:
    John Kerry can win because there is a place within the Democratic party for everyone, including those who may be thinking of supporting Ralph Nader. Most people know I have many of the same commitments Ralph has.

    If there is room for me in the party and the Kerry-Edwards campaign, there is certainly room for Ralph and for his supporters.

    Posted by Eric at 10:40 AM | Comments (48)

    Kucinich Endorsement Part 2

    On his website, Kucinich has released this statement about his support for the Kerry - Edwards ticket.

    The tens of thousands of volunteers who helped our campaign across America will be enlisted to help the Kerry-Edwards ticket. Those delegates who pledged to me at the convention will be asked to join the Kerry- Edwards delegates in our sweep to victory. This convention will be a great celebration of John Kerry, John Edwards and our Democratic Party and its capacity to restore hope for all Americans.

    The word is unity. My volunteers united at the Democratic Platform and we will unite now because we recognize that unity is essential to bring change in November. Unity is essential to repair America. Unity is essential to set America on a new path.

    John Kerry is a good friend and a decent man. He has a lifelong commitment of honorable service to our nation as a soldier and as a Senator. He can be trusted with power. He will help heal America. He has outstanding intellectual gifts he will bring to the White House and to world affairs. I am proud to stand here to say I will do everything possible to make John Kerry the next President of the United States.

    He also addressed those thinking of supporting Nader:
    John Kerry can win because there is a place within the Democratic party for everyone, including those who may be thinking of supporting Ralph Nader. Most people know I have many of the same commitments Ralph has.

    If there is room for me in the party and the Kerry-Edwards campaign, there is certainly room for Ralph and for his supporters.

    Posted by Eric at 10:40 AM | Comments (7)

    No Blacks Support Bush in Michigan

    Well, at least in percentage points. At least there's no blacks in Michigan!

    The however:

    Pollster Steve Mitchell of Mitchell Research said if Bush could siphon off African-American votes from Kerry, leaving him with 85 percent instead of 90 percent of the total cast, he likely would beat the Democrat in Michigan. “A small shift would be important — it could swing the state,” said Mitchell, who polls for The Detroit News.

    Posted by Eric at 10:32 AM | Comments (10)

    No Blacks Support Bush in Michigan

    Well, at least in percentage points. At least there's no blacks in Michigan!

    The however:

    Pollster Steve Mitchell of Mitchell Research said if Bush could siphon off African-American votes from Kerry, leaving him with 85 percent instead of 90 percent of the total cast, he likely would beat the Democrat in Michigan. “A small shift would be important — it could swing the state,” said Mitchell, who polls for The Detroit News.

    Posted by Eric at 10:32 AM | Comments (1)

    Forget Policies ... Get Don King

    At least, that seems to be the GOP's plan to woo black voters.

    Posted by Eric at 09:56 AM | Comments (5)

    Forget Policies ... Get Don King

    At least, that seems to be the GOP's plan to woo black voters.

    Posted by Eric at 09:56 AM | Comments (1)

    Average Phoenix, AZ Household Sees 200+ Prez Ads

    And they're not the biggest market. From the Arizona Republic:

    If yours is a metropolitan Phoenix household with "average" television-viewing habits, you've been subjected to more than 200 commercials touting John Kerry or George W. Bush in the early stages of their presidential campaigns, a study reveals.

    The ads blanketed the Valley at the rate of roughly two "hits" a day per household, whether TVs were tuned to the local news or 60 Minutes, or Oprah, Judge Judy or a Spanish-language station.

    Phoenix, as the most populous market in a state counted among 21 that could prove crucial in the Nov. 2 general election, ranked 37th among 93 markets nationwide in the concentration of ads, according to a joint analysis by the Nielsen Monitor-Plus ratings organization and the University of Wisconsin Advertising Project.

    If you're interested in the project, their website is here.

    Posted by Eric at 09:47 AM | Comments (10)

    Average Phoenix, AZ Household Sees 200+ Prez Ads

    And they're not the biggest market. From the Arizona Republic:

    If yours is a metropolitan Phoenix household with "average" television-viewing habits, you've been subjected to more than 200 commercials touting John Kerry or George W. Bush in the early stages of their presidential campaigns, a study reveals.

    The ads blanketed the Valley at the rate of roughly two "hits" a day per household, whether TVs were tuned to the local news or 60 Minutes, or Oprah, Judge Judy or a Spanish-language station.

    Phoenix, as the most populous market in a state counted among 21 that could prove crucial in the Nov. 2 general election, ranked 37th among 93 markets nationwide in the concentration of ads, according to a joint analysis by the Nielsen Monitor-Plus ratings organization and the University of Wisconsin Advertising Project.

    If you're interested in the project, their website is here.

    Posted by Eric at 09:47 AM | Comments (1)

    F-911 Making GOP Nervous

    The popular movie has the potential to move voters this election:

    Two senior Republicans closely tied to the White House said the movie from director Michael Moore is seen as a political headache because it has reached beyond the Democratic base. Independents and GOP-leaning voters are likely to be found sitting beside those set to revel in its depiction of a clueless president with questionable ties to the oil industry.

    "If you are a naive, uncommitted voter and wander into a theater, you aren't going to come away with a good impression of the president," Republican operative Joe Gaylord said. "It's a problem only if a lot of people see it."

    Based on a record-breaking gross of $94 million through last weekend, theaters already have sold an estimated 12 million tickets to "Fahrenheit 9/11." A Gallup survey conducted July 8-11 said 8 percent of American adults had seen the film at that time, but that 18 percent still planned to see it at a theater and another 30 percent plan to see it on video.

    More than a third of Republicans and nearly two-thirds of independents told Gallup they had seen or expected to see the film at theaters or on video.

    Posted by Eric at 07:34 AM | Comments (45)

    F-911 Making GOP Nervous

    The popular movie has the potential to move voters this election:

    Two senior Republicans closely tied to the White House said the movie from director Michael Moore is seen as a political headache because it has reached beyond the Democratic base. Independents and GOP-leaning voters are likely to be found sitting beside those set to revel in its depiction of a clueless president with questionable ties to the oil industry.

    "If you are a naive, uncommitted voter and wander into a theater, you aren't going to come away with a good impression of the president," Republican operative Joe Gaylord said. "It's a problem only if a lot of people see it."

    Based on a record-breaking gross of $94 million through last weekend, theaters already have sold an estimated 12 million tickets to "Fahrenheit 9/11." A Gallup survey conducted July 8-11 said 8 percent of American adults had seen the film at that time, but that 18 percent still planned to see it at a theater and another 30 percent plan to see it on video.

    More than a third of Republicans and nearly two-thirds of independents told Gallup they had seen or expected to see the film at theaters or on video.

    Posted by Eric at 07:34 AM | Comments (4)

    A Safer World?

    Reuters:

    The world is no safer than it was three years ago, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Wednesday, countering President Bush's claims he had made the world a safer place.

    Annan, at a news conference, also criticized a Bush administration decision to withhold $34 million from the U.N. Population Fund, saying the agency was saving women's lives.

    Annan's remarks could renew strains on ties between the United States and United Nations, which -- while devastated by Bush's inability to win U.N. backing for the U.S.-led war on Iraq -- had improved following U.N. help in setting up a new government in Baghdad in time for the U.S. occupation to end.

    "No, I cannot say the world is safer today than it was two, three years ago," the U.N. leader said.

    But what would he know? It's not like he works with world leaders or anything.

    Posted by Eric at 07:31 AM | Comments (37)

    A Safer World?

    Reuters:

    The world is no safer than it was three years ago, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Wednesday, countering President Bush's claims he had made the world a safer place.

    Annan, at a news conference, also criticized a Bush administration decision to withhold $34 million from the U.N. Population Fund, saying the agency was saving women's lives.

    Annan's remarks could renew strains on ties between the United States and United Nations, which -- while devastated by Bush's inability to win U.N. backing for the U.S.-led war on Iraq -- had improved following U.N. help in setting up a new government in Baghdad in time for the U.S. occupation to end.

    "No, I cannot say the world is safer today than it was two, three years ago," the U.N. leader said.

    But what would he know? It's not like he works with world leaders or anything.

    Posted by Eric at 07:31 AM | Comments (1)

    Hamster Numbers: Star Wars

    From Harpers:

    Minimum U.S. spending on missile defense each year since President Reagan's 1983 "Star Wars" speech : $2,700,000,000 [Office of Sen. Jack Reed (Washington) ]

    Number of the ten missile-defense components to be deployed this fall that have been field-tested as a system : 0 [General Accounting Office (Washington)/Council for a Livable World (Washington) ]

    Posted by Eric at 06:52 AM | Comments (29)

    Hamster Numbers: Star Wars

    From Harpers:

    Minimum U.S. spending on missile defense each year since President Reagan's 1983 "Star Wars" speech : $2,700,000,000 [Office of Sen. Jack Reed (Washington) ]

    Number of the ten missile-defense components to be deployed this fall that have been field-tested as a system : 0 [General Accounting Office (Washington)/Council for a Livable World (Washington) ]

    Posted by Eric at 06:52 AM | Comments (0)

    It's the Little Things That Matter

    From Ranting Profs:

    Fox News is a lot of things, but one thing they are is way too trigger happy with the high speed chases. Or, in today's case, ridiculously low speed chases. When I flipped over (a bit after 3 pm) it looked like the driver (and the trailing cop cars) were doing under 20 mph. And I made it just in time to hear Shepard Smith make this absurd comment --

    "A major development! the car is now taking a right! -- a monumental development in the scheme of things."

    Yes, in the scheme of things.

    Posted by Eric at 06:35 AM | Comments (18)

    It's the Little Things That Matter

    From Ranting Profs:

    Fox News is a lot of things, but one thing they are is way too trigger happy with the high speed chases. Or, in today's case, ridiculously low speed chases. When I flipped over (a bit after 3 pm) it looked like the driver (and the trailing cop cars) were doing under 20 mph. And I made it just in time to hear Shepard Smith make this absurd comment --

    "A major development! the car is now taking a right! -- a monumental development in the scheme of things."

    Yes, in the scheme of things.

    Posted by Eric at 06:35 AM | Comments (1)

    List of Convention Speakers

    Preliminary list of primetime convention speakers, from Monday to Thursday.

    Posted by Eric at 04:57 AM | Comments (46)

    List of Convention Speakers

    Preliminary list of primetime convention speakers, from Monday to Thursday.

    Posted by Eric at 04:57 AM | Comments (3)

    Kucinich to Formally Endorse Kerry

    Kucinich will formally endorse Kerry in Detroit:

    Democrat Dennis Kucinich (news - web sites), who has remained in the presidential race despite John Kerry (news - web sites)'s obvious lock on the party's nomination, will formally throw his support to the Massachusetts Democrat on Thursday.

    The Ohio congressman, who has waged a long-shot bid for right to challenge President Bush (news - web sites) in November, will announce the endorsement during a joint appearance with Kerry in Detroit, according to spokesmen for both candidates.

    Kerry returns to the campaign trail Thursday to address a conference of the National Urban League after four days in Nantucket, Mass., where he spent time preparing for next week's Democratic National Convention in Boston.

    Posted by Eric at 12:06 AM | Comments (32)

    Kucinich to Formally Endorse Kerry

    Kucinich will formally endorse Kerry in Detroit:

    Democrat Dennis Kucinich (news - web sites), who has remained in the presidential race despite John Kerry (news - web sites)'s obvious lock on the party's nomination, will formally throw his support to the Massachusetts Democrat on Thursday.

    The Ohio congressman, who has waged a long-shot bid for right to challenge President Bush (news - web sites) in November, will announce the endorsement during a joint appearance with Kerry in Detroit, according to spokesmen for both candidates.

    Kerry returns to the campaign trail Thursday to address a conference of the National Urban League after four days in Nantucket, Mass., where he spent time preparing for next week's Democratic National Convention in Boston.

    Posted by Eric at 12:06 AM | Comments (2)

    Kerry Huge Adv with Latinos

    2-1 favor Kerry over Bush. Also give Bush low ratings, WPost:

    At a time when Bush and Kerry are running about even among all registered voters, Kerry enjoys a 2 to 1 advantage over Bush among Latino registered voters. Hispanics give Bush lower approval ratings than the overall population does, and the poll shows that the bulk of the Latino community continues to identify with the Democratic Party.

    The findings suggest that, at this point in the campaign, Bush is falling short of his goal of notably improving on the 35 percent share of the Hispanic vote he received four years ago, although his advisers said they believe he is still on track to do so. Kerry advisers, in contrast, said they are determined to keep Bush from winning as much of the Hispanic vote as he did in 2000 ...

    Three-quarters of all Latinos live in high-growth western and southern states, and their political influence has grown with their numbers. Although their clout has been muted by low rates of turnout, the number of Hispanics who voted in 2000 represented a 20 percent increase over 1996 and they accounted for about 5 percent of the overall electorate.

    Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (27)

    Kerry Huge Adv with Latinos

    2-1 favor Kerry over Bush. Also give Bush low ratings, WPost:

    At a time when Bush and Kerry are running about even among all registered voters, Kerry enjoys a 2 to 1 advantage over Bush among Latino registered voters. Hispanics give Bush lower approval ratings than the overall population does, and the poll shows that the bulk of the Latino community continues to identify with the Democratic Party.

    The findings suggest that, at this point in the campaign, Bush is falling short of his goal of notably improving on the 35 percent share of the Hispanic vote he received four years ago, although his advisers said they believe he is still on track to do so. Kerry advisers, in contrast, said they are determined to keep Bush from winning as much of the Hispanic vote as he did in 2000 ...

    Three-quarters of all Latinos live in high-growth western and southern states, and their political influence has grown with their numbers. Although their clout has been muted by low rates of turnout, the number of Hispanics who voted in 2000 represented a 20 percent increase over 1996 and they accounted for about 5 percent of the overall electorate.

    Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (1)

    July 21, 2004

    Wed Stories

    News
    WP. A Shrinking Base: Support for War Wanes Among Military Families Facing Redeployment
    WP. Democrats Outraising The GOP This Year; But Republicans Still Have Financial Lead
    LAT. Bush Plans Campaign Trip to California Next Month
    WP. Halliburton's Work in Iran Stirs Democrats
    NYT. Black Farmers Accuse Agriculture Dept. of Failing to Live Up to Racial Bias Settlement
    NYT. Georgians Line Up Candidates to Fill Miller's Seat
    NYT. Insurers Rely on Congress to Keep Access to G.I.'s
    NYT. A Kerry Adviser Leaves the Race Over Missing Documents
    NYT. Bush Plans No Rest in Next Month; 2nd Term Agenda Near
    WP. 9/11 Report to Cite 10 Missed Opportunities; Panel Faults Two Administrations but Doesn't Call Attacks Preventable
    WP. Isakson Wins GOP Primary For Georgia's Senate Seat
    AP. Kerry Raises $37.6 Million in One Month
    LAT. Boston Will Soon See if It's Ready for the Party
    LAT. Grand Jury Steps Up Inquiry Into Possible Halliburton Ties to Iran
    CNN. Berger says he made 'honest mistake'
    CBS. Videotaped Cruelty At KFC Supplier
    CBS. 4 Marines Killed In Action
    AP. Filipino Hostage Tells His Story
    AP. Bush: Re-election ensures safety of U.S.
    AP. Many Elite Soldiers Leave for Better Pay
    AP. Stay the course, Bush says
    AP. 900th GI Dies Since War Began in Iraq
    WP. Warner Helped the Rev. Moon; Senator's Office Says He Arranged for Meeting Space in March
    WP. Democrats Block 7th Nominee To Bench; Senators Cite Myers's Approach To Environment

    Commentary
    Seattle PI. War's toll includes ability to fight fires
    Seattle PI. Republican Ralph
    Helen Thomas. Bush shows no sign of learning his lesson about pre-emptive war
    Harold Meyerson. Bush's Retreat on Immigration Reform
    Amanda Griscom. How Green Is Edwards?
    Frida Berrigan. Mass Destruction in Small Packages
    Paul S. Zeitz. Is America Losing It's 'Big Heart'?
    Cassandra Butts and Clyde Williams. Bush and Race: Policies Matter
    Scott Lilly. Was the Bush 'Job Boom' Merely Hype?
    Joseph C. Wilson. A Right-Wing Smear Is Gathering Steam
    William Greider. An Error of Supreme Dimensions
    Tara McKelvey. Onward and Forward: Since its founding in 1998, MoveOn has influenced everything from impeachment to war. Its secret: always giving members something to do
    Susan J. Douglas. Win Over Women: Republicans have waged a 20-year war against women, mothers and families, and ensured that it’s harder to be a mother here than in any other industrialized country—unless you’re rich, of course
    Joshua Holland. Blackwashing: Scratch the surface of a black conservative group and you find a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
    Rick Perlstein. The Church of Bush
    John Powers. Big Number Two

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (25)

    Wed Stories

    News
    WP. A Shrinking Base: Support for War Wanes Among Military Families Facing Redeployment
    WP. Democrats Outraising The GOP This Year; But Republicans Still Have Financial Lead
    LAT. Bush Plans Campaign Trip to California Next Month
    WP. Halliburton's Work in Iran Stirs Democrats
    NYT. Black Farmers Accuse Agriculture Dept. of Failing to Live Up to Racial Bias Settlement
    NYT. Georgians Line Up Candidates to Fill Miller's Seat
    NYT. Insurers Rely on Congress to Keep Access to G.I.'s
    NYT. A Kerry Adviser Leaves the Race Over Missing Documents
    NYT. Bush Plans No Rest in Next Month; 2nd Term Agenda Near
    WP. 9/11 Report to Cite 10 Missed Opportunities; Panel Faults Two Administrations but Doesn't Call Attacks Preventable
    WP. Isakson Wins GOP Primary For Georgia's Senate Seat
    AP. Kerry Raises $37.6 Million in One Month
    LAT. Boston Will Soon See if It's Ready for the Party
    LAT. Grand Jury Steps Up Inquiry Into Possible Halliburton Ties to Iran
    CNN. Berger says he made 'honest mistake'
    CBS. Videotaped Cruelty At KFC Supplier
    CBS. 4 Marines Killed In Action
    AP. Filipino Hostage Tells His Story
    AP. Bush: Re-election ensures safety of U.S.
    AP. Many Elite Soldiers Leave for Better Pay
    AP. Stay the course, Bush says
    AP. 900th GI Dies Since War Began in Iraq
    WP. Warner Helped the Rev. Moon; Senator's Office Says He Arranged for Meeting Space in March
    WP. Democrats Block 7th Nominee To Bench; Senators Cite Myers's Approach To Environment

    Commentary
    Seattle PI. War's toll includes ability to fight fires
    Seattle PI. Republican Ralph
    Helen Thomas. Bush shows no sign of learning his lesson about pre-emptive war
    Harold Meyerson. Bush's Retreat on Immigration Reform
    Amanda Griscom. How Green Is Edwards?
    Frida Berrigan. Mass Destruction in Small Packages
    Paul S. Zeitz. Is America Losing It's 'Big Heart'?
    Cassandra Butts and Clyde Williams. Bush and Race: Policies Matter
    Scott Lilly. Was the Bush 'Job Boom' Merely Hype?
    Joseph C. Wilson. A Right-Wing Smear Is Gathering Steam
    William Greider. An Error of Supreme Dimensions
    Tara McKelvey. Onward and Forward: Since its founding in 1998, MoveOn has influenced everything from impeachment to war. Its secret: always giving members something to do
    Susan J. Douglas. Win Over Women: Republicans have waged a 20-year war against women, mothers and families, and ensured that it’s harder to be a mother here than in any other industrialized country—unless you’re rich, of course
    Joshua Holland. Blackwashing: Scratch the surface of a black conservative group and you find a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
    Rick Perlstein. The Church of Bush
    John Powers. Big Number Two

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (7)

    Outfoxed Breakdown

    UggaBugga does a rather good job breaking down the film here.

    Posted by Eric at 09:55 PM | Comments (6)

    Outfoxed Breakdown

    UggaBugga does a rather good job breaking down the film here.

    Posted by Eric at 09:55 PM | Comments (1)

    Oh That O'Reilly

    You just can't made this stuff up. From the Chicago Tribune:

    Fox News Channel's star talk-show personality, Bill O'Reilly, says he is uncomfortable with the practice of outing gay political figures--except, it seems, when he is doing the outing.

    On his show Monday night, O'Reilly chastised guest Michael Rogers for maintaining a Web site publicizing the names of gay staffers working for politicians who oppose gay marriage.

    "We're uneasy with this kind of exposition," O'Reilly said. "Somebody's personal sex life should have nothing to do with any kind of a policy."

    But on the same show--and for at least the third time in the last year--O'Reilly described one of the justices on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as a lesbian, a claim that the justice herself, through a spokeswoman, denies.

    On shows in November, last week, and again on Monday, O'Reilly has referred to "the lesbian judge on the Supreme Court who dissented" in the court's landmark ruling in favor of gay marriage.

    O'Reilly has never named the judge, but of the three dissenting justices in that case, only one--Justice Martha B. Sosman--is a woman.

    "Justice Sosman is not a lesbian," said court spokeswoman Joan Kenney. "We don't know where Bill O'Reilly got that information, but it is not correct."

    Posted by Eric at 09:21 PM | Comments (37)

    Oh That O'Reilly

    You just can't made this stuff up. From the Chicago Tribune:

    Fox News Channel's star talk-show personality, Bill O'Reilly, says he is uncomfortable with the practice of outing gay political figures--except, it seems, when he is doing the outing.

    On his show Monday night, O'Reilly chastised guest Michael Rogers for maintaining a Web site publicizing the names of gay staffers working for politicians who oppose gay marriage.

    "We're uneasy with this kind of exposition," O'Reilly said. "Somebody's personal sex life should have nothing to do with any kind of a policy."

    But on the same show--and for at least the third time in the last year--O'Reilly described one of the justices on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as a lesbian, a claim that the justice herself, through a spokeswoman, denies.

    On shows in November, last week, and again on Monday, O'Reilly has referred to "the lesbian judge on the Supreme Court who dissented" in the court's landmark ruling in favor of gay marriage.

    O'Reilly has never named the judge, but of the three dissenting justices in that case, only one--Justice Martha B. Sosman--is a woman.

    "Justice Sosman is not a lesbian," said court spokeswoman Joan Kenney. "We don't know where Bill O'Reilly got that information, but it is not correct."

    Posted by Eric at 09:21 PM | Comments (2)

    Media Contact Info

    Someone in the comments section asked if I could post a list of media contact information. FAIR has a nice list here. Feel free to give other links for media contact resources as well.

    Posted by Eric at 09:04 PM | Comments (15)

    Media Contact Info

    Someone in the comments section asked if I could post a list of media contact information. FAIR has a nice list here. Feel free to give other links for media contact resources as well.

    Posted by Eric at 09:04 PM | Comments (1)

    Isn't It Ironic?

    Wouldn't you think?

    After launching two wars, President Bush said on Tuesday he wanted to be a "peace president" and took swipes at his Democratic rivals for being lawyers and weak on defense.

    With polls showing public support for the war in Iraq in decline, Bush cast himself as a reluctant warrior and assured Americans they were "safer" as he campaigned in the battleground states of Iowa and Missouri against Democrat John Kerry and his running mate, former trial lawyer John Edwards.

    "The enemy declared war on us," Bush told a re-election rally in Cedar Rapids. "Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president... The next four years will be peaceful years." Bush used the words "peace" or "peaceful" a total of 20 times.

    What a hippie. Previously:
    Bush has called himself a "war president" in leading the United States in a battle against terrorism brought about by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America. "I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind," he said in February.

    Posted by Eric at 08:34 AM | Comments (130)

    Isn't It Ironic?

    Wouldn't you think?

    After launching two wars, President Bush said on Tuesday he wanted to be a "peace president" and took swipes at his Democratic rivals for being lawyers and weak on defense.

    With polls showing public support for the war in Iraq in decline, Bush cast himself as a reluctant warrior and assured Americans they were "safer" as he campaigned in the battleground states of Iowa and Missouri against Democrat John Kerry and his running mate, former trial lawyer John Edwards.

    "The enemy declared war on us," Bush told a re-election rally in Cedar Rapids. "Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president... The next four years will be peaceful years." Bush used the words "peace" or "peaceful" a total of 20 times.

    What a hippie. Previously:
    Bush has called himself a "war president" in leading the United States in a battle against terrorism brought about by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America. "I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind," he said in February.

    Posted by Eric at 08:34 AM | Comments (14)

    Will Bush Deepen Housing Burden for Children?

    From the Children's Defense Fund:

    The report reveals that more than 3.6 million children live in low-income families who pay more than half of their income for rent or live in severely substandard housing. Demand for affordable housing has been growing over the years and now far exceeds the available supply. The report also illustrates that families with children make up 40 percent of the U.S. homeless population.

    Addressing the housing crisis rather than eroding housing policies should be the direction of the Administration.

    Despite the vast numbers of families facing housing issues, the Bush Administration is backing away from the federal government's commitment to provide low-income rental housing assistance through the Section 8 program to our nation's families. Section 8 is a voucher program that currently provides housing to approximately two million low-income households of which 1.2 million are families with children. The Bush Administration's FY 2005 budget proposal would slash funding for the Section 8 program, leaving it underfunded by $1.6 billion. This gap abandons 150,000 families along with 280,000 children, leaving them with no place to live.

    "The Administration's actions are creating fear among tenants, skepticism among Section 8 landlords, and hesitancy on the part of housing authorities to reissue Section 8 vouchers to new families," said Richelle Friedman, Senior Program Associate for the Children's Defense Fund. If enacted, the Administration's proposals for Section 8 housing could increase the cost of rent for low-income families by almost 10 percent, leaving them without any assistance, or even homeless. "It is unconscionable that HUD is knowingly putting vulnerable families and their children at risk by pulling back from the federal government's longstanding housing commitment to low-income families," said Friedman.

    Posted by Eric at 07:03 AM | Comments (8)

    Will Bush Deepen Housing Burden for Children?

    From the Children's Defense Fund:

    The report reveals that more than 3.6 million children live in low-income families who pay more than half of their income for rent or live in severely substandard housing. Demand for affordable housing has been growing over the years and now far exceeds the available supply. The report also illustrates that families with children make up 40 percent of the U.S. homeless population.

    Addressing the housing crisis rather than eroding housing policies should be the direction of the Administration.

    Despite the vast numbers of families facing housing issues, the Bush Administration is backing away from the federal government's commitment to provide low-income rental housing assistance through the Section 8 program to our nation's families. Section 8 is a voucher program that currently provides housing to approximately two million low-income households of which 1.2 million are families with children. The Bush Administration's FY 2005 budget proposal would slash funding for the Section 8 program, leaving it underfunded by $1.6 billion. This gap abandons 150,000 families along with 280,000 children, leaving them with no place to live.

    "The Administration's actions are creating fear among tenants, skepticism among Section 8 landlords, and hesitancy on the part of housing authorities to reissue Section 8 vouchers to new families," said Richelle Friedman, Senior Program Associate for the Children's Defense Fund. If enacted, the Administration's proposals for Section 8 housing could increase the cost of rent for low-income families by almost 10 percent, leaving them without any assistance, or even homeless. "It is unconscionable that HUD is knowingly putting vulnerable families and their children at risk by pulling back from the federal government's longstanding housing commitment to low-income families," said Friedman.

    Posted by Eric at 07:03 AM | Comments (3)

    New Progressive Group To Be Launched

    Progressive Democrats of America, a new organization to be launched at the Dem convention. The PR:

    A new political organization will be officially launched next week in Boston, at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention. The group, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), will reflect a broad desire by many within the Democratic Party to champion progressive issues, along with working to defeat President George Bush. PDA has already won the support of well-known activists and political figures such as Tom Hayden, and actors Ed Asner and Mimi Kennedy.

    "The Democratic Party needs our help to regain its soul," said Kennedy, who has been a supporter of grassroots efforts. "If this is to be the party of peace, of universal, single payer healthcare, of fair trade, then it needs people to speak out on those issues." PDA will work to mobilize supporters within the Democratic Party on behalf of progressive office holders, including public servants and Democratic Party officials.

    "There are many progressives, newly energized by the Dean and Kucinich campaigns, who are also new to the Democratic Party. We're going to do the hard work of integrating them into the party and shifting the balance of power in the progressive direction," adds Charles Lenchner, acting director of PDA.

    Many newly established grassroots organizations who have sprung up in recent months - in the wake of the Howard Dean and Congressman Dennis Kucinich campaigns - are working together to ensure a Republican defeat and to empower grassroots efforts.

    "Our strategy is to work with the grassroots movement and with other groups established in the wake of the Dean and Kucinich campaigns," says Kevin Spidel, former field director for the Kucinich for Campaign. Spidel will serve as the field director for PDA.

    Progressives working within the party to enact change. Sounds good, huh Ralph?

    Can't find a website yet.

    Posted by Eric at 04:37 AM | Comments (28)

    New Progressive Group To Be Launched

    Progressive Democrats of America, a new organization to be launched at the Dem convention. The PR:

    A new political organization will be officially launched next week in Boston, at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention. The group, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), will reflect a broad desire by many within the Democratic Party to champion progressive issues, along with working to defeat President George Bush. PDA has already won the support of well-known activists and political figures such as Tom Hayden, and actors Ed Asner and Mimi Kennedy.

    "The Democratic Party needs our help to regain its soul," said Kennedy, who has been a supporter of grassroots efforts. "If this is to be the party of peace, of universal, single payer healthcare, of fair trade, then it needs people to speak out on those issues." PDA will work to mobilize supporters within the Democratic Party on behalf of progressive office holders, including public servants and Democratic Party officials.

    "There are many progressives, newly energized by the Dean and Kucinich campaigns, who are also new to the Democratic Party. We're going to do the hard work of integrating them into the party and shifting the balance of power in the progressive direction," adds Charles Lenchner, acting director of PDA.

    Many newly established grassroots organizations who have sprung up in recent months - in the wake of the Howard Dean and Congressman Dennis Kucinich campaigns - are working together to ensure a Republican defeat and to empower grassroots efforts.

    "Our strategy is to work with the grassroots movement and with other groups established in the wake of the Dean and Kucinich campaigns," says Kevin Spidel, former field director for the Kucinich for Campaign. Spidel will serve as the field director for PDA.

    Progressives working within the party to enact change. Sounds good, huh Ralph?

    Can't find a website yet.

    Posted by Eric at 04:37 AM | Comments (4)

    Butterfield Wins in NC

    House Democrats keep a seat in North Carolina's 1st District special election:

    With 122 of 263 precincts reporting unofficial results, Butterfield had 15,763 votes, or 69 percent, to 6,628 votes, or 29 percent, for Dority, a Republican. Libertarian Tom Eisenmenger had 415 votes, or 2 percent.

    Butterfield will assume Ballance's former seat immediately, and could be sworn in to the U.S. House as early as Wednesday.

    Ballance dropped his re-election campaign in May and resigned his seat June 8 because of a neuromuscular disorder. He also faces a joint federal-state investigation into suspected financial irregularities of a drug and alcohol counseling program he founded.

    In party primaries to see who will compete in the November general election and fill the next two-year term in the seat, Butterfield led his fellow Democrats with 18,130 votes, or 71 percent. Sam Davis was second with 3,086 votes, or 12 percent, with Christine Fitch, Don Davis and Darryl Smith trailing with 121 precincts reporting.

    Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (21)

    Butterfield Wins in NC

    House Democrats keep a seat in North Carolina's 1st District special election:

    With 122 of 263 precincts reporting unofficial results, Butterfield had 15,763 votes, or 69 percent, to 6,628 votes, or 29 percent, for Dority, a Republican. Libertarian Tom Eisenmenger had 415 votes, or 2 percent.

    Butterfield will assume Ballance's former seat immediately, and could be sworn in to the U.S. House as early as Wednesday.

    Ballance dropped his re-election campaign in May and resigned his seat June 8 because of a neuromuscular disorder. He also faces a joint federal-state investigation into suspected financial irregularities of a drug and alcohol counseling program he founded.

    In party primaries to see who will compete in the November general election and fill the next two-year term in the seat, Butterfield led his fellow Democrats with 18,130 votes, or 71 percent. Sam Davis was second with 3,086 votes, or 12 percent, with Christine Fitch, Don Davis and Darryl Smith trailing with 121 precincts reporting.

    Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (1)

    July 20, 2004

    Tuesday

    Derrick Z. Jackson. Can Kerry's campaign message catch fire?
    Robert Scheer. Homophobia and Apple Pie
    Marie Cocco. Kerry's state no cardboard cutout
    SFC. No more Mr. Nice Guy
    Indy. Whaling nations pose a threat
    E. J. Dionne. What Dean Did
    Thomas Oliphant. The easy stereotypes don't fit John Kerry
    John Kael Weston . A new president can set things right in Iraq
    Krugman. The Arabian Candidate
    Nat Flick. Don't Dumb Down the Military
    Tom Frank. Red-State America Against Itself
    Julia Scott. Wrapping the Cross in the Flag
    Peter Brand. Losing It in Los Alamos
    Farai Chideya. Kerry, Call Russell: (Or Why the Democratic Party Can’t Afford to Diss the Hip-Hop Generation)
    CAP. Who is Rupert Murdoch? How one right-wing billionaire uses his business and media empire to pursue a partisan agenda at the expense of democracy
    Paul Waldman. Foxed Out: The latest salvo from the Left hits the Right's media megaphone
    David Cole. My First (and Last) Time With Bill O'Reilly
    John Prados. The Man Behind The Curtain
    Greg Palast. Black Americans discovered by Democratic party
    Barbara Ehrenreich . It's Over, Ralph

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (32)

    Tuesday

    Derrick Z. Jackson. Can Kerry's campaign message catch fire?
    Robert Scheer. Homophobia and Apple Pie
    Marie Cocco. Kerry's state no cardboard cutout
    SFC. No more Mr. Nice Guy
    Indy. Whaling nations pose a threat
    E. J. Dionne. What Dean Did
    Thomas Oliphant. The easy stereotypes don't fit John Kerry
    John Kael Weston . A new president can set things right in Iraq
    Krugman. The Arabian Candidate
    Nat Flick. Don't Dumb Down the Military
    Tom Frank. Red-State America Against Itself
    Julia Scott. Wrapping the Cross in the Flag
    Peter Brand. Losing It in Los Alamos
    Farai Chideya. Kerry, Call Russell: (Or Why the Democratic Party Can’t Afford to Diss the Hip-Hop Generation)
    CAP. Who is Rupert Murdoch? How one right-wing billionaire uses his business and media empire to pursue a partisan agenda at the expense of democracy
    Paul Waldman. Foxed Out: The latest salvo from the Left hits the Right's media megaphone
    David Cole. My First (and Last) Time With Bill O'Reilly
    John Prados. The Man Behind The Curtain
    Greg Palast. Black Americans discovered by Democratic party
    Barbara Ehrenreich . It's Over, Ralph

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (1)

    Large Latino Delegation at Dem Convention

    From the MetroWest Daily News:

    Nearly 600 Hispanic delegates will attend the much-hyped event to participate in more than 20 activities focused on discussing issues including immigration, education, health coverage and employment throughout the four-day convention ...

    The convention will mark a record in participation of Hispanic delegates, who represent more than 12 percent of the 4,300 delegates expected to attend. Twenty percent of the delegates are African-American and nearly 4 percent are Asian-Pacific Islander, according to convention organizers.

    While inside the FleetCenter, Hispanic events will focus on issue briefings sponsored by likely Democratic nominee John Kerry's campaign. Events outside the convention hall will serve to receive the delegates, honor them and discuss the future of the largest minority in the United States.

    Two Latino Caucus meetings planned at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on July 26 and 28 will attract a large number of Hispanic leaders. Immigration, health coverage and education will be some of the issues discussed on both occasions.

    Also, note that Gov. Bill Richardson "is the first Hispanic chairman of a Democratic National Convention."

    Posted by Eric at 08:08 PM | Comments (30)

    Large Latino Delegation at Dem Convention

    From the MetroWest Daily News:

    Nearly 600 Hispanic delegates will attend the much-hyped event to participate in more than 20 activities focused on discussing issues including immigration, education, health coverage and employment throughout the four-day convention ...

    The convention will mark a record in participation of Hispanic delegates, who represent more than 12 percent of the 4,300 delegates expected to attend. Twenty percent of the delegates are African-American and nearly 4 percent are Asian-Pacific Islander, according to convention organizers.

    While inside the FleetCenter, Hispanic events will focus on issue briefings sponsored by likely Democratic nominee John Kerry's campaign. Events outside the convention hall will serve to receive the delegates, honor them and discuss the future of the largest minority in the United States.

    Two Latino Caucus meetings planned at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on July 26 and 28 will attract a large number of Hispanic leaders. Immigration, health coverage and education will be some of the issues discussed on both occasions.

    Also, note that Gov. Bill Richardson "is the first Hispanic chairman of a Democratic National Convention."

    Posted by Eric at 08:08 PM | Comments (2)

    Win a Trip to the Convention

    If you haven't registered already, the DCCC is giving away seats to the Democratic Convention in Boston to the top 5 online fundraisers. The seats include:

    Round trip transportation to Boston
    Four nights accommodations
    Convention credentials
    An invitation to a very special convention event

    The contest ends Friday, so if you have fundraising prowess, register quickly!

    Posted by Eric at 08:04 PM | Comments (9)

    Win a Trip to the Convention

    If you haven't registered already, the DCCC is giving away seats to the Democratic Convention in Boston to the top 5 online fundraisers. The seats include:

    Round trip transportation to Boston
    Four nights accommodations
    Convention credentials
    An invitation to a very special convention event

    The contest ends Friday, so if you have fundraising prowess, register quickly!

    Posted by Eric at 08:04 PM | Comments (1)

    The GOP's Hope in Oklahoma?

    Great place, with nice people, that Oklahoma. Been there once. Tom Coburn, however, not a great person. The Oklahoman on Coburn:

    Tom Coburn's willingness to say exactly what he believes
    on issues of the day helped shape his reputation as a
    maverick in the U.S. House of Representatives. Refreshing
    to his supporters, off-putting to his critics, that trait is on
    display again as he tries to return to Washington.

    Coburn, one of four Republicans seeking the nomination
    for U.S. Senate in next Tuesday's primary, recently
    told The Associated Press, "I favor the death penalty for
    abortionists and other people who take life."

    Coburn, a physician who has delivered more than
    4,000 babies, has never made a secret of his views on abortion.
    He opposes it except in those rare cases when the life
    of the mother is at stake, and in fact has performed two
    abortions to save the lives of mothers who had heart conditions.
    But the death penalty?

    Posted by Eric at 02:40 PM | Comments (18)

    The GOP's Hope in Oklahoma?

    Great place, with nice people, that Oklahoma. Been there once. Tom Coburn, however, not a great person. The Oklahoman on Coburn:

    Tom Coburn's willingness to say exactly what he believes
    on issues of the day helped shape his reputation as a
    maverick in the U.S. House of Representatives. Refreshing
    to his supporters, off-putting to his critics, that trait is on
    display again as he tries to return to Washington.

    Coburn, one of four Republicans seeking the nomination
    for U.S. Senate in next Tuesday's primary, recently
    told The Associated Press, "I favor the death penalty for
    abortionists and other people who take life."

    Coburn, a physician who has delivered more than
    4,000 babies, has never made a secret of his views on abortion.
    He opposes it except in those rare cases when the life
    of the mother is at stake, and in fact has performed two
    abortions to save the lives of mothers who had heart conditions.
    But the death penalty?

    Posted by Eric at 02:40 PM | Comments (3)

    More on Wages

    From blokes at CAP:

    “Wages have been rising.”

    – Vice President Cheney, 7/12/04

    VERSUS

    "The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that hourly earnings...fell 1.1 percent in June.. The June drop, the steepest decline since the depths of recession in mid-1991, came after a 0.8 percent fall in real hourly earnings in May....Thee decline in the hourly rate last month cut deeply into workers' pay."

    – NYT, 6/18/04

    Posted by Eric at 02:39 PM | Comments (50)

    More on Wages

    From blokes at CAP:

    “Wages have been rising.”

    – Vice President Cheney, 7/12/04

    VERSUS

    "The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that hourly earnings...fell 1.1 percent in June.. The June drop, the steepest decline since the depths of recession in mid-1991, came after a 0.8 percent fall in real hourly earnings in May....Thee decline in the hourly rate last month cut deeply into workers' pay."

    – NYT, 6/18/04

    Posted by Eric at 02:39 PM | Comments (12)

    Republican EPA Head Criticizes Bush

    And it's no wonder why. From the AP:

    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency for two Republican presidents criticized President Bush's record on Monday, calling it a "polluter protection" policy.

    Russell E. Train, who headed the EPA from September 1973 to January 1977 - part of the Nixon and Ford administrations - said Bush's record on the environment was so dismal that he would cast his vote for Democrat John Kerry.

    ... In 1988, Train was co-chairman of Conservationists for Bush, an organization that backed the candidacy of George W. Bush's father.

    And here's the snap:
    "It's almost as if the motto of the administration in power today in Washington is not environmental protection, but polluter protection," Train said.
    Ohh snap.

    Posted by Eric at 06:52 AM | Comments (13)

    Republican EPA Head Criticizes Bush

    And it's no wonder why. From the AP:

    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency for two Republican presidents criticized President Bush's record on Monday, calling it a "polluter protection" policy.

    Russell E. Train, who headed the EPA from September 1973 to January 1977 - part of the Nixon and Ford administrations - said Bush's record on the environment was so dismal that he would cast his vote for Democrat John Kerry.

    ... In 1988, Train was co-chairman of Conservationists for Bush, an organization that backed the candidacy of George W. Bush's father.

    And here's the snap:
    "It's almost as if the motto of the administration in power today in Washington is not environmental protection, but polluter protection," Train said.
    Ohh snap.

    Posted by Eric at 06:52 AM | Comments (6)

    Spin Spin Sugar: Scott McClellan

    Jim Norton deconstructs a White House Press Briefing.

    Posted by Eric at 06:37 AM | Comments (17)

    Spin Spin Sugar: Scott McClellan

    Jim Norton deconstructs a White House Press Briefing.

    Posted by Eric at 06:37 AM | Comments (1)

    Hamster Numbers: Wages

    From Moving Ideas / EPI:

  • Wages Fall Again in June
    Real hourly and weekly earnings have fallen for six out of the last seven months.

  • The unemployment rate, at 5.6% in June 2004, is at the very same rate as in November 2001.
  • Posted by Eric at 06:25 AM | Comments (5)

    Hamster Numbers: Wages

    From Moving Ideas / EPI:

  • Wages Fall Again in June
    Real hourly and weekly earnings have fallen for six out of the last seven months.

  • The unemployment rate, at 5.6% in June 2004, is at the very same rate as in November 2001.
  • Posted by Eric at 06:25 AM | Comments (1)

    Take Back Your Country re: Tax Cuts

    From True Majority:

    First, candidate Bush said we needed to give millionaires a huge tax cut because the surplus was too big. Then President Bush said it was because the economy was in recession. Now America has a record deficit and the economy is still dragging. At the same time, millions of our kids need health care, Head Start, and decent schools—and there’s no money to pay for them.

    What’s Bush’s solution? You guessed it. Stay the course! Continue cutting taxes for rich folks and leave basic needs unmet at home and abroad. Oh, and let our kids deal with the fiscal and social mess sometime in the future – after he’s out of office anyway.

    This time, Bush wants to extend $75 billion in tax cuts for years into the future. These cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. Bush’s backers want to push the giant tax cut extension through the House this week, before lawmakers head out of town for vacation, and then celebrate the victory at the Republican convention this August.

    If you want to send your Representative a message (text below) calling on Congress not to extend any of Bush’s irresponsible tax cuts, and you’re a TrueMajority member, just click “Reply” and “Send” in your email program. If this message was forwarded to you or you’d like to customize the message to your Representative, click here:

    http://action.truemajority.com/index.asp?action=10182&ms=txct1

    Posted by Eric at 06:12 AM | Comments (52)

    Take Back Your Country re: Tax Cuts

    From True Majority:

    First, candidate Bush said we needed to give millionaires a huge tax cut because the surplus was too big. Then President Bush said it was because the economy was in recession. Now America has a record deficit and the economy is still dragging. At the same time, millions of our kids need health care, Head Start, and decent schools—and there’s no money to pay for them.

    What’s Bush’s solution? You guessed it. Stay the course! Continue cutting taxes for rich folks and leave basic needs unmet at home and abroad. Oh, and let our kids deal with the fiscal and social mess sometime in the future – after he’s out of office anyway.

    This time, Bush wants to extend $75 billion in tax cuts for years into the future. These cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. Bush’s backers want to push the giant tax cut extension through the House this week, before lawmakers head out of town for vacation, and then celebrate the victory at the Republican convention this August.

    If you want to send your Representative a message (text below) calling on Congress not to extend any of Bush’s irresponsible tax cuts, and you’re a TrueMajority member, just click “Reply” and “Send” in your email program. If this message was forwarded to you or you’d like to customize the message to your Representative, click here:

    http://action.truemajority.com/index.asp?action=10182&ms=txct1

    Posted by Eric at 06:12 AM | Comments (4)

    GOP in Trouble in SC?

    The DSCC, in an email to supporters, is big on its prospects in South Carolina:

    Conservative South Carolina Congressman Jim DeMint (conservative is an understatement -- this guy wants to end Social Security as we know it and he wants to raise taxes on the poor so they can feel the pain of government programs) must have had a lot of explaining to do to his supporters last week when it became public that he only has $98,000 in the bank for his bid for the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, our candidate, State School Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, posted more than $2 million in the bank last week. Hmm... $2 million, $98,000... Nice. Very nice.

    Posted by Eric at 04:36 AM | Comments (5)

    GOP in Trouble in SC?

    The DSCC, in an email to supporters, is big on its prospects in South Carolina:

    Conservative South Carolina Congressman Jim DeMint (conservative is an understatement -- this guy wants to end Social Security as we know it and he wants to raise taxes on the poor so they can feel the pain of government programs) must have had a lot of explaining to do to his supporters last week when it became public that he only has $98,000 in the bank for his bid for the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, our candidate, State School Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, posted more than $2 million in the bank last week. Hmm... $2 million, $98,000... Nice. Very nice.

    Posted by Eric at 04:36 AM | Comments (1)

    Poll: Majority of Adults Expect to See Moore Film

    Among the Gallup poll findings:

  • "According to the most recent Gallup survey, more than half of all American adults (56%) either have seen or expect, at some time, to see Michael Moore's controversial movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, a highly critical look at the Bush administration's decision to fight a war in Iraq. The poll was conducted July 8-11. At the time, 8% of Americans said they have already seen the movie, 18% expected to see it in the theater, and 30% expected to watch the video."

  • "Among people who have already seen the movie, 85% express a favorable opinion of it, including 42% who say "very" favorable. Another 13% have an unfavorable view. Among people who plan to see the movie, 55% have a favorable impression of it based on what they have heard or read. Another 24% of future viewers have a negative opinion (but plan to see it anyway) and 21% do not currently have an opinion."

  • "Among the people who plan not to see the movie, most (68%) say their impression of the movie is unfavorable, while only 10% say they have a favorable view and 22% express no view."

    Posted by Eric at 04:05 AM | Comments (25)

    Poll: Majority of Adults Expect to See Moore Film

    Among the Gallup poll findings:

  • "According to the most recent Gallup survey, more than half of all American adults (56%) either have seen or expect, at some time, to see Michael Moore's controversial movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, a highly critical look at the Bush administration's decision to fight a war in Iraq. The poll was conducted July 8-11. At the time, 8% of Americans said they have already seen the movie, 18% expected to see it in the theater, and 30% expected to watch the video."

  • "Among people who have already seen the movie, 85% express a favorable opinion of it, including 42% who say "very" favorable. Another 13% have an unfavorable view. Among people who plan to see the movie, 55% have a favorable impression of it based on what they have heard or read. Another 24% of future viewers have a negative opinion (but plan to see it anyway) and 21% do not currently have an opinion."

  • "Among the people who plan not to see the movie, most (68%) say their impression of the movie is unfavorable, while only 10% say they have a favorable view and 22% express no view."

    Posted by Eric at 04:05 AM | Comments (0)

    Kerry and Edwards, Sitting in a Tree

    This has been going on for a while, but here's Rush on Kerry and Edwards:

    LIMBAUGH (reading from The American Spectator): "But we still have the problem of Kerry's unwillingness to kiss his Breck boy. [During the presidential primary season, Republicans opponents dubbed Edwards the "Breck girl," alluding to the Breck shampoo ad campaigns.] Supposedly, thanks to gay liberation and the apparent inevitability of same-sex marriage, the spectacle of two men kissing in public shouldn't be cause for alarm, even disapproval any more. But by refusing to kiss in public, Kerry and Edwards are displaying a residual heterosexist bias. Hugging and groping cannot obscure what remains a fundamental homophobia."

    You get what he's saying here? [laughter] Uh-huh. He's saying, it's -- and -- and -- he's in his own way, what this looks like, well, why don't you just -- OK, Johns, why don't you finish. Just, you know, stop play-acting, stop pretending, stop the little rump pats, stop with the tousled hair. Let's see the kiss. Let's see the smooch. You're putting your hands on his face. He's putting his hands on your face. You're cupping each other. Well, let -- let's just -- let's just -- let's cement this.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (57)

    Kerry and Edwards, Sitting in a Tree

    This has been going on for a while, but here's Rush on Kerry and Edwards:

    LIMBAUGH (reading from The American Spectator): "But we still have the problem of Kerry's unwillingness to kiss his Breck boy. [During the presidential primary season, Republicans opponents dubbed Edwards the "Breck girl," alluding to the Breck shampoo ad campaigns.] Supposedly, thanks to gay liberation and the apparent inevitability of same-sex marriage, the spectacle of two men kissing in public shouldn't be cause for alarm, even disapproval any more. But by refusing to kiss in public, Kerry and Edwards are displaying a residual heterosexist bias. Hugging and groping cannot obscure what remains a fundamental homophobia."

    You get what he's saying here? [laughter] Uh-huh. He's saying, it's -- and -- and -- he's in his own way, what this looks like, well, why don't you just -- OK, Johns, why don't you finish. Just, you know, stop play-acting, stop pretending, stop the little rump pats, stop with the tousled hair. Let's see the kiss. Let's see the smooch. You're putting your hands on his face. He's putting his hands on your face. You're cupping each other. Well, let -- let's just -- let's just -- let's cement this.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (9)

    July 19, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    NYT. Republican Help Pushes Nader Close to Spot on Michigan Ballot
    WP. Several Dead in Explosion Near Baghdad Police Post
    AP. Poll: Public support slips for Iraq war
    LAT. Bush's Agenda on Slow Track
    LAT. To GOP, He's Dishonoring His Father; Affronted Republicans scramble to discredit Ron Reagan's scheduled speech on embryonic stem-cell research at the Democratic convention
    AP. Edwards: All Fla. Votes to Count in Nov.
    AP. Edwards Honed Campaign Skills in Courts
    AP. Race to Succeed Miller Tops Ga. Ballot
    AP. CIA Chief Opposes Cabinet Intel Post
    AP. Neb. Wants Nuke Judgment to Be Overturned
    Reuters. It's Showtime for Kerry at Boston Convention
    NYT. A Radio Giant Moves to Limit Commercials
    NYT. Iraq Gives Order to Reopen Paper G.I.'s Had Closed
    NYT. Kerry Building Legal Network for Vote Fights
    NYT. Edwards Scores a Few Amens in Florida
    AP. AP Seeks Release of Bush Military Records
    AP. Schwarzenegger Calls Dems 'Girlie Men'
    WP. Campaign Ads Flood Key Battleground States; 60% in Noncompetitive States See Almost No Presidential Commercials, Study Finds
    BGlobe. Convention to launch grass-roots campaign
    BGlobe. For some, speakers hard to find
    BGlobe. Group aims to get out Asian-American vote
    WP. Republicans Helping Nader To Help Themselves
    WP. Signing Up a Remote Electorate for November; Parties Are Pushing Registration Among Americans Abroad
    AP. Byrd: Kerry needs coal dust to win W.Va.

    Commentary
    Newsday. Bush ignores radicals, security needs
    Bob Herbert. An Emerging Catastrophe
    Jack Dalton. You Calling Me An Unpatriotic Wimp?
    Pratap Chatterjee. Democracy by the Dollars
    Roberto Lovato. The Lack of a 'Vision Thing'
    Terence Samuel. Swingers: Sex in marriage, compassionate conservatism, and shocking news about the battleground states.
    Thomas Oliphant. The Kerry I Know: So he's not Mr. Charisma. But he has courage, judgment, and intellect. Imagine that!
    James MacGregor Burns. The Courage to Lead: A resurgent movement awaits its organizer in chief.
    TAP. Gotta Have Faith? It seems like everyone wants John Kerry to talk more openly about religion -- but is “getting God” really what he needs?
    Murray Waas. Curveballs to Congress: The Senate Intelligence Committee has spoken on the intelligence that led us to war. If only we had known
    Eric Alterman. Fox Outfoxes Itself
    Sean Aday. Start the Presses: Kerry needs to introduce himself, the press tells us. Guess whose fault that is?
    Kevin Phillips. How Kerry Can Win
    Katrina vanden Heuvel & Robert L. Borosage. Victory in 2004--and Beyond
    David Corn. Bashing Joe Wilson
    Geov Parrish. Falling through the cracks; How I lost $20,000 as an insured patient in our nation's health system
    E.J. Dionne. Bush's 3-by-5 attack
    Nikki Finke. Outfoxing the Conservatives
    Joshua Green. John Edwards, Esq. Republicans believe that Americans will never elect a trial lawyer president. They're wrong
    Gerald S. Rellick. Bush Betrays Veterans
    Capital Times. Anti-gay bigotry

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (32)

    Monday Stories

    News
    NYT. Republican Help Pushes Nader Close to Spot on Michigan Ballot
    WP. Several Dead in Explosion Near Baghdad Police Post
    AP. Poll: Public support slips for Iraq war
    LAT. Bush's Agenda on Slow Track
    LAT. To GOP, He's Dishonoring His Father; Affronted Republicans scramble to discredit Ron Reagan's scheduled speech on embryonic stem-cell research at the Democratic convention
    AP. Edwards: All Fla. Votes to Count in Nov.
    AP. Edwards Honed Campaign Skills in Courts
    AP. Race to Succeed Miller Tops Ga. Ballot
    AP. CIA Chief Opposes Cabinet Intel Post
    AP. Neb. Wants Nuke Judgment to Be Overturned
    Reuters. It's Showtime for Kerry at Boston Convention
    NYT. A Radio Giant Moves to Limit Commercials
    NYT. Iraq Gives Order to Reopen Paper G.I.'s Had Closed
    NYT. Kerry Building Legal Network for Vote Fights
    NYT. Edwards Scores a Few Amens in Florida
    AP. AP Seeks Release of Bush Military Records
    AP. Schwarzenegger Calls Dems 'Girlie Men'
    WP. Campaign Ads Flood Key Battleground States; 60% in Noncompetitive States See Almost No Presidential Commercials, Study Finds
    BGlobe. Convention to launch grass-roots campaign
    BGlobe. For some, speakers hard to find
    BGlobe. Group aims to get out Asian-American vote
    WP. Republicans Helping Nader To Help Themselves
    WP. Signing Up a Remote Electorate for November; Parties Are Pushing Registration Among Americans Abroad
    AP. Byrd: Kerry needs coal dust to win W.Va.

    Commentary
    Newsday. Bush ignores radicals, security needs
    Bob Herbert. An Emerging Catastrophe
    Jack Dalton. You Calling Me An Unpatriotic Wimp?
    Pratap Chatterjee. Democracy by the Dollars
    Roberto Lovato. The Lack of a 'Vision Thing'
    Terence Samuel. Swingers: Sex in marriage, compassionate conservatism, and shocking news about the battleground states.
    Thomas Oliphant. The Kerry I Know: So he's not Mr. Charisma. But he has courage, judgment, and intellect. Imagine that!
    James MacGregor Burns. The Courage to Lead: A resurgent movement awaits its organizer in chief.
    TAP. Gotta Have Faith? It seems like everyone wants John Kerry to talk more openly about religion -- but is “getting God” really what he needs?
    Murray Waas. Curveballs to Congress: The Senate Intelligence Committee has spoken on the intelligence that led us to war. If only we had known
    Eric Alterman. Fox Outfoxes Itself
    Sean Aday. Start the Presses: Kerry needs to introduce himself, the press tells us. Guess whose fault that is?
    Kevin Phillips. How Kerry Can Win
    Katrina vanden Heuvel & Robert L. Borosage. Victory in 2004--and Beyond
    David Corn. Bashing Joe Wilson
    Geov Parrish. Falling through the cracks; How I lost $20,000 as an insured patient in our nation's health system
    E.J. Dionne. Bush's 3-by-5 attack
    Nikki Finke. Outfoxing the Conservatives
    Joshua Green. John Edwards, Esq. Republicans believe that Americans will never elect a trial lawyer president. They're wrong
    Gerald S. Rellick. Bush Betrays Veterans
    Capital Times. Anti-gay bigotry

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Cleland: Bush Lied

    Said in a conference call to reporters:

    Cleland, a national co-chairman of Kerry's campaign, described the Bush administration's arguments that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and ties to al-Qaeda terrorists, as a "pack of lies."


    The former lawmaker from the southern state of Georgia defended the vote that he, Kerry and others cast in the Senate to authorize military intervention in Iraq, saying the Congress was "flat-out lied to."


    Asked whether they were lied to by the intelligence services or the White House, he said emphatically: "By the president, by the vice president and by the secretary of defense."


    Cleland said that Bush went to war "because he concluded that his daddy was a failed president and one of the ways he failed was that he did not take out Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)" in the 1991 Gulf war. "So he (Bush junior) is Mr. Macho Man."

    Posted by Eric at 07:40 PM | Comments (23)

    Cleland: Bush Lied

    Said in a conference call to reporters:

    Cleland, a national co-chairman of Kerry's campaign, described the Bush administration's arguments that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and ties to al-Qaeda terrorists, as a "pack of lies."


    The former lawmaker from the southern state of Georgia defended the vote that he, Kerry and others cast in the Senate to authorize military intervention in Iraq, saying the Congress was "flat-out lied to."


    Asked whether they were lied to by the intelligence services or the White House, he said emphatically: "By the president, by the vice president and by the secretary of defense."


    Cleland said that Bush went to war "because he concluded that his daddy was a failed president and one of the ways he failed was that he did not take out Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)" in the 1991 Gulf war. "So he (Bush junior) is Mr. Macho Man."

    Posted by Eric at 07:40 PM | Comments (2)

    AAR Ratings?

    See Hoffmania for more details.

    Posted by Eric at 07:28 PM | Comments (28)

    AAR Ratings?

    See Hoffmania for more details.

    Posted by Eric at 07:28 PM | Comments (2)

    Close in Minnesota

    From a Pioneer Press/Minnesota Public Radio poll:

    Posted by Eric at 09:43 AM | Comments (12)

    Close in Minnesota

    From a Pioneer Press/Minnesota Public Radio poll:

    Posted by Eric at 09:43 AM | Comments (1)

    Someone Steals Dean's Wallet

    Those buggahs:

    As he was delivering an impassioned pep talk about impending Democratic victory, Dean saw some disembodied fingers suddenly slip around his wallet - containing all his credit cards and an undetermined amount of cash - and just as suddenly disappear with them.

    "I gotta go. Somebody just stole my wallet," Dean abruptly ended his speech.

    Posted by Eric at 09:39 AM | Comments (21)

    Someone Steals Dean's Wallet

    Those buggahs:

    As he was delivering an impassioned pep talk about impending Democratic victory, Dean saw some disembodied fingers suddenly slip around his wallet - containing all his credit cards and an undetermined amount of cash - and just as suddenly disappear with them.

    "I gotta go. Somebody just stole my wallet," Dean abruptly ended his speech.

    Posted by Eric at 09:39 AM | Comments (2)

    Silly Drudge

    Words don't begin to describe Drudge's headline / top story ...

    Will he go for a touchup before his closeup in Boston?

    Is the candiate simply running low on rest?

    Did the face never change to begin with?

    The American people need answers.

    I'm not necessarily one to talk about typos, but ... "candiate" Kerry! If you have 5 million or whatever visitors a day, you could at least run the spell check.

    Posted by Eric at 07:04 AM | Comments (30)

    Silly Drudge

    Words don't begin to describe Drudge's headline / top story ...

    Will he go for a touchup before his closeup in Boston?

    Is the candiate simply running low on rest?

    Did the face never change to begin with?

    The American people need answers.

    I'm not necessarily one to talk about typos, but ... "candiate" Kerry! If you have 5 million or whatever visitors a day, you could at least run the spell check.

    Posted by Eric at 07:04 AM | Comments (3)

    Human Carbon Dioxide Releases Screwing Oceans Too

    So it's a good thing we have a president who believes in science. From the SJ Mercury News:

    Nearly half of the carbon dioxide released by human activity since the start of the Industrial Revolution has wound up in the oceans, changing the chemistry of the water on a vast scale and possibly endangering sea life.

    That's the conclusion of two studies, released Thursday, that attempt to document this change for the first time. They are based on more than 72,000 measurements of carbon in the oceans taken during two international surveys from 1989-1998.

    If the trend continues -- and scientists have every reason to think it will, with fossil-fuel emissions growing exponentially -- ocean waters will become ever more acidic, compromising the ability of organisms to make the protective shells they need to survive, researchers say.

    Although the impacts on ecosystems are unknown, they could be enormous, given the huge numbers of shelled creatures that live in the seas. They range from floating one-celled plants and animals that are the basis of the food chain to coral reefs and bottom-dwelling clams.

    Posted by Eric at 06:42 AM | Comments (21)

    Human Carbon Dioxide Releases Screwing Oceans Too

    So it's a good thing we have a president who believes in science. From the SJ Mercury News:

    Nearly half of the carbon dioxide released by human activity since the start of the Industrial Revolution has wound up in the oceans, changing the chemistry of the water on a vast scale and possibly endangering sea life.

    That's the conclusion of two studies, released Thursday, that attempt to document this change for the first time. They are based on more than 72,000 measurements of carbon in the oceans taken during two international surveys from 1989-1998.

    If the trend continues -- and scientists have every reason to think it will, with fossil-fuel emissions growing exponentially -- ocean waters will become ever more acidic, compromising the ability of organisms to make the protective shells they need to survive, researchers say.

    Although the impacts on ecosystems are unknown, they could be enormous, given the huge numbers of shelled creatures that live in the seas. They range from floating one-celled plants and animals that are the basis of the food chain to coral reefs and bottom-dwelling clams.

    Posted by Eric at 06:42 AM | Comments (2)

    Bush Overtime Rules Would Hurt Workers

    According to a recently released report from EPI, the revised Bush overtime rules, published on April 23, 2004, has the potential to hurt workers. Background:

    On April 23, 2004 the Department of Labor (DOL) published regulatory changes that, if they are allowed to take effect, could strip away the right to overtime pay for over six million workers. The original version of these rules, proposed by the Bush Administration in March 2003, would have stripped overtime protection from eight million workers. In the face of widespread public opposition, the administration promised that its final version of the rules would correct this problem, a promise it has failed to keep.

    Under the current Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, most workers are guaranteed the right to overtime pay, commonly known as “time-and-a-half,” for every hour worked beyond the normal 40-hour workweek. Three basic tests determine whether workers are exempt (i.e., ineligible for overtime pay) or non-exempt (i.e., eligible for overtime pay). The regulatory changes issued by the Bush Administration in April 2004 would make drastic changes to these tests, vastly increasing the number of exempt employees and making it likely that millions of them will work longer hours at reduced pay.

    Under current law, each of the following three tests must be met to classify an employee as exempt and therefore ineligible for overtime. First, the “salary-level test” stipulates that employees earning less than a certain level each week cannot be exempt. Second, the “salary-basis test” states that employees must be paid a set salary—not an hourly wage—in order to be exempt. Finally, the third screening test is the “duties test,” which states that a worker cannot be denied overtime pay unless his or her duties are primarily “administrative,” “professional,” or “executive” in nature.

    On to the new rules:
    The new regulations would raise the salary level under which all employees are protected to $455 per week (i.e., any employee making under $455 would be eligible for overtime benefits). Under current law that level is set at $155 ($170 for professionals), a pay rate that has remained unchanged since 1975. A salary of $455 per week equals an annual salary of just $23,660, about $5,000 a year above the poverty level for a family of four. And because the exemption level is not indexed for inflation, it will protect fewer and fewer workers over time. Initially, about 400,000 employees who work overtime will now be paid for it.

    The many other rules changes—principally those amending the three key duties tests—would dramatically increase the number of workers who would be classified as “professional,” “administrative,” or “executive” and thus remove millions of additional workers from overtime coverage.

    Changes in the primary duty test and the redefinition of “executive” will allow employers to deny overtime pay to workers who do very little supervision and a great deal of manual or routine work, including employees in factories and industrial plants. Employees who can only recommend—but not carry out—the “change of status” of the two employees that they “supervise” will be exempted as “executives” even if they manage nothing more substantial than a team or grouping of employees. In all, 1.4 million low-level, salaried supervisors will lose their overtime rights, along with 548,000 hourly supervisors, who could be switched to being paid on a salary basis and thus denied overtime protection.

    Posted by Eric at 06:34 AM | Comments (33)

    Bush Overtime Rules Would Hurt Workers

    According to a recently released report from EPI, the revised Bush overtime rules, published on April 23, 2004, has the potential to hurt workers. Background:

    On April 23, 2004 the Department of Labor (DOL) published regulatory changes that, if they are allowed to take effect, could strip away the right to overtime pay for over six million workers. The original version of these rules, proposed by the Bush Administration in March 2003, would have stripped overtime protection from eight million workers. In the face of widespread public opposition, the administration promised that its final version of the rules would correct this problem, a promise it has failed to keep.

    Under the current Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, most workers are guaranteed the right to overtime pay, commonly known as “time-and-a-half,” for every hour worked beyond the normal 40-hour workweek. Three basic tests determine whether workers are exempt (i.e., ineligible for overtime pay) or non-exempt (i.e., eligible for overtime pay). The regulatory changes issued by the Bush Administration in April 2004 would make drastic changes to these tests, vastly increasing the number of exempt employees and making it likely that millions of them will work longer hours at reduced pay.

    Under current law, each of the following three tests must be met to classify an employee as exempt and therefore ineligible for overtime. First, the “salary-level test” stipulates that employees earning less than a certain level each week cannot be exempt. Second, the “salary-basis test” states that employees must be paid a set salary—not an hourly wage—in order to be exempt. Finally, the third screening test is the “duties test,” which states that a worker cannot be denied overtime pay unless his or her duties are primarily “administrative,” “professional,” or “executive” in nature.

    On to the new rules:
    The new regulations would raise the salary level under which all employees are protected to $455 per week (i.e., any employee making under $455 would be eligible for overtime benefits). Under current law that level is set at $155 ($170 for professionals), a pay rate that has remained unchanged since 1975. A salary of $455 per week equals an annual salary of just $23,660, about $5,000 a year above the poverty level for a family of four. And because the exemption level is not indexed for inflation, it will protect fewer and fewer workers over time. Initially, about 400,000 employees who work overtime will now be paid for it.

    The many other rules changes—principally those amending the three key duties tests—would dramatically increase the number of workers who would be classified as “professional,” “administrative,” or “executive” and thus remove millions of additional workers from overtime coverage.

    Changes in the primary duty test and the redefinition of “executive” will allow employers to deny overtime pay to workers who do very little supervision and a great deal of manual or routine work, including employees in factories and industrial plants. Employees who can only recommend—but not carry out—the “change of status” of the two employees that they “supervise” will be exempted as “executives” even if they manage nothing more substantial than a team or grouping of employees. In all, 1.4 million low-level, salaried supervisors will lose their overtime rights, along with 548,000 hourly supervisors, who could be switched to being paid on a salary basis and thus denied overtime protection.

    Posted by Eric at 06:34 AM | Comments (1)

    Alternet.org to Challenge 'Fair and Balanced'

    Obviously, it's good publicity for the liberal news site. But beyond that, it's quite possible they have a case. The story:

    The Independent Media Institute ( IMI), parent organization of AlterNet, filed a legal challenge with the U.S. Trademark Office that seeks to strip Fox of its "Fair and Balanced" trademark registration on the grounds that it was "merely descriptive" (making it ineligible for trademark registration) as well as "false and misleading." AlterNet (which is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent journalism) filed its challenge with the U.S. Trademark Office on December 23, 2003, just under the wire – only hours before the clock was scheduled to run out on Fox's "contestability period," which is the legally mandated 5-year window during which a trademark registration can be challenged. After that period the right to use the trademark becomes "incontestable" and virtually invulnerable, and its holder is entitled to prevent anyone else from using it, under penalty of legal prosecution, virtually forever, and regardless of whether the trademark was legitimately registered or not. Now, for the first time, AlterNet is making that legal challenge public. We are also joining MoveOn.org in launching an international campaign to confront Fox News in its blatant efforts to use the airwaves for political gain and to promote right-wing politics. This weekend, MoveOn.org sponsored more than 2,700 house parties to view "Outfoxed," Greenwald's documentary, and included dialogue with Greenwald and MoveOn.org's leadership and this writer to announce our legal challenge to Fox.

    Wes Boyd of MoveOn.org told the more than 30,000 people listening and many watching over the Web: "People are steamed about the media. People get it. Washington has never seen the kind of outrage that they heard last year from citizens around the country about media consolidation. And Fox News, as Robert has shown in this film, is Enemy #1 in the undermining of democracy – they're partisan, they're bullies, they lie, they'll do anything for a buck, they don't even know what journalism is, and then they claim to be 'Fair and Balanced.' So we're going after Fox. This is just the beginning of a campaign to rebrand Fox "Unfair and Unbalanced," so that people know what they're watching. This campaign is a warning to any other media outlets, if they're thinking that the Fox model is something to copy. It isn't. Try journalism instead. Try serving the public interest."

    You'll remember the Al Franken - Fox lawsuit. The presiding judge over the case, Judge Chin, had this to say about the 'fair and balanced' slogan:
    The mark is a weak one. As trademarks go, the phrase "fair and balanced" is a weak mark, not because of the content of the words, but because the words are used so frequently, particularly in the context of journalism, the press and the media ... From a legal point of view, I think it is highly unlikely that the phrase "fair and balanced" is a valid trademark. I can't accept that that phrase can be plucked out of the marketplace of ideas and slogans.

    Posted by Eric at 03:09 AM | Comments (25)

    Alternet.org to Challenge 'Fair and Balanced'

    Obviously, it's good publicity for the liberal news site. But beyond that, it's quite possible they have a case. The story:

    The Independent Media Institute ( IMI), parent organization of AlterNet, filed a legal challenge with the U.S. Trademark Office that seeks to strip Fox of its "Fair and Balanced" trademark registration on the grounds that it was "merely descriptive" (making it ineligible for trademark registration) as well as "false and misleading." AlterNet (which is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent journalism) filed its challenge with the U.S. Trademark Office on December 23, 2003, just under the wire – only hours before the clock was scheduled to run out on Fox's "contestability period," which is the legally mandated 5-year window during which a trademark registration can be challenged. After that period the right to use the trademark becomes "incontestable" and virtually invulnerable, and its holder is entitled to prevent anyone else from using it, under penalty of legal prosecution, virtually forever, and regardless of whether the trademark was legitimately registered or not. Now, for the first time, AlterNet is making that legal challenge public. We are also joining MoveOn.org in launching an international campaign to confront Fox News in its blatant efforts to use the airwaves for political gain and to promote right-wing politics. This weekend, MoveOn.org sponsored more than 2,700 house parties to view "Outfoxed," Greenwald's documentary, and included dialogue with Greenwald and MoveOn.org's leadership and this writer to announce our legal challenge to Fox.

    Wes Boyd of MoveOn.org told the more than 30,000 people listening and many watching over the Web: "People are steamed about the media. People get it. Washington has never seen the kind of outrage that they heard last year from citizens around the country about media consolidation. And Fox News, as Robert has shown in this film, is Enemy #1 in the undermining of democracy – they're partisan, they're bullies, they lie, they'll do anything for a buck, they don't even know what journalism is, and then they claim to be 'Fair and Balanced.' So we're going after Fox. This is just the beginning of a campaign to rebrand Fox "Unfair and Unbalanced," so that people know what they're watching. This campaign is a warning to any other media outlets, if they're thinking that the Fox model is something to copy. It isn't. Try journalism instead. Try serving the public interest."

    You'll remember the Al Franken - Fox lawsuit. The presiding judge over the case, Judge Chin, had this to say about the 'fair and balanced' slogan:
    The mark is a weak one. As trademarks go, the phrase "fair and balanced" is a weak mark, not because of the content of the words, but because the words are used so frequently, particularly in the context of journalism, the press and the media ... From a legal point of view, I think it is highly unlikely that the phrase "fair and balanced" is a valid trademark. I can't accept that that phrase can be plucked out of the marketplace of ideas and slogans.

    Posted by Eric at 03:09 AM | Comments (5)

    July 18, 2004

    Why Fight and Lose FEMA?

    Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America," with his take on why conservatives would fight a battle they knew they would lose:

    Failure on the cultural front serves to magnify the outrage felt by conservative true believers; it mobilizes the base. Failure sharpens the distinctions between conservatives and liberals. Failure allows for endless grandstanding without any real-world consequences that might upset more moderate Republicans or the party's all-important corporate wing. You might even say that grand and garish defeat — especially if accompanied by the ridicule of the sophisticated — is the culture warrior's very object.

    The issue is all-important; the issue is incapable of being won. Only when the battle is defined this way can it achieve the desired results, have its magical polarizing effect. Only with a proposed constitutional amendment could the legalistic, cavilling Democrats be counted on to vote "no," and only with an offensive so blunt and so sweeping could the universal hostility of the press be secured.

    Losing is prima facie evidence that the basic conservative claim is true: that the country is run by liberals; that the world is unfair; that the majority is persecuted by a sinister elite. And that therefore you, my red-state friend, had better get out there and vote as if your civilization depended on it.

    Posted by Eric at 06:25 PM | Comments (18)

    Why Fight and Lose FEMA?

    Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America," with his take on why conservatives would fight a battle they knew they would lose:

    Failure on the cultural front serves to magnify the outrage felt by conservative true believers; it mobilizes the base. Failure sharpens the distinctions between conservatives and liberals. Failure allows for endless grandstanding without any real-world consequences that might upset more moderate Republicans or the party's all-important corporate wing. You might even say that grand and garish defeat — especially if accompanied by the ridicule of the sophisticated — is the culture warrior's very object.

    The issue is all-important; the issue is incapable of being won. Only when the battle is defined this way can it achieve the desired results, have its magical polarizing effect. Only with a proposed constitutional amendment could the legalistic, cavilling Democrats be counted on to vote "no," and only with an offensive so blunt and so sweeping could the universal hostility of the press be secured.

    Losing is prima facie evidence that the basic conservative claim is true: that the country is run by liberals; that the world is unfair; that the majority is persecuted by a sinister elite. And that therefore you, my red-state friend, had better get out there and vote as if your civilization depended on it.

    Posted by Eric at 06:25 PM | Comments (0)

    Whoopi Over Whoopi

    Paul Begala with the note:

    BEGALA: I think it's an interesting example of the double standard in the media. Whoopi Goldberg apparently told some jokes people didn't like. I didn't hear them, don't even know what they are and everybody got their panties in a wad and here's this big corporation fires her. Meanwhile yesterday, Dennis Miller at a Bush rally basically implies that John Edwards and John Kerry are gay, then attacks my pal James Carville for the way that he looks and nobody says anything. I doubt CNN has even covered that story today at all. So why is it that a liberal comedian can make fun of President Bush, but she gets fired from her job? A conservative comedian makes really nasty sexual innuendoes about Kerry and Edwards and nobody says anything. So it's a double standard.
    Regardless, has Slim Fast ever seen Whoopi's act? It's not like she wasn't doing Bush / sexual jokes before.

    Posted by Eric at 06:14 PM | Comments (127)

    Whoopi Over Whoopi

    Paul Begala with the note:

    BEGALA: I think it's an interesting example of the double standard in the media. Whoopi Goldberg apparently told some jokes people didn't like. I didn't hear them, don't even know what they are and everybody got their panties in a wad and here's this big corporation fires her. Meanwhile yesterday, Dennis Miller at a Bush rally basically implies that John Edwards and John Kerry are gay, then attacks my pal James Carville for the way that he looks and nobody says anything. I doubt CNN has even covered that story today at all. So why is it that a liberal comedian can make fun of President Bush, but she gets fired from her job? A conservative comedian makes really nasty sexual innuendoes about Kerry and Edwards and nobody says anything. So it's a double standard.
    Regardless, has Slim Fast ever seen Whoopi's act? It's not like she wasn't doing Bush / sexual jokes before.

    Posted by Eric at 06:14 PM | Comments (6)

    Dem Bowles Leads in NC

    Erskine Bowles, former Clinton chief of staff, "continues to hold the early lead over Republican Richard Burr in the North Carolina Senate race." From the WRAL poll:

    According to a new WRAL poll conducted by Mason-Dixon, 48 percent of voters statewide currently support Bowles, 38 percent back Burr and 14 percent are still undecided.

    This 10-point margin is the same as in May. Bowles remains ahead in every region of the state, by varying margins, except for the Greensboro/Winston-Salem Triad --Burr's home region.

    Posted by Eric at 06:05 PM | Comments (43)

    Dem Bowles Leads in NC

    Erskine Bowles, former Clinton chief of staff, "continues to hold the early lead over Republican Richard Burr in the North Carolina Senate race." From the WRAL poll:

    According to a new WRAL poll conducted by Mason-Dixon, 48 percent of voters statewide currently support Bowles, 38 percent back Burr and 14 percent are still undecided.

    This 10-point margin is the same as in May. Bowles remains ahead in every region of the state, by varying margins, except for the Greensboro/Winston-Salem Triad --Burr's home region.

    Posted by Eric at 06:05 PM | Comments (1)

    July 15, 2004

    Be Back Monday

    Taking a short vacation. Be back Monday with regular updates! Thaaank you.

    Posted by Eric at 09:03 AM | Comments (75)

    Be Back Monday

    Taking a short vacation. Be back Monday with regular updates! Thaaank you.

    Posted by Eric at 09:03 AM | Comments (10)

    Can't Stand That Liberal O'Reilly

    Courtesy of Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly, we find this amusing email from a viewer that Bill O'Reilly read on his show:

    "O'Reilly, you do have a preference in the upcoming election and it is Kerry!"
    -Vince Rinaldi of Bolivar, MO

    Posted by Eric at 01:33 AM | Comments (38)

    Can't Stand That Liberal O'Reilly

    Courtesy of Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly, we find this amusing email from a viewer that Bill O'Reilly read on his show:

    "O'Reilly, you do have a preference in the upcoming election and it is Kerry!"
    -Vince Rinaldi of Bolivar, MO

    Posted by Eric at 01:33 AM | Comments (3)

    Cheney Drop?

    Capital Hill rumors persist about why Cheney dropped his drug-addicted George Washington University (represent) doc:

    The newest theory - advanced privately by prominent Democrats, including members of Congress - holds that Mr. Cheney recently dismissed his personal doctor so that he could see a new one, who will conveniently tell him in August that his heart problems make him unfit to run with Mr. Bush. The dismissed physician, Dr. Gary Malakoff, who four years ago declared that Mr. Cheney was "up to the task of the most sensitive public office" despite a history of heart disease, was dropped from Mr. Cheney's medical team because of an addiction to prescription drugs.

    "I don't know where they get all these conspiracy theories," said Matthew Dowd, the Bush campaign's chief strategist, who has heard them all. "It's inside-the-Beltway coffee talk, is all it is."

    It may be inside the Beltway, but in recent days the Washington summer clamor about dropping Mr. Cheney has so greatly intensified that Mr. Cheney himself was forced to address it on Wednesday. Asked in a C-Span interview if he could envision any circumstances under which he would step aside, Mr. Cheney replied: "Well, no, I can't. If I thought that were appropriate, I certainly would."

    In the interview, to be broadcast Sunday, Mr. Cheney also said that Mr. Bush "has made very clear he doesn't want to break up the team," but that chatter of his stepping down was to be expected.

    Of course, if you want Bush out of office, you want Cheney on the ticket, as he's an unpopular drag:
    One recent contribution to the buzz about Mr. Cheney came Tuesday in a column by Charlie Cook, the editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. "Stipulating that dumping a totally loyal, integral part of his inner circle is something that is absolutely not in George W. Bush's DNA, losing with plenty of notice does not appear to be part of his genetic makeup either," Mr. Cook wrote. He concluded that in an election year as close as this one, "the president badly needs something to shake this race up, and I can think of just one thing. Cheney may need to watch his back."

    Mr. Cook's column came less than a week after Alfonse M. D'Amato, the once-influential Republican senator from New York, said on the cable station NY1 that Mr. Bush should replace Mr. Cheney with Mr. Powell or Mr. McCain. Mr. D'Amato's motives have stirred speculation among New Yorkers, although some who know him well said that getting attention might have been primary among them. An assistant in Mr. D'Amato's office said Wednesday that he would have no further comment on the matter.

    Posted by Eric at 12:47 AM | Comments (49)

    Cheney Drop?

    Capital Hill rumors persist about why Cheney dropped his drug-addicted George Washington University (represent) doc:

    The newest theory - advanced privately by prominent Democrats, including members of Congress - holds that Mr. Cheney recently dismissed his personal doctor so that he could see a new one, who will conveniently tell him in August that his heart problems make him unfit to run with Mr. Bush. The dismissed physician, Dr. Gary Malakoff, who four years ago declared that Mr. Cheney was "up to the task of the most sensitive public office" despite a history of heart disease, was dropped from Mr. Cheney's medical team because of an addiction to prescription drugs.

    "I don't know where they get all these conspiracy theories," said Matthew Dowd, the Bush campaign's chief strategist, who has heard them all. "It's inside-the-Beltway coffee talk, is all it is."

    It may be inside the Beltway, but in recent days the Washington summer clamor about dropping Mr. Cheney has so greatly intensified that Mr. Cheney himself was forced to address it on Wednesday. Asked in a C-Span interview if he could envision any circumstances under which he would step aside, Mr. Cheney replied: "Well, no, I can't. If I thought that were appropriate, I certainly would."

    In the interview, to be broadcast Sunday, Mr. Cheney also said that Mr. Bush "has made very clear he doesn't want to break up the team," but that chatter of his stepping down was to be expected.

    Of course, if you want Bush out of office, you want Cheney on the ticket, as he's an unpopular drag:
    One recent contribution to the buzz about Mr. Cheney came Tuesday in a column by Charlie Cook, the editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. "Stipulating that dumping a totally loyal, integral part of his inner circle is something that is absolutely not in George W. Bush's DNA, losing with plenty of notice does not appear to be part of his genetic makeup either," Mr. Cook wrote. He concluded that in an election year as close as this one, "the president badly needs something to shake this race up, and I can think of just one thing. Cheney may need to watch his back."

    Mr. Cook's column came less than a week after Alfonse M. D'Amato, the once-influential Republican senator from New York, said on the cable station NY1 that Mr. Bush should replace Mr. Cheney with Mr. Powell or Mr. McCain. Mr. D'Amato's motives have stirred speculation among New Yorkers, although some who know him well said that getting attention might have been primary among them. An assistant in Mr. D'Amato's office said Wednesday that he would have no further comment on the matter.

    Posted by Eric at 12:47 AM | Comments (8)

    Dick Armey's Nader Army

    From the Institute for Public Accuracy:

    Citizens for a Sound Economy, a national organization led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R., Texas), is widening its efforts to help presidential candidate Ralph Nader get on the ballot in pivotal states. A recent news release from the corporate-backed group says it plans to pursue those efforts "in key battleground states like Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and elsewhere."

    John Stauber, founder and executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, said today: "The Republican machine is mobilizing for Nader. Major Republican funders are sending checks to Nader, and a far-right industry-funded front group, Citizens for a Sound Economy, is organizing to get Ralph on the November ballot in a number of swing states. Nader, the sworn enemy of corporate power and influence, has become its not-so-secret weapon for the November election." ...

    He added: "Citizens for a Sound Economy describes itself as an organization of 'grassroots citizens dedicated to free markets and limited government,' but according to internal documents leaked to the Washington Post in January 2000, the bulk of its revenues ($15.5 million in 1998) came not from its 250,000 members but from contributions of $250,000 and up from large corporations. CSE is co-chaired by former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey and C. Boyden Gray, a Washington attorney who served as counsel to former president George H.W. Bush. The bulk of its income now comes from corporations including Allied Signal, Archer Daniels Midland, DaimlerChrysler, Emerson Electric Company, Enron, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Philip Morris and U.S. West."

    Green Party ... no. Dick Armey, CEOs, Republicans ... Yes.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (30)

    Dick Armey's Nader Army

    From the Institute for Public Accuracy:

    Citizens for a Sound Economy, a national organization led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R., Texas), is widening its efforts to help presidential candidate Ralph Nader get on the ballot in pivotal states. A recent news release from the corporate-backed group says it plans to pursue those efforts "in key battleground states like Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and elsewhere."

    John Stauber, founder and executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, said today: "The Republican machine is mobilizing for Nader. Major Republican funders are sending checks to Nader, and a far-right industry-funded front group, Citizens for a Sound Economy, is organizing to get Ralph on the November ballot in a number of swing states. Nader, the sworn enemy of corporate power and influence, has become its not-so-secret weapon for the November election." ...

    He added: "Citizens for a Sound Economy describes itself as an organization of 'grassroots citizens dedicated to free markets and limited government,' but according to internal documents leaked to the Washington Post in January 2000, the bulk of its revenues ($15.5 million in 1998) came not from its 250,000 members but from contributions of $250,000 and up from large corporations. CSE is co-chaired by former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey and C. Boyden Gray, a Washington attorney who served as counsel to former president George H.W. Bush. The bulk of its income now comes from corporations including Allied Signal, Archer Daniels Midland, DaimlerChrysler, Emerson Electric Company, Enron, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Philip Morris and U.S. West."

    Green Party ... no. Dick Armey, CEOs, Republicans ... Yes.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (13)

    July 14, 2004

    Wed Stories

    News
    NYT. Medicare Law Is Seen Leading to Cuts in Drug Benefits for Retirees
    AP. Voting Machine Critics Rally Across U.S.
    AP. Kerry Takes a Slight Lead in Pennsylvania
    AP. Kerry Proposes $100M for New Forest Corps
    Reuters. Retail sales fall in June
    Times-Picayune. Vitter gets a little Big Apple backing; Giuliani stumps; treasurer jumps in
    NYT. Risks for Bush in His Decision to Skip N.A.A.C.P. Meeting
    AP. Rangel cuffed in protest
    USAT. Bush's AIDS plan could be tough to implement
    NYT. Bush and C.I.A. Won't Release Paper on Prewar Intelligence
    BGlobe. AG touts Patriot Act; opponents unconvinced
    ChicDH. Da Senator? It'll cost him
    Reuters. Effort to Ban Gay Marriage Heads Toward Defeat
    BGlobe. Bioterror antidotes rushed to Boston
    BGlobe. Bush courts rural electorate
    BGlobe. Gay marriage ban appears doomed; Amendment talks seen ending today
    Toronto Star. Republican strategy unravels: Planned to force vote on gay marriage
    WP. Democrat's Circle Expands

    Commentary
    Matthew Rothschild . Oak Ridge Boy and His War
    Joel Connelly. Bush's anti-gay stance is a brazen political ploy
    NYT. Onward G.O.P. Soldiers
    Jonathan Freedland. A failure of the system: A government cannot go to war on a false pretext. Either Blair apologises - or there must be a change of leader
    Newsday. Bush overlooks science at great peril
    LAT. Roads to Forest Ruination
    Robert Kuttner. New tax cut scam excludes poor kids
    Richard Hétu. Dick Cheney's Fear
    William Rivers Pitt. Only Cowards Cancel Elections
    Solana Pyne. Generation Debt: The New Economics of Being Young
    Thomas F. Schaller. New Testaments: Kerry's adman Bob Shrum has seen the future of campaign ads – in his own consultancy past
    Mirna Galic. The Administration's Parallel Universe
    Matthew Yglesias. True Lies: Why pressure analysts when making stuff up is so much easier?
    Robert B. Reich. No Option, No Brainer; By now, expensing stock options should be a done deal. But Congress won't get out of the way
    Dara Colwell. Gay with God
    Evan Derkacz. Dueling for the NRA Vote
    AL Kennedy. Dumping on Yucca Mountain

    Posted by Eric at 11:50 PM | Comments (17)

    Wed Stories

    News
    NYT. Medicare Law Is Seen Leading to Cuts in Drug Benefits for Retirees
    AP. Voting Machine Critics Rally Across U.S.
    AP. Kerry Takes a Slight Lead in Pennsylvania
    AP. Kerry Proposes $100M for New Forest Corps
    Reuters. Retail sales fall in June
    Times-Picayune. Vitter gets a little Big Apple backing; Giuliani stumps; treasurer jumps in
    NYT. Risks for Bush in His Decision to Skip N.A.A.C.P. Meeting
    AP. Rangel cuffed in protest
    USAT. Bush's AIDS plan could be tough to implement
    NYT. Bush and C.I.A. Won't Release Paper on Prewar Intelligence
    BGlobe. AG touts Patriot Act; opponents unconvinced
    ChicDH. Da Senator? It'll cost him
    Reuters. Effort to Ban Gay Marriage Heads Toward Defeat
    BGlobe. Bioterror antidotes rushed to Boston
    BGlobe. Bush courts rural electorate
    BGlobe. Gay marriage ban appears doomed; Amendment talks seen ending today
    Toronto Star. Republican strategy unravels: Planned to force vote on gay marriage
    WP. Democrat's Circle Expands

    Commentary
    Matthew Rothschild . Oak Ridge Boy and His War
    Joel Connelly. Bush's anti-gay stance is a brazen political ploy
    NYT. Onward G.O.P. Soldiers
    Jonathan Freedland. A failure of the system: A government cannot go to war on a false pretext. Either Blair apologises - or there must be a change of leader
    Newsday. Bush overlooks science at great peril
    LAT. Roads to Forest Ruination
    Robert Kuttner. New tax cut scam excludes poor kids
    Richard Hétu. Dick Cheney's Fear
    William Rivers Pitt. Only Cowards Cancel Elections
    Solana Pyne. Generation Debt: The New Economics of Being Young
    Thomas F. Schaller. New Testaments: Kerry's adman Bob Shrum has seen the future of campaign ads – in his own consultancy past
    Mirna Galic. The Administration's Parallel Universe
    Matthew Yglesias. True Lies: Why pressure analysts when making stuff up is so much easier?
    Robert B. Reich. No Option, No Brainer; By now, expensing stock options should be a done deal. But Congress won't get out of the way
    Dara Colwell. Gay with God
    Evan Derkacz. Dueling for the NRA Vote
    AL Kennedy. Dumping on Yucca Mountain

    Posted by Eric at 11:50 PM | Comments (2)

    Bush Broken Promise on Assault Weapons?

    From the Children's Defense Fund:

    With only two months left, the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) today urged the Bush Administration and Congress not to let the 10-year-old federal Assault Weapons Ban expire on September 13, 2004. In spite of broad and bipartisan support for its extension, a leadership vacuum has brought our country to the brink of allowing assault weapons again to be sold and used throughout America.

    President Bush claims to support the ban and has said, "It makes no sense for assault weapons to be around our society."

    However:
    But according to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), the President still has not even asked the House to take up the ban. With the leadership of Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John Warner (R-VA), the U.S. Senate approved a renewal of the ban in March of this year as an amendment to a bill that was later killed by the National Rifle Association (NRA). With thirteen legislative days left before it dies, the Assault Weapons Ban is politically stalled in the White House and on Capitol Hill.

    Posted by Eric at 06:46 PM | Comments (19)

    Bush Broken Promise on Assault Weapons?

    From the Children's Defense Fund:

    With only two months left, the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) today urged the Bush Administration and Congress not to let the 10-year-old federal Assault Weapons Ban expire on September 13, 2004. In spite of broad and bipartisan support for its extension, a leadership vacuum has brought our country to the brink of allowing assault weapons again to be sold and used throughout America.

    President Bush claims to support the ban and has said, "It makes no sense for assault weapons to be around our society."

    However:
    But according to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), the President still has not even asked the House to take up the ban. With the leadership of Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John Warner (R-VA), the U.S. Senate approved a renewal of the ban in March of this year as an amendment to a bill that was later killed by the National Rifle Association (NRA). With thirteen legislative days left before it dies, the Assault Weapons Ban is politically stalled in the White House and on Capitol Hill.

    Posted by Eric at 06:46 PM | Comments (1)

    New Book: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    Former Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi has released a new book: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised : Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything. I'm particularly grateful to Trippi for not only helping popularize blogs, but also for signing a review copy for me! Anyway, the book description:

    This is the story of how Trippi's revolutionary use of the Internet and an impassioned, contagious desire to overthrow politics as usual grew into a national grassroots movement and changed the face of politics forever. But it's also more than that.

    It's about how to engage Americans in real dialogue, how business leaders, government leaders, and anyone else can make use of the most revolutionary idea to come along since man first learned to light a fire. No ... not the Internet. Or computers. Or telecommunications.

    Democracy.

    For those who thought the Dean campaign ended with a screaming speech in an Iowa ballroom, this book is a wake-up call. Joe Trippi explains how -- right now -- Internet democracy is trans forming every aspect of American life by evenly distributing power. He reveals innovations that are on the horizon, which companies are poised to become first-movers in this new era, and which are in danger of being left behind.

    You can read a book excerpt online. Also, check out Joe's group, Change for America.

    Posted by Eric at 04:57 PM | Comments (43)

    New Book: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    Former Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi has released a new book: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised : Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything. I'm particularly grateful to Trippi for not only helping popularize blogs, but also for signing a review copy for me! Anyway, the book description:

    This is the story of how Trippi's revolutionary use of the Internet and an impassioned, contagious desire to overthrow politics as usual grew into a national grassroots movement and changed the face of politics forever. But it's also more than that.

    It's about how to engage Americans in real dialogue, how business leaders, government leaders, and anyone else can make use of the most revolutionary idea to come along since man first learned to light a fire. No ... not the Internet. Or computers. Or telecommunications.

    Democracy.

    For those who thought the Dean campaign ended with a screaming speech in an Iowa ballroom, this book is a wake-up call. Joe Trippi explains how -- right now -- Internet democracy is trans forming every aspect of American life by evenly distributing power. He reveals innovations that are on the horizon, which companies are poised to become first-movers in this new era, and which are in danger of being left behind.

    You can read a book excerpt online. Also, check out Joe's group, Change for America.

    Posted by Eric at 04:57 PM | Comments (2)

    McCain Refutes Bush re: Anti-Gay Amendment

    Yet McCain still filmed his ad for Bush. Go figure.

    Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona broke forcefully with President Bush and the Senate GOP leadership Tuesday evening over the issue of same-sex marriage, taking to the Senate floor to call a constitutional amendment to prohibit the practice unnecessary -- and un-Republican.

    "The constitutional amendment we're debating today strikes me as antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans," McCain said. "It usurps from the states a fundamental authority they have always possessed and imposes a federal remedy for a problem that most states do not believe confronts them."

    McCain also said the amendment "will not be adopted by Congress this year, nor next year, nor any time soon until a substantial majority of Americans are persuaded that such a consequential action is as vitally important and necessary as the proponents feel it is today."

    "The founders wisely made certain that the Constitution is difficult to amend and, as a practical political matter, can't be done without overwhelming public approval. And thank God for that," he said.

    Meanwhile, the LA Times reports that the vote on gay marriage is "backfiring."
    But with the vote coming today, it is a divided Republican Party that will seal the measure's doom. And it is President Bush who faces a potentially embarrassing defeat in the Republican-controlled Senate on a measure he has pushed ... But the amendment has caused discomfort within the GOP's ranks, despite Bush's support for it.

    Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and John McCain of Arizona have come out against the amendment.

    Collins told reporters Tuesday: "I see no need for a constitutional amendment … at a time when we already have a federal law on the books that protects the rights of states to define marriage as between a man and a woman."

    Even Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), usually a reliable GOP vote, expressed concerns about the wording of the measure, saying it could prevent states from passing legislation dealing with civil unions and domestic partnerships.

    Playing politics with the constitution. The US Senate at its finest.

    Posted by Eric at 09:12 AM | Comments (48)

    McCain Refutes Bush re: Anti-Gay Amendment

    Yet McCain still filmed his ad for Bush. Go figure.

    Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona broke forcefully with President Bush and the Senate GOP leadership Tuesday evening over the issue of same-sex marriage, taking to the Senate floor to call a constitutional amendment to prohibit the practice unnecessary -- and un-Republican.

    "The constitutional amendment we're debating today strikes me as antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans," McCain said. "It usurps from the states a fundamental authority they have always possessed and imposes a federal remedy for a problem that most states do not believe confronts them."

    McCain also said the amendment "will not be adopted by Congress this year, nor next year, nor any time soon until a substantial majority of Americans are persuaded that such a consequential action is as vitally important and necessary as the proponents feel it is today."

    "The founders wisely made certain that the Constitution is difficult to amend and, as a practical political matter, can't be done without overwhelming public approval. And thank God for that," he said.

    Meanwhile, the LA Times reports that the vote on gay marriage is "backfiring."
    But with the vote coming today, it is a divided Republican Party that will seal the measure's doom. And it is President Bush who faces a potentially embarrassing defeat in the Republican-controlled Senate on a measure he has pushed ... But the amendment has caused discomfort within the GOP's ranks, despite Bush's support for it.

    Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and John McCain of Arizona have come out against the amendment.

    Collins told reporters Tuesday: "I see no need for a constitutional amendment … at a time when we already have a federal law on the books that protects the rights of states to define marriage as between a man and a woman."

    Even Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), usually a reliable GOP vote, expressed concerns about the wording of the measure, saying it could prevent states from passing legislation dealing with civil unions and domestic partnerships.

    Playing politics with the constitution. The US Senate at its finest.

    Posted by Eric at 09:12 AM | Comments (9)

    Kerry Camp Sets up 'SWAT Team' to Watch Voting

    Hoping to prevent a repeat of the 2000 debacle, the Kerry campaign is enlisting a team of lawyers to watch the election results, reports the Seattle PI:

    Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry yesterday announced the formation of a nationwide SWAT team of election lawyers to combat the kind of voting irregularities that occurred in Florida four years ago, contributing to the disputed election of President Bush.

    Kerry said his team would take "tough action" to prevent the kind of voter "intimidation and harassment" that kept about 1 million African American voters from the polls in 2000 and prevented about 57,000 black voters from casting votes in Palm Beach County, Fla.

    The legal team is led by Washington, D.C., attorney Robert Bauer and backed by teams of lawyers around the nation.

    Posted by Eric at 04:55 AM | Comments (18)

    Kerry Camp Sets up 'SWAT Team' to Watch Voting

    Hoping to prevent a repeat of the 2000 debacle, the Kerry campaign is enlisting a team of lawyers to watch the election results, reports the Seattle PI:

    Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry yesterday announced the formation of a nationwide SWAT team of election lawyers to combat the kind of voting irregularities that occurred in Florida four years ago, contributing to the disputed election of President Bush.

    Kerry said his team would take "tough action" to prevent the kind of voter "intimidation and harassment" that kept about 1 million African American voters from the polls in 2000 and prevented about 57,000 black voters from casting votes in Palm Beach County, Fla.

    The legal team is led by Washington, D.C., attorney Robert Bauer and backed by teams of lawyers around the nation.

    Posted by Eric at 04:55 AM | Comments (0)

    Less-Traveled Powell

    From WPost:

    Powell is on track to become the least traveled secretary of state in more than three decades, since Henry A. Kissinger embodied the concept of the globe-trotting foreign policy guru, according to records maintained by the State Department's historian. Powell's three immediate predecessors, the records show, traveled an average of more than 45 percent more than he has ...

    Indeed, Powell's schedule puts him just slightly ahead of William P. Rogers, secretary of state from 1969 to 1973, who was largely overshadowed by Kissinger, then the national security adviser to President Richard M. Nixon. Powell is significantly behind George P. Shultz, Ronald Reagan's secretary of state, and would need to travel 45 more days in the next six months to catch up with Shultz's 225 days of travel over four years.

    Some leading foreign policy specialists -- and even some State Department officials -- have wondered whether Powell's travel schedule has in some ways contributed to the United States' falling image abroad. They argue that behind-the-scenes actions, such as telephone calls, carry much less impact overseas in an era when public diplomacy is increasingly important in advancing foreign policy goals.

    But that's OK: "Secretary of State Colin L. Powell hates to fly."

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 AM | Comments (18)

    Less-Traveled Powell

    From WPost:

    Powell is on track to become the least traveled secretary of state in more than three decades, since Henry A. Kissinger embodied the concept of the globe-trotting foreign policy guru, according to records maintained by the State Department's historian. Powell's three immediate predecessors, the records show, traveled an average of more than 45 percent more than he has ...

    Indeed, Powell's schedule puts him just slightly ahead of William P. Rogers, secretary of state from 1969 to 1973, who was largely overshadowed by Kissinger, then the national security adviser to President Richard M. Nixon. Powell is significantly behind George P. Shultz, Ronald Reagan's secretary of state, and would need to travel 45 more days in the next six months to catch up with Shultz's 225 days of travel over four years.

    Some leading foreign policy specialists -- and even some State Department officials -- have wondered whether Powell's travel schedule has in some ways contributed to the United States' falling image abroad. They argue that behind-the-scenes actions, such as telephone calls, carry much less impact overseas in an era when public diplomacy is increasingly important in advancing foreign policy goals.

    But that's OK: "Secretary of State Colin L. Powell hates to fly."

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 AM | Comments (2)

    The Other Fair and Balanced News Channel

    On CNN's American Morning, journalist Jack Cafferty said this about the O'Franken Factor's name change:

    And one more here, a bulletin just in. Al Franken is going to change the name of his radio show. The liberal radio network, I think they call it Air America, and the word network is used loosely -- they're not even on the air in a lot of America's major markets -- will no longer air "The O'Franken Factor." From now on, it's the "Al Franken Show." Apparently Franken's tired of being trashed regularly on "The O'Reilly Factor," unlike "The O'Franken Factor," "The O'Reilly Factor" is a hugely successful program, in spite of the fact that it airs on the "F" word network.
    If Cafferty actually acted like a journalist and checked out his facts, he would have noted that his smart-ass remark was not the reason why Franken changed his show's name. As the AP reported: "The 53-year-old comedian said he's changing the name because "no matter how hard we tried, conservative entertainer Bill O'Reilly wouldn't sue us"." See, it's a simple device called getting facts. Jack should try it sometime.

    Email Cafferty and ask him why he's misreporting the news.

    Posted by Eric at 12:15 AM | Comments (53)

    The Other Fair and Balanced News Channel

    On CNN's American Morning, journalist Jack Cafferty said this about the O'Franken Factor's name change:

    And one more here, a bulletin just in. Al Franken is going to change the name of his radio show. The liberal radio network, I think they call it Air America, and the word network is used loosely -- they're not even on the air in a lot of America's major markets -- will no longer air "The O'Franken Factor." From now on, it's the "Al Franken Show." Apparently Franken's tired of being trashed regularly on "The O'Reilly Factor," unlike "The O'Franken Factor," "The O'Reilly Factor" is a hugely successful program, in spite of the fact that it airs on the "F" word network.
    If Cafferty actually acted like a journalist and checked out his facts, he would have noted that his smart-ass remark was not the reason why Franken changed his show's name. As the AP reported: "The 53-year-old comedian said he's changing the name because "no matter how hard we tried, conservative entertainer Bill O'Reilly wouldn't sue us"." See, it's a simple device called getting facts. Jack should try it sometime.

    Email Cafferty and ask him why he's misreporting the news.

    Posted by Eric at 12:15 AM | Comments (8)

    OurCongress.org

    Check out Kos and Jerome's new venture: http://www.ourcongress.org/: "OurCongress will keep a close eye on some of the nation's tightest races (the kind of races that are probably on the DCCC hit list), while keeping tabs on those races that have the potential of becoming Tier One."

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (6)

    OurCongress.org

    Check out Kos and Jerome's new venture: http://www.ourcongress.org/: "OurCongress will keep a close eye on some of the nation's tightest races (the kind of races that are probably on the DCCC hit list), while keeping tabs on those races that have the potential of becoming Tier One."

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (0)

    July 13, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    Newsweek. Try to Guess Who's Backing Nader
    CBS. Teen Tries To Buy Gun Company
    LAT. New Forest Rules May Pave Way for Roads
    LAT. Resentment Is Festering in 'Little Falloujas'
    LAT. Bush Defends Reasons for War
    LAT. Kerry Camp Dominates in Ads
    NYT. Morgan Stanley Settles Bias Suit With $54 Million
    AP. Nets Offer Little Airtime for Conventions
    CNN. NAACP chairman calls for Bush's ouster
    Az Biz Journal. Bush, Kerry launch Spanish-language ads in Arizona
    WP. GE Lobbyists Mold Tax Bill; Firm Saw Subsidy Repeal As Chance to Pay Less
    WP. The Kennedy Factor: At 72, the Senator Is Campaigning for a Kerry White House With Dogged Determination
    WP. Kerry Courts Minority Voters; Democrat Tells Female Donors His Values Transcend Party Labels
    WP. Kerry Aims To Accept Federal Funding; Reversal Possible if Bush Rejects Money
    AP. Philippines Vows to Withdraw Iraq Troops
    AP. AP Poll: More Voters See Bush As Decisive
    AP. Environmentalists Blast Bush Forest Plan
    Reuters. AIDS Robs 15 Million Children of Parents-UN Report
    AP. North Carolina welcomes Edwards home with rally
    USAT. Protests will run gamut at GOP gathering in NYC

    Commentary
    Robert Scheer. Fact of the Matter Is That Facts Didn't Matter
    David Clark. Blair sexed up the evidence to justify his own decision
    Jesse Jackson. Poor can't afford GOP's higher ed
    Cynthia Tucker. Middle class feels squeeze; Bush fails to patch social safety net so necessary as economy sputters
    Ray McGovern. Corrupted Intelligence
    Marc Siegel. The VA, Vanity and Duragesic
    Paul Waldman. Strike Three? The Bush campaign has whiffed on defining Kerry twice. Will the third time be the charm?
    Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman. Paid Family Leave Arrives in California
    SFC. War by folly
    E. J. Dionne. Who's Got the Wrong Values Now?
    Richard Cohen. Bush: Safely in Denial
    Michael Tomasky. Compassion Is Out: Bush's refusal to speak to the NAACP is one of many signs that compassionate conservatism is a thing of the past. It's time the media noticed
    Marie Cocco. Bush tortures facts on 'trial lawyers'
    Krugman. Machine at Work
    Tony Norman. Having stolen one election, will they postpone the next?
    Mother Jones. The Diddly Awards: Honoring the jaw-dropping achievements of the 108th Congress
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Games Congressmen Play; Gay marriage, flag burning, and other non-pressing issues that are being tackled on Capitol Hill
    Robin Templeton. Giving Felons a Role in Democracy
    Barbara Crossette. AIDS Catastrophe Looms in India
    Safir Ahmed. The Future's So Bright; Joe Trippi Interview
    Joe Trippi. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
    Thomas Oliphant. For Bush, no excuse

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 PM | Comments (7)

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    Newsweek. Try to Guess Who's Backing Nader
    CBS. Teen Tries To Buy Gun Company
    LAT. New Forest Rules May Pave Way for Roads
    LAT. Resentment Is Festering in 'Little Falloujas'
    LAT. Bush Defends Reasons for War
    LAT. Kerry Camp Dominates in Ads
    NYT. Morgan Stanley Settles Bias Suit With $54 Million
    AP. Nets Offer Little Airtime for Conventions
    CNN. NAACP chairman calls for Bush's ouster
    Az Biz Journal. Bush, Kerry launch Spanish-language ads in Arizona
    WP. GE Lobbyists Mold Tax Bill; Firm Saw Subsidy Repeal As Chance to Pay Less
    WP. The Kennedy Factor: At 72, the Senator Is Campaigning for a Kerry White House With Dogged Determination
    WP. Kerry Courts Minority Voters; Democrat Tells Female Donors His Values Transcend Party Labels
    WP. Kerry Aims To Accept Federal Funding; Reversal Possible if Bush Rejects Money
    AP. Philippines Vows to Withdraw Iraq Troops
    AP. AP Poll: More Voters See Bush As Decisive
    AP. Environmentalists Blast Bush Forest Plan
    Reuters. AIDS Robs 15 Million Children of Parents-UN Report
    AP. North Carolina welcomes Edwards home with rally
    USAT. Protests will run gamut at GOP gathering in NYC

    Commentary
    Robert Scheer. Fact of the Matter Is That Facts Didn't Matter
    David Clark. Blair sexed up the evidence to justify his own decision
    Jesse Jackson. Poor can't afford GOP's higher ed
    Cynthia Tucker. Middle class feels squeeze; Bush fails to patch social safety net so necessary as economy sputters
    Ray McGovern. Corrupted Intelligence
    Marc Siegel. The VA, Vanity and Duragesic
    Paul Waldman. Strike Three? The Bush campaign has whiffed on defining Kerry twice. Will the third time be the charm?
    Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman. Paid Family Leave Arrives in California
    SFC. War by folly
    E. J. Dionne. Who's Got the Wrong Values Now?
    Richard Cohen. Bush: Safely in Denial
    Michael Tomasky. Compassion Is Out: Bush's refusal to speak to the NAACP is one of many signs that compassionate conservatism is a thing of the past. It's time the media noticed
    Marie Cocco. Bush tortures facts on 'trial lawyers'
    Krugman. Machine at Work
    Tony Norman. Having stolen one election, will they postpone the next?
    Mother Jones. The Diddly Awards: Honoring the jaw-dropping achievements of the 108th Congress
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Games Congressmen Play; Gay marriage, flag burning, and other non-pressing issues that are being tackled on Capitol Hill
    Robin Templeton. Giving Felons a Role in Democracy
    Barbara Crossette. AIDS Catastrophe Looms in India
    Safir Ahmed. The Future's So Bright; Joe Trippi Interview
    Joe Trippi. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
    Thomas Oliphant. For Bush, no excuse

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 PM | Comments (0)

    Dem Convention Speakers

    From the AP:

    * Monday, July 26: Former Vice President Al Gore, former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio, Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Rep. Bob Menendez of New Jersey.

    * Tuesday, July 27: Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, Christie Vilsack, wife of Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona, Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Sen. John Kerry.

    * Wednesday, July 28: Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, Mayor Martin O'Malley of Baltimore, Md., Retired Marine Lt. Col. Steve Brozak of New Jersey, presumptive vice presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards, who will be introduced by his wife, Elizabeth Edwards.

    * Thursday, July 29: Presumptive presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, who will be introduced by former Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, Kerry's daughters Alex and Vanessa Kerry, and Kerry's stepsons, Chris and Andre Heinz.

    Posted by Eric at 07:38 PM | Comments (9)

    Dem Convention Speakers

    From the AP:

    * Monday, July 26: Former Vice President Al Gore, former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio, Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Rep. Bob Menendez of New Jersey.

    * Tuesday, July 27: Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, Christie Vilsack, wife of Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona, Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Sen. John Kerry.

    * Wednesday, July 28: Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, Mayor Martin O'Malley of Baltimore, Md., Retired Marine Lt. Col. Steve Brozak of New Jersey, presumptive vice presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards, who will be introduced by his wife, Elizabeth Edwards.

    * Thursday, July 29: Presumptive presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, who will be introduced by former Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, Kerry's daughters Alex and Vanessa Kerry, and Kerry's stepsons, Chris and Andre Heinz.

    Posted by Eric at 07:38 PM | Comments (1)

    "Outfoxed" Director on NPR

    Robert Greenwald, director of 'Outfoxed,' on Bob 'I Love Lasagna' Garfield's "On the Media."

    Posted by Eric at 05:59 PM | Comments (8)

    "Outfoxed" Director on NPR

    Robert Greenwald, director of 'Outfoxed,' on Bob 'I Love Lasagna' Garfield's "On the Media."

    Posted by Eric at 05:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Did Bush Flip Off Protestor?

    Amusing.

    Posted by Eric at 05:44 PM | Comments (39)

    Did Bush Flip Off Protestor?

    Amusing.

    Posted by Eric at 05:44 PM | Comments (0)

    It's a Man's World at the White House

    The Washington Post notes that women, on average, earn less at the White House.

    With new White House salary figures leaked to The Washington Post and an Excel spreadsheet, crack researcher Margot Williams determined that men in the Bush White House earn an average of $76,624 a year. Women earn $59,917 on average. That means Bush women earn about 78 percent of what Bush men earn.

    As it happens, that's almost exactly the national average for the gap in pay between the sexes, although it's a good bit below the 88 percent for the nearly 1 million professional and administrative employees in the federal workforce. Also, the White House has the advantage of making all its hires from scratch after the 2000 election.

    At the White House, the gap has nothing to do with wage discrimination: Women and men with similar titles receive similar pay. Rather, it comes from the dominance of men in high-end jobs; of the 17 White House staffers earning $157,000 -- the top of the pay scale this year -- 12 are men. That's roughly comparable to the 26 percent representation of women in the federal government's 7,000-person Senior Executive Service, according to the Partnership for Public Service.

    Posted by Eric at 05:37 PM | Comments (38)

    It's a Man's World at the White House

    The Washington Post notes that women, on average, earn less at the White House.

    With new White House salary figures leaked to The Washington Post and an Excel spreadsheet, crack researcher Margot Williams determined that men in the Bush White House earn an average of $76,624 a year. Women earn $59,917 on average. That means Bush women earn about 78 percent of what Bush men earn.

    As it happens, that's almost exactly the national average for the gap in pay between the sexes, although it's a good bit below the 88 percent for the nearly 1 million professional and administrative employees in the federal workforce. Also, the White House has the advantage of making all its hires from scratch after the 2000 election.

    At the White House, the gap has nothing to do with wage discrimination: Women and men with similar titles receive similar pay. Rather, it comes from the dominance of men in high-end jobs; of the 17 White House staffers earning $157,000 -- the top of the pay scale this year -- 12 are men. That's roughly comparable to the 26 percent representation of women in the federal government's 7,000-person Senior Executive Service, according to the Partnership for Public Service.

    Posted by Eric at 05:37 PM | Comments (0)

    National and State Polls

    See Political Wire for the list. Kerry leads in both Newsweek and USA Today / CNN / Gallup polls.

    Posted by Eric at 05:32 PM | Comments (2)

    National and State Polls

    See Political Wire for the list. Kerry leads in both Newsweek and USA Today / CNN / Gallup polls.

    Posted by Eric at 05:32 PM | Comments (0)

    Former Fox News Employees on Fox

    From NY Daily News:

    At a press conference at the Ritz-Carlton, Murdoch's former employees - Fox News terrorism expert Larry Johnson, Fox News Washington reporter Alexander Kippen, Fox News booker Clara Frenk and Fox News freelance writer David Korb - stood with Robert Greenwald, the director of "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism," a documentary on FNC that screens tonight at the New School University downtown.

    Johnson said his appearances on Fox News ceased last year when he questioned the war in Iraq. "They never asked me back again," Johnson told The News' Brian Harmon.

    Korb said he received orders to "make protesters look stupid and use footage of small crowds where the protesters look like pot-smoking liberals."

    For his film, Greenwald obtained internal FNC memos in which execs order newswriters to describe events in a Republican-friendly way.

    The film's website is here.

    Posted by Eric at 05:19 AM | Comments (13)

    Former Fox News Employees on Fox

    From NY Daily News:

    At a press conference at the Ritz-Carlton, Murdoch's former employees - Fox News terrorism expert Larry Johnson, Fox News Washington reporter Alexander Kippen, Fox News booker Clara Frenk and Fox News freelance writer David Korb - stood with Robert Greenwald, the director of "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism," a documentary on FNC that screens tonight at the New School University downtown.

    Johnson said his appearances on Fox News ceased last year when he questioned the war in Iraq. "They never asked me back again," Johnson told The News' Brian Harmon.

    Korb said he received orders to "make protesters look stupid and use footage of small crowds where the protesters look like pot-smoking liberals."

    For his film, Greenwald obtained internal FNC memos in which execs order newswriters to describe events in a Republican-friendly way.

    The film's website is here.

    Posted by Eric at 05:19 AM | Comments (0)

    O'Reilly: 3 Lies!

    I was willing to let one lie pass ... Two lies, well, that's to be expected ... but three lies! OYY! Media Matters:

    Posted by Eric at 04:46 AM | Comments (29)

    O'Reilly: 3 Lies!

    I was willing to let one lie pass ... Two lies, well, that's to be expected ... but three lies! OYY! Media Matters:

    Posted by Eric at 04:46 AM | Comments (3)

    July 12, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    AP. Insurgents Kill 3 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq
    Bloomberg. Kerry Says Edwards More Qualified for Presidency Than Bush Was
    NYT. Kerrys Call Questions About Wealth Hypocritical
    LAT. Democrats Finish Busy First Week
    NYT. How to Make a Guerrilla Documentary
    BGlobe. Romney offers plan on an interim senator
    Knight Ridder. Roots are Edwards' message
    USAT. Kerry TV ads outpace Bush's
    NYT. 9/11 report expected to dismiss al Qaeda, Iraq link; Conclusions seen as being unwelcome at White House
    Reuters. Iran Rules Out Direct Nuclear Talks with U.S.
    AP. Cheney's Wife: VP's Curse Out of Character
    AP. Bush Leads Support Against Gay Marriage
    Reuters. Under Fire, Bush to Cite Progress Versus Militants
    Reuters. U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack
    Newsweek. Election Day Worries
    AP. Lynne, Dick Cheney Differ on Gay Marriage
    AP. Some Key Conservatives Uneasy About Bush
    UK Telegraph. Fury over Pentagon cell that briefed White House on Iraq's 'imaginary' al-Qaeda links
    AP. Reviewers of DeLay's ethics got his money
    LAT. Nations Slow to Deliver Iraq Aid
    LAT. Kerry to Reach Out to 'People on the Right'

    Commentary
    Bob Herbert. The Real Enemy Staring Us in the Face
    LAT. Fight AIDS With Education
    Robin Cook. Blair and Scarlett told me Iraq had no usable weapons
    Dennis Roddy. A visitor feels the heavy hand of John Ashcroft
    Doug Cassel. Two Steps Forward: The Supreme Court delivers partial victory for rule of law
    Dave Lindorff. Protesting Too Little? Homeland Security wants to cage dissent at this summer’s political conventions
    Jimmy Breslin. Murdoch doesn't sweat the big stuff
    David Moberg. Polls show a growing progressive electorate—will Kerry heed the call?
    Matthew Rothschild. Bush Stacks the Bench
    John Nichols. Dean Debates Nader
    William Greider. Ken Lay, Enron and the US Public
    Salon. "No one is going through what we are going through"; Sgt. Reggie Butler saw his gunner buddy die inches away from him as they patrolled in Sadr City. "I'll do everything I can to bring all the soldiers back," he says. "Anything."
    Reece Rushing. Political Science
    BGlobe. Unpatriotic acts
    NYT. Signs of Energy
    David J. Sirota and Judd Legum. These Dogs Don't Hunt; A Pentagon inspector’s defense of Halliburton is a textbook example of the cronyism of Bush's so-called watchdogs
    Medea Benjamin. A Tale of Two Countries
    Norman Solomon. The Media's Class War
    Greg Palast. Give it back, George; Bush and Republicans should give up ill-gotten Lay loot that bought the White House

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (15)

    Monday Stories

    News
    AP. Insurgents Kill 3 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq
    Bloomberg. Kerry Says Edwards More Qualified for Presidency Than Bush Was
    NYT. Kerrys Call Questions About Wealth Hypocritical
    LAT. Democrats Finish Busy First Week
    NYT. How to Make a Guerrilla Documentary
    BGlobe. Romney offers plan on an interim senator
    Knight Ridder. Roots are Edwards' message
    USAT. Kerry TV ads outpace Bush's
    NYT. 9/11 report expected to dismiss al Qaeda, Iraq link; Conclusions seen as being unwelcome at White House
    Reuters. Iran Rules Out Direct Nuclear Talks with U.S.
    AP. Cheney's Wife: VP's Curse Out of Character
    AP. Bush Leads Support Against Gay Marriage
    Reuters. Under Fire, Bush to Cite Progress Versus Militants
    Reuters. U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack
    Newsweek. Election Day Worries
    AP. Lynne, Dick Cheney Differ on Gay Marriage
    AP. Some Key Conservatives Uneasy About Bush
    UK Telegraph. Fury over Pentagon cell that briefed White House on Iraq's 'imaginary' al-Qaeda links
    AP. Reviewers of DeLay's ethics got his money
    LAT. Nations Slow to Deliver Iraq Aid
    LAT. Kerry to Reach Out to 'People on the Right'

    Commentary
    Bob Herbert. The Real Enemy Staring Us in the Face
    LAT. Fight AIDS With Education
    Robin Cook. Blair and Scarlett told me Iraq had no usable weapons
    Dennis Roddy. A visitor feels the heavy hand of John Ashcroft
    Doug Cassel. Two Steps Forward: The Supreme Court delivers partial victory for rule of law
    Dave Lindorff. Protesting Too Little? Homeland Security wants to cage dissent at this summer’s political conventions
    Jimmy Breslin. Murdoch doesn't sweat the big stuff
    David Moberg. Polls show a growing progressive electorate—will Kerry heed the call?
    Matthew Rothschild. Bush Stacks the Bench
    John Nichols. Dean Debates Nader
    William Greider. Ken Lay, Enron and the US Public
    Salon. "No one is going through what we are going through"; Sgt. Reggie Butler saw his gunner buddy die inches away from him as they patrolled in Sadr City. "I'll do everything I can to bring all the soldiers back," he says. "Anything."
    Reece Rushing. Political Science
    BGlobe. Unpatriotic acts
    NYT. Signs of Energy
    David J. Sirota and Judd Legum. These Dogs Don't Hunt; A Pentagon inspector’s defense of Halliburton is a textbook example of the cronyism of Bush's so-called watchdogs
    Medea Benjamin. A Tale of Two Countries
    Norman Solomon. The Media's Class War
    Greg Palast. Give it back, George; Bush and Republicans should give up ill-gotten Lay loot that bought the White House

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (0)

    happy bday

    happy belated birthday to skippy the bush kangaroo. no caps glory!

    Posted by Eric at 06:30 PM | Comments (131)

    happy bday

    happy belated birthday to skippy the bush kangaroo. no caps glory!

    Posted by Eric at 06:30 PM | Comments (2)

    O'Franken Factor Now Al Franken Show

    FYI, from Franken:

    Other than the absence of a lawsuit, the name “The O’Franken Factor” has served its purpose. It has annoyed O’Reilly to such an extent that he has broken his self-imposed rule never to dignify my almost daily indictments against him with a response (other than that lawsuit), and now spews crazy-ass nonsense about me pretty much constantly.

    And yet, the OFranken Factor has, as a title, had its limitations; its own natural life span. It has not, by itself, infuriated Rush Limbaugh nor has it aggravated President Bush. We have been forced to rely on the internal program content to do that. And while we considered adopting the new name “The O’Limbaugh Factor” or “The O’President Bush Factor,” somehow they didn’t have quite the same ring to them.

    So, today, we will mark the program’s continuing evolution by taking the nom de guerre, “The Al Franken Show.” We have no longer linked our fate with the declining fortunes of Bill O’Reilly. We will not be dragged down with him.

    Does this mean we have given up making fun of Bill O’Reilly? No, it most certainly does not. In fact, we reserve the right to change the name back to “The O’Franken Factor,” at any point for any amount of time. So, behave yourself, Bill, if you know what’s good for you.

    Posted by Eric at 05:42 PM | Comments (41)

    O'Franken Factor Now Al Franken Show

    FYI, from Franken:

    Other than the absence of a lawsuit, the name “The O’Franken Factor” has served its purpose. It has annoyed O’Reilly to such an extent that he has broken his self-imposed rule never to dignify my almost daily indictments against him with a response (other than that lawsuit), and now spews crazy-ass nonsense about me pretty much constantly.

    And yet, the OFranken Factor has, as a title, had its limitations; its own natural life span. It has not, by itself, infuriated Rush Limbaugh nor has it aggravated President Bush. We have been forced to rely on the internal program content to do that. And while we considered adopting the new name “The O’Limbaugh Factor” or “The O’President Bush Factor,” somehow they didn’t have quite the same ring to them.

    So, today, we will mark the program’s continuing evolution by taking the nom de guerre, “The Al Franken Show.” We have no longer linked our fate with the declining fortunes of Bill O’Reilly. We will not be dragged down with him.

    Does this mean we have given up making fun of Bill O’Reilly? No, it most certainly does not. In fact, we reserve the right to change the name back to “The O’Franken Factor,” at any point for any amount of time. So, behave yourself, Bill, if you know what’s good for you.

    Posted by Eric at 05:42 PM | Comments (7)

    Kerry - Edwards on 60 Minutes

    If you missed it, here's the CBS News online write-up / partial transcript.

    Posted by Eric at 10:31 AM | Comments (17)

    Kerry - Edwards on 60 Minutes

    If you missed it, here's the CBS News online write-up / partial transcript.

    Posted by Eric at 10:31 AM | Comments (0)

    Comedy Monday

    "It was reported that John Kerry and John Edwards together are worth over half a billion dollars. In fact, they are both worth so much, they've decided to vote for the Republicans." Conan O'Brien

    "If anything, Kerry's decision only cements his reputation as a flip-flopper. First he doesn't have a running mate, now he has a running mate. C'mon man, make up your mind." The Daily Show's Rob Corddry

    "Dick Cheney was at the ball game last night. During the 7th inning they showed him on the jumbotron at Yankee Stadium and everyone started booing him. You know Dick Cheney has a temper. He went a little crazy and went around the stadium and grabbed everyone that booed him and then he ran them all around naked on a leash." David Letterman

    "The New York Post made a major mistake. They said Kerry chose Dick Gephardt. Ladies and gentlemen this is not the only mistake the New York Post has made lately. Take a look at this headline, 'Dick Cheney Wins New York Marathon.'" Conan O'Brien

    "Interrogators say that Saddam is arrogant. He's defiant. He thinks he's still popular and that people love him and he thinks he's still president — no, wait that's Bush." David Letterman


    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 10:28 AM | Comments (21)

    Comedy Monday

    "It was reported that John Kerry and John Edwards together are worth over half a billion dollars. In fact, they are both worth so much, they've decided to vote for the Republicans." Conan O'Brien

    "If anything, Kerry's decision only cements his reputation as a flip-flopper. First he doesn't have a running mate, now he has a running mate. C'mon man, make up your mind." The Daily Show's Rob Corddry

    "Dick Cheney was at the ball game last night. During the 7th inning they showed him on the jumbotron at Yankee Stadium and everyone started booing him. You know Dick Cheney has a temper. He went a little crazy and went around the stadium and grabbed everyone that booed him and then he ran them all around naked on a leash." David Letterman

    "The New York Post made a major mistake. They said Kerry chose Dick Gephardt. Ladies and gentlemen this is not the only mistake the New York Post has made lately. Take a look at this headline, 'Dick Cheney Wins New York Marathon.'" Conan O'Brien

    "Interrogators say that Saddam is arrogant. He's defiant. He thinks he's still popular and that people love him and he thinks he's still president — no, wait that's Bush." David Letterman


    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 10:28 AM | Comments (0)

    Trouble for Delay

    From the Washington Post: DeLay's Corporate Fundraising Investigated.

    In May 2001, Enron's top lobbyists in Washington advised the company chairman that then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) was pressing for a $100,000 contribution to his political action committee, in addition to the $250,000 the company had already pledged to the Republican Party that year.

    DeLay requested that the new donation come from "a combination of corporate and personal money from Enron's executives," with the understanding that it would be partly spent on "the redistricting effort in Texas," said the e-mail to Kenneth L. Lay from lobbyists Rick Shapiro and Linda Robertson.

    The e-mail, which surfaced in a subsequent federal probe of Houston-based Enron, is one of at least a dozen documents obtained by The Washington Post that show DeLay and his associates directed money from corporations and Washington lobbyists to Republican campaign coffers in Texas in 2001 and 2002 as part of a plan to redraw the state's congressional districts.

    On a somewhat unrelated note, this is perhaps my favorite Tom Delay story:
    He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself. Satisfied with the pronouncement, which dumbfounded more than a few of his listeners who had lived the sixties, DeLay marched off to the convention.

    Posted by Eric at 09:59 AM | Comments (47)

    Trouble for Delay

    From the Washington Post: DeLay's Corporate Fundraising Investigated.

    In May 2001, Enron's top lobbyists in Washington advised the company chairman that then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) was pressing for a $100,000 contribution to his political action committee, in addition to the $250,000 the company had already pledged to the Republican Party that year.

    DeLay requested that the new donation come from "a combination of corporate and personal money from Enron's executives," with the understanding that it would be partly spent on "the redistricting effort in Texas," said the e-mail to Kenneth L. Lay from lobbyists Rick Shapiro and Linda Robertson.

    The e-mail, which surfaced in a subsequent federal probe of Houston-based Enron, is one of at least a dozen documents obtained by The Washington Post that show DeLay and his associates directed money from corporations and Washington lobbyists to Republican campaign coffers in Texas in 2001 and 2002 as part of a plan to redraw the state's congressional districts.

    On a somewhat unrelated note, this is perhaps my favorite Tom Delay story:
    He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself. Satisfied with the pronouncement, which dumbfounded more than a few of his listeners who had lived the sixties, DeLay marched off to the convention.

    Posted by Eric at 09:59 AM | Comments (4)

    Reagan Jr. to Talk at Dem Convention

    Great move by the Dems. He'll speak in primetime:

    Ron Reagan will speak in prime time at the Democratic National Convention on the importance of stem cell research, a senior adviser to presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry told CNN on Sunday.

    The Kerry adviser, who did not want to be identified, said the appearance of the younger son of the late former President Ronald Reagan came about after "overtures were made by both sides -- friends of both."

    The adviser did not say on which night Reagan, 46, will speak. The four-day convention kicks off July 26 in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Ron Reagan, a self-described liberal whose political views were often at odds with his conservative Republican father, has said publicly that he does not support President Bush's re-election.

    Posted by Eric at 04:13 AM | Comments (53)

    Reagan Jr. to Talk at Dem Convention

    Great move by the Dems. He'll speak in primetime:

    Ron Reagan will speak in prime time at the Democratic National Convention on the importance of stem cell research, a senior adviser to presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry told CNN on Sunday.

    The Kerry adviser, who did not want to be identified, said the appearance of the younger son of the late former President Ronald Reagan came about after "overtures were made by both sides -- friends of both."

    The adviser did not say on which night Reagan, 46, will speak. The four-day convention kicks off July 26 in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Ron Reagan, a self-described liberal whose political views were often at odds with his conservative Republican father, has said publicly that he does not support President Bush's re-election.

    Posted by Eric at 04:13 AM | Comments (5)

    July 11, 2004

    The Brit Hume Bias

    A new study from FAIR, commissioned for the film Outfoxed, finds more bias at Brit Hume's Special Report. To note:

  • "Twenty percent of guests were non-ideological. Among ideological guests, conservatives accounted for 72 percent, while centrists made up 15 percent and progressives 14 percent. (The total exceeds 100 percent due to rounding.) Viewers were roughly five times more likely to see a conservative interviewed on Special Report than a progressive."

  • "Of the 42 partisan guests, 35 were Republicans and only seven were Democrats—a five-to-one imbalance. Furthermore, of the handful of Democrats that did appear, the majority were centrist or conservative, and frequently expressed views more typical of Republican guests. For example, centrist Rep. Jim Marshall (10/23/03) argued that the media weren’t covering the “good news” in Iraq, while Sen. Zell Miller (11/4/03) talked about his dissatisfaction with the Democratic party and his fondness for George Bush. Thirty-four of the 35 Republicans who appeared were conservatives; only one, Noah Feldman, was classified as a centrist."

  • "Special Report continues to overwhelmingly favor white and male guests: As in 2002, only 7 percent of guests were women, and the percentage of people of color rose only slightly, to 11 percent from 7 percent in 2001 and 2002. In 2003, only one woman of color was featured in a one-on-one interview: National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice."

    Posted by Eric at 06:31 PM | Comments (23)

    The Brit Hume Bias

    A new study from FAIR, commissioned for the film Outfoxed, finds more bias at Brit Hume's Special Report. To note:

  • "Twenty percent of guests were non-ideological. Among ideological guests, conservatives accounted for 72 percent, while centrists made up 15 percent and progressives 14 percent. (The total exceeds 100 percent due to rounding.) Viewers were roughly five times more likely to see a conservative interviewed on Special Report than a progressive."

  • "Of the 42 partisan guests, 35 were Republicans and only seven were Democrats—a five-to-one imbalance. Furthermore, of the handful of Democrats that did appear, the majority were centrist or conservative, and frequently expressed views more typical of Republican guests. For example, centrist Rep. Jim Marshall (10/23/03) argued that the media weren’t covering the “good news” in Iraq, while Sen. Zell Miller (11/4/03) talked about his dissatisfaction with the Democratic party and his fondness for George Bush. Thirty-four of the 35 Republicans who appeared were conservatives; only one, Noah Feldman, was classified as a centrist."

  • "Special Report continues to overwhelmingly favor white and male guests: As in 2002, only 7 percent of guests were women, and the percentage of people of color rose only slightly, to 11 percent from 7 percent in 2001 and 2002. In 2003, only one woman of color was featured in a one-on-one interview: National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice."

    Posted by Eric at 06:31 PM | Comments (1)

    July 07, 2004

    Programming Note

    Next week, I'll be the guest blogger for the OFrankenFactor.com as Team O'Franken takes a well-deserved vacation. As a result, blog production on this site will go down as I update the O'Franken Factor's blog.

    THREAD BUMPED.

    Posted by Eric at 09:04 AM | Comments (37)

    Programming Note

    Next week, I'll be the guest blogger for the OFrankenFactor.com as Team O'Franken takes a well-deserved vacation. As a result, blog production on this site will go down as I update the O'Franken Factor's blog.

    THREAD BUMPED.

    Posted by Eric at 09:04 AM | Comments (18)

    July 02, 2004

    Friday

    News
    WP. Weary Hussein Insists He's Still Iraq President
    CBS. Insurgents Target Baghdad Hotels
    SFC. A Stern Warning For Bush
    Chic ST. Panel blames worldwide spy failure for Iraq WMD findings
    NYDN. GOP fest gets 7M Bloomy bucks
    AP. GOP Consultant Admits Dirty Trick
    Chic ST. Education tops sports, Cosby tells parents
    Reuters. U.S. Removes Peacekeepers Over War Crimes Court
    Reuters. Bush Seeks to Mobilize Religious Conservatives
    LAT. Cheney Unrelenting on War Policy
    LAT. Small Towns Playing a Big Role
    AP. Thousands volunteer for GOP convention, but NYC knows some might be protesters
    Gannett. Group targets Bush in Ohio
    NYT. Party Appeal to Churches for Help Raises Doubts
    NYT. U.S. Job Growth Slows Sharply in June
    NYT. Bush and Kerry Vie for Support of Rural Voters
    NYT. Clicking Into the Kerry Coffers for a One-Day Online Record
    WP. Kerry's Fundraising Total Reaches $182 Million
    WP. Pop Culture's Impact Debated
    WP. Cheney Touts Bush War Record

    Commentary
    David Corn. Patriots Scorned: True heroes we should be honoring
    Nat Hentoff. What Did Bush Know? The inside story of the official manual on how to torture without being prosecuted
    Gary Indiana. Defending Bill Clinton's My Life; Wonder When You'll Miss Me
    Peter Dreier and Dick Flacks. Give Us Back Our Damn Flag; The leftist case for patriotism
    Robynne Boyd. What is a Shoreline? Legalese obfuscates the obvious. But we know one thing for sure — Hawaii's beaches are disappearing
    Knute Berger. Burn, Baby, Burn; If Fahrenheit 9/11 is too hot for you, well, let me quote Dick Cheney. . .
    misleader.org. Administration Misleads on Port Security
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Room Left To Govern?
    Bob Herbert. Waking Up to the War
    Paul Krugman. Moore's Public Service
    Michael Kinsley. Bush's Secret Deficit-Reduction Plan
    Anonymous. Seeing Islam Through a Lens of U.S. Hubris
    Molly Ivins. Happy birthday, America
    Katha Pollitt. Moore 1, Media 0
    Thomas F. Schaller. The Case for Edwards
    Robert Kuttner. Freeing Liberty; The Supreme Court awarded a narrow victory to the U.S. Constitution over the objections of the Bush administration.
    Jason Vest. The Secret History of Anonymous
    P.J. Crowley. Making our Ports a Priority
    Eric Alterman. Michael Moore, Cause for War?
    Daily Howler. KRISTOF’S CHOICE! Bush misled the nation into war. But people! Don’t call it a lie!

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 PM | Comments (23)

    Friday

    News
    WP. Weary Hussein Insists He's Still Iraq President
    CBS. Insurgents Target Baghdad Hotels
    SFC. A Stern Warning For Bush
    Chic ST. Panel blames worldwide spy failure for Iraq WMD findings
    NYDN. GOP fest gets 7M Bloomy bucks
    AP. GOP Consultant Admits Dirty Trick
    Chic ST. Education tops sports, Cosby tells parents
    Reuters. U.S. Removes Peacekeepers Over War Crimes Court
    Reuters. Bush Seeks to Mobilize Religious Conservatives
    LAT. Cheney Unrelenting on War Policy
    LAT. Small Towns Playing a Big Role
    AP. Thousands volunteer for GOP convention, but NYC knows some might be protesters
    Gannett. Group targets Bush in Ohio
    NYT. Party Appeal to Churches for Help Raises Doubts
    NYT. U.S. Job Growth Slows Sharply in June
    NYT. Bush and Kerry Vie for Support of Rural Voters
    NYT. Clicking Into the Kerry Coffers for a One-Day Online Record
    WP. Kerry's Fundraising Total Reaches $182 Million
    WP. Pop Culture's Impact Debated
    WP. Cheney Touts Bush War Record

    Commentary
    David Corn. Patriots Scorned: True heroes we should be honoring
    Nat Hentoff. What Did Bush Know? The inside story of the official manual on how to torture without being prosecuted
    Gary Indiana. Defending Bill Clinton's My Life; Wonder When You'll Miss Me
    Peter Dreier and Dick Flacks. Give Us Back Our Damn Flag; The leftist case for patriotism
    Robynne Boyd. What is a Shoreline? Legalese obfuscates the obvious. But we know one thing for sure — Hawaii's beaches are disappearing
    Knute Berger. Burn, Baby, Burn; If Fahrenheit 9/11 is too hot for you, well, let me quote Dick Cheney. . .
    misleader.org. Administration Misleads on Port Security
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Room Left To Govern?
    Bob Herbert. Waking Up to the War
    Paul Krugman. Moore's Public Service
    Michael Kinsley. Bush's Secret Deficit-Reduction Plan
    Anonymous. Seeing Islam Through a Lens of U.S. Hubris
    Molly Ivins. Happy birthday, America
    Katha Pollitt. Moore 1, Media 0
    Thomas F. Schaller. The Case for Edwards
    Robert Kuttner. Freeing Liberty; The Supreme Court awarded a narrow victory to the U.S. Constitution over the objections of the Bush administration.
    Jason Vest. The Secret History of Anonymous
    P.J. Crowley. Making our Ports a Priority
    Eric Alterman. Michael Moore, Cause for War?
    Daily Howler. KRISTOF’S CHOICE! Bush misled the nation into war. But people! Don’t call it a lie!

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 PM | Comments (0)

    Powell: Innocent Until Proven Guilty

    He said: “Assume he’s innocent if you will, and let’s assume that, and let the Iraqi people through their courts decide,” Powell said in an interview with Indonesian television channel RCTI on the sidelines of an Asian security meeting in Jakarta.

    Posted by Eric at 05:18 PM | Comments (46)

    Powell: Innocent Until Proven Guilty

    He said: “Assume he’s innocent if you will, and let’s assume that, and let the Iraqi people through their courts decide,” Powell said in an interview with Indonesian television channel RCTI on the sidelines of an Asian security meeting in Jakarta.

    Posted by Eric at 05:18 PM | Comments (3)

    F-911 Up to 35.6m

    Spider-Man, of course, is number one. As of Wed, the Moore film has $35,664,000 in 8 days of release, Box Office Mojo.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (24)

    F-911 Up to 35.6m

    Spider-Man, of course, is number one. As of Wed, the Moore film has $35,664,000 in 8 days of release, Box Office Mojo.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (0)

    Kettle, Pot, Black

    From the Pioneer Press:

    Last week, Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie attacked the Democrat-leaning group America Coming Together, saying he was "disturbed" that it allowed convicted felons to register voters door to door in some states.

    But on Thursday, a Minnesota GOP official acknowledged Friday that several ex-convicts were among the people who have worked phone banks for the state party during the past year.

    Minnesota GOP officials say they are just giving the ex-cons a second chance and that they don't have access to sensitive information about contributors and voters.

    But America Coming Together called the practice hypocritical given last week's attack.

    Posted by Eric at 08:38 AM | Comments (41)

    Kettle, Pot, Black

    From the Pioneer Press:

    Last week, Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie attacked the Democrat-leaning group America Coming Together, saying he was "disturbed" that it allowed convicted felons to register voters door to door in some states.

    But on Thursday, a Minnesota GOP official acknowledged Friday that several ex-convicts were among the people who have worked phone banks for the state party during the past year.

    Minnesota GOP officials say they are just giving the ex-cons a second chance and that they don't have access to sensitive information about contributors and voters.

    But America Coming Together called the practice hypocritical given last week's attack.

    Posted by Eric at 08:38 AM | Comments (3)

    What Happens When You Give Projects to GOP Summer Interns with Microsoft Paint Listed on Their Resumes?

    "Gop.com's Kerryoke Lounge."

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 AM | Comments (43)

    What Happens When You Give Projects to GOP Summer Interns with Microsoft Paint Listed on Their Resumes?

    "Gop.com's Kerryoke Lounge."

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 AM | Comments (9)

    Another Large Howard Stern Fine?

    Howard Stern may once again receive a large FCC fine:

    The next bomb to drop in Howard Stern's war with the FCC is the $1.5 million fine the commission is expected to propose against the 18 Infinity stations that have been airing his show. The fine will cover the same broadcast that helped push former Stern syndicator Clear Channel into a $1.75 million settlement with the FCC.

    A notice of apparent liability from the FCC has been expected since April and could appear any day.

    During the show cast member Stuttering John talked about having anal sex with his wife and later Stern led his gang in raunchy talk about oral sex. Anticipating the fine, Stern called FCC Chairman Michael Powell "a crackpot" during a press conference held during Stern's morning show Wednesday.

    On Wednesday, Howard Stern said he would "work like a dog" to elect John Kerry:
    In a news conference that aired live on his morning radio broadcast, Stern invited Kerry to come on his show. (Kerry spokeswoman Allison Dobson says she can't commit to a visit but Stern is "quite effective talking about the job that George Bush has done.")

    Political analysts have credited Stern's endorsement of New Jersey's Christie Whitman and New York's George Pataki as significantly boosting their successful gubernatorial campaigns.It's unclear whether he'd be as effective in national politics.

    But this much is true, says Tom Taylor, editor of Inside Radio: Stern "is fiercely determined to defeat George Bush," and with a pulpit that reaches 8 million daily, he needs to be taken seriously. "Kerry may not be any better for Stern's artistic freedom than Bush and the Michael Powell Federal Communications Commission, but Howard will take that chance."

    Posted by Eric at 01:53 AM | Comments (18)

    Another Large Howard Stern Fine?

    Howard Stern may once again receive a large FCC fine:

    The next bomb to drop in Howard Stern's war with the FCC is the $1.5 million fine the commission is expected to propose against the 18 Infinity stations that have been airing his show. The fine will cover the same broadcast that helped push former Stern syndicator Clear Channel into a $1.75 million settlement with the FCC.

    A notice of apparent liability from the FCC has been expected since April and could appear any day.

    During the show cast member Stuttering John talked about having anal sex with his wife and later Stern led his gang in raunchy talk about oral sex. Anticipating the fine, Stern called FCC Chairman Michael Powell "a crackpot" during a press conference held during Stern's morning show Wednesday.

    On Wednesday, Howard Stern said he would "work like a dog" to elect John Kerry:
    In a news conference that aired live on his morning radio broadcast, Stern invited Kerry to come on his show. (Kerry spokeswoman Allison Dobson says she can't commit to a visit but Stern is "quite effective talking about the job that George Bush has done.")

    Political analysts have credited Stern's endorsement of New Jersey's Christie Whitman and New York's George Pataki as significantly boosting their successful gubernatorial campaigns.It's unclear whether he'd be as effective in national politics.

    But this much is true, says Tom Taylor, editor of Inside Radio: Stern "is fiercely determined to defeat George Bush," and with a pulpit that reaches 8 million daily, he needs to be taken seriously. "Kerry may not be any better for Stern's artistic freedom than Bush and the Michael Powell Federal Communications Commission, but Howard will take that chance."

    Posted by Eric at 01:53 AM | Comments (3)

    Conservatives to Target 'Liberal Media'

    To launch "$2.8 million advertising and talk-radio campaign to discredit the 'liberal news media'." From Knight Ridder, the talking car:

    Conservatives across the country decry news coverage of the war as relentlessly and unfairly negative. Last week Brent Bozell, a conservative activist, launched a $2.8 million advertising and talk-radio campaign to discredit the "liberal news media."

    Such complaints are escalating - and increasingly conveyed in e-mails to journalists, letters to the editor and even in social settings with news executives - a phenomenon that appears to have been aroused in part by the Republican Party, President Bush's campaign and leading conservatives on talk radio, the Internet and cable TV.

    "The bias that's been there is now simply out of control," said Bozell, whose conservative Media Research Center is running newspaper and billboard ads accusing the press of lying. The ads show a stern-faced Uncle Sam warning: "Don't believe the liberal media!"

    Posted by Eric at 01:45 AM | Comments (58)

    Conservatives to Target 'Liberal Media'

    To launch "$2.8 million advertising and talk-radio campaign to discredit the 'liberal news media'." From Knight Ridder, the talking car:

    Conservatives across the country decry news coverage of the war as relentlessly and unfairly negative. Last week Brent Bozell, a conservative activist, launched a $2.8 million advertising and talk-radio campaign to discredit the "liberal news media."

    Such complaints are escalating - and increasingly conveyed in e-mails to journalists, letters to the editor and even in social settings with news executives - a phenomenon that appears to have been aroused in part by the Republican Party, President Bush's campaign and leading conservatives on talk radio, the Internet and cable TV.

    "The bias that's been there is now simply out of control," said Bozell, whose conservative Media Research Center is running newspaper and billboard ads accusing the press of lying. The ads show a stern-faced Uncle Sam warning: "Don't believe the liberal media!"

    Posted by Eric at 01:45 AM | Comments (7)

    July 01, 2004

    Thursday

    News
    NYT. The Soldiers: 1 in 6 Iraq Veterans Is Found to Suffer Stress-Related Disorder
    AP. New Connecticut Governor to Take Office
    Reuters. Supreme Court Rejects Georgia Redistricting Plan
    USA. Dems excited by prospects for VP
    WP. Republicans Name 62 Who Raised Big Money
    LAT. Pentagon Told of Trouble in Ranks
    LAT. Jackson Super Bowl Exploit May Cost Viacom $550,000
    Reuters. White House Dismisses Polls on Iraq Terror Fears
    Cincinnati Enquirer. Ohio epicenter of anti-Bush group's national offensive
    WP. Hussein Brands Court Hearing 'Theater'
    LAT. CIA Felt Pressure to Alter Iraq Data, Author Says
    CNN. Bombs kill soldier, 5 civilians in Iraq
    CNN. Saudi officials: Top al Qaeda ideologue killed
    Seattle PI. Ohio targeted in voter registration drive
    LAT. Both Campaigns Train the Spotlight on Cheney
    AP. NYC issues GOP convention protest permits
    BGlobe. Major Bush fund-raiser donates to Nader campaign (
    BGlobe. Kerry shows a flair for raising money
    BGlobe. Kerry blasts Bush for military call-ups
    BGlobe. Kerry said to near decision on running mate
    WP. Churchgoers Get Direction From Bush Campaign

    Commentary
    Lisa Chamberlain. The dark side of Ralph Nader: He's made a career of railing against corporate misdeeds. Yet he himself has abused his underlings, betrayed close friends and ruled his public-interest empire like a dictator
    Timothy Karr. One Small Step For Media Reform; Michael Powell lost a big game last week, but fighting media concentration is a long-term effort, writes Timothy Karr
    Marcia Angell. Big Pharma's Phony PR
    Marjorie Cohn. Supreme Court: War No Blank Check for Bush
    Seumas Milne. The resistance campaign is Iraq's real war of liberation
    Sidney Blumenthal. When Cheney's mask slips, it reveals Bush
    Will Hutton. Your time's up, Mr. Bush
    Ann Harrison. The Next Front in the Marijuana Battle
    Oregonian. Pressed unfairly into service
    John Nichols. Big Blow to Big Media
    Thomas Oliphant. The politics of pornography
    LAT. Clean-Air Order Undercut
    Sheryl McCarthy . The Web can teach teens truth about sexual health
    Marie Cocco. Distrust feeds a lethal national habit
    Barbara Ehrenreich. Dude, Where's That Elite?
    Paul Waldman. Me, Myself, and I; The importance of being Tom Friedman
    Thomas F. Schaller. Recklessly Incompetent"
    Bill Berkowitz. America's homegrown terrorists (Part I)
    Sierra Club. Bush Administration Sticks to Pro-Polluter Agenda Despite Decision to Reopen New Source Review
    Mark Weisbrot. Fahrenheit 9/11 Could Change History
    Josh Marshall. Bill Buckley, You and I Know the War was a Mistake

    Posted by Eric at 11:21 PM | Comments (8)

    Thursday

    News
    NYT. The Soldiers: 1 in 6 Iraq Veterans Is Found to Suffer Stress-Related Disorder
    AP. New Connecticut Governor to Take Office
    Reuters. Supreme Court Rejects Georgia Redistricting Plan
    USA. Dems excited by prospects for VP
    WP. Republicans Name 62 Who Raised Big Money
    LAT. Pentagon Told of Trouble in Ranks
    LAT. Jackson Super Bowl Exploit May Cost Viacom $550,000
    Reuters. White House Dismisses Polls on Iraq Terror Fears
    Cincinnati Enquirer. Ohio epicenter of anti-Bush group's national offensive
    WP. Hussein Brands Court Hearing 'Theater'
    LAT. CIA Felt Pressure to Alter Iraq Data, Author Says
    CNN. Bombs kill soldier, 5 civilians in Iraq
    CNN. Saudi officials: Top al Qaeda ideologue killed
    Seattle PI. Ohio targeted in voter registration drive
    LAT. Both Campaigns Train the Spotlight on Cheney
    AP. NYC issues GOP convention protest permits
    BGlobe. Major Bush fund-raiser donates to Nader campaign (
    BGlobe. Kerry shows a flair for raising money
    BGlobe. Kerry blasts Bush for military call-ups
    BGlobe. Kerry said to near decision on running mate
    WP. Churchgoers Get Direction From Bush Campaign

    Commentary
    Lisa Chamberlain. The dark side of Ralph Nader: He's made a career of railing against corporate misdeeds. Yet he himself has abused his underlings, betrayed close friends and ruled his public-interest empire like a dictator
    Timothy Karr. One Small Step For Media Reform; Michael Powell lost a big game last week, but fighting media concentration is a long-term effort, writes Timothy Karr
    Marcia Angell. Big Pharma's Phony PR
    Marjorie Cohn. Supreme Court: War No Blank Check for Bush
    Seumas Milne. The resistance campaign is Iraq's real war of liberation
    Sidney Blumenthal. When Cheney's mask slips, it reveals Bush
    Will Hutton. Your time's up, Mr. Bush
    Ann Harrison. The Next Front in the Marijuana Battle
    Oregonian. Pressed unfairly into service
    John Nichols. Big Blow to Big Media
    Thomas Oliphant. The politics of pornography
    LAT. Clean-Air Order Undercut
    Sheryl McCarthy . The Web can teach teens truth about sexual health
    Marie Cocco. Distrust feeds a lethal national habit
    Barbara Ehrenreich. Dude, Where's That Elite?
    Paul Waldman. Me, Myself, and I; The importance of being Tom Friedman
    Thomas F. Schaller. Recklessly Incompetent"
    Bill Berkowitz. America's homegrown terrorists (Part I)
    Sierra Club. Bush Administration Sticks to Pro-Polluter Agenda Despite Decision to Reopen New Source Review
    Mark Weisbrot. Fahrenheit 9/11 Could Change History
    Josh Marshall. Bill Buckley, You and I Know the War was a Mistake

    Posted by Eric at 11:21 PM | Comments (1)

    Female Dispatcher Fired For Living With Boyfriend

    Talk about stupid laws:

    A former dispatcher for the Pender County Sheriff's Department said her bosses forced her to choose between her job and her live-in boyfriend.

    Debora Hobbs picked her boyfriend of 12 years, but said it isn't a decision she should have had to make.

    Sheriff Carson Smith declined to specifically discuss the matter, but says he holds his employees to a high standard. North Carolina law prohibits unmarried, unrelated adults of the opposite sex from living together.

    "It is a violation of general statute and it goes against something that I believe is a moral issue," Smith said. "Personally and morally, I think it's best to be married if you're going to be living together."

    I'm a little shocked that such a law exists, but apparently it's true:
    Sec. 14-184 of the North Carolina statutes reads : "If any man and woman, not being married to each other, shall lewdly and lasciviously associate, bed and cohabit together, they shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor."

    The statutes also contain a law against "opposite sexes occupying same bedroom at hotel for immoral purposes; falsely registering as husband and wife."

    Cohabitation is illegal in a handful of other states.

    Posted by Eric at 09:54 PM | Comments (52)

    Female Dispatcher Fired For Living With Boyfriend

    Talk about stupid laws:

    A former dispatcher for the Pender County Sheriff's Department said her bosses forced her to choose between her job and her live-in boyfriend.

    Debora Hobbs picked her boyfriend of 12 years, but said it isn't a decision she should have had to make.

    Sheriff Carson Smith declined to specifically discuss the matter, but says he holds his employees to a high standard. North Carolina law prohibits unmarried, unrelated adults of the opposite sex from living together.

    "It is a violation of general statute and it goes against something that I believe is a moral issue," Smith said. "Personally and morally, I think it's best to be married if you're going to be living together."

    I'm a little shocked that such a law exists, but apparently it's true:
    Sec. 14-184 of the North Carolina statutes reads : "If any man and woman, not being married to each other, shall lewdly and lasciviously associate, bed and cohabit together, they shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor."

    The statutes also contain a law against "opposite sexes occupying same bedroom at hotel for immoral purposes; falsely registering as husband and wife."

    Cohabitation is illegal in a handful of other states.

    Posted by Eric at 09:54 PM | Comments (11)

    FAIR Criticizes CBS News for Voucher Spin

    CBS News, the supposedly notorious liberal media outlet, has been criticized by media watchdog FAIR for its reporting on vouchers:

    The report began by profiling Catherine Hill, a grandmother raising her brother's seven-year-old twins. As correspondent Byron Pitts explained, "For three generations, she believed in public education, raising her children, grandchildren and a host of relatives' children in the same neighborhood school where she volunteered. But times have changed."

    Pitts explained that Hill is now taking part in a voucher program in Washington, D.C. that "would give some 1,600 public school students the opportunity to go to a private school on a $7,500 voucher." He continued: "But the future of any federally funded voucher program will depend on who voters choose in November." As Pitts explained, Bush favors such vouchers programs, while Kerry does not. CBS then aired brief comments from a public school principal in support of increasing public funding for schools.

    The report made little effort to be balanced, giving significantly more airtime to the voucher-supporting grandmother (nine sound bites) than to the anti-voucher principal (two sound bites).

    But worse, the CBS report presented no real information about voucher programs. Instead, viewers were left with a choice: either vote for Bush and support a grandmother who wants better for the children in her care, or side with Kerry and the school administrator. As Pitts put it at the close of the report, "As for Mrs. Hill, she says the voucher program won't just give her children a choice... It will give them a chance."

    In place of such emotional appeals, CBS might have included evidence on the academic benefits of vouchers-- benefits that research show have been mixed, as a 2001 General Accounting Office survey concluded (Associated Press, 10/1/01).

    Posted by Eric at 08:51 PM | Comments (16)

    FAIR Criticizes CBS News for Voucher Spin

    CBS News, the supposedly notorious liberal media outlet, has been criticized by media watchdog FAIR for its reporting on vouchers:

    The report began by profiling Catherine Hill, a grandmother raising her brother's seven-year-old twins. As correspondent Byron Pitts explained, "For three generations, she believed in public education, raising her children, grandchildren and a host of relatives' children in the same neighborhood school where she volunteered. But times have changed."

    Pitts explained that Hill is now taking part in a voucher program in Washington, D.C. that "would give some 1,600 public school students the opportunity to go to a private school on a $7,500 voucher." He continued: "But the future of any federally funded voucher program will depend on who voters choose in November." As Pitts explained, Bush favors such vouchers programs, while Kerry does not. CBS then aired brief comments from a public school principal in support of increasing public funding for schools.

    The report made little effort to be balanced, giving significantly more airtime to the voucher-supporting grandmother (nine sound bites) than to the anti-voucher principal (two sound bites).

    But worse, the CBS report presented no real information about voucher programs. Instead, viewers were left with a choice: either vote for Bush and support a grandmother who wants better for the children in her care, or side with Kerry and the school administrator. As Pitts put it at the close of the report, "As for Mrs. Hill, she says the voucher program won't just give her children a choice... It will give them a chance."

    In place of such emotional appeals, CBS might have included evidence on the academic benefits of vouchers-- benefits that research show have been mixed, as a 2001 General Accounting Office survey concluded (Associated Press, 10/1/01).

    Posted by Eric at 08:51 PM | Comments (0)

    Richardson Drops from VP Search

    Most reports didn't have Richardson in the top 3, but it's safe to say he was being considered. From the AP:

    Richardson said he wants to keep a promise to the people of New Mexico to serve a full, four-year term and noted that Kerry has "numerous experienced and talented leaders" from which to choose a vice presidential candidate.

    "It is with that knowledge and comfort that I must tell you that I respectfully remove myself from the selection process and withdraw my name from consideration for the vice presidential nomination," Richardson said.

    He delivered the news in a letter sent Thursday to Kerry's campaign headquarters.

    Posted by Eric at 08:45 PM | Comments (31)

    Richardson Drops from VP Search

    Most reports didn't have Richardson in the top 3, but it's safe to say he was being considered. From the AP:

    Richardson said he wants to keep a promise to the people of New Mexico to serve a full, four-year term and noted that Kerry has "numerous experienced and talented leaders" from which to choose a vice presidential candidate.

    "It is with that knowledge and comfort that I must tell you that I respectfully remove myself from the selection process and withdraw my name from consideration for the vice presidential nomination," Richardson said.

    He delivered the news in a letter sent Thursday to Kerry's campaign headquarters.

    Posted by Eric at 08:45 PM | Comments (0)

    I'd Go ... But Only for David Spade

    Via Atrios, Krista Allen, Joy Bryant, Eliza Dushku, Scarlett Johansson, Kirsten Dunst and Christina Applegate all at a Hollywood event supporting John Kerry ? Yowsers.

    Posted by Eric at 08:30 PM | Comments (7)

    I'd Go ... But Only for David Spade

    Via Atrios, Krista Allen, Joy Bryant, Eliza Dushku, Scarlett Johansson, Kirsten Dunst and Christina Applegate all at a Hollywood event supporting John Kerry ? Yowsers.

    Posted by Eric at 08:30 PM | Comments (0)

    Academics Predict Bush Win

    From Reuters, a group of professor, using formulas "based on key measures of the nation's economic health and the public's political views", are predicting a Bush win:

    Most of these academics are predicting Bush, bolstered by robust economic growth, will win between 53 and 58 percent of the votes cast for him and his Democratic opponent John Kerry.

    Their track record for calling election outcomes months in advance has often been surprisingly accurate. In 1988, the models projected Bush's father, former President George Bush, would win even though Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis enjoyed a double digit poll leads that summer.

    And in 1996, one model came within a tenth of a percentage point of Clinton's actual vote share.

    However, last election they predicted an easy victory for Al Gore. Their failure to note the closeness of the last election is a bummer:
    This dealt a fatal blow to the models' credibility, said Thomas Mann, a scholar at the Brookings Institution who has written about election forecasts.

    "There's really less there than meets the eye, and I get the sense the forecasters will be going out of business soon," Mann said.

    Posted by Eric at 06:03 PM | Comments (11)

    Academics Predict Bush Win

    From Reuters, a group of professor, using formulas "based on key measures of the nation's economic health and the public's political views", are predicting a Bush win:

    Most of these academics are predicting Bush, bolstered by robust economic growth, will win between 53 and 58 percent of the votes cast for him and his Democratic opponent John Kerry.

    Their track record for calling election outcomes months in advance has often been surprisingly accurate. In 1988, the models projected Bush's father, former President George Bush, would win even though Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis enjoyed a double digit poll leads that summer.

    And in 1996, one model came within a tenth of a percentage point of Clinton's actual vote share.

    However, last election they predicted an easy victory for Al Gore. Their failure to note the closeness of the last election is a bummer:
    This dealt a fatal blow to the models' credibility, said Thomas Mann, a scholar at the Brookings Institution who has written about election forecasts.

    "There's really less there than meets the eye, and I get the sense the forecasters will be going out of business soon," Mann said.

    Posted by Eric at 06:03 PM | Comments (5)

    Anti-Moore Group Turns to Piracy

    MooreWatch.com is inviting visitors to illegally download the Michael Moore film rather than, of course, paying for the film. Hollywood Reporter:

    A June 27 posting on the site MooreWatch.com invites visitors to download the film. It quotes Moore, though it doesn’t cite a source, as encouraging such downloading by saying: “I don’t agree with the copyright laws, and I don’t have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people. As long as they’re not doing it to make a profit, you know, as long as they’re not trying to make a profit off my labor. I would oppose that.”

    Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing, which is distributing the film with IFC Films and Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s Fellowship Adventure Group, said Wednesday that his company is exploring legal action.

    “I think it’s deplorable what enemies of ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ are doing,” he said. “We are currently looking into our legal options. We are not going to tolerate anybody trying to infringe on (this film’s release).”

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 AM | Comments (34)

    Anti-Moore Group Turns to Piracy

    MooreWatch.com is inviting visitors to illegally download the Michael Moore film rather than, of course, paying for the film. Hollywood Reporter:

    A June 27 posting on the site MooreWatch.com invites visitors to download the film. It quotes Moore, though it doesn’t cite a source, as encouraging such downloading by saying: “I don’t agree with the copyright laws, and I don’t have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people. As long as they’re not doing it to make a profit, you know, as long as they’re not trying to make a profit off my labor. I would oppose that.”

    Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing, which is distributing the film with IFC Films and Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s Fellowship Adventure Group, said Wednesday that his company is exploring legal action.

    “I think it’s deplorable what enemies of ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ are doing,” he said. “We are currently looking into our legal options. We are not going to tolerate anybody trying to infringe on (this film’s release).”

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 AM | Comments (2)

    Gennifer Flowers to Accompany Senate Candidate

    Republican Senate candidate Larry Klayman will have Gennifer Flowers campaign for him in Florida, reports the St. Petersburg Times:

    Republican Senate candidate Larry Klayman, a lawyer and founder of Judicial Watch who criticizes the Clintons in stump speeches, will accompany Flowers, a former client, to a fundraising "boat tour" in Miami and stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in late July.

    "Gennifer Flowers is a public figure and she's a former client of Larry's," said David E. Johnson, Klayman's spokesman. "People are aware of who she is. She's been one of the harshest critics of the Clintons."

    So is Klayman, who fires up partisan Republican crowds by calling Bill and Hillary Clinton "the Bonnie and Clyde of American politics."

    Johnson said Flowers, who owns a nightclub in New Orleans, also has agreed to record radio commercials for Klayman to be aired in Florida cities. He said the campaign considered but dropped the idea of having Flowers sign copies of the former president's new book, My Life.

    Posted by Eric at 11:35 AM | Comments (13)

    Gennifer Flowers to Accompany Senate Candidate

    Republican Senate candidate Larry Klayman will have Gennifer Flowers campaign for him in Florida, reports the St. Petersburg Times:

    Republican Senate candidate Larry Klayman, a lawyer and founder of Judicial Watch who criticizes the Clintons in stump speeches, will accompany Flowers, a former client, to a fundraising "boat tour" in Miami and stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in late July.

    "Gennifer Flowers is a public figure and she's a former client of Larry's," said David E. Johnson, Klayman's spokesman. "People are aware of who she is. She's been one of the harshest critics of the Clintons."

    So is Klayman, who fires up partisan Republican crowds by calling Bill and Hillary Clinton "the Bonnie and Clyde of American politics."

    Johnson said Flowers, who owns a nightclub in New Orleans, also has agreed to record radio commercials for Klayman to be aired in Florida cities. He said the campaign considered but dropped the idea of having Flowers sign copies of the former president's new book, My Life.

    Posted by Eric at 11:35 AM | Comments (8)

    Pro-Bush Group's Misleading Ad

    See here.

    Posted by Eric at 09:28 AM | Comments (6)

    Pro-Bush Group's Misleading Ad

    See here.

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    Hamster Numbers: Halliburton Costs

    From the LA Times, a "top investigator for the Coalition Provisional Authority" has criticized Halliburton for excessive costs. Among them:

  • "Halliburton, which managed the contract to house government employees and contractors at the hotel, charged $2.85 million for the rooms"
  • "a senior CPA official set up living and working quarters in a hotel room for the equivalent of nearly $700 a night"
  • "the CPA allowed Halliburton to rent hotel facilities for medical checkups and other services at a cost of $342,000 per year"
  • "The company also charged $191,000 a year for laundry services"

    Posted by Eric at 07:24 AM | Comments (7)

    Hamster Numbers: Halliburton Costs

    From the LA Times, a "top investigator for the Coalition Provisional Authority" has criticized Halliburton for excessive costs. Among them:

  • "Halliburton, which managed the contract to house government employees and contractors at the hotel, charged $2.85 million for the rooms"
  • "a senior CPA official set up living and working quarters in a hotel room for the equivalent of nearly $700 a night"
  • "the CPA allowed Halliburton to rent hotel facilities for medical checkups and other services at a cost of $342,000 per year"
  • "The company also charged $191,000 a year for laundry services"

    Posted by Eric at 07:24 AM | Comments (0)

    Stern Company to Sue Clear Channel

    From Radio and Records, "Infinity Broadcasting and One Twelve Inc., the company that places Stern's show on affiliate stations" will sue Clear Channel for contract violations:

    Infinity and One Twelve seek more than $10 million in damages, and each accuse Clear Channel of failing to notify them that Stern's show was being dropped — a requirement of the contract. Infinity and One Twelve also charge in their breach of contract claim that they are owed license fees by Clear Channel. In a statement, Clear Channel EVP/Chief Legal Officer Andy Levin said, "Howard Stern is the only one who has broken the law. His contract explicitly requires his show comply with all FCC rules and regulations. On several occasions, it clearly did not. Clear Channel Radio had both a legal right and an obligation to stop broadcasting it." Stern's show was pulled from Clear Channel's WBGG/Miami; WTKS/Orlando; WXDX/Pittsburgh; WNVE/Rochester, NY; and KIOZ/San Diego.
    Meanwhile, Stern is "expanding to nine new markets, including four where his show was taken off the air over indecency concerns."

    Posted by Eric at 07:19 AM | Comments (17)

    Stern Company to Sue Clear Channel

    From Radio and Records, "Infinity Broadcasting and One Twelve Inc., the company that places Stern's show on affiliate stations" will sue Clear Channel for contract violations:

    Infinity and One Twelve seek more than $10 million in damages, and each accuse Clear Channel of failing to notify them that Stern's show was being dropped — a requirement of the contract. Infinity and One Twelve also charge in their breach of contract claim that they are owed license fees by Clear Channel. In a statement, Clear Channel EVP/Chief Legal Officer Andy Levin said, "Howard Stern is the only one who has broken the law. His contract explicitly requires his show comply with all FCC rules and regulations. On several occasions, it clearly did not. Clear Channel Radio had both a legal right and an obligation to stop broadcasting it." Stern's show was pulled from Clear Channel's WBGG/Miami; WTKS/Orlando; WXDX/Pittsburgh; WNVE/Rochester, NY; and KIOZ/San Diego.
    Meanwhile, Stern is "expanding to nine new markets, including four where his show was taken off the air over indecency concerns."

    Posted by Eric at 07:19 AM | Comments (2)

    Interesting Rhetoric from the Right

    From Jack Wheeler in the Washington Times:

    Bill Clinton is such a repulsive subject I never thought I would ever write about him again after he was replaced by a man of decency and integrity in the White House. Yet the sight of all those women lining up to buy his book, to get that book autographed by a serial abuser of women, like prostitutes idolizing their abusive pimp, is sadly illustrative of a bizarre truth.

    Posted by Eric at 03:51 AM | Comments (27)

    Interesting Rhetoric from the Right

    From Jack Wheeler in the Washington Times:

    Bill Clinton is such a repulsive subject I never thought I would ever write about him again after he was replaced by a man of decency and integrity in the White House. Yet the sight of all those women lining up to buy his book, to get that book autographed by a serial abuser of women, like prostitutes idolizing their abusive pimp, is sadly illustrative of a bizarre truth.

    Posted by Eric at 03:51 AM | Comments (4)