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  Conservatives Happy at Alito NominationOctober 31, 2005 00:00 President Bush has nominated Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., a conservative judge with a long track record, to replace US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Alito, a practicing Catholic, is considered to be a conservative ideologue, both constitutionally and morally.
 
  O'Reilly Attacking Denver ColumnistOctober 28, 2005 00:00 Bill O'Reilly and his conservative wrecking crew are attacking Denver Columnist Cindy Rodriguez for an article in which she suggested that The O'Reilly Factor would be a better show if he offered a less biased and inflammatory approach. Good luck.
  Power of Conservative PunditsOctober 28, 2005 00:00 The President's weakness has opened up his party to division and control by powerful pundits on the Right. Bush's second term is turning out to be as difficult as the 2nd terms of his recent predecessors.
  Ohio Bush Contributor Indicted for Campaign ViolationsOctober 28, 2005 00:00 Ohio Bush supporter, Tom Noe, was indicted on charges claiming that he illegally funneled $45,400 to President Bush's reelection campaign. Noe is accused of writing checks to friends who then made political contributions to Bush's campaign.
 
  Hunter Asks For Probe Of Pentagon Actions Against Whistle-BlowerOctober 27, 2005 00:00 Duncan Hunter has asked for a probe into why an Able Danger whistle-blower lost his security clearance.
 
  Bush Accepts Miers Withdrawal from Supreme Court NominationOctober 27, 2005 00:00 President Bush has accepted Harriet Miers withdrawal from the Supreme Court nomination process, ending a nomination process that saw the President use religion and personality to attempt to push her nomination through. Aparrently afraid of facing tough questions in the Senate, Miers backed out of the process claiming to be concerned about the separation of powers.
  Miers Really Good at Kissing A$$October 26, 2005 00:00 It turns out that Harriet Miers, George Bush's nomination for the US Supreme Court, is really good at kissing her boss' butt. Greeting cards, notes, and letters turned over to the Senate show that that's most of what she's done over the past decade.
 
  Plame Did Not Tell Neighbors about CIAOctober 26, 2005 00:00 Valerie Plame, central figure in the White House leak investigation, did not tell her neighbors about her position with the CIA. Several well attributed quotes demonstrate this. Rush Limbaugh has been saying the exact opposite today on his radio program.
 
  Cheney First to Leak Plame Name?October 25, 2005 00:00 The New York Times has discovered that Vice President Dic Cheney may have been the first person to tell his aide, Scooter Libby, the name of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame. Cheney is know to have a strong animosity for both the CIA and Plame's husband, Joe Wilson.
  Texas Senator Hypocritical on Perjury IndictmentsOctober 25, 2005 00:00 Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who voted to impeach President Clinton for equivocation regarding the term 'sex' with Monica Lewinsky, claims that perjury should not be used against members of the Bush administration regarding the leak of a covert CIA agent's name

  Bush Refusing to Turn Over Miers PapersOctober 25, 2005 00:00 President Bush has refused to turn paperwork over to the Senate that would have disclosed recommendations that Harriet Miers had made to Bush as White House chief counsel. The papers have been requested by Senators on both sides of the aisle.
  Miers Coming out Looking Like a CronyOctober 23, 2005 00:00 Harriet Miers is coming out smelling like a Bush crony, despite no attempts to characterize her otherwise. Even Arlen Specter seems upset at her evasive answers and cowtowing to the President.
 
  Bush Sees Political Troubles as 'Background Noise'October 20, 2005 00:00 President Bush categorizes the troubles of his political allies as background noise and insists that he is doing his job.
 
  Cheney Under Microscope in Plame Case?October 19, 2005 00:00 US Vice President Dick Cheney appears to be under investigation regarding the leak of a CIA agent's name. Longstanding animosity between the Vice President and the CIA may be to blame.
  DeLay MugshotsOctober 19, 2005 00:00 An arrest warrant has been issued in Texas for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay who is attempting to resist being photographed for mugshots. DeLay will be fingerprinted and arraigned and bail will be set in his conspiracy case.
  Litany of Bush Administration Firings & ResignationsOctober 17, 2005 00:00 The demoted Bunnatine Greenhouse is only the latest in a long line of Bush administration officials and career government workers who have resigned or been fired by the Bush team.
  Split in Republican Ranks May Force Budget CutsOctober 13, 2005 00:00 Divisive splits in Republican ranks may force Congressional Republicans to consider massive spending cuts to pay for Katrina-related reconstruction. Such cuts are demanded by Conservatives, but strongly opposed by President Bush.
  Conservatives Unhappy with MiersOctober 12, 2005 00:00 Conservative commentators have decided that Harriet Miers is an 'unqualifed crony' and probably not fit to be a US Supreme Court Justice. Recent declarations by the White House that she is a good Evangelical Christian seem to defy previous policy that Justice Roberts' religion should not be a topic for discussion. Political expediency abounds.
  Cheney's Halliburton Stock Options Rose Over 3000% Last YearOctober 12, 2005 00:00 Despite insisting that he has no further financial ties to Halliburton, Vice President Dick Cheney's stock options in the government services company rose over 3000% in value last year.
  Bush Returns from 8th Flag-Waving Trip to NOOctober 11, 2005 00:00 President Bush praised National Guard troops today for their 'incredible' work. He is doing his best flag waving on his 8th trip to the Gulf to show that he really, really cares.
  Republican Facing 2006 Recruiting ProblemsOctober 10, 2005 00:00 The Republican party seems to be having some problems recruiting strong candidates to challenge vulnerable Democrats in next years Senate elections. The issues might be attributed to poor recruiting strategies and bad press because of the President's poll numbers.
  Paper Trail Concerning for Rove and LibbyOctober 10, 2005 00:00 A paper and email trail seems to be guiding federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate inconsistencies in the testimony of Karl Rove and Scooter Libby regarding the Valerie Plame leak.
  '08 Republican Candidates Dare to be DifferentOctober 10, 2005 00:00 The 2008 Republican presidential candidates are attempting to distance themselves from President Bush due to his plummeting poll numbers and unpopular policies. They're starting to wonder why they elected him in the first place!
 
  FEMA to Reopen No-Bid Katrina ContractsOctober 07, 2005 00:00 R. David Paulison, the new head of FEMA, has declared that the agency will reopen $1.5 billion in no-bid contracts that were awarded in the days immediately following hurricane Katrina. Paulison is dealing with the legacy of a Bush croney who was more interested in helping Republican party friends than in helping the people of the southeast.
  Harriet Miers Nomination Causing Turmoil in Republican PartyOctober 07, 2005 00:00 The nomination of Harriet Miers as a stealth candidate has upset many in the Republican party who wanted a clear, definable affirmation of their beliefs by the President. Instead they got a self-proclaimed born-again Christian and a 'trust me' declaration by the president.
 
  Rice Had Chevron Tanker Named After Her?October 05, 2005 00:00 This letter to the editor discusses Rice, Bush, and Cheney ties to the oil industry. Another private citizen getting upset at the status quo.
  Tom DeLay in Jeopardy During Long Court FightOctober 05, 2005 00:00 House Rep. Tom DeLay is in serious jeopardy of permanently losing his leadership positions if his prosecutions for conspiracy and money laundering drag on. House Republicans are already starting to defect, some insisting that they do not want DeLay to return in a leadership position.
  Democrats Risk Missing Giant Political OpportunitiesOctober 04, 2005 00:00 The Democrats are at risk of losing enormous political opportunities to highlight Bush's failings and seize power if they do not come forward with a clear strategy in the next three years.
  Miers is Pro Gay Rights?October 04, 2005 00:00 Some Republican bloggers seem to be having a fit because there is a paper trail showing Harriet Miers, President Bush's latest appointment to the US Supreme Court, to be in support of gay rights. Imagine... a justice who believes in the equal application of civil rights.
  Bush to Spend More CapitalOctober 04, 2005 00:00 President Bush insisted that he has plenty of political capital left and insisted that his pick for the Supreme Court vacancy, Harriet Miers, is qualified because he says so. Meanwhile, his fiscally conservative party members are spinning in their seats because of Bush's spending plans for New Orleans.
  Tom DeLay: Senator, Conspirator, Money LaundererOctober 03, 2005 00:00 Perhaps it's true, it really does all come out in the wash. Tom DeLay, Texas Senator and staunch Bush supporter, has been indicted on a second count of money laundering for cycling big business money through the Republican party for use in election campaigns. Can you believe people like Novak actually support this crook?
 
  Commentator to Return Illegal White House FeesOctober 03, 2005 00:00 Conservative commentator Armstrong Williams plans to return some of the fees paid to him by the White House to promote the president's education initiatives. The fees, ruled to be 'covert propaganda' by the GAO, were part of an initiative by the White House to make it seem that the free press had embraced the No Child Left Behind Act. If Williams is truly not a partisan pitbull, why not return all the fees?
  State Department Memo Key in Plame CaseOctober 03, 2005 00:00 White House arrogance may lead to high level indictments in the Valerie Plame leak case.
  Bush Nominates Miers for Supreme CourtOctober 03, 2005 00:00 George Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to the US Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Mier is a career lawyer who has very little 'paper trail' and may be a stealth conservative nominee to the court.