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  Bush Officials Withheld Key Information On Iraq, Former Senator SaysNovember 30, 2005 00:00 Former Florida Senator Bob Graham, a well respected member of the legislature, claims that the Bush administration withheld key information and failed to give evidence of appropriate planning before invading Iraq.
  Impeach Cheney?November 29, 2005 00:00 The author discusses some interesting aspect's of Cheney's (vice)presidency, including the fact that he categorically does not disclose his travel plans or meetings.
  Cunningham (R-CA) Guilty of BriberyNovember 28, 2005 00:00 Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) has announced his resignation after pleading guilty to taking millions of dollars in bribery to steer defense contracts. They have not yet named the companies involved which, hopefully, means they are going after them.
 
  Litany of Problems for the Bush AdministrationNovember 28, 2005 00:00 The list of problems for the Bush administration is growing, with some scary long term implications for US foreign policy.
 
  Discussion with Scott RitterNovember 28, 2005 00:00 This interview with former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter discusses some of the lead up to the Iraq war.
 
  Auto Makers look to Congress to subsidize R&DNovember 27, 2005 00:00 Automakers are asking for large tax breaks to help fund R&D efforts with alternative fuels. Look out for a softball tax deal for the automakers. Wonder what restrictions if any will be required to recieve this tax break.
  Left Wing media or Right Wing media?November 27, 2005 00:00 Watch dog group points out blatent use of media for the purpose of spreading mis information to gain support for policies.
  Billions being spent by Govt to hide informationNovember 27, 2005 00:00 - The Feds spent 7.2 Billion in 2004 in reclassifying old documents and classifying new documents to prevent their release.

- The number of original documents classified has increased from 200,000 in 2001 to nearly 360,000 in 2004

- The number of patents kept secret by the US patent and Trademark office has increased from 70,000 in 2001 to approximately 125,000 in 2004.

- The number of patents declassified has decreased from nearly 250,000 in 2000 to 75,000 in 2004

- Spending on classifying documents has increased from $210 million in 2001 to $320 million in 2004

- Spending on declassifying documents has decreased from $225 million in 2001 to $50 millions in 2004

Resources:

1. www.OpenTheGovernment.org

2. Information Securoty OverSight Office

3. US National Archives

4. US Patent and Trademark Office

 

  Sheehan and Supporters Plague BushNovember 26, 2005 00:00 President Bush was unable to have a peaceful family dinner at his Crawford ranch, knowing that war protesters gathered at a ranch nearby. Cindy Sheehan, who inspired 'no parking' rules near Bush's ranch, has also inspired an anti-war activism organization to sprout in the town.
  Woolsey in Persistent Fight to Bring the Troops HomeNovember 25, 2005 00:00 Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), representative of Santa Rosa, is quietly spearheading a persistent movement to force the Bush team to declare when the troops will come home.
 
  Abramoff connected to mafia gangland murderNovember 25, 2005 00:00 Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello implicates Jack Abramoff's business partner Adam Kidan in the 2001 gangland murder of Gus Boulis. The money for the murder was allegedly paid out of the business accounts of SunCruz, the casino boat company Kidan and Abramoff jointly owned.

In August, Kidan and Abramoff were indicted for bank fraud stemming from their purchase of SunCruz.

Now it turns out they also had the company pay the National Republican Congressional Committee (the House GOP election committee) $10,000 on behalf of Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH). That was in exchange for Ney's putting anti-Boulis remarks in the congressional record that helped Abramoff and Kidan pressure Boulis to sell them SunCruz.

Other resources:

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/13260001.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp


 
  Rules Change Near Bush's RanchNovember 23, 2005 00:00 County commissioners in Crawford, TX, changed parking and camping rules so that no parking or camping are allowed on public lands with 7 miles of the Bush compound. Today several protesters were arrested for parking near Bush's land.
  Abramoff Scandal Reaching Boiling PointNovember 22, 2005 00:00 With the guilty plea of Michael Scanlon, the Jack Abramoff scandal has the capacity to reach deeply into the houses of Republican power, perhaps as deeply as Abramoff's fingers once reached. The White House may start another war over this one just to keep us distracted from the gross corruption that Abramoff has allowed us to uncover.
  Cheney Calls Opponents 'Corrupt and Shameless"November 22, 2005 00:00 Cheney must have accidentally looked in a mirror before lashing out at political opponents, calling them corrupt and shameless. For someone who has profitted personally from his ties to Halliburtons Iraq 'reconstruction' efforts, Cheney should not be casting stones at representatives of the nation's citizens.
  Scanlon Pleads Guilty to ConspiracyNovember 22, 2005 00:00 Michael Scanlon, former Jack Abramoff business colleague and friend to the Republican stars, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe a member of Congress. Scanlon pled and will exchange lesser charges with cooperation in the investigation against Abramoff and Congressional officials.
  Team Bush: War Should be Debated, But it Shouldn't be DebatedNovember 21, 2005 00:00 The Bush team has lobbed another smoke grenade into the political debate by stating simultaneously that the US involvement in Iraq should be debated, but at the same time that it should not be debated. This is a message diffusing tactic that they are great at and that may work for them once again.
 
  Fitzgerald to Convene New Grand JuryNovember 18, 2005 00:00 Patrick Fitzgerald is seeking to convene an additional grand jury in the Valerie Plame leak case. This signals that the administration may not have escaped relatively unscathed with just the Libby indictment.
  O'Reilly Dumped from Denver and Other MarketsNovember 17, 2005 00:00 Bill O'Reilly's radio show has been dumped from the Denver and several other markets because of poor performance.
 
  Bush Trying to Shift Blame to DemocratsNovember 15, 2005 00:00 President Bush, attempting to bolster his poor poll numbers, is working on shifting the blame for the quagmire in Iraq to Democrat leaders. Bush states that Democrats are responsible for sending mixed messages to the American people, the troops, and the military, which undermines the US war effort.
  Republicans Push for Explanation of Iraq PolicyNovember 15, 2005 00:00 After defeating a Democratic initiative to demand a timetable from the president for a withdrawal from Iraq, republicans switched gears to push through a request for an explanation of the administrations' Iraq policy.
  Dick Cheney: The Root of All Evil?November 15, 2005 00:00 Dick Cheney seems to be at the heart of everything wrong with the Bush administration's plans, from Iraq policy to torture. Time for him to go?
  Scheer Fired From LA TimesNovember 15, 2005 00:00 Robert Scheer, 30 year veteran of the LA Times, was fired. Scheer, one of the more progressive columnists on staff, was told by the paper's owner that his views were unwelcome, but no reason was given for his release.
 
  Hadley Invokes Clinton to Rescue BushNovember 14, 2005 00:00 Steven Hadley, the new National Security Adviser, invoked the memory of Bill Clinton to defend Bush's invasion of Iraq. Apparently Clinton bombed Iraq in 1998 due to violations by Saddam Hussein and, in Hadley's mind, that act is used as justfication for the 2003 Iraq invasion.
  Trying to Get ReelectedNovember 11, 2005 00:00 Amidst fears of falling poll numbers, centrist Republicans seem to be reeling in their Right-wing cohorts. Centrist Republicans this week successfully killed a $51 billion budget cut to essential services and drilling in ANWR. Thank you, political sanity!
  Schwarzenegger Contrite After Being TerminatedNovember 11, 2005 00:00 Arnold Schwarzenegger may become a better servant of the people after a political drubbing in a special election this week in which hundreds of millions of dollars were wasted. All eight initiatives in a special election called by the CA governor were defeated.
  Right Beginning Smear Campaign of LibbyNovember 09, 2005 00:00 Turns out that the Right is already beginning the smear campaign of I. Lewis Libby who was recently indicted for lying to a grand jury. The smear campaign is clearly intended to cast doubt on any future testimony that Libby gives that might harm the Bush administration.
 
  Referenda Against Bush?November 09, 2005 00:00 The failure of Republicans to win 8 referenda in California and to win two governor's races on the east coast is being taken as a slap to George Bush in an off-year election season. Democrats are hoping that the news is a harbinger of next years election results.
  Republicans Trying to Break Up 9th Circut CourtNovember 09, 2005 00:00 House Republicans have attached a provision to the budget bill that will break up the 9th Circut Court, giving it to just California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. A new 12th circut would replace the 9th duties from Alaska to Nevada.
 
  Bush to Restore Honesty to White House... 5 Years LateNovember 07, 2005 00:00 Five years after taking office, President Bush is finally forcing all of his staff to take a refresher course on ethics.
 
  America is Waking UpNovember 04, 2005 00:00 For the first time, a majority of American's have lost their trust of George Bush. Bush's honesty and integrity rating fell to 40% in a recent poll, and other poll numbers are plummeting.
 
  Carter Takes Bush to TaskNovember 04, 2005 00:00 Former President Jimmy Carter, 81, takes to task George Bush and the Republican party for putting the nations values and systems at risk by allowing the invasion of the government by fundamentalist Christians.
 
  2000 in Anti-Bush March in San FranciscoNovember 03, 2005 00:00 2000 people participated in an anti-Bush march in San Francisco. During the march one person threw a 'Milotov cocktail' against the SF Chronicle building while others laid down in the street in a 'die-in.'
  Gale Norton Tied to AbramovNovember 03, 2005 00:00 Indicted lobbyist Gale Norton has been linked to Jack Abramov through large political contributions to a non-profit that she founded in 1999. The contributions were made by one indian group shortly after she became Secretary of the Interior and may have helped delay the approval of a rival indian casino.
  Tom DeLay Wins Latest RoundNovember 01, 2005 00:00 Tom DeLay has won the latest round agaist Ronnie Earle, the prosecutor who is attempting to convict DeLay on money laundering charges. DeLay's lawyer won a change of judge to oversee the case, charging that the last judge contributed to anti-DeLay and anti-Republican causes.