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  Mary Macelveen: With Hitler Is Was The Reichstag And With Bush It Was 9/11December 30, 2005 00:00 A vote for Gore for president in 2008 and a comparison of Bush to Hitler. It's sad, but unfortunately Bush is, in fact, using Hitler's tactics to control the electorate. This will surely be one of the sad times in American history.
 
  The Republicans: Winners, Perpetrators, or Poodles?December 29, 2005 00:00 I've been referring to Tony Blair as George Bush's poodle for years. Finally nice to see some in the MSM beginning to recognize the Republican 'in crowd' for what they are.
  DeLay Jockeying for Speedy Money Laundering TrialDecember 29, 2005 00:00 Texas Rep. Tom DeLay has convinced Texas' top criminal court to consider his request for an expedited trial.
  Republican Strategist Is Taking Heat For Taking Mexico As ClientDecember 28, 2005 00:00 If we didn't already know that Republican lobbyists are for sale, here's an example of one who took on Mexico as a client... trying to make a better public relations image out of illegal immigration.
 
  Bush Thinking About '09?December 28, 2005 00:00 Apparently Bush has a lot of time left in his presidency and will accomplish 'big things.' Sounds like he should count learning to read 'big books' among those 'big things.'
  A Veteran'S Iraq Message Upsets Army RecruitersDecember 27, 2005 00:00 In Duluth, MN, a VietNam veteran has posted a sign next to an Army recruiting office that lists the number of dead and wounded in Iraq.
  President A Loser In Patriot GamesDecember 23, 2005 00:00 President Bush and his allies lost some major initiatives as the year's legislative session comes to a close. Included amongst the losses are an only 5 week extension of the USA Patriot act and a failure to get a final vote on the budget cut bill in the House.
 
  'There Is No War On Terror'December 23, 2005 00:00 Noam Chomsky, interviewed here, suggests that the Democrats need to take things seriously and that the administration is engaged in dangerous brinkmanship with China.
 
  Leak Probe Not Seen To End With Rove, Lawyers SayDecember 22, 2005 00:00 The Valerie Plame scandal may be extended well past the investigation of Karl Rove. A second grand jury has convened on the case and has a term of 18 months.
 
  Fixing Elections For Fun And ProfitDecember 22, 2005 00:00 Diebold computerized voting equipment has been scrapped in two Florida counties after it was shown that vote tallies could be easily manipulated.
  Angie Paccione For CongressDecember 22, 2005 00:00 Angie Paccione (D) is challenging Marilyn Musgrave (R) for her House seat in Colorado next year. Musgrave, one of the few congress people who accepted George Bush's campaign help in recent years, is an ultra conservative who does not well represent people in Northern Colorado.
  Abramoff Said To Discuss Plea DealDecember 22, 2005 00:00 Lobbyist to the (Republican) stars, Jack Abramoff, is said to be turning state's evidence and is seeking a plea deal wherein he will have a reduced sentence for testifying against political and business associates. Could this be the watershed moment we're waiting for?
  Patriot Act Ping-Pong: House Passes One-Month Extension Of Patriot ActDecember 22, 2005 00:00 The House countered the Senate's 6-month extension of the Patriot Act with a 1-month extension. The Senate will have to vote on that next.
 
  Wiretap Debate Should Go To CourtsDecember 22, 2005 00:00 This commentator suggests that the Bush administration should allow the courts to decide if un-warranted wire tapping activity is legal.
 
  Mr. Cheney's Imperial PresidencyDecember 22, 2005 00:00 I had wondered if anyone else noticed that George Bush joked often about being a dictator... apparently these folks had... and Dick Cheney seems to have listened.
 
  Democrat Sticks To Gubernatorial BidDecember 21, 2005 00:00 Dirty politics in Texas. A campaign adviser to one gubernatorial candidate calls the wife of another to tell her that her husband will fail. Not nice!
  Flip-Flopping Republican Leaves Senate Race in NYDecember 21, 2005 00:00 Jeanine Pirro, sure to go down as one of the most bizarre political candidates of the early 21st century, has give up her 'challenge' to Hillary Clinton in the 2006 NY senate race.
  Bob Burnett: Bush's Gift To America - Endless WarDecember 20, 2005 00:00 Numerous politicians and commentators are beginning to see that Bush wants nothing but to keep the American public off balance by keeping us at endless war.
  Evans Declines Russian Oil PostDecember 20, 2005 00:00 Donald Evans, a former US commerce secretary close to President George W. Bush, has declined an offer from President Vladimir Putin to take over as chairman of Russian state-run oil giant Rosneft.
  One Presidency for Sale, Heavily UsedDecember 19, 2005 00:00 Our presidency is for sale, as this discussion shows, with the largest donors getting large, and sometimes immediate, tax breaks and corporate incentives. George Bush has made a travesty of his office. Doesn't it scare anyone that many of his 'Rangers' get secret clearance and that the administration is spying on domestic communications. Does this not shout 'INSIDER TRADING'?
 
  No Harm No Foul Invoked as Senator Returns Illegal FundsDecember 16, 2005 00:00 I guess if you give back monies that you illegally obtained then you are forgiven of any illegal act you were part of while receiving that money. It would be nice if all our laws worked that way. Steal a car and just give it back if your caught, no harm no foul.
 
  Quasi Newscasters O'Reilly and Olbermann Confuse Fiction with NewsDecember 16, 2005 00:00 "When a fictional controversy concocted to drive the ratings and stuff the wallets of a couple of cable fatheads, who do quasi-newscasts, makes it all the way to the government, then we must protest."
  The President's Intelligence is not Par with what Congress SeesDecember 16, 2005 00:00 The president and some talking heads like Rush Limbaugh continue to state that Congress had the same intel as the President. Although the president and some in his cabinet presented the intelligence they had seen to congress, selectively leaving out major portions, this does not equate to Congress having the same intelligence.
  Bush Admits Intelligence Failure In IraqDecember 15, 2005 00:00 President Bush has admitted that most of the pre-Iraq-war intelligence was wrong and also 'accepted the blame' for this failure. When will people start realizing that 'accepting the blame' is a simple diversionary tactic meant to end discussion. If Bush accepted the blame for the poor Katrina response and now acceps the blame for poor Iraq intelligence, then shouldn't we get rid of him?
  Bush Not Conflicted Over War in IraqDecember 14, 2005 00:00 Although president Bush admits that the pre-war intelligence was wrong, he still believes that the US was justified in going to war in the country. Although many people think that Bush is a bad president, would that justify another country invading us?
 
  Blue Awards - About The Blue AwardsDecember 13, 2005 00:00 Check out The Blue Awards, a new award group for the top liberal organizations and individuals in 40 categories. The first awards will be handed out next year.
  Supreme Court to Consider Texas RedistrictingDecember 12, 2005 00:00 The Supreme Court is set to examine a constitutional challenge to the Texas redistricting that was part of Tom DeLay's power grab in the early 00's.
  Despite G.O.P. Plea, Pirro Says She's In Senate RaceDecember 12, 2005 00:00 Despite pleas from senior Republican in New York, Republican Jeanine F. Pirro is pursuing her already embattled bid for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat next fall. Reports have claimed that even Pirro's husband has been maneuvering to have her drop her campaign.
  Barbra Streisand Cancels LA Times SubscriptionDecember 09, 2005 00:00 Barbara Streisand canceled her subscription to the LA times after the firing of Robert Sheer. Read her letter here.
  Bush Administration Using HiTech Marketing on American PublicDecember 09, 2005 00:00 The Bush Administration is using a variety of hitech media to sell its message to the American public. Your tax dollars at work.
  Key Bush Intelligence Briefing Kept From Hill PanelDecember 08, 2005 00:00 It looks like Bush was told shortly after 9/11 that Saddam Hussein and Al Quaeda had no links at that time. So how come his administration was saying that there were links after that?
 
  Pombo Accepted Funds From Abramoff ClientsDecember 07, 2005 00:00 Richard Pombo (R-CA) has accepted over $300K from Indian tribes, few, if any, having anything to do with the state of California. Many, however, have been clients of corrupt Republican lobbyist, Jack Abramoff.
  Surprise! Checks Are Considered 'Funds' After allDecember 05, 2005 00:00 Tom DeLay was stunned into silence today as the Judge presiding over his money laundering case refused to throw out that charge, though he did throw out conspiracy charges. The judge determined that checks do in fact equate to 'funds.'
  Rumsfeld Reframing Iraq: Stop Counting Terrorist AttacksDecember 05, 2005 00:00 Donald Rumsfeld seems to think that we should stop counting terrorist attacks as a measure of US failure in Iraq. Instead, should we count the number of maimed children? How about the number of raped women? No? What about the number of orphans? Seems like just about any measure just wouldn't add up to success.
  Clinton Challenger Loses Notes at Entrance SpeechDecember 02, 2005 00:00 The challenger to Hillary Clinton in next years Senatorial race doesn't seem to have it together. As Hillary is a practiced campaigner, she'd better figure it out quickly.
  Bush Gets Wartime Deferment From Jury DutyDecember 02, 2005 00:00 President Bush has been called to duty to serve in Crawford, TX... on a jury. As with his 1970's performance, he's seeking another deferment, this time because he actually is at war.
  Bush-Cheney 2008: The Emergency Powers TourDecember 02, 2005 00:00 Are we looking at a Bush-Cheney ticket in 2008 or some similar clone? How about (Jeb)Bush-Rove. Or Bill "Mini Bush" Frist-Abramoff. Better yet... DeLay-Abramoff. If the shoe fits...