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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Sporadic Posts

Again, the holidays have our schedule in flux. Also, we're working on some big blog changes after the first of the year! Stay tuned! In the meantime, doing a quick scan of bloglines during lunch today, noticed John at AmericaBlog making an interesting observation -

Real US troops in Iraq say "troop surge" is a bad idea

Gee, no one could have ever predicted that Bush would cherry pick the troops attending new Secretary of Defense Gates' "meetings" in Iraq, only choosing the "pro-surge" troops to attend. Well, it seems real US troops in Iraq are now speaking out, and they don't think Bush's surge idea is such [...]



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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Better Late

Than never.  You just MUST go and watch this from YouTube!  Hilarious song for the season, especially if you live in the South! We'll get back to a regular schedule. Someday.





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Friday, December 22, 2006

Just One More

Just heard Bernie Sanders (on with Thom Hartmann) say Congress would NEVER go along with a draft. Let's hope that's true.

Feel a draft?



Let's
hope this wasn't some kind of trial balloon.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson gave qualified support
yesterday to renewing the draft - a suggestion that rattled the White
House.
"I think that our society would benefit from that, yes, sir," Nicholson
said of replacing the all-volunteer force with a tough draft purged of
the deferments that [...]
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Holiday Postings

Honestly, things will be quite slow here during the holiday season, barring some major event. Enjoy yourselves, your friends and your families. Here's one, for good measure - via AmericaBlog -

Lynne Cheney doesn't understand the fuss about Mary's baby

Come on, Lynne. Are you kidding? You don't understand the fuss? It's coming from your people, Lynne. The GOP is built on gay-bashing -- and bashing single mothers comes in handy for them, too. Did you ever meet Sam Brownback or Rick Santorum? How about Tony Perkins or James Dobson? In 2004, beating up on gays and lesbians was one of the top tactics of your husband's campaign. You and your husband condoned that -- and now you don't understand the fuss?: "Vice President Dick Cheney's wife, Lynne, is dismissing the fuss over her openly gay daughter's pregnancy, which has rankled [...]



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Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Big Bribe

I skipped the evening newscasts and (gasp) even Olbermann last night. Daughter was getting home from college and we had errands to run. Here's an interesting little tidbit, via Think Progress.

U.S. Military Officials: Bush Trying To Bribe Us To Support Iraq Escalation


Last
night on NBC Nightly News, Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski said
that many military officials are “suspicious” of President
Bush’s announcement that he plans to increase the size of the
armed forces. They believe that “he’s dangling that offer
out there in an effort to buy the military support for the option to
surge additional [...]







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Global Warming Post of The Day

Been a bit preoccupied around here today. Guess it's the holiday crush. Got a few for you, though.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

A while ago, I posted about polar bears turning to cannibalism due to global warming. Unfortunately, these bears aren't the only ones having their natural patterns affected by climate change. Bears have stopped hibernating in the mountains of [...]

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

There's Some Real Brain Power Involved Here

Even without considering the fact that the Constitution doesn't say ANYTHING about having to use a Bible to put your hand on when you're sworn into Conngress, this is just so wrong. 


This is really...



This is really a beaut. VA Congressman Virgil Goode (R-VA) tells his consituents that a new congressman holding his swearing in ceremony with a Koran is the first step to the USA getting overrun by Muslim hordes. You'll wanna [...]



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Still Headed South

Oh, my! How low can they go?


28 percent.



Percent of Americans who support President Bush’s management of the war in Iraq, a record low, down from 34 percent in October. A record 70 percent “said they disapproved of his handling of [...]



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Iraq Update

Here's the latest summary from Iraq.  I'm off to (at my daughter's suggestion) watch the Missouri/Illinois game on ESPN.


Got Electricity?



The news from Iraq today is focused as usual on increasing violence, with a new Pentagon report revealing that attacks in Iraq are now at record levels. The New York Times coverage is here. Meanwhile, the President can’t seem to get agreement from his Pentagon Chiefs to the neocon’s troop surge proposal. So much [...]



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They Just Don't Get It

I just have to poke a little fun at my buddies over at Olbermannwatch.com. You know the ones. They hate Keith Olbermann and trash him every chance they get. Take a look at one of their latest posts. They really believe it makes Keith look bad.  Truth being said, the liberal radio host makes a heck of a lot more sense than the other guy!


Claim: "Traitor" Olbermann Should Be Arrested!



A prominent national broadcaster today described Keith Olbermann as a "traitor" and called for the infamous, deplorable one to be arrested and placed in a detention camp. We have not yet heard from Attorney General Gonzales on this development, but we are confident that he will give it the attention it deserves. A QuickTime video clip follows for [...]



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The Economic Bubble

I noticed these numbers this morning and thought they looked bad.  I just didn't realize HOW bad until I read this, via  Think Progress -


The Greatest Threat To Our Standard Of Living



(The U.S. current account deficit widened to a record $225.6 billion in the third quarter, officials announced yesterday. Below, American Progress Senior Economist Christian Weller explains why it matters.) The greatest current threat to our standard of living is the current account deficit, which now stands at a whopping $225.6 billion in just the third quarter [...]



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Oh, The Quotes We'll Get From This

Nobody's been able to find another case where a sitting Vice President has to testify in a criminal trial. History on the way, my friends.


Cheney to Testify



 AP: Vice President Dick Cheney will be called as a defense witness in the CIA leak case, an attorney for Cheney's former chief of staff told a federal judge Tuesday. "We're calling the vice president," attorney Ted Wells said in court. Wells represents defendant I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who is charged with perjury and obstruction. Early last week, [...]



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Not Getting Support

It's really quite amazing.  The definite divide in Washington on the issue of sending more troops to Iraq.  And the dissenting voices are those who should be heard and respected.


Joint Chiefs Oppose Sending More Troops to Iraq



This can't be making President "I'm the Decider" Bush very happy today: The Bush administration is split over the idea of a surge in troops to Iraq, with White House officials aggressively promoting the concept over the unanimous disagreement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to U.S. officials familiar with the intense debate. [...] ...[T]he Joint Chiefs think the White House, after a month of talks, still does not have a defined mission and is latching on to the surge idea in part because of limited alternatives, despite warnings [...]



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Monday, December 18, 2006

Another Poll

I know, I know. It's VERY early. Consider that as you look at the numbers.



Saint McCain Beaten By A Girl

I bet this poll won't get any coverage. In fact, I couldn't even find coverage of it in Newsweek itself, aside from the linked press release. Clinton's up 50-43 over McCain, 48-47 over Three Wives Giuliani, 58-32 over Mitt Romney. McCain beats Obama 45-43, Giuliani beats [...]

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Leaded Gas?

Do we REALLY want to go back there?



Bush Wants to Start Selling Leaded Gasoline Again


Screw
the American health standard, we need to cater to big business.
The Environmental Protection Agency said this week that revoking those
standards might be justified “given the significantly changed
circumstances since lead was listed in 1976″ as an air pollutant,
claiming that concentrations of lead in the air have dropped more than
90 percent [...]



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How's It Working??

It appears there are a few chinks in the armor of this super-secret spy program.



Watching the Watchmen


A couple of years ago Seymour Hersh reported that
President Bush had signed an executive order authorizing the Pentagon
to conduct covert operations overseas. Why? Partly because he and
Donald Rumsfeld no longer trusted the CIA, but also [...]



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Quoting Rummy

Simply classics.



Memorable Quotes by Donald Rumsfeld

Thanks for the memories. Bill from Portland links to "the Political Humor" site for Rummy's best quotes. "I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started." "We do know of certain knowledge that he [Osama Bin Laden] is either in Afghanistan, [...]



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Don't Put It Here!!

There was quite the competition among possible sites for Bill Clinton's Presidential Library. As you know, it ended up in Little Rock. George W. Bush is planning his library now. It's not being universally desired.



Southern Methodist University Staff Fiercely Protest Bush Presidential Library


The
New York Daily News reported last month that President Bush and “his
truest believers” are launching “their final campaign — an eye-popping,
half-billion-dollar drive for the Bush presidential library.”
Bush is attempting to raise $500 million to build a library and think
tank at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the alma mater of
First Lady [...]



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There Can Be No Explanation

Honestly, I don't see any explanation, any justification, for what happened to this American.



"Even Saddam Hussein had more legal counsel than I ever had."

This story in the New York Times—about a Navy veteran went to Iraq as a security contractor, became a whistle-blower about possible illegal weapons trading at the firm for which he was working, and ended up being erroneously detained for 97 days at the military’s maximum-security detention facility in Baghdad, after [...]



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Powell on the War

Now, if he'd just been talking like this a few years ago.....



Colin L. Powell: U.S. losing “civil war” in Iraq


Former
secretary of state, Colin Powell, broke his long silence on the
situation in Iraq and put himself at odds with the Bush administration
once again. Powell went as far as to say that the U.S. is “losing what
he described as a “civil war” in Iraq” and that “he is not persuaded
that an [...]



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Getting Set to Travel

Travel plans for the holidays? Just a little something to think about if you're flying. Particularly if you haven't been through an airport recently. Here's what you'll be facing.

Sorry for not posting earlier… I was travelling.


For
much of today, I was en route to my home state, New Hampshire. While at
the airport security check-in, I noticed that there was a recorded
announcement playing on loop every ten minutes or so. “Your attention
please,” a voice that sounds like a game show announcer says. “The
Department of Homeland Security has [...]



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Check Your Mailbox

Are you on the White House mailing list?



The White House ‘holiday’ card



I
mentioned in passing a couple of weeks ago that the official White
House holiday card has started reaching mailboxes, and much to some
conservatives’ chagrin, the card doesn’t mention the name
of a certain winter holiday.
Though it quotes the book of Psalms, the card’s text reads,
“May the light of the season shine bright [...]



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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Friends and Family

NOTE:  Whew.  Sunday was as busy as Saturday.  Finally hit the couch and the laptop and it's almost dinner time! Here's one more - leftover from earlier - but still relevant. Enjoy.


It must be nice to be friends with the President.  REALLY nice.


Close Friend Of Bush At Center Of Coast Guard Contract Fiasco



Donald “Boysie” Bollinger, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bollinger Shipyards, “has been a friend of George W. Bush for a quarter century.” CQ Today reported in 2004 that “Bollinger has known Bush since 1980″ and has twice served as Bush’s Louisiana campaign chair. In 2004, Bollinger became a Bush “Super Ranger” [...]



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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Why Bush And Blair Are BFF

Yawn,  Back from the evening's events.  Got a loaf of bread in the brand new bread machine.  Pretty much worked the previous one to death, I guess.  The Mrs. committed me to a loaf of homemade bread for our event tonight.  I hadn't made any bread for a long time. The poor old machine really struggled and didn't want to program the way it should.  So, I read some reviews, and fought the crowds to snag a new one.  So far, so good. I'll let you know how this Beer Bread compares with the one I managed to coax through the old machine.  Now, another of those carry-over posts.


It's because they shared a really big secret for a really long time. 


They Knew There Was No WMD



Oh, what a tangled web we weave: The Government's case for going to war in Iraq has been torn apart by the publication of previously suppressed evidence that Tony Blair lied over Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. A devastating attack on Mr Blair's justification for military action by Carne Ross, Britain's key negotiator at the UN, has been kept under wraps until now because he was threatened with being charged with [...]



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A Follow-Up Poll

Holiday happenings are keeping our feet to the fire today.  Just sat down and noticed I'd pulled a couple of items last night that I failed to post.  Here's one. Happy Saturday!


It looks like the anti-GOP trend is continuing.  I thought all along there might be a bit of a rebound after the elections and the base had a chance to regroup.  Nope.  Nada.


America Does Not Heart Republicans



A new NPR poll reveals that Democratic victories in the elections last month weren't the end of America's divorce from the Republican Party.  It was only the beginning.  "Voters are feeling more positive about the Democratic Party than about the Republicans as the GOP prepares to hand over control of Congress in January, according to a new NPR poll. And with his approval [...]



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Friday, December 15, 2006

We're In The Army Now

Just not enough Americans ARE in the Army now. And that, my friends, means trouble.  Especially with all the chatter of thouands of additional military personnel headed for Iraq.


Breaking the Army



The Army's warnings are getting louder and louder:Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army's chief of staff, issued his most dire assessment yet of the toll of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on the nation's main ground force [....]



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The New Candidates

You could pretty well note that the old walls were being knocked down, but I'm somewhat surprised by the overwhelming support in this new poll.


Americans Open to New Kind of Candidates



"In new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, eight in 10 Americans would be 'comfortable' or 'enthusiastic' about an African-American or woman running for president. That apparent openness -- reflected across race, region and age groups -- is encouraging news for [...]



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The Big Public Relations Push

The one in the Middle East.  The one we said we'd be winning by now, thanks to the Iraq War.  Winning hands-down. In case you haven't figured it out, public impressions appear to be headed down.  Not up.


Winning hearts and minds



As you may recall, one of the primary "justifications" for invading Iraq was that we were going to reduce anti-American resentment in the Middle East -- which fuels terrorist recruitment -- and therefore make the world safer for our country. They were going to so appreciate everything we did for Iraq and Afghanistan that they would realize how great we were, like us much more, and therefore not want to attack us anymore. How is that going? [...]



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Execution Update

There are a couple of very disconcerting stories tonight about lethal injections. One from California. The other from  Florida. Maybe it's time we truly took another look at this practice.  Both stories via Talk Left.


California Judge Declares State Executions Unlawful


Florida Halts Executions After Botched One Lasted 34 Minutes


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The Youngest Among Them

I know some will argue that there are ALWAYS young victims of war.  Still...


Child Victims of Violence



Here is the text and photos I just received from a doctor friend in Baghdad: "This is 20 month-old Iraqi baby girl, who was severely injured and mutilated, in a blast by a car bomb in Al-Sadr City 21 days [...]



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Protecting Our Borders

We can spend billions in Iraq, but we can't come up with the $$$$$$ to track potentially illegal immigrants here at home. There is something wrong with this picture.


Yet Again, Bush Blows It, Big Time....



Of the various people who have come to this country to do it harm, many have arrived on some form of legitimate visa, tourist or education. So a good way of knowing who might be doing us harm is to compare the people coming in with the people leaving and trying to find the people who overstay their welcome. Or so you'd think: [...]



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The Senators' Big Trip

It really is pretty much an "end run" around the Administration's lack of action in the Middle East.  And the response FROM the Administration is exactly what you'd expect.


Visits to Syria by Senators irritates Tony Snow and the Bush Team



Because the Bush White House has been so adept at foreign policy, the spokesperson is challenging the credibility of U.S. Senators who are visiting Syria. The New York Times reports on Tony Snow's "harsh words" about Bill Nelson and the other Senators who are headed [...]



Bob Geiger has more -


Helen Thomas and Tony Snowjob



Seldom a day goes by in the Brady Briefing Room without everyone's real reporter, Helen Thomas, going after White House Press Secretary Tony Snow for the raw hypocrisy of the Bush administration. The venerable Thomas was at it again yesterday… This time she followed up on Snow implying that U.S. Senators visiting Syria is inappropriate meddling in American policy, by asking Snow about [...]



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Newscast Bloopers

Your Friday Fun for the week.  Via the gang over at the YesButNoButYes blog, some unplanned humor from the wonderful business of broadcasting.  Sit back, click and enjoy.


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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Tin-Foil Hat Time

I'm gonna leave this one at the top for a while, so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle. Follow the link. Listen to the audio of the interview.  THIS will give you something to talk about with friends and family over the holidays.


"Boston Air Traffic Controller Says 9/11 An Inside Job"



From Prison Planet: "A former Boston Center air traffic controller has gone public on his assertion that 9/11 was an inside job and that Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon tracked three of the four flights from the point of their hijacking to hitting their targets. In an astounding telephone interview, Robin Hordon claims air traffic controllers have been ignored or silenced to protect the true [...]



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An Apology

I assume he really was serious when he did it. Hopefully.


Stop the presses, Tony Snow admits he’s wrong



White House Press Secretary Tony Snow’s list of gems is already impressive, but last week included a particularly noteworthy one. NBC’s David Gregory read verbatim quotes from the Iraq Study Group and asked for the White House’s response. Snow accused Gregory of being “partisan.” Gregory followed up, “Are you suggesting that I’m trying to frame [...]



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Executed

Slowly.  So very slowly.


A Slow, Cruel Death



A man executed in Florida on Wednesday took 34 minutes to die by lethal injection, and required two doses of lethal chemicals.  He appeared to grimace before dying, leading some to believe he experienced pain from the procedure. The key legal test of the death penalty, as witnessed in California recently, is whether [...]



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The Media Falls Down On The Job

via BradBlog, a scorching indictment.


Cenk Uygur Gets it Right --- Big Time --- on the Failure of the Media



The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur hits the ball out of the park (and out of the stadium, as far as I'm concerned) railing about the "neutrality fetish" of our failed corporate mainstream media. Make no mistake, the CMSM now has immeasurable buckets of blood on their hands -- and they [...]



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The Media Got It All Wrong

There seems to be a "media" theme developing today.  Now it's the First Lady's turn.


Laura Bush — First Lady, media critic



I generally don’t pay too much attention to Laura Bush’s policy opinions; she’s not an elected official, she has no obvious power to speak of, and her comments are rarely of any consequence. They are, however, frequently annoying. On MSNBC this morning, Norah O’Donnell asked Laura Bush about a new poll that found “only 2 in 10 [...]



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Explaining The Grief

The military and religion.  via Andrew Sullivan. He uses the term "stunning".  I can't come up with a better description, so...


Military Christianism Watch



A reader pointed me to this stunning passage in an ESPN.com story about the death of Pat Tillman: [Lt. Col. Ralph] Kauzlarich, [formerly the Army officer who directed the first official inquiry,] now a battalion commanding officer at Fort Riley [...]



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A Muslim In Congress

Oh, my.


Moore wants to ban Muslims from Congress



For goodness sakes, if Rep.-elect Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Congress’ first Muslim lawmaker, is causing widespread apoplexy among right-wing activists now, before he’s even sworn in, how are they going to be able to deal with him, you know, legislating? When we last left this story, right-wing talk-show host and writer Dennis Prager had just finished explaining [...]



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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

What Happened When

Good perspective here on the recent events surrounding the Iraq War.


More Saudi Fun: A Chronology



by emptywheel Just a follow-up on my baseless speculation post of yesterday. Things are becoming clearer, though I'd say they're still far from clear. First, here's a chronology, as far as we know it: November 6: Donald Rumsfeld writes memo [...]



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Wonder of Wonders

It is, after all, that magical time of the year. 


382,000 Boeing IDs lost



Another stolen laptop incident that carried hundreds of thousands of records. Boeing has not mentioned whether or not the laptop was encrypted, which suggests that it probably was not. "In the first week of December, a laptop was stolen from an employee's car," Boeing spokeswoman Kelly Danaghy said. "That laptop had files that contained Social Security numbers for about 382,000 past and present employees, and in most cases it also [...]



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The End Of The War

Another pundit.  Another prediction.


Sad and Correct



Richard Cohen on Iraq: "[T]he ending is inevitable. We will get out, and the only question that remains is whether we get out with 3,000 dead or 4,000 or 5,000. At some point the American people will not countenance, and Congress will not support, a war that cannot be won. Just how many [...]



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The Low-Profile VP

This explains it all.


Former Cheney Adviser: ‘Iraq Is Now Bush’s Baby, And Cheney Doesn’t Want To Be Tarred With It’



Questioning why Vice President Cheney has been “publicly silent and mostly out of sight” since the Iraq Study Group issued its report, U.S. News reports that a former Cheney adviser believes the vice president is now cutting-and-running from the “grave and deteriorating” situation in Iraq: “I think we’ll see less of him than ever,” says the [...]



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Blitzer Vs. Duke

Simply great television.


On CNN, David Duke Calls Wolf Blitzer "Israeli Agent," Points To Past Job At AIPAC



Wolf Blitzer's heated interview with David Duke on today's Situation Room is a must-see. Here's the video and the transcript. At [...]



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Getting Their Story Straight

I guess he feels he doesn't have anything to lose, at this point! via Think Progress --


Contradicting Bush, Rumsfeld Claims He Was Replaced Because Of ‘The Outcome Of The Election’



Yesterday on Hannity and Colmes, outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said that he was removed as a direct result of the “outcome of the election.” Watch it: [...]



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Another Corrupt One

Yes, I'm afraid, it HAS happened again -


What, Again?



Another kiddie porn addict is busted, and guess what? He worked at a church camp. And more guess what: the guy already has an unlisted phone number; how long do you think it will take this guy to vanish once the [...]



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Look Who's Doing The Deciding

And it ain't the President.


Democrat and Republican Senators head to Syria for high-level talks in defiance of Bush



Wow. A Democrat is there today, and two more Dems and a Republican are headed there before the end of the month. Wow. This is a 100% in-your-face to Bush by BOTH parties. Wow. The message: If Bush won't implement the Iraq Study Group recommendations on his own, then the Congress, in a bipartisan manner, will implement them for him. We're witnessing an intervention. And it ain't [...]



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The First Court Ruling

The Bush Administration wins one.


Judge Rules with Bush Admin on Detainee Law



The first big ruling in the wake of the Bush administration's detainee law has come down -- in the now famous Rumsfeld v. Hamdan case -- and the Bush administration wins. From the AP: A federal judge upheld the Bush [...]



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New Poll

New low for the President. Via Political  Wire


Bush Approval Slides to New Low



"Declining public support for the war in Iraq has weakened President Bush's political hand across the board, bolstering the clout of the new Democratic Congress as it prepares to take power after last month's mid-term election sweep," according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.  Bush's approval rating is now down to 34%, his lowest ever in [...]



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The Decider and His Advisors

It seems nobody is doing the "deciding" right now.


Fiddling While Americans Die



Cross posted from Article of Faith: So we have this story which says “the White House said Tuesday that President Bush would delay presenting any new strategy for Iraq until early next year, as officials suggested that Mr. Bush’s advisers were locked in internal debates on several fronts about how to proceed.” And then we have this [...]



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Books, Books, And More Books

I have a half-dozen (or more) books stacked up at the house, waiting to be read. Obama's new book is not yet among them, but may be, come Christmas. In the meantime, here's a bit of analysis from one of the bloggers.


Obama: He may not have DC experience, but he does have vision



Say what you want about his politics: Obama is not not liberal enough, or he doesn’t come down hard on issues enough- but you can’t say that he doesn’t have vision. In his book The Audacity of Hope which I’m reading right now, he doesn’t spend his time attacking conservatives (although he makes it abundantly [...]



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Snow Spins The Polls

Tony Snow is at it again.  Putting the White House spin on every issue reporters bring up.  Including the polls.


What the White House thinks of the polls



Following up on an item from yesterday, there have been several new national polls released, all of which show remaining support for the war in Iraq evaporating quickly. I’ve often wondered what the Bush gang thinks about results like these. Yesterday, we got a hint. At yesterday’s White House press briefing, there were plenty of questions [...]



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A Senator Suffers A Stroke

We don't do much "breaking news" around here, just not set up for it.  But noticed this just now from NBC's Brian Williams.  It's also hitting a lot of the political blogs, because of the implications for a power shift.


Breaking news



I was sitting down to write today's post when Tim Russert called with a major piece of news out of Washington: Democratic Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota is hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital (which houses a superb trauma [...]



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Those Darn Voting Machines

BradBlog scores again -


EXCLUSIVE: Renowned Computer Security Expert Agrees to Meet California County Supervisor's '1000 to 1' Challenge to 'Manipulate' Sequoia Voting Machine!



An expert computer security programmer who successfully manipulated the results of a mock election held on a Diebold optical-scan voting machine in Florida, as well as finding major security vulnerabilities on a Diebold touch-screen system in Utah, has agreed to meet a public challenge to "manipulate" a Sequoia voting system [...]



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The Big Raids

You know the ones.  At Swift and Company meat processing plants in six states. Guess what happened in at least one of those raids.


In Utah, DHS Raids Raise Concerns



A troubling report from the DHS immigration raids yesterday, from the Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune. In this case, DHS agents allegedly separated workers by their skin color -- light-skinned were considered citizens, dark-skinned got scrutiny. Predicatably, they swept up at [...]



But, wait.  There's more:


Immigrant Hysteria


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Why Republicans Lost

From one who really should know -


Words Failed Them



In an interesting memo, Frank Luntz, one of the arhitects of the strategy that gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives in 1994, explains why Republicans lost control in 2006. "The debacle of 2006 didn’t have to happen …but it was destined to happen. There was no cooperation between the [...]



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Staying Healthy

It's gotten prohibitively costly for many -


Surprise! American Health Care Costs Too Much



I know we all know (often from personal experience) that rising health care costs are eating into the financial well being of millions of Americans. However, it's always nice to have that knowledge validated by government sponsored [...]



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Lunchtime Laughs

Well, it IS lunchtime around these parts! Enjoy, via The Moderate Voice -


We're Not Laughing AT You, We're Laughing WITH You



If one of my co-bloggers at TMV already saw and posted this round-up of the Top Ten Funniest Political Quotes Of 2006, I apologize for the duplication, but this is [...]



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Global Warming

This is a harsh (and frightening) new prediction.  One that could occur in the lifetime of many of you reading this. 


Arctic Ice: Going, Going ... Gone?



Think of the earth as seen from space, and the North Polar Ice Cap pops into mind's eye as familiar as a shock of pearly, white hair on Santa's head. But if new findings from a team of North American researchers are accurate, we may not have that ice cap for much longer [...]



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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Rock, Meet Hard Space

Someday, they'll get things right.  Someday. Just not today.


Update: Guilty NIH Official Stuck in Government Limbo



Update on the case of the admitted criminal who's still working at the National Insitutes of Health -- it turns out Dr. Trey Sunderland can't quit, and NIH can't fire him. Here's why: First, NIH can't fire him because Sunderland [...]



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Got Soy?

And I was just beginning to really like edamame, the little Japanese soybeans.  <G>


Top conservative news site says soy products make you gay



This isn't just some goofy fringe news site. It's WorldNetDaily (which we affectionately refer to as WingNutDaily), a site that all the right-wing pundits use as a source for their daily vitriol. Here's an excerpt: "There's a slow poison out there that's severely damaging our children and threatening to tear apart our culture....The dangerous food I'm speaking of is soy. Soybean products are feminizing, and they're [...]



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That's No Way To Drive A Truck

I'll have to agree with the Conservative gang over at the Little Green Footballs blog, this is a bit suspicious -


Trucking Student Arrested in Boston



Suspicious behavior led to the arrest in Boston of a truck-driving student. (Hat tip: instant.) "A truck-driving student is in custody in Boston after raising suspicions when he wasn’t interested in learning how to back up his rig. WLVI-TV (Ch. 56) reported last night that [...]



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Opposition Press

That's a term I'd not heard before - "Opposition Press".  Guess who's being linked to it.  Keith Olbermann.


Olbermann As The "Opposition Press"



Keith Olbermann tried to avoid commentary. But "there's a point at which you can't sit inside a burning building without [...]



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New Jobs For Illegal Immigrants

Now, how bad is this! Really!


Rocky Mountain Mortgage Fraud Fever



Hundreds of illegal immigrants recruited to act as "straw buyers," the lowest players in the mortgage fraud game, were supplied with stolen identities, including drivers licenses, social security cards, and income tax returns. Some were given green cards of legal immigrants. What couldn't be stolen was [...]



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Quote of the Day

It just fits in so very well with all of the other quotes from our leaders -


Rice ‘very proud’ of U.S. war in Iraq



Denial is such a sad emotional state for a presidential administration to be in. Bush says we’re “absolutely” winning in Iraq; Cheney says the general situation in Iraq is going “remarkably well“; and Condoleezza Rice is “very proud” to have been a part of this mission. “I’m sure there are many, many things that we could [...]



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Another Religious Resignation

Something in the water in Colorado?


Another one bites the dust



I'm sure his wife was happy to hear that her husband is gay. "The founding pastor of a second Colorado church has resigned over gay sex allegations, just weeks after the evangelical community was shaken by the scandal surrounding megachurch leader Ted Haggard..." "... Barnes told church members: "I have struggled with homosexuality since I was a 5-year-old boy. ... I can't tell you the number of [...]



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Our Tax Dollars

Our tax dollars being used illegally?  Interesting post right here -


PEEK: Waxman opens fire on Blackwater



Joshua Holland: How taxpayers get stuck for thousands of dollars on a $600 mercenary bill.



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Bad and Getting Worse

That's the Iraq War.  In the eyes of the American public.(See the post below) Then,  via FireDogLake, Steve Gilliard digs deeper and analyzes a big New York Times story this morning.


We’re Now in Stupid Land



From the New York Times: Iraqis Consider Ways to Reduce Power of Cleric  By EDWARD WONG BAGHDAD, Dec. 11 - "After discussions with the Bush administration, several of Iraq's major political parties are in talks to form a coalition whose aim is to break the powerful influence of the radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr within the government, [...]



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Iraq Poll

I missed this last night.  Apologies all around.  But, in my humble defense, I'm still not back 100% from my weekend battle with a winter cold.  And last night my brain was working even slower.


Poll: Iraq Going Badly And Getting Worse



Americans believe the war in Iraq is going badly and getting worse, and think it's time for the U.S. either to change its strategy or start getting out, according to a CBS News poll.  Forty-three percent say the U.S. should keep fighting, but with new tactics, while 50 percent say the U.S. should [...]



UPDATE:  Here's another one -


Public opposition to Bush's war is growing


UPDATE 2: Because of those polls? ...


Bush Postpones Iraq Speech


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Monday, December 11, 2006

Just a Couple More

Just stumbled on a few more -


We’ve Got a New Iraq Slogan!


Obama Flirts with New Hampshire


It's Official: Foley Report Sucked


Another Day Older And Deeper In Debt


Some of these I'd heard; Most of them I hadn't:


And, one final one. -


Barney Bush's Holiday Extravaganza


Enjoy.  That's the cream of the crop.



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Monday Night Posts

Just a few links to give you something to do this Monday night.


Perhaps Some GOP Members Are Starting To See The Light: Iraq “May Even Be Criminal”


Tom Delay was on one of the cable talk shows today (I had nothing better to do) and he admitted that he didn't even write the posts on his new blog - he tosses the concept out to somebody who does the writing.  Says he isn't a good writer.


Welcoming the blogosphere’s latest high-profile addition (and Russell Kirk acolyte)


Bush At All-time Low in Zogby Poll


Harry Reid: "We're going to find out how intelligence was manipulated, taking us to war"


Well, at least he knows what a Blackberry IS!


Incoming Defense Secy Gates Writing Texas A&M Students On Blackberry During Senate Hearings...


Strong Public Support For Medicare Drug Benefit Changes


And, then, there is this -


Cupcake Mania



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Monday Update

That weekend cold bug proved tougher to conquer than I thought. Felt good enough Saturday to put the Christmas lights, etc up outside, but woke up Monday morning coughing my fool head off. I'm just now (late afternoon) starting to feel like reading through my bloglines. Hopefully, I'll get a few up tonight.





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Friday, December 08, 2006

Haven't Vanished

Not quite, at least.  Just a bit under the weather today.  I may get around to digging out some stuff this evening.  Winter colds.  Blaaahhh.


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Thursday, December 07, 2006

From the Past

Forecasting the future. 


Past Predictions



Here's another one from December 7, 2001. I wonder if Garry Trudeau believed then, as I naively did, that this was impossible in America. Or whether he was just more prescient than [...]



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The Changing Face of Poverty

This report really caught me off-guard.  I never would have expected this.


12 Million Suburbanites Live in Poverty



The suburban poor outnumbered their inner-city counterparts for the first time last year, with more than 12 million suburban residents living in poverty, according to a study of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas released [...]



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Packing Up And Leaving Town

But, they're not being very grown up about it all...


Outgoing Republicans trash the place



...Republicans have talked a good game about "bipartisanship", but they don't mean it. And while Pelosi changes the rules to be friendlier to the minority (draconian rules institute by the GOP to punish Democrats), Republicans are still doing what they can to [...]



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Not News

I've felt this way for a long time, ever since I moved to Arkansas to host the first early-morning news on the NBC affiliate here. It ain't brain surgery.


Today Show is #1 for 11 years



Why is Today still number one? I think it's simply tradition. Today was the first of its kind. Good Morning America and The Early Show both are copycats of the successful format but neither show has ever been able to match Today. Even now, the anchors on Today all seem much more [...]



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Congressional Poll

Wow.


Ouch! It's just...



Ouch! It's just one poll. But the latest Rasmussen poll has approval of Congress down at 13%. Has the number ever [...]



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Iraqi Foks Aren't Happy

Not happy with that ISG report.


Complex Forces



The Washington Post reports that Iraqis are unanimously unhappy with the recommendations of the ISG:They said the report is a recipe, backed by threats and disincentives, that neither addresses nor understands the complex forces that fuel Iraq's woes....Iraqis also [...]



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Here Come The Polls

It's time.  Tracking the 2008 possible candidates.


Clinton, Obama Well Positioned for 2008



A new Gallup poll asked respondents for their first reactions to four potential Democratic presidential candidates and categorized the responses as positive, negative, or neutral [...]



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Congressional Work Week

Aw, poor Congress.  The 3-day work week is going away. 


Rep. Kingston Defends 3-Day Work Week, Claims Members Can ‘Keep In Touch’ With BlackBerrys



Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) is upset that the new leadership of the 110th Congress plans to work five days a week. From today’s Washington Post: “Keeping us up here eats away at families,” said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who typically flies home on Thursdays and returns to Washington on Tuesdays. “Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care [...]



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FEMA Strikes Again

Or, as some would say, "the hits just keep on comin'"


Audit Criticizes FEMA Waste



In the days and weeks following Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans, it’s understandable that FEMA would give a higher priority to helping the needy than to assuring that they really were needy. It’s more difficult to excuse wasteful payment of fraudulent claims that came months after [...]



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Something Else Important

And it comes from the Iraq Study Group Report.


There has been ’significant under-reporting of the violence in Iraq’



For literally years now, there’s been an odd and unproductive debate that’s a bit of a tangent from the war in Iraq: has the media been exaggerating the level of violence? For too many on the right, it’s become the lynchpin of their entire defense for the administration’s policy — reporters highlight the “bad” news, [...]



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Inhofe And The Environment

He never ceases to amaze.


Global Warming: Mass Delusion or Hoax?



Who cares that the overwhelming consensus among climate scientists is that global warming is both real and man-made. Smart people in the know (i.e., Republicans, Oil industry lobbyists and conservatives generally) know that global warming is either a "hoax" or a "mass delusion." Take your pick. At least, those are the only options to which James Inhofe, outgoing chairman of the [...]



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Day Two

The discussion of the Iraq Study Group report continues to intensify.


Let the Day of Reckoning Come



Spencer Ackerman: "The trouble is that the Iraq Study Group is ultimately providing false hope for an extended war. Its assessment is appropriately bleak. For example, "Key Shia and Kurdish leaders," the commission finds, "have little commitment to national reconciliation." Now, given that these leaders comprise the Iraqi government, one might think that would lead to the conclusion that [...]



From the ISG report:



“We were told that there are fewer than 10 analysts on the job at the Defense Intelligence Agency who have more than two years’ experience in analyzing the insurgency.” The report also notes “that only six people in the 1,000-person embassy in Baghdad can [...]



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Trouble in Paradise

Just something extra to keep your eyes and ears open for future developments...


Major D.C. Sex Scandal, ISO Congressman



For the last couple months a great little story has been bubbling on a back burner, threatening to burst into a classic D.C. potboiler: the feds busted a long-time prostitution service operating in the Washington, D.C. area, with the suggestion [...]



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From The Trenches

Maybe we really should start listening to the troops.  Really. via Daily Kos


Troops React to ISG Conclusions



Associated Press has a quick round-up of reaction of American troops from Company C, 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, stationed in Ramadi, to the ISG recommendations. Note that the group is, according to the article, "still reeling" from learning two months ago that its tour will be extended until February.  Some choice quotes: [...]



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Snow Vs. Gregory

NBC's David Gregory used a very simple technique to give White House Press Secretary Tony Snow a huge headache during yesterday's briefing.


Reality has a well-known liberal bias



White House Press Secretary Tony Snow has hosted fewer briefings that he did before the election, which makes sense; Congress isn’t in session, Bush has been traveling, and there’s less going on in DC. That is, until yesterday, when the Iraq Study Group, in the words of Dana Milbank, “placed an improvised explosive device beneath [...]



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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The End Of The Day

It's been a really long one. I'm headed for bed and my mp3 player. I'll share the tunes later. Have some fun.  Just not TOO much!  More posts by mid-day Thursday.



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The Wal-Mart Conundrum

Wal-Mart has a problem.  A really big problem


Wal-Mart Braces for a Blue Christmas



The discount chain is struggling as competitors match its prices and once-loyal shoppers snub its attempt to go glam. Seriously, high fashion with a smiley face? [...]



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Analyzing The Report

Joe, over at AmericaBlog, has a darn good piece analyzing the big news of the day.


Baker: This is not "stay the course"



Still analyzing the Iraq Study Group report and the very interesting news conference. One thing is clear: The Bush strategy is a failure. Not a surprise, but the the players are now unabashed about saying just that: “We do not recommend a stay-the-course solution,” Mr. Baker said pointedly at [...]



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On One Hand...

On one hand, you have George W. Bush. On the other, Bill Clinton. Let's compare notes -


A study in contrasts



Over the last two weeks, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush made separate trips to Vietnam. Let’s take a moment to compare and contrast, shall we? Clinton was in Hanoi today, where he was swarmed by throngs of admirers seeking autographs, handshakes and photographs. Clinton, in town to sign an agreement between his foundation and the Vietnamese [...]



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2008

The Presidential Race.


'The Mother of Them All'



That's what James Carville is calling the 2008 Presidential race. Finally, I agree with him on something. Hillary has been dialing up New Hampshire Dems, as if we needed any more signs that she's [...]



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Honest Reporting

They're getting just a bit more gutsy.  Some of them are. Such as...


NBC correspondent Tom Aspell:



“Most Iraqis are unaware of the Iraq Study Group report. … Their primary concern is survival, particularly those living in the central part of the country where sectarian violence, unemployment and poor infrastructure make daily life a dangerous and [...]



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Your Tax Dollars At Work

    I wonder who cooked up this plan?


Military Tribunal Update



The Bush administration wants to build a $125 million courthouse complex at Guantanamo Bay? That sure sounds like a great use of taxpayer dollars, doesn't it? You will be unsurprised, I'm sure, to learn that the Pentagon plans [...]



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Great Gig, If You Can Get It

Any bets on whether we get more work out of the next Congress?


The Real Do-Nothing Congress



If Congress departs on Friday as planned, that will mean they will have been in session for just 241 days over two years. According to The Last Campaign, the "do-nothing" Congress of 1948 that President Harry Truman campaigned against met for [...]



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Bush Administration Scandals

A major Conservative blog tries to come to the rescue.  But, it's just not working.


As long as we’re talking about scandals…



Paul Mirengoff at Powerline recently admitted to having a poor memory. “I may be missing someone,” Mirengoff said, “but the only high-profile administration offical [sic] I can think of who has faced criminal charges or had to resign in the face of scandal is Scooter Libby, who worked for the Vice President and who is [...]



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