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Archive for March 23rd, 2007

Fewer pledge allegiance to the GOP

by S-Q @ 4:57 PM MDT

LA Times

A poll says 35% of those surveyed identify with Republicans. Public attitudes seem to be drifting toward Democrats’ values.

By Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
March 23, 2007

WASHINGTON — Public allegiance to the Republican Party has plunged during George W. Bush’s presidency, as attitudes have edged away from some of the conservative values that fueled GOP political victories, a major survey has found.

The survey, by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, found a “dramatic shift” in political party identification since 2002, when Republicans and Democrats were at rough parity. Now, 50% of those surveyed identified with or leaned toward Democrats, whereas 35% aligned with Republicans.

What’s more, the survey found, public attitudes are drifting toward Democrats’ values: Support for government aid to the disadvantaged has grown since the mid-1990s, skepticism about the use of military force has increased and support for traditional family values has decreased.

The findings suggest that the challenges for the GOP reach beyond the unpopularity of the war in Iraq and Bush.

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by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 6:41 PM EDT

Video: Murtha holds back tears during speech on Iraq bill

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) spoke passionately before the U.S. House voted today on the supplemental war budget that included a timeline to remove troops from Iraq by August 2008.

So is Bush Really Supporting our Troops ?

Raw Story

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Leahy hints at more ‘Attorneygate’ whistleblowers

by S-Q @ 2:40 PM MDT

Raw Story

Thursday night on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee hinted that he might have more “whistleblowers” set to testify on the ongoing US Attorneys scandal, which some have dubbed “Attorneygate.”

In the interview with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Olbermann referred to comments made previously on the show by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) about “really angry career employees,” then asked if the Committee had any “rabbits in hats.”

“He said that he hoped that the White House would let Mr. Rove and the others testify on the record,” Olbermann related to Leahy. “If they did not, there really were enough really angry career employees, prosecutors in the Justice Department who would ensure that this information, the actual facts of the case would get out anyway.”

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Bush Admin Corruption Goes Deep, No end in Sight!

by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 4:10 PM EDT

Former Cabinet deputy pleads guilty to obstructing justice in Abramoff probe

JOHN HEILPRIN | AP | March 23, 2007 03:53 PM EST

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WASHNINGTON — Former Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles on Friday became the highest-ranking Bush administration official convicted in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal, pleading guilty to obstructing justice by lying to a Senate committee.

The former No. 2 official in the Interior Department admitted in federal court that he lied to investigators about his relationship with convicted lobbyist Abramoff, who repeatedly sought Griles’ intervention at Interior on behalf of Indian tribal clients.

Huffpo Story

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Daily Show: Reasonable Proposal

by S-Q @12:47 PM MDT

Reasonable Proposal
Comedy Central
Friday, March 23, 2007

Bush assures us his new proposal is reasonable.

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New U.S. Attorneys Seem To Have Partisan Records

by S-Q @ 7:15 PM MDT

McClatchy Washington Bureau
By Greg Gordon, Margaret Talev and Marisa Taylor
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON – Under President Bush, the Justice Department has backed laws that narrow minority voting rights and pressed U.S. attorneys to investigate voter fraud – policies that critics say have been intended to suppress Democratic votes.

Bush, his deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove, and other Republican political advisers have highlighted voting rights issues and what Rove has called the “growing problem” of election fraud by Democrats since Bush took power in the tumultuous election of 2000, a race ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Since 2005, McClatchy Newspapers has found, Bush has appointed at least three U.S. attorneys who had worked in the Justice Department’s civil rights division when it was rolling back longstanding voting-rights policies aimed at protecting predominantly poor, minority voters.

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by S-Q @10:45 AM MDT

Raw Story

The Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives succeeded in passing a controversial supplemental war budget that includes a timeline to remove troops from Iraq by August 2008. Fourteen Democrats voted against the funding bill, and two Republicans voted in favor of it.

By a 218-212 vote, a bare-bones majority, House Democrats succeeded in passing their supplemental appropriations bill, titled the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, which funds the war in Iraq.

“My grandmother told me, ‘you’re put on this Earth to make a difference.’ We made a difference today,” said Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman who championed the bill.

He added, “This bill sets benchmarks and requires accountability from the Iraqi government. It forces the Iraqis to fight their own war and to take over their own country.”

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