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Archive for July 17th, 2007

Senate All-Nighter: Write Your Own Caption

by- Suzie-Q @ 7:05 PM MST

Good for Harry Reid….You can stream what’s happening from CSpan here.

C & L

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by- Suzie-Q @ 5:55 PM MST

The Justice Department is pressuring 10 states to purge their voter rolls, while states are ignoring laws to help low-income Americans register to vote.

State welfare offices across the country are not offering millions of low-income Americans the opportunity to register to vote when applying for public assistance despite a federal law requiring them to do so, according to an analysis of a recent federal voting registration report and experts who say the Department of Justice and states are to blame.

“It’s huge. It’s another area where the administration is failing us,” said Donna Brazile, chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, speaking of the Department of Justice’s oversight of the nation’s voter registration laws. “They are not pushing states to recognize their voter registration responsibilities.”

At the same time, the Justice Department’s Voting Section, which enforces voting rights and supervises elections in some states, is pressuring 10 states to do more to purge voter rolls — or remove ineligible voters — before the 2008 presidential election, according to letters sent to state election officials this spring.

AlterNet

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by- Suzie-Q @ 3:04 PM MST


Neo Con Trifecta
© 2004-2007 Stephen Pitt

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, has repeatedly said that the United States must wait until September to assess the success of the President’s escalation policy in Iraq. Last month, Petraeus said it was “premature right now” to discuss the way forward in Iraq.

But yesterday on C-SPAN, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), who recently returned from a trip to Iraq, suggested that those comments aren’t Petraeus’s real views. Rather, he is shilling for the administration. “I got the impression from Gen. Petraeus that he wasn’t waiting” until September to reassess the Iraq policy. “Now he might be overruled by people in the White House and, you know, wait until September. But he seemed very eager to come forward as quickly as possible with a new direction and policy.”

Watch the video/Think Progress

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by Geezer Power …1:37:34 PM PDT


U.S., Iran do Persian Gulf squeeze

The stakes are big and the waterway is small, so communication between the two sides is a must to keep a lid on tensions.
By Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
July 11, 2007

ABOARD THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS — Iran and the United States remain so far apart on so many issues that they refuse to talk about them.

But in the cramped sea routes of the Persian Gulf, U.S. and Iranian warship sailors and fighter pilots speak to each other daily.

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Paul Craig Roberts: Impeach Bush and Cheney Now

Sudhan@21:25 CET

Or Face the End of Constitutional Democracy

Impeach Now

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

Unless Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran.

Bush has put in place all the necessary measures for dictatorship in the form of “executive orders” that are triggered whenever Bush declares a national emergency. Recent statements by Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, former Republican senator Rick Santorum and others suggest that Americans might expect a series of staged, or false flag, “terrorist” events in the near future.

Many attentive people believe that the reason the Bush administration will not bow to expert advice and public opinion and begin withdrawing US troops from Iraq is that the administration intends to rescue its unpopular position with false flag operations that can be used to expand the war to Iran.

Full article

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by- Suzie-Q @ 11:13 AM MST

The Pentagon apparently thinks the American people are stupid. Our top military commander, General Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is now suddenly announcing, just in time for the Iraq debate in Congress, that Iraq has suddenly improved amazingly! Even Baghdad, according to Pace, is amazingly safer!

Now, that’s pretty quick work on the part of Pace, considering it was only last week that it became so dangerous in Baghdad that visiting members of Congress could no longer even spend the night at our embassy, and they had to wear Kevlar body armor 24 hours a day (well, 12 hours a day since it wasn’t even safe enough to spend the night). Compare that to 3 months ago, or so, when John McCain visited Iraq and was able to visit an Iraqi street market – though only with the protection of 100 US troops and 5 helicopters. One week ago, even THAT wasn’t enough to protect visiting members of Congress. But now, one week later, like Lazarus come back from the dead, Iraq is actually safer than it’s been in years!

Imagine that.

General Pace is a liar who puts his career ahead of country and his own men and women under arms.

AmericaBlog

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Breaking: VA Secretary Jim Nicholson Resigns

by- Suzie-Q @ 10:52 AM MST

Nicholson’s primary qualification for the VA job was serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2000, “raising close to $380 million for the 2000 cycle.” In March, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) called for his resignation, noting that his appointment was purely political and looked “like a Brownie situation.”

UPDATE: In February, Nicholson tried to downplay the number of injured veterans, claiming that “a lot of them come in for dental problems.”

Think Progress

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