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Kerry Staffer Called to Serve in Iraq

In just a short couple of weeks, John Kerry and his staff will “bid farewell to Setti Warren, the deputy director of his Massachusetts office.” Warren is headed to Iraq, is “leaving to spend the next year in Iraq as a Navy intelligence officer.” Peter Gelzinis reports in the Boston Herald and catches perfectly the […]

The Paradox of ‘Magic’

I just finished reading the great piece on Bruce Springsteen’s new album “Magic“, that is in the Sunday N.Y. Times. “In Love With Pop, Uneasy With the World” describes Springsteen’s journey through music and the world of politics. “Magic” is, musically, one of the most upbeat, accessible records he has made, even as its themes […]

Rush Indignation

Rush indignation… it’s everywhere… from TPM Election Central: Breaking: White House Faults Rush Limbaugh Over “Phony Soldiers” Comment… That’s right… Even the White House didn’t get Rush’s back on this: Here’s a round-up of posts on Limbaugh’s “phoney soldiers” smear: Media Matters: Limbaugh falsely recasts “phony soldiers” smear TPM Election Central: Exclusive: Dem Rep To […]

Bruce Springsteen: “Last To Die”

Stuart Levine reviewed Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s new album, “Magic” for MSNBC , a couple of days ago. Levine notes, “The most political song is clearly “Last to Die,” an ode to what John Kerry said as American troops were leaving Vietnam.” Not to get picky here, but Levine should have said […]

Army Is Worn Too Thin

General George Casey, the Army’s top officer, told Congress on Wednesday that the Army “has been stretched so thin by the war in Iraq that it can not adequately respond to another conflict.” Although this has come up in the past, many times, the Bush Administration fails to listen and yesterday’s warning was “one of […]

Biden’s Iraq Plan Passes Senate

Senator Joe Biden’s Iraq Federalism amendment passed in the Senate today. In what was a “strong rebuff to the Bush Administration on Iraq, the Senate overwhelming approved a plan by Biden that essentially calls for breaking Iraq into three sections: Kurd, Sunni, and Shia.” While the amendment is nonbinding, it’s the first measure to pass, […]

U.N. Summit Urges Action on Climate Change – Bush Silent

As world leaders met in N.Y.C. on Monday for the first U.N. climate summit, the Bush administration sat idly by and virtually ignored the summit, except for a brief appearance at a “small dinner” on Monday night. With tales of rising seas and talk of human solidarity, world leaders at the first United Nations climate […]

Senate Republicans Don’t Support the Troops

Why do Senate Republicans not support the troops? Senate Republicans blocked a plan on Wednesday to give U.S. troops in Iraq more home leave, defeating a proposal widely seen as the Democrats’ best near-term chance to change President George W. Bush’s Iraq strategy. The measure to give troops as much rest time at home as […]