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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 […]

Bush Declares War on Bipartisan Bill to Provide Health Insurance to Children

John Kerry says all there is to say and then some, about Bush’s plan to veto the SCHIP bill… Four days from now, a wildly successful effort to provide healthcare to 6 million low-income children will disappear. This summer, in a rare moment of bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans in Congress came together to expand the […]

Aiming for the Netroots While Holding Up the Centrist Argument

In his column today, David Brooks aims for the netroots while holding up the argument that the voters who fall in more of a centrist position hold the key to the ’08 election. Among Brook’s claims is this one which is sure to piss off the netroots: The fact is, many Democratic politicians privately detest […]

No Exit, No Strategy and More…

The editorial and opinion pages are buzzing on Bush’s speech last night. The N.Y. Times weighs in with a piece titled: “No Exit, No Strategy.” This was the week in which Americans hoped they would get straight talk and clear thinking on Iraq. What they got was two exhausting days of Congressional testimony by the […]

Reid Delivers Democratic Radio Address

In his weekly radio address on Saturday, Bush touted his surprise trip to Iraq on Labor Day, where “he met with Iraqi leaders and local sheiks who have joined U.S.-led coalition forces in fighting al Qaeda.” “Together we have driven al Qaeda out of strongholds in Anbar,” Bush said. “The level of violence is down. […]

Bush’s Latest Iraq Photo Op

An editorial in the N.Y. Times nails Bush on his latest photo op in Iraq on Labor Day. “Despite all Mr. Bush’s cheerleading,” the new report by the GAO’s “nonpartisan Congressional investigators tells a much grimmer and closer to reality tale, concluding that the Iraqi government has failed to meet 11 of 18 military and […]

Bush, The Dissident… Bush, The Embarassing Uncle

From Monday’s news…. The WaPo brings us: As Democracy Push Falters, Bush Feels Like a ‘Dissident’. Two and a half years after Bush pledged in his second inaugural address to spread democracy around the world, the grand project has bogged down in a bureaucratic and geopolitical morass, in the view of many activists, officials and […]

In A Tizzy Over ‘Bloggers’

I’ve avoided writing about the various assaults from journalists on liberal bloggers and the blogosphere, but alas, this latest is quite a rant. Michael Skube obviously got himself in a tizzy with his pants bunched up in a wad and thinks that “most bloggers are doing all this on the side” and that they are […]