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Quote of the Day

“We are witnessing the criminalization of conservative politics.” —Tom Delay So true. We’ve been reporting on that for quite a while (even though DeLay probably doesn’t mean this the same way we do).

Star Trek Breaks Sexual Barriers

Star Trek broke new ground for television. For some this occurred with the first interracial kiss on television between Kirk and Ohura. Viewers weren’t aware, until today, that Star Trek also may have featured the first gay starship crewman. AP interviewed George Takei after he came out as a homosexual in a Los Angeles gay […]

Indictment Rumors

When both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are saying the same thing, there is a good chance it is correct. Sources to both claim that Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Lewis Libby will be indicted Friday for making false statements before the grand jury. Reportedly Karl Rove will not be indicted on […]

Support for Kerry’s Speech

It’s been interesting watching the reactions to John Kerry’s speech yesterday at Georgetown. Everything from the expected to the unexpected, which is perhaps par for the course. The WaPo offered a simple summation in this line: “Kerry offered a middle ground between those advocating an immediate drawdown of the more than 150,000 U.S. troops stationed […]

Dianne Feinstein Asks: “A War Worth Fighting?”

On the heals of John Kerry’s speech at Georgetown University yesterday, Senator Dianne Feinstein writes a compelling and articulate OP/ED for the San Jose Mercury News on the Iraq War. Feinstein reiterates many of the points made by John Kerry yesterday and suggests that, “America needs to change course.” Feinstein also calls for “Drawing down […]

Bush Fund Raiser Indicted

No indictments from Fitzgerald yet (or at least none that have been made public), but there was another indictment today: CHICAGO (Reuters) – A prominent Republican fund-raiser for President George W. Bush in Ohio has been charged with illegally funneling money to Bush’s re-election campaign, a federal prosecutor said on Thursday. A federal grand jury […]

Cheney Withheld Information from Senate Intelligence Committee

National Journal reports that Cheney and Libby withheld documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee: Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, overruling advice from some White House political staffers and lawyers, decided to withhold crucial documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004 when the panel was investigating the use […]

Missing the Big Picture with Miers Withdrawal

Late last night it appeared that the story of the day on the Miers’ nomination today, was poised to be “her views of the Bush administration’s detention of suspected terrorists in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, making clear he remains uncertain of her command of complex constitutional issues.” But this morning, Miers withdrew […]