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Justice Official Objected to Surveillance Program

Add a top Justice Department official to those who recognized the illegality of Bush’s domestic surveillance program, per this report in the New York Times: A top Justice Department official objected in 2004 to aspects of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program and refused to sign on to its continued use amid concerns about […]

The DeLay-Abramoff Connection: Follow the Money

The WaPo has a story today that highlights the money connection bewteen Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff. Noted is the “steady stream of corporate payments” detailed on a donor list for the The U.S. Family Network that “makes it clear that Abramoff’s long-standing alliance with DeLay was sealed by a much more extensive web of […]

Boston Globe Identifies Flaws in Medicare Prescription Plan

The Boston Globe has an excellent summary of the problems we are seeing so far with the Medicare prescription drug plan. The problem stems from the initial political goals: It was clear back in 2003, when the Bush administration rammed this bill through the Republican Congress, that the purpose was not to devise an affordable […]

I’m a Soldier, Not a Spy

An OP/ED in the WaPo takes a look at the implications of the domestic warrantless eavesdropping that many may not have thought about. Grant Doty is a lieutenant colonel in the Army who ‘took an oath to defend the United States against all enemies “foreign and domestic”.’ His feeling is “the implication of domestic intelligence-gathering […]

Abramoff to Sing: Name That Tune

It appears that Jack Abramoff is close to making a plea deal with Federal prosecutors. The looming question is… what tune will Jack be singing about whom? Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff are putting the finishing touches on a plea deal that could be announced as early as Tuesday, according to […]

Republicans Grumbling About Senate Campaign Committee

With the Democrats showing prospects for picking up several Senate seats in 2006, the Republicans are getting nervous. The Wall Street Journal reports: REPUBLICANS GRUMBLE about party’s Senate campaign committee, which has been outraised by Democratic counterpart. One strategist faults the committee for “wasting its time” handing out “Politician Awards” to Democrats, arguing the gibe […]

Arhnold is Lobbying for CA Dem Votes

After a year of being stung by his own initiatives, Arhnold is holding out an olive branch to Democratic voters in California. Offering an unexpected election-year gift to 650,000 California students and their parents, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will ask the Legislature to cancel a hefty fee increase scheduled for next year at the state’s public […]

John Kerry to Visit Pakistan in January

A Pakistani news source is reporting that John Kerry will visit Pakistan in January. New York:– US Senator and former democratic party’s presidential candidate John Kerry would visit Pakistan and earthquake hit areas of Azad Kashmir next year, it is learnt through reliable sources. During his almost one week trip he would visit India, Pakistan, […]