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Tim Robbins Blasts Bush and U.S. Media Ignorance of ‘High Crimes’ in Iraq

At a news conference in Athens promoting his stage version of George Orwell’s “1984,” actor/director Tim Robbins blasted the U.S. government’s policy on terrorism and the U.S. media’s failure to critically examine it. “We have right now a media that is willfully ignoring the high crimes and misdemeanours of the president of the United States,” […]

Kennedy and Bi-partisan Group of House, Senate Colleagues Call for Voting Rights Act Extension

Today, as primaries got under way in many states including Ohio, Senator Edward M. Kennedy joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of House and Senate Democrats and Republicans including Senators Reid, Frist, Specter, Leahy, Obama, Salazar and Representatives Hastert, Pelosi, Lewis, Sensenbrenner, Conyers, Watt, Chabot, and Nadler to call for the reauthorization of the Voting Rights […]

Leahy Accuses FBI of Spying on Anti-war Groups

Senator Patrick Leahy took the FBI to task today at the Senate Judiciary hearing on FBI oversight (see earlier post here). Leahy complained that “there was “evidence” the federal agency was monitoring peace groups, including the Thomas Merton Center for Peace and Justice, a Roman Catholic organization from Pennsylvania, and the “Raging Grannies” group of […]

What Your Kids Are NOT Learning in School

Do you know what your kids are learning in school? Or, put more bluntly do you know what your kids are NOT learning in school? Geography. Sadly, “nearly one-third of young Americans recently polled couldn’t locate Louisiana on a map and nearly half were unable to identify Mississippi.” Americans between the ages of 18 and […]

Fact Check: U.S. Government Commissioned Spanish-Language ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ in 1919

From ThinkProgress today on the hubbub on the right, over the Spanish version of the Star Spangled Banner… The right wing is up in arms over a new version of the Star-Spangled Banner written in Spanish. Last week President Bush stated that “the national anthem ought to be sung in English.” Yesterday Sen. Lamar Alexander […]

Cantwell, Feinstein Press for Public Release of Enron Evidence, Citing Implications for Oil Markets

As Ken Lay was finishing his testimony today in the Enron trial, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) called on federal energy regulators and the Department of Justice, to ensure the timely public release of evidence acquired during the government’s ongoing Enron investigation. The senators, both members of the Senate Energy Committee, submitted […]

Waxman Nails Bush Administration Favoring White Males in Political Appointments

In a new report released today by Rep. Waxman, Rep. Danny Davis, and other Committee Democrats, Waxman and fellow Reps., nailed the Bush Administration on thier favoritism towards white males in their political appointments. Over the past five years the report notes that the number of political appointments on the federal payroll has soared while […]

Kennedy on Senate Judiciary Committee’s FBI Oversight Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing today on FBI oversight of “watch lists” and surveillance programs. Senator Ted Kennedy made the following statement at the opening of the hearing: No challenge we face is more important than dealing effectively with the terrorist threat facing the nation, and reform of the FBI is an […]