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Big Ideas or Pragmatism

Kenneth S. Baer and Andrei Cherny write about big ideas in the Los Angeles Times. They support the concept of big ideas, but unfortunately don’t describe the big ideas they believe Democrats should stand behind. On the other side, Jonathan Chait recently argued for pragmatism over big ideas, believing “that you cannot, and should not, […]

Bush To Veto Funding of Stem Cell Research

George Bush might finally have something to veto. The Denver Post reports that, according to Karl Rove, “President Bush will likely cast the first veto of his presidency if the Senate, as expected, passes legislation to expand federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research.” This, along with attacking gay marriage and promoting an ant-flag burning amendement, […]

Taylor Marsh on The Swiftboating of John Murtha

Taylor Marsh takes an in-depth look at the Swiftboating of John Murtha on The Patriot Project, today: Everything was okay until November 17, 2005. But then all hell broke loose. Scott McClellan kicked it off. “Congressman Murtha is a respected veteran and politician who has a record of supporting a strong America. So it is […]

John Kerry Earns Perfect Score on Standing up for America’s Middle Class

The Washington Post highlights the difference in wages in the Washington, D.C. area today, showing that, “Wages are rising more than twice as fast for highly paid workers in the Washington area as they are for low-paid workers.” That means the spoils of the region’s economic expansion are going disproportionately to workers who are already […]

Former Lobbyist Gets $2 Million Payment

The latest in lobbyist raking in the dough is reported today in the WaPo: You’ve probably never heard of Jeffrey S. Shockey. So, for simplicity’s sake, think of him as the Two Million Dollar Man. The 40-year-old congressional staffer last year collected nearly $2 million in severance payments from his former employer, a lobbying firm […]

Hoekstra Says Intel Program Was Disclosed by Whistleblower

Representative Peter Hoekstra said on Sunday that “the Bush administration briefed the panel on a “significant” intelligence program only after a government whistle-blower alerted him to its existence and he pressed President Bush for details.” The New York Times, first disclosed a a May 18 letter from Hoekstra to Bush on Saturday about the Bush […]

Tom Tomorrow Holds a Mirror up to the MSM

Tom Tomorrow nails the MSM on their constant fawning showcasing of the far right hate spewers, as opposed to their treatment of the liberal blogosphere.

Cantwell Challenger to Join Her Campaign

In a twist on primary challengers disagreeing on big issues like the Iraq war, on Sunday, Mark Wilson dropped his candidacy against Maria Cantwell and “took a paid job with a secret salary to work on Cantwell’s campaign.” Wilson, a Democrat, had been an outspoken critic of Cantwell’s opposition to immediately withdrawing U.S. troops from […]