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Exposing the Schwarzenegger Lies

Phil Angelides’ campaign blog has a fact check up on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest ad airing here in California. They’ve done a great job exposing the Governator’s lies. Democrats need to beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing, as Arhold continues to try to paint himself as a liberal Republican. Some of us aren’t buying it. […]

Finding Common Ground: Senator John Kerry Describes the Unifying Potential of Faith in Public Life

On Monday, John Kerry delivered a speech on “Service and Faith,” to a standing-room-only audience in Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre. In the speech, which I wrote about here earlier in the week, Kerry “shared his personal faith and perspective on the role of faith in public life.” The video is available now on Pepperdine’s website, […]

Bush Reading Program Gets Failing Grade

Surprise, surprise. I’m shocked. SHOCKED I SAY!

Yet another goverment program finally comes to light that the Bush administration and GOP have totally politicized and used as nothing more than as means to enrich themselves by using their currently unbridled power to steal money from our country, directing our tax dollars to their crony backers. They always get big kickbacks of course. Though the GOP refers to them as donations by supporters to their party and candidates.

A scorching internal review of the Bush administration’s billion-dollar-a-year reading program says the Education Department ignored the law and ethical standards to steer money how it wanted.

The government audit is unsparing in its view that the Reading First program has been beset by conflicts of interest and willful mismanagement. It suggests the department broke the law by trying to dictate which curriculum schools must use.

It also depicts a program in which review panels were stacked with people who shared the director’s views, and in which only favored publishers of reading curricula could get money.

John Kerry on the Anniversary of Rita’s Landfall

Fox News reported today that many of the initial estimates by FEMA for the “cost of repairing thousands of water-logged buildings, cracked pipes and crumbling streets in hurricane-staggered Louisiana were way too low — and some reconstruction projects are being held up because of it.” This Sunday, September 26 marks the 1 year anniversary of […]

Senators Won’t Authorize Torture, But They Also Won’t Prevent It

No doubt with the GOP majority in the House and Senate, Bush’s “detainee” bill will pass with out a hitch. it’s beyond disparaging to see this happening because the bottom line on the compromise reached yesterday between the GOP Senators and Bush in effect, simply won’t authorize torture, but it also won’t prevent it, either. […]

Judge Overturns Bush Policy on Forest Roads

In a clear environmental victory, federal judge has overturned a rule on Wednesday, that was a sharp rebuke to the anti-environment Bush adminstration. The “rule that would have allowed roads to be built through nearly 60 million acres of national forest land, including 4.4 million acres in California.” The decision, announced Wednesday, came as several […]

Agency Report Shows Housing Secretary Jackson Personally Blocked Contracts To Democrats

From Think Progress today, comes an exclusive about Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson, who in April “told a group of real estate officials that he once canceled a government contract because the contractor was critical of President Bush.” Awarding contracts based on political leanings “violates federal law.” Jackson is a “longtime Bush friend” and former neighbor […]

Top Republican Co-hosts Lieberman Fundraiser

Mel Sembler, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman, who currently chairs Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s legal defense fund, has found a new cause to raise money for — Joe Lieberman. Sembler co-hosted a fundraiser on Wednesday for Joe Lieberman’s independent re-election campaign. Mel Sembler helped to organize the reception that “raised about a “couple hundred […]