Month: August 2007

Article: The Terror Within: A Look at the Republican Messaging Machine

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by Bryan Young
Wed Aug 29, 10:25 PM ET – Huffington Post

Most of us have read about political polls and how candidates and parties use the results of to shape messages and vocabulary. You read about how bizarre and loaded they are and you never think for a million years that you’d be able to participate in them. For the longest time I assumed there was some anonymous town in the heart of conservative America where Republican’s crafted and honed all their messages. That is until tonight, when I was called by a conservative pollster, trying to hone a partisan message.

The questions I was asked astounded me.

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Article: Poverty Rate Declines; Number of Uninsured Hits Record High

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Poverty Rate Declines; Number of Uninsured Hits Record High of 47 Million

By Christopher Lee and N.C. Aizenman
Washington Post Staff Write
Tuesday, August 28, 2007; 1:02 PM

The nation’s poverty rate declined for the first time this decade, but the number of Americans without health insurance rose to a record high of 47 million in 2006, according to Census figures released today.

The statistics offered a mixed picture of the economy’s ongoing recovery from the recession of 2000-2001. While median household income rose for the second consecutive year in 2006, the increase appeared to be driven by a jump in the number of people in each household taking on full-time jobs, rather than a rise in wages.

The addition of 2.2 million people to the roster of the uninsured was attributed largely to continuing declines in employer-sponsored insurance coverage.

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Article and Call for Comments: A Scandal-Scarred G.O.P. Asks, ‘What Next?’

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America’s Republican Party: Hypocritical, out of touch, and pitiful laughingstock all rolled into one. That list of descriptive words is just for starters. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section of this post. Also please contribute your ideas for the new official Republican Party slogan. And don’t forget to vote for the one word that best describes George Bush (use the poll I set up in the left hand column of this blog). Click through to read the article. Cheers!

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Another Senseless Death Because of Bush

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This guys leaves a trail of death and destruction everywhere he goes. This victim died so Bush could spend government money to attend a fundraiser for one of his Republican buddies.

August 28, 2007
Bush Motorcade Crash Kills N.M. Officer
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 12:54 a.m. ET

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A police officer in President Bush’s motorcade crashed his motorcycle and died Monday, less than a year after a crash in Hawaii killed another motorcycle officer accompanying the president.

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Another Rat Leaves the Sinking Ship – Buh Buy, Amigo

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From the August 27, 2007, New York Times:

Embattled Attorney General Resigns
By STEVEN LEE MYERS and PHILIP SHENON

WACO, Tex., Aug. 27 — Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose tenure has been marred by controversy and accusations of perjury before Congress, announced his resignation in Washington today, declaring that he had “lived the American dream” by being able to lead the Justice Department.

Mr. Gonzales, who had rebuffed calls for his resignation for months, submitted it to President Bush by telephone on Friday, a senior administration official said. There had been rumblings over the weekend that Mr. Gonzales’s departure was imminent, although the White House sought to quell the rumors.

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Editorial: Departed Asset Deployer [Karl Rove]

From the August 23, 2007, New York Times:

In his victory lap of self-serving interviews, Karl Rove, the departed White House political guru, waxed humble. “I’m a myth,” he insisted. Wishful thinking.

The record of Mr. Rove’s damaging dedication to political polarization through government service remains for historians to fully track, from the purging of federal attorneys to the smearing of Iraq war critics.

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Nice Rally, But…

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The Cubes (NASDAQ: QQQQ): 4:20 PM NYC time, August 24th: Just a quick market update to note the glaringly weak volume on last weeks snapback rally. Compare the most recent six weekly volume bars you see above. After reversing from 52-week highs on increased and above average volume six weeks ago, the market proceeded to sell off in massive volume for four straight weeks, then last week was finally able to muster the troops for a headline grabbing rally. But…

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Article: Inside the Countrywide Lending Spree

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From the August 26, 2007, New York Times:
Inside the Countrywide Lending Spree
By GRETCHEN MORGENSON

ON its way to becoming the nation’s largest mortgage lender, the Countrywide Financial Corporation encouraged its sales force to court customers over the telephone with a seductive pitch that seldom varied. “I want to be sure you are getting the best loan possible,” the sales representatives would say.

But providing “the best loan possible” to customers wasn’t always the bank’s main goal, say some former employees. Instead, potential borrowers were often led to high-cost and sometimes unfavorable loans that resulted in richer commissions for Countrywide’s smooth-talking sales force, outsize fees to company affiliates providing services on the loans, and a roaring stock price that made Countrywide executives among the highest paid in America.

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Yet Another Way Bush Promotes Environmental Destruction

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“A parting gift to the coal industry from this administration.”

August 23, 2007
Rule to Expand Mountaintop Coal Mining
By JOHN M. BRODER

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 — The Bush administration is set to issue a regulation on Friday that would enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal. The technique involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams.

It has been used in Appalachian coal country for 20 years under a cloud of legal and regulatory confusion.

The new rule would allow the practice to continue and expand…

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Reaction to President Bush’s speech on Iraq at the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Convention

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From the AP
2007-8-22
Kansas City, Mo.

“The president’s surge was supposed to create the political space for national reconciliation. Instead the politics have reached total gridlock, while the security situation remains essentially unchanged. By the President’s own measures the surge has failed.” — Ilan Goldenberg, policy director of National Security Network in Washington.

“The speech was an act of desperation to scare the American people into staying the course in Iraq.

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Article: Workouts, Not Bailouts

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From the August 17, 2007, New York Times:

Op-Ed Columnist
Workouts, Not Bailouts
By PAUL KRUGMAN

In April, Henry Paulson, the Treasury secretary, declared that all the signs he saw indicated that the housing market was “at or near the bottom.” Earlier this month he was still insisting that problems caused by the meltdown in the market for subprime mortgages were “largely contained.”

But the time for denial is past.

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EDITORIAL OBSERVER; Just What the Founders Feared: An Imperial President Goes to War

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From the July 23, 2007, New York Times:
By ADAM COHEN

The nation is heading toward a constitutional showdown over the Iraq war. Congress is moving closer to passing a bill to limit or end the war, but President Bush insists Congress doesn’t have the power to do it. ”I don’t think Congress ought to be running the war,” he said at a recent press conference. ”I think they ought to be funding the troops.” He added magnanimously: ”I’m certainly interested in their opinion.”

The war is hardly the only area where the Bush administration is trying to expand its powers beyond all legal justification. But the danger of an imperial presidency is particularly great when a president takes the nation to war, something the founders understood well. In the looming showdown, the founders and the Constitution are firmly on Congress’s side.

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Article: Rove’s Dismal Legacy

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By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Monday, August 13, 2007; 1:54 PM

Karl Rove’s legacy will not be what he wanted it to be.

The political guru who made President Bush what he is today had hoped to leave behind a permanent Republican ruling majority. Instead, his tenure will stand as an example of how divisiveness and partisanship are not conducive to successful governance.

After years of being lauded as a political genius, Rove nevertheless leaves his party in worse shape than he found it, with his boss profoundly discredited in the eyes of the American people.

When historians look back at Bush’s squandered opportunity to unite the country and even the world behind a shared agenda after 9/11, part of the blame will go to Vice President Cheney and the decision to invade Iraq. But part will accrue to Rove for choosing to use national security as a wedge issue.

Why Did He Resign?

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Breaking (but not surprising) News: (Another) Rat Leaves Sinking Ship…

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Or should that headline read “rat leaves stinking shit.” Either headline is an insult to the rats (rodent variety) of the world. Anyway, the point is another criminal slinks away from the scene of the crime, leaving others to clean up — and pay for — the greatest disaster in American history, the bush (lowercase on purpose) administration. Who’s going to be the next rat to try to run and hide? They all will eventually. They always do. Here’s the Washington Post article:

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EDITORIAL; Defying the Imperial Presidency

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From the July 26, 2007, New York Times:

The House Judiciary Committee did its duty yesterday, voting to cite Harriet Miers, the former White House counsel, and Joshua Bolten, the White House chief of staff, for contempt. The Bush administration has been acting lawlessly in refusing to hand over information that Congress needs to carry out its responsibility to oversee the executive branch and investigate its actions when needed. If the White House continues its obstruction, Congress should use all of the contempt powers at its disposal.

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