Minimum Wage Compromise Reached

Congressional leaders took a big step toward fulfilling a campaign pledge late Friday, reconciling House-Senate differences in their minimum wage bills. The two chambers split the difference on the size […]
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Weekend Watchdog:Democrats Slow To Charge

None of the Sunday show hosts posed our Weekend Watchdog questions drilling down to the heart of the Prosecutor Purge matter—how names actually got on the purge list. But guests […]
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Weekend Watchdog:Democrats Slow To Charge

None of the Sunday show hosts posed our Weekend Watchdog questions drilling down to the heart of the Prosecutor Purge matter—how names actually got on the purge list. But guests […]
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Weekend Watchdog:Democrats Slow To Charge

None of the Sunday show hosts posed our Weekend Watchdog questions drilling down to the heart of the Prosecutor Purge matter—how names actually got on the purge list. But guests […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog:Democrats Slow To Charge

None of the Sunday show hosts posed our Weekend Watchdog questions drilling down to the heart of the Prosecutor Purge matter—how names actually got on the purge list. But guests […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-up

None of the Sunday shows hosts posed our Weekend Watchdog questions drilling down to the heart of the Prosecutor Purge matter — how names actually got on the purge list. […]
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
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Blogger Roundup of Gonzales Hearing

Video highlights of today’s Senate hearing with Attorney General Gonzales is up at PoliticsTV and TPMmuckaker. Thorough liveblogging is up at Firedoglake and The Gun Toting Liberal. McJoan at DailyKos […]
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Is Gonzales “Going Down In Flames”?

As noted below, several Republican Senators have been not willing to provide political cover for Gonzales. And this afternoon, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., called for Gonzales’ resignation at the end […]
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Feingold Cuts To The Chase

Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., nailed Gonzales with a basic disconnect in his story, telling him, “You can’t really say with certainty” that no one was purged for “improper reasons” if […]
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So, Bad Management Can Get You Fired, Eh?

Asked what he would have done differently, Attorney General Gonzales said when delegating to Kyle Sampson the compilation of the prosecutor purge list, he would have told Sampson who exactly […]
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“I Don’t Recall” Lots of Stuff

I can’t keep up with all of Alberto Gonzales’ “I don’t recall”s, in defiance of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s attempt at prevention. But he just made a couple of big ones. […]
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The List

After Kyle Sampson’s testimony, Talking Points Memo noted that Sampson was very murky about how prosecutor’s names got onto the purge list. Today, Gonzales is generally characterizing the list as […]
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Dancing As Fast As He Can

In advance of today’s Gonzales hearing, ABC News had flagged a contradiction in his prepared testimony and the recently released emails: Gonzales said that during the months that his senior […]
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‘Breakthrough’ on Carbon Caps

Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., delivered a speech on global warming Wednesday, and announced a key development that she deemed a “breakthrough”: I have been informed … […]
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‘Breakthrough’ On Carbon Caps

Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., delivered a speech on global warming Wednesday, and announced a key development that she deemed a “breakthrough”: I have been informed … […]
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New “I Don’t Recall” Record by Gonzales

At the start of today’s Senate testimony of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., warned Gonzales to limit his use of “I don’t recall” when responding to questions. […]
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Sen. Boxer Announces “Breakthrough” on Carbon Caps

Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., delivered a speech on global warming Wednesday, and announced a key development, which she deemed a “breakthrough”: I have been informed […]
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This Is Your Senate On Drug$

The pharmaceutical lobby joined forces today with the Senate’s conservative minority and killed legislation empowering Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices, which would have saved us $30 billion a […]
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This Is Your Senate On Drug$

The pharmaceutical lobby joined forces today with the Senate’s conservative minority and killed legislation empowering Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices, which would have saved us $30 billion a […]
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Senate Minority, Drug Lobby Obstruct People’s Will

Today, the pharmaceutical lobby joined forces with the Senate’s conservative minority and killed legislation empowering Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices, which would have saved us $30 billion a […]
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Bush EPA: More Emissions = Good For Climate

Yesterday’s headline from the Associated Press read: “EPA chief: Bush climate policy working.” And why is that? Says the AP: The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday the […]
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60 Votes Still Needed To Break Filibuster

CQ Today reports that Senate leaders remain “just short” of the 60 votes needed to break the drug lobby-backed filibuster of legislation empowering Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices. […]
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Rising To The Challenge

The following is a part of the TPMCafe Book Club group discussion of the new book “Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis — and the People Who […]
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Wednesday Vote Expected on Prescription Drugs

According to CQ Today, a Senate vote is expected Wednesday to try to break a planned filibuster against a bill empowering Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices. And Senate […]
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-up

Were the three questions posed here on Friday’s “Weekend Watchdogs”, for Vice-President Dick Cheney, actually asked on the Sunday shows? Not really. The closest CBS’ Bob Schieffer came was in […]
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Weekend Watchdog:Unanswered Questions

Vice President Dick Cheney should have been asked three basic questions during his appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation” Sunday. 1. Why was the President claiming that if Democrats didn’t […]
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Weekend Watchdog:Unanswered Questions

Vice President Dick Cheney should have been asked three basic questions during his appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation” Sunday. 1. Why was the President claiming that if Democrats didn’t […]
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Weekend Watchdog:Unanswered Questions

Vice President Dick Cheney should have been asked three basic questions during his appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation” Sunday. 1. Why was the President claiming that if Democrats didn’t […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog:Unanswered Questions

Vice President Dick Cheney should have been asked three basic questions during his appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation” Sunday. 1. Why was the President claiming that if Democrats didn’t […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog:Unanswered Questions

Vice President Dick Cheney should have been asked three basic questions during his appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation” Sunday. 1. Why was the President claiming that if Democrats didn’t […]
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, Common Sense will post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include […]
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Prescription Drug Bill Clears Senate Committee

The Senate Finance Committee passed legislation last night lifting the ban preventing Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices. The bill garnered some bipartisan support with two Republicans, Sens. Gordon […]
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Who Gets Progressives’ Support?

The following was originally published at TomPaine.com No presidential candidate dominated the MoveOn.org Virtual Town Hall on Iraq this week, co-sponsored by Campaign for America’s Future, Air America and the […]
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The Voter Fraud Fraud

Today’s New York Times has a long overdue investigative piece, shredding the Republican Party’s claims of rampant voter fraud: Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on voter […]
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The ‘Voter Fraud’ Fraud Exposed

A long-overdue investigative article appears in the Thursday New York Times that shreds the Republican Party’s claims of rampant voter fraud: Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on […]
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The ‘Voter Fraud’ Fraud Exposed

A long-overdue investigative article appears in the Thursday New York Times that shreds the Republican Party’s claims of rampant voter fraud: Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on […]
Bill Scher
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Our Disappearing Hospitals

Why should you care about a spat over a near-bankrupt group of health care facilities outside Washington? As Alec Dubro points out in an article today on TomPaine.com, what’s happening […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Town Hall Highlights: Diplomacy

Below are excerpts from yesterday’s MoveOn.org Virtual Town Hall, regarding diplomatic strategy: From Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.: …you have to make Iraq the world’s problems. Were I President, I would […]
Bill Scher
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Town Hall Highlights: Permanent Occupation

Below are excerpts from yesterday’s MoveOn.org Virtual Town Hall, regarding the issue of permanent occupation of Iraq. From Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.: I’m against building permanent US Military bases in […]
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