Do These 12 Republicans Want At Least 10 More Years In Iraq?

Wednesday’s New York Times bottom-lines the testimony of Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker: “[They] conceded Tuesday that the Bush administration’s overall strategy in Iraq would remain largely unchanged […]
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Obstructing Clean Energy

Last week, conservatives blocked the House and Senate from taking the routine step of convening a conference to work out differences in their children’s health insurance bills, obstructing Congress’ ability […]
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Do Conservatives Want Gabrial To Breathe?

Last week, Florida’s Brevard County met Lukas, who is alive thanks to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the program congressional conservatives want Bush to veto. This week, Buffalo, […]
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Breaking the Law to Keep Kids Sick?

Last month, the Bush administration issued state government new restrictions on providing children’s health insurance via threatening emails sent on a late Friday evening. And this past Friday, the Bushies […]
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

After a rare week when a Watchdog question was actually asked, the Sunday shows return to form, going 0-for-3. Not only did Fox News Sunday fail to ask Sen. Lindsey […]
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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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A Time To Lead

It is time for decision on the Iraq debacle. The White House is demanding more money to keep the troops in Iraq. The Bush folks have shown their public relations […]
Robert Borosage
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Do Conservatives Want Lukas To Breathe?

Brevard County newspaper Florida Today explains who SCHIP helps, and helpfully notes who voted against it: Lukas Richmond started wheezing again this week. The boisterous Titusville 8-year-old missed 52 days […]
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The Cost of College: Relief is in Sight

At last we get a little good news. The new Congress is presenting to the President a package of legislation designed to help working families afford the skyrocketing cost of […]
Eric Lotke
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When Bushes Care

The message: I care. We’re trying. – President George H.W. Bush, responding to a town hall question about the worsening economy, 1/15/92 I know some say, well, since he’s against […]
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There’s Always Obstruction

Conservatives aren’t getting anywhere with their misinformation campaign against the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. But there’s always the ol’ reliable: obstruction. CQ reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell […]
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Conservative SCHIP Plan Going Ka-Bluey

Conservatives spent their August recess trying to explain (using copious misinformation) how they could be against covering more kids with health insurance. It doesn’t seem to have gone well, with […]
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows break their three-week losing streak, and actually ask a Watchdog question. On ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. John Ensign if the GOP had a double […]
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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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How I Spent My August Recess: 2nd Rep. Fossella Edition

When we last checked in on Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y., he was trying to keep quiet about his vote against expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Now he’s taking […]
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Working through the Obstruction on Labor Day

It’s Labor Day and Congress is coming back into session. Time to step back to see where things stand, and what Congress can do about it. Start with the state […]
Eric Lotke
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More Healthy Kids or More Failed Occupation

On CNN a few minutes ago, Democratic political consultant Paul Begala noted that President Bush is going to have difficult time pushing for $50 billion more for occupying Iraq, while […]
Bill Scher
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Dubya Discovers Poverty Data

Yesterday, after the Census released it’s annual poverty report, with the poverty rate down from 12.6% of Amerians to 12.3%, President Bush released a triumphant statement: President Bush Pleased With […]
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More Kids Lacked Health Coverage in ’06

The latest Census report on poverty in America found the number of Americans without health insurance continues to rise. A record 47 million uninsured in 2006, including 8.7 million kids. […]
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

For the third week in a row, the Sunday shows go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. Sen. John Warner was not asked on Meet The Press if his thin proposal, to […]
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Weekend Watchdog

Air America’s Sam Seder is off this Sunday, so we won’t have our usual on-air Weekend Watchdog segment. But that shouldn’t stop us from keeping the pressure on the Sunday […]
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Solid Majority Backs SCHIP Expansion

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a new SCHIP poll today, finding that 63% of voters (including 53% of self-described “conservatives”) support “expanding SCHIP to cover an additional 4 million […]
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States Standing Up For Kids: Part II

Stateline reports that the National Association of State Medicaid Directors will be calling on the Bush administration to “back off its proposal” blocking states from extending health coverage to more […]
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States Standing Up For Kids

Part of the conservative misinformation campaign on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program is to stoke division between the states, and play on resentment towards New York. As Sen. Saxby […]
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McConnell Swings and Misses

Yesterday, Campaign for America’s Future joined Americans United for Change and Americans Against Escalation in Iraq to release a new report on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his […]
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George Bush Doesn’t Care About Young People

The capacity for conservatives to practice their cruel brand of compassion has ceased to surprise. But President Bush’s attempt to punish states trying to provide health coverage to uninsured kids […]
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The Decline of Big Coal

The dead and trapped Crandall Canyon miners are putting renewed attention on the massive number of safety violations by Big Coal, and the gallingly lax enforcement by the Bush Administration. […]
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SCHIP Update

More local blogs are keeping tabs on the Anti-Kid Caucus. Left In The West checks up on Montana’s congressman: “Classic Dennis Rehberg! Now he can say he supported CHIP, while […]
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Shock of shocks, Karl Rove was able to disgrace three Sunday shows without being asked any question from the Weekend Watchdog. Most amateurishly, no one bothered to question Rove’s stated […]
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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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Don’t Call It An Accident

Three lives are lost and counting in the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah. The flamboyant, camera-hogging mine owner, Bob Murray, has called this a “once in a lifetime” accident, like […]
Robert Borosage
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How I Spent My August Recess: Rep. Fossella Edition

Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y., appears smarter than some of his fellow congressional conservatives. He may have voted against children’s health insurance. But he’s not going out of his way — […]
Bill Scher
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How I Spent My August Recess: Rep. Tom Feeney

Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Fla., ran unopposed in 2004. But now that his ties to convicted felon Jack Abramoff are receiving renewed scrutiny, he’s seen as politically vulnerable in 2008. So […]
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Drown Union Reps In Paperwork

A federally-imposed reporting requirement goes into effect today that is a transparent attempt by the Bush administration to intimidate union activists and hamper union activity. The tactic is to do […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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No Month Left at the End of the Money

While President Bush continues to spread sunny optimism about the economy, we keep hearing discordant news from places where the sun doesn’t shine. “U.S. consumers continue to be under difficult […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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How I Spent My August Recess: Rep. Dent Edition

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Penn., is considered by the White House to be vulnerable for defeat in 2008. He’s only in his second term, representing a swing district — both Al […]
Bill Scher
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How I Spent My August Recess: Sen. Chambliss Edition

Several congressional conservatives are continuing to spend their August recess spreading misinformation to justify their votes against children’s health insurance. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is a notable member of the […]
Bill Scher
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China & India: Following Our Lead … And Our Money

As I’ve noted before, conservatives like to use China’s and India’s increasing carbon pollution as an excuse to do nothing on global warming, Of course, all they’re doing is following […]
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

After actually asking a Watchdog question last month, the Sunday show hosts return to their traditional pattern, as the Watchdog goes 0-for-3. On Face The Nation, Gov. Mike Huckabee was […]
Bill Scher
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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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