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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
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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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Town Hall Highlights: The Power of the Purse

Below are excerpts from yesterday’s MoveOn.org Virtual Town Hall, regarding how Congress can use the power of the purse to end the war in Iraq. From former Sen. John Edwards: […]
Bill Scher
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Town Hall Highlights: The Iraq Supplemental Bill

Below are excerpts from yesterday’s MoveOn.org Virtual Town Hall, regarding the presidential candidates’ view on what should happen after President’s Bush expected veto of the Iraq war supplemental bill. From
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MoveOn.org Town Hall

Last night, MoveOn.org hosted the first “Virtual Town Hall,” where MoveOn members from across the nation posed questions to seven Democratic candidates for president. (Some Republican candidates were invited also, […]
Bill Scher
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Imus And Beyond

Today on TomPaine.com I offer my take on the Don Imus controversy, as well as that of Earl Ofari Hutchinson, who writes on another critical aspect of the flap for […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Enough Tinkering

The following is a part of this week’s TPMCafe Book Club group discussion of the new book “Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis — and the People […]
Roger Hickey
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Enough Tinkering

The following post is a part of this week’s TPMCafe Book Club group discussion of the new book “Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis — and the […]
Roger Hickey
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Enough Tinkering

The following post is a part of this week’s TPMCafe Book Club group discussion of the new book “Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis — and the […]
Roger Hickey
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Newt Tries To Shift The Global Warming Debate

The Kerry-Newt debate on global warming wrapped up this morning (video is up on C-Span.org , more at John Kerry’s blog). It may well shift the overall debate, away from […]
Bill Scher
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Climate: Debating The Nondebatable

Newt Gingrich’s style of debate was recently summed up this way by Paul Abrams of The Huffington Post (and Washington State’s Apollo Alliance): “After his  high-minded talk … Newt immediately […]
Bill Scher
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Climate: Debating The Nondebatable

Newt Gingrich’s style of debate was recently summed up this way by Paul Abrams of The Huffington Post (and Washington State’s Apollo Alliance): “After his  high-minded talk … Newt immediately […]
Bill Scher
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Bush to WI: No Negotiation For You

Last week, I talked about how the big pharmaceutical companies are working with the White House to keep the ban on Medicare negotiating for lower drug prices. They claim negotiation […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog:Newt’s Misstep

Every Friday afternoon, Bill Scher posts on the Common Sense blog “Weekend Watchdog,” a list of questions that guests on the upcoming Sunday morning talk shows should be asked. Then each Monday, Bill […]
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Weekend Watchdog:Newt’s Misstep

Every Friday afternoon, Bill Scher posts on the Common Sense blog “Weekend Watchdog,” a list of questions that guests on the upcoming Sunday morning talk shows should be asked. Then each Monday, Bill […]
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Weekend Watchdog:Newt’s Misstep

Every Friday afternoon, Bill Scher posts on the Common Sense blog “Weekend Watchdog,” a list of questions that guests on the upcoming Sunday morning talk shows should be asked. Then each Monday, Bill […]
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Weekend Watchdog:Newt’s Misstep

Every Friday afternoon, Bill Scher posts on the Common Sense blog “Weekend Watchdog,” a list of questions that guests on the upcoming Sunday morning talk shows should be asked. Then each Monday, Bill […]
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Weekend Watchdog:Newt’s Misstep

Every Friday afternoon, Bill Scher posts on the Common Sense blog “Weekend Watchdog,” a list of questions that guests on the upcoming Sunday morning talk shows should be asked. Then each Monday, Bill […]
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-up

Were the questions posed here on Friday’s “Weekend Watchdogs” actually asked on the Sunday shows? Fox News’ Chris Wallace did ask Newt Gingrich about the contradiction between his criticism of […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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Think Politically, Act Globally

We already knew the Bushies were trying to muzzle American climate scientists. Now, they’re going global. Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report detailing how global […]
Bill Scher
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Recesspool Deepening?

There are reports that the President’s Recesspool could get worse. The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire reported Friday that Bush is considering putting the executive vice president of the National […]
Bill Scher
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Recesspool

The abuse of the recess appointment perhaps isn’t President Bush’s most egregious attack on our Founders’ carefully crafted system of checks and balances, since others before him have exploited this […]
Bill Scher
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Recesspool

The abuse of the recess appointment perhaps isn’t President Bush’s most egregious attack on our Founders’ carefully crafted system of checks and balances, since others before him have exploited this […]
Bill Scher
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Recesspool

Yesterday, President Bush made three significant recess appointments, installing officials without Senate confirmation during the congressional recess. The abuse of the recess appointment perhaps isn’t Bush’s most egregious attack on […]
Bill Scher
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Fighting the Pharma Goliath

Over at TomPaine.com, I have a piece tying together my last several posts on the Medicare prescription drug battle, Fighting the Pharma Goalith. Enjoy!
Bill Scher
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Putting Corporations First

The free market is the engine of our economy, conservatives like to say, so be quiet and let corporations take us for a ride. But the reminders are piling up […]
Bill Scher
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Putting Corporations First

The free market is the engine of our economy, conservatives like to say, so be quiet and let corporations take us for a ride. But the reminders are piling up […]
Bill Scher
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Bush’s Drug Plan Wasteful, Inefficient

A report released today concludes: “Allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices would bring around $30 billion in savings that can help American seniors and taxpayers.” That finding was in […]
Bill Scher
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Bush’s Drug Plan Wasteful, Inefficient

A report released today concludes: “Allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices would bring around $30 billion in savings that can help American seniors and taxpayers.” That finding was in […]
Bill Scher
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