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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 — […]
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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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Pelosi’s Challenge In New Orleans

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to lead a House delegation to New Orleans and the Mississippi coast starting Sunday in an effort that should draw fresh attention to what remains […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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A Global Warming Bill We Can Work With

Last month, a bipartisan global warming bill from Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Arlen Specter, R-Penn., was uniformly rejected by environmental organizations, because it kept down the cost for creating […]
Bill Scher
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Dingell Fizzle

Last month, I remarked that Rep. John Dingell’s attempt to undermine progress on global warming with a disingenuous carbon tax proposal was “more likely to fizzle out than spark intra-party […]
Bill Scher
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Kids, Keep Your Sicky Hands Off The Nice CEO’s Money

Yesterday, President Bush told reporters he’s considering more tax cuts for those who need it most — corporations, of course — while reiterating his plans to veto more health insurance […]
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How I Spent My August Recess

Congressional conservatives are spending their August recess in an interesting way: telling their constituents about their hard work … to keep health insurance away from kids. Well, they’re not quite […]
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HHS Hacks Plant Lies in Letters

Four regional directors of the Department of Health and Human Services signed their names on copycat letters sent to editorial pages across the country, spreading misinformation about opposing children’s health […]
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Progressive Energy Bill Faces Veto Threat

Prospects for a stronger energy bill brightened Saturday, as the House passed a version requiring 15% of our electricity to come from renewable sources, and funding more renewable energy by […]
Bill Scher
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Block And Blame Republicans

There is a telling graphic inside Friday’s New York Times that puts into perspective the Republican Party’s summer theme song, “Do-Nothing Congress.” It bears remembering as just one example of […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Caught on Tape! – The Plot to Bury Progress

The following was emailed to Campaign for America’s Future supporters by our Director of Online Communications Ian Mishalove. No progress on ending the war. No progress on new energy. No […]
Bill Scher
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Challenging The Right’s Obstruction Strategy

“The strategy of being obstructionist can work or fail … and so far it’s working for us.”   —Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss.    Roll Call, April 18 A partisan minority […]
Robert Borosage
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Feel The Compassion

Later today, the Senate is expected to snuff out a filibuster and approve more health insurance for kids. But the bill is not likely get the 67 votes needed to […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The five-week long streak is over! A Watchdog question was actually asked on the Sunday shows yesterday. On ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. Chuck Schumer, if the Justice […]
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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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Routine Hypocrisy

When the McClatchy Newspapers reported that the conservative minority in the Senate may triple the number of filibusters, Republicans tried to spread the blame. McClatchy reported: Republicans also say that […]
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What Would Jesus Smoke?

No doubt there are legitimate arguments against funding children’s health insurance by raising taxes on harmful products like tobacco. But this isn’t one of them. (From CQ, sub. req’d): Kentucky […]
Bill Scher
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Wrong On The Right

The corporate wing of the Democratic Party – the Democratic Leadership Council—will meet in its “National Conversation” this weekend in Nashville. The press is already noting that while all of […]
Robert Borosage
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The Evidence Points To Rove

A long-standing Weekend Watchdog question is why Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., hadn’t exercised his authority to issue a subpoena to Karl Rove and other White House officials and their role […]
Bill Scher
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Another Step Towards a Carbon Cap?

Two weeks ago, a bipartisan global warming bill was roundly criticized for making it too easy for industries to keep creating carbon pollution. This week, another bipartisan effort was announced, […]
Bill Scher
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Proudly Blocking Children’s Health Care

Republican leaders apparently like to lose. Top GOP senators Mitch McConnell and Trent Lott are opposing the bipartisan deal to cover more kids with health insurance, siding with President Bush […]
Bill Scher
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Reversing The Slide

Washington Monthly’s Kevin Drum, looking at filibuster stats from McClatchy Newspapers showing conservatives taking obstruction to new heights, writes: …the number of filibusters has been relatively steady since 1986 — […]
Bill Scher
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An Overdue Pay Raise

With all of the talk about the conservative obstructionism in Congress that is keeping important bills from becoming law, Tuesday brings something worth celebrating: The federal minimum wage, which had […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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How To Lose An Election

Last week, President Bush pledged to veto a bipartisan Senate bill that would cover three to four million more kids with health insurance. Does that mean children will be left […]
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