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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

It’s another 0-for-3 Sunday for the Watchdog, as the Sunday shows fail to recognize who is impeding bipartisan sentiment to end the Iraq occupation. On CBS’ Face The Nation, Bob […]
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 […]
Bill Scher
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The Ideas Primary Comes To YearlyKos

Back in March, Campaign for America’s Future Co-Director Robert Borosage lamented the state of the presidential campaign in his piece for The Nation, “When’s the Idea Primary?” He concluded: Activists, […]
Bill Scher
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Energy Bill Update

During the past few days, there have been some positive developments as the House continues to put together its energy bill. While Senate conservatives previously blocked consideration of increased renewable […]
Bill Scher
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For Our Next Obstruction…

…let’s deny kids health insurance! This time, the obstruction may not come from the Senate conservatives, but from Mr. Lame Duck himself, President Bush. Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed […]
Bill Scher
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One Night of Pressure Removes One Obstruction

An attempt to break the conservative minority filibuster of a proposal to effectively end the Iraq occupation fell short today. A majority of 53 senators, including four Republicans and one […]
Bill Scher
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Conservatives Block Vote on Ending The War

Minutes ago, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid asked for unanimous consent to move to a vote on the Levin-Reed amendment to effectively end the occupation. Sen. Minority Whip Trent Lott […]
Bill Scher
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Whatever Happened to “Extraordinary Circumstances”?

I’ll say this for Sen. John McCain. He thinks ahead. During today’s Senate floor debate, Sen. Carl Levin urged McCain and his fellow conservatives to refrain from filibustering his Iraq […]
Bill Scher
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Reid’s Bold Move

When you’re Senate Majority Leader, everyone’s fighting for your ear. Today, the netroots have Harry Reid’s ear, instead of the punditocracy. This blog has long been calling for Senate leaders […]
Bill Scher
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Moore To CNN: “I Ain’t Ever Going Away”

On Saturday, Micheal Moore posted an open letter to CNN, blasting the network: “still no apology, no retraction, no correction of your glaring mistakes.” Warning CNN that “I ain’t ever […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Surge advocates were not held to account on the Sunday shows yesterday, as called for by the Watchdog. On NBC’s Meet The Press, Sen. Lindsey Graham was not reminded by […]
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 […]
Bill Scher
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Arbitrary Justice, Hidden Truth

Purely by chance, I was in the middle of reading Katharine Graham’s autobiography when President Bush commuted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s sentence. I had just reached the part where Graham, […]
Eric Lotke
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A Climate Crisis Message That Works

Yesterday, MoveOn.org announced that former Sen. John Edwards won the straw poll following its Virtual Town Hall Meeting on the Climate Crisis (co-sponsored by Campaign for America’s Future and others). […]
Bill Scher
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Dr. Gupta’s Bias

Michael Moore and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta faced off yesterday on Larry King Live, following Moore’s on-air criticism of Gupta’s anti-SiCKO piece which accused Moore of “fudg[ing] some facts.” Moore, […]
Bill Scher
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Middle Ground or Firm Ground?

A new bipartisan global warming “cap-and-trade” bill is being unveiled today by Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and Arlen Specter, R-Penn., and the sponsors are succeeding in getting the media to […]
Bill Scher
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Michael Moore-CNN Smackdown

Yesterday, Michael Moore slapped CNN silly. CNN’s The Situation Room ran a piece taking inaccurate shots at Moore’s SiCKO right before having Moore on to be interviewed. Moore proceeded to […]
Bill Scher
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Debate, But Not Obstruction

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has lately been taking a tough line on ending the Iraq war. That comes in the face of weeks of stubborn Republican opposition to any […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Dingell Playing Troublemaker?

As I’ve reported twice before, Rep. John Dingell, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and longtime ally of automakers, has been sending mixed messages about his intentions on […]
Bill Scher
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Presidential Pack Pushes Clean Energy Economy

As MoveOn.org’s Eli Pariser predicted Friday, Saturday’s Virtual Town Hall Meeting on the Climate Crisis was highlighted by the leading presidential candidates embracing a “cap-and-auction” approach to slash global warming […]
Bill Scher
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‘SiCKO’ Builds A Movement

Americans want big changes in our heath care system. And now Michael Moore's great new film, “SiCKO,” is helping to turn a desire for change into a crusade for change. […]
Roger Hickey
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