Seriousness

MoveOn.org runs an ad exposing an effort to give the public misleading information about the effectiveness of our strategy in Iraq, making it impossible for individuals to make informed decisions […]
Bill Scher
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Subverting Majority Rule

The Republican obstruction campaign continues. Yesterday, the Republican minority in the Senate filibustered and blocked two measures that had majority support in the House, and bipartisan majority support in the […]
Robert Borosage
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White House, MSNBC Fail To Grasp Definition of “More”

MSNBC just previewed President George W. Bush’s news conference scheduled for 10:45 AM ET today. The network’s White House correspondent said he’ll be addressing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, […]
Bill Scher
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The Health Care Debate Advances

The announcement of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s health insurance plan is notable for two reasons. First, Clinton joins the other leading Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John […]
Bill Scher
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SCHIP: Our Voices Are Being Heard

This week, one million petition signatures supporting the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program — thousands of which were collected by Campaign for America’s Future — were delivered […]
Bill Scher
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A Basic Right Filibustered

Once again, a minority of Senate Republicans led by Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell blocked the ability of a bipartisan majority to move a piece a legislation, this time a bill […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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SCHIP: Are You For Good Government or Bad Government?

The State Children’s Health Insurance Program battle — soon to heat up once Bush vetoes a bipartisan compromise and attention turns to the politically tenuous House Republicans — is about […]
Bill Scher
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Deal Nears For Children’s Health Insurance

Today’s New York Times reports that a House-Senate agreement is near on a final State Children’s Health Insurance Program bill. (Congressional leaders apparently were able to circumvent the obstructionist attempt […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

For the second week in a row, the Sunday shows go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. Neither ABC’s This Week or Fox News Sunday asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to explain […]
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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Failure of Energy Policy. Failure of Foreign Policy.

New York Times, June 28, 2000: Gov. George W. Bush of Texas said today that if he was president, he would bring down gasoline prices through sheer force of personality, […]
Bill Scher
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Failure of Energy Policy. Failure of Foreign Policy.

New York Times, June 28, 2000: Gov. George W. Bush of Texas said today that if he was president, he would bring down gasoline prices through sheer force of personality, […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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, […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
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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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
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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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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. […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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 […]
Bill Scher
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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. […]
Bill Scher
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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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