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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Health Care: A Time To Be Bold

To members of Congress who intend to offer health care proposals: Do not be afraid to be bold. That’s the lesson that elected officials should take away from the mixed […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog Preview

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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Bush’s G-8 Greenwash

President Bush today is getting a fresh round of favorable headlines for announcing this ahead of next week’s summit of the powerful G-8 nations: By the end of next year, […]
Bill Scher
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Greenwash Watch: Bush’s Empty G-8 Proposal

Today, President Bush is getting a fresh round of favorable headlines for announcing this ahead of next week’s summit of the powerful G-8 nations: By the end of next year, […]
Bill Scher
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Nobody Cares About Amnesty

To read today’s Washington Post, you’d think the debate over the immigration bill is between Amnesty and No Amnesty. The paper asserts that “the specter of amnesty has persistently haunted […]
Bill Scher
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Obamacare: Mixed Diagnosis

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., met his March pledge to release a health care plan by this month. And there’s been a flurry of blog reaction. Ezra Klein says, “Props to […]
Bill Scher
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Blogger Reaction to Obama Health Care Plan

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., met his March pledge to release a health care plan by this month. And there’s been a flurry of blog reaction. Ezra Klein says, “Props to […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog:Cave-In Unexplained

Despite widespread disappointment at Congress’ capitulation to the White House on Iraq, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., was not asked on CBS’s Face The Nation about his prominent role in publicly caving […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog:Cave-In Unexplained

Despite widespread disappointment at Congress’ capitulation to the White House on Iraq, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., was not asked on CBS’s Face The Nation about his prominent role in publicly caving […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog:Cave-In Unexplained

Despite widespread disappointment at Congress’ capitulation to the White House on Iraq, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., was not asked on CBS’s Face The Nation about his prominent role in publicly caving […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog:Cave-In Unexplained

Despite widespread disappointment at Congress’ capitulation to the White House on Iraq, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., was not asked on CBS’s Face The Nation about his prominent role in publicly caving […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Once again, the Sunday shows strike out on Weekend Watchdog. Despite widespread disappointment at Congress’ capitulation to the White House on Iraq, Sen. Carl Levin was not asked on Face […]
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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Ending a Failed Occupation

Congress has just voted to fund the war for another year — $100 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan. How could that happen when two-thirds of the public are opposed to […]
Robert Borosage
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Driving on Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day in America / Everybody’s on the road / Let’s remember our fallen heroes / Y’all be sure and drive slow — James McMurtry, “Memorial Day” Gas prices […]
Bill Scher
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Rachel Maddow Tonight

I’ll be discussing The Failure of Compromise on Air America Radio’s Rachel Maddow Show at 7:30 PM ET. Click here to listen online or find a station near you.
Bill Scher
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The Failure of Compromise

In one of Sen. Harry Reid’s first radio addresses after the Democratic victories in November 2006, he said the new majority’s first guiding legislative principle was “bipartisanship”; Democrats “intend to […]
Bill Scher
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Cast Your Vote for an Unsung Progressive Hero

Over at the Take Back America 2007 blog, I’ve posted the announcement of the finalists for the first annual Maria Leavey Tribute Award. And the final honoree will be selected […]
Bill Scher
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Funding The War: Life and Death, Not Texas Hold ’em

President Bush forced Democrats to “fold,” the press reports. He vetoed the Iraq funding bill that set a deadline for getting U.S. troops out of the war. The Republican minority […]
Robert Borosage
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Fundamental Flaw Remains In Immigration Bill

Yesterday evening, the Senate voted to keep a temporary guest worker program in the immigration bill. Big mistake. While the bill would sensibly create a path to earned citizenship for […]
Bill Scher
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Fatal Flaw In Immigration Bill

Yesterday evening, the Senate voted to keep a temporary guest worker program in the immigration bill. Big mistake. While the bill would sensibly create a path to earned citizenship for […]
Bill Scher
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$3.22 a Gallon: Time For a Real Energy Policy

ABC News reports that average gas prices are as high as ever been recorded, after adjusting for inflation: $3.22 a gallon. High prices for fossil fuels wouldn’t be a big […]
Bill Scher
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Oust Gonzales (But Don’t Stop There)

Yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., defended plans for a Senate no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, saying, “The president can keep him. He has the constitutional power to do […]
Bill Scher
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Oust Gonzales (But Don’t Stop There)

Yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., defended plans for a Senate no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, saying, “The president can keep him. He has the constitutional power to do […]
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Hating Legal Immigrants

Senator Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who opposed last year’s immigration bill, is trying to sell the new compromise to his fellow conservatives by touting the end of “chain immigration,” how nativists […]
Bill Scher
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Making Sense of “Cap and Trade”

As the Capitol Hill debate on “cap and trade” global warming legislation continues, always keep in mind that not all caps are the same. Loopholes and poor structure can make […]
Bill Scher
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Krugman On The Big Con

Columnist Paul Krugman on Monday wrote that he did something highly risky: He ate a salad. We are well familiar with the e. coli contamination of lettuce and spinach, and the more […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog:Letting Newt Slither Away

Once again, the Sunday shows go 0 for 3 on our Weekend Watchdog questions. Here’s the questions we were hoping to get answered. • For Newt Gingrich (NBC’s Meet The […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog:Letting Newt Slither Away

Once again, the Sunday shows go 0 for 3 on our Weekend Watchdog questions. Here’s the questions we were hoping to get answered. • For Newt Gingrich (NBC’s Meet The […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog:Letting Newt Slither Away

Once again, the Sunday shows go 0 for 3 on our Weekend Watchdog questions. Here’s the questions we were hoping to get answered. • For Newt Gingrich (NBC’s Meet The […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog:Letting Newt Slither Away

Once again, the Sunday shows go 0 for 3 on our Weekend Watchdog questions. Here’s the questions we were hoping to get answered. • For Newt Gingrich (NBC’s Meet The […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

UPDATE: Listen to the Weekend Watchdog segment from yesterday’s “Seder on Sundays” Air America Radio show. Once again, the Sunday shows go 0 for 3 on our Weekend Watchdog questions. […]
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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New Energy for America

Confronted with the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, rising gas prices and the “inconvenient truth” of global warming, Americans are looking for leadership on energy independence and the threat posed by […]
Robert Borosage
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The $21 question

Do you know how you could eat on just $21 a week? This week, you may have heard about the four members of Congress who have decided to try living […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Speaking of Bad Compromises…

…Congressional leaders tried to cut a deal with the White House on the Iraq bill, offering President Bush the ability to waive — effectively, ignore — timetables to redeploy combat […]
Bill Scher
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Moyers’ Postal Protest

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers is using his PBS show, Bill Moyers’ Journal, to raise the public profile of a postal rate change that has been stirring anger in the progressive press for […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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False Choices

Blue Climate flags this New York Times article about a study from the economic research arm of management consultant giant McKinsey & Company, backing strong government standards on energy efficiency. […]
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