Distorting The Discourse

The preview to tomorrow’s congressional testimony from Al Gore happened yesterday, a House committee hearing spotlighting the Bush Administration’s attempts to prevent our government climate scientists from telling the truth […]
Bill Scher

Edwards’ ‘Aggressive’ Energy Plan

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards today is putting forth what he is calling an “aggressive but achievable” energy plan, elements of which mirror the kind of bold energy initiative that […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Gore’s Global Warming Petition Overflows

While the political lowlight of the week looks to be the ongoing fallout of the Prosecutor Purge, the political highlight is sure to come tomorrow with Al Gore’s historic testimony […]
Bill Scher

High Prescription Drug Prices? It’s Your Fault!

Today’s LA Times offers a seemingly well-intentioned article telling seniors ways they can obtain cheaper prescription drugs. But in doing so, it puffs up Big Pharma — making it seem […]
Bill Scher

Coal-State Lawmakers Struggle With Global Warming

Today’s CQ Weekly has a big piece on how coal-state lawmakers are “well-positioned” in Congress to shape global warming legislation. And they risk falling into the trap of thinking strong […]
Bill Scher

Alberto Gonzales: Why Conservatives Can’t Govern

Donald Rumsfeld has been axed. Tom DeLay cut and ran. “Scooter” Libby stands convicted. Michael “you’re doing a heck of a job” Brown was tossed. Newt Gingrich disgraced himself. And […]
Robert Borosage

Dems Go Lukewarm on Global Warming

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is lowering expectations regarding planned global warming legislation, the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog reported Friday. Pelosi, D-Calif., prompted concerns last week when an aide said a climate-change and […]
Bill Scher

Dems Go Lukewarm on Global Warming

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is lowering expectations regarding planned global warming legislation, the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog reported Friday. Pelosi, D-Calif., prompted concerns last week when an aide said a climate-change and […]
Bill Scher

Strength of Global Warming Legislation in Doubt

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog reports that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is lowering expectations regarding planned global warming legislation: Speaker Pelosi prompted concerns this week when an aide said […]
Bill Scher

Bush Delcares: No Health Care For All On My Watch

In 2003, President Bush signed a law creating a Citizens’ Health Care Working Group to offer health care reform solutions. This week, he dismissed their work. The working group was […]
Bill Scher

Now The Global Warming Debate Is Really Over

The conservative global warming denial community may still be kicking, but it is getting smaller. Last year, conservative evangelical Pat Robertson dropped out. This week, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith […]
Bill Scher

Mistakes Were Made … In Defending My Glorious Purge

At today’s Mexico press conference, President Bush further carried Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ messages from yesterday, in blunt fashion: [Gonzales was] right. Mistakes were made. And I’m, frankly, not happy […]
Bill Scher

White House Runs Scandal Script

Recognizing that its political purge of eight U.S. attorneys was about to reach critical mass—particularly because of the appearance that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied to Congress about it—the White […]
Bill Scher

Bush Threatens Veto of 9/11 Bill to Stop Unions

Yesterday, the Senate passed a bill implementing many homeland security recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. But President Bush is threatening to veto it because — horrors — it allows Transportation […]
Bill Scher

White House Runs Scandal Script

Recognizing that its political purge of eight U.S. Attorneys was about to reach critical mass — particularly because of the appearance that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied to Congress about […]
Bill Scher

NYT Attempted Hit on Gore Fails

The “liberal” New York Times (with the help of the Drudge Report) carried conservative water today, paradoxically attacking Al Gore for global warming “hype.” In fact, it’s NYT reporter William […]
Bill Scher

Kiley Ousted From Walter Reed

Amry Surgeon General Kevin Kiley, the guy recently bumped up to head Walter Reed even though he was directly implicated in the scandal, was belatedly forced to resign today. On […]
Bill Scher

Big Pharma’s Lying Ads

Last week, the pharmaceutical lobby launched a second round of TV ads in its campaign to block the House bill empowering Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices. The ad […]
Bill Scher

Conservatives Elevate Climate Change Deniers

Yesterday, the House formally approved the new select committee on global warming discussed here several weeks ago as an important step towards quick passage of a strong plan. The panel […]
Bill Scher

Borosage on EcoTalk: No More Candidate Caution

Last night, Campaign for America’s Future co-director Robert Borosage appeared on Air America’s EcoTalk, to discuss his recent column in The Nation, “When’s The Idea Primary?”, challenging the presidential candidates […]
Bill Scher

Classy Conservatives on Katrina

When Newt Gingrich blamed the victims of Hurricane Katrina for their “failure of citizenship,” he wasn’t just speaking for himself. Many other conservatives share his contempt for the displaced. Yesterday […]
Bill Scher

How About Some Energy Responsibility?

At last week’s Apollo Summit, there was a clear consensus: businesses interested in renewable energy can’t risk long-term commitments unless our government makes long-term commitments. In turn, many supported long-term […]
Bill Scher

AFL-CIO Healthcare Move Impacts Prez Race

Today’s Daily Labor Report has big news from the AFL-CIO Executive Council annual winter meeting: The AFL-CIO … abandoned its support for the current employer-based health care system and instead […]
Bill Scher

Wanna Save $30 Billion a Year?

$30 billion. A year. That’s the potential savings if we empower Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drugs. Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy and Research released his […]
Bill Scher

Iowa Stepping Up on Energy Independence

After the Apollo Summit, I noted that “America’s governors have begun to throw down over who can become the most energy independent and bring in the most jobs.” Looks like […]
Bill Scher

Bush Administration Pushes Pessimism on Clean Coal

There’s wide public support for Congress to tackle global warming, but Congress has work to do to sift through the details and forge consensus around a specific plan. At a […]
Bill Scher

Hiding From Plain Oversight

Last month, the Bush administration began to spin, with the help of The Washington Post, that the Medicare prescription drug plan—which does not allow Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices—was doing great […]
Bill Scher

Oversight, Shmoversight

Last month, the Bush Administration began to spin that the Medicare prescription drug plan — which does not allow Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices — was doing great […]
Bill Scher

Newt: One of the “Worst Persons In The World”

Newt Gingrich’s blaming of New Orleans’ 9th Ward residents for a “failure of citizenship” by being unable to “get out of the way of a hurricane” — remarks jointly pushed […]
Bill Scher

Conservatives Pout and Complain

My Campaign For America’s Future colleague Eric Lotke has his take on CPAC posted at TomPaine.com, “CPAC: Conservatives Pout And Complain.” Here’s an excerpt: The conservatives at central headquarters don’t […]
Bill Scher

The Conservative Movement: Stuck on Step 1

The following was initially posted at The Huffington Post. As everyone knows, the first step is admitting you have a problem. Yet during my three days attending the Conservative Political […]
Bill Scher

Newt: The Savior?

The CPAC presidential straw poll was announced today, right before Newt Gingrich delivered the final address of the event. Mitt Romney nominally won, but with a paltry plurality of 21%, […]
Bill Scher

The Conservative Iran Debate: Bombing or Assassination

Two of the conservative movement’s most beloved intellectual leaders, Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity, had slightly differing takes on how to approach Iran, though both received jubilant applause by their […]
Bill Scher

“Energy Independence Is Not A Possible Option”

Whoever said “failure is not an option”* hasn’t met the visionaries of the American Petroleum Institute — aka, the lobbyists for Big Oil. Big Oil’s chief economist John Felmy spoke […]
Bill Scher

Bizarre Sight Of The Day

A Sam Brownback supporter with a lip ring. The evil grasp Britney Spears has on our youth has even infiltrated CPAC. The terrorists have won. You may go home now. […]
Bill Scher

Blogger Ethics Panel Time

Rudy Giuliani was glowingly introduced today by a member of the so-called liberal media, Washington Post columnist George Will. Will assured the audience that Giuliani’s conservatism is “the flavor of […]
Bill Scher

More Old Ideas Please

I’ve yet to hear any conservatives recognize that they are suffering from a “secular problem”. But the closest anyone has come is US News’ Michael Barone. In a morning panel […]
Bill Scher

“The Rich Are Getting Screwed”

So that’s what’s wrong with our economy. At an afternoon panel on taxes, Scott Hodge of the Tax Foundation, lamented that despite six years of tax cuts mainly for the […]
Bill Scher
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