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

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

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 […]
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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

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

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

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.
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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

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

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

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

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

$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

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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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 […]
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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

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

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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

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. […]
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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

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

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

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

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

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. […]
Bill Scher

$1 Billion For Green Buildings

Speakers at the Apollo Summitin Washington earlier this year emphasized the importance of making our buildings energy efficient, slashing carbon emissions and creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs. The […]
Bill Scher

Why You’re Needed At ‘Take Back America’

Our blog posts show how too many in power either ignore, misunderstand or underestimate what we the people told Washington in November. That’s why we’re looking to have more than […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Subpoenas For Rove & Co.?

Throughout the short history of “Weekend Watchdog”, I keep asking why doesn’t Senate Judiciary Chair Pat Leahy actually issue subpoenas for Karl Rove and other White House officials to testify […]
Bill Scher

A Billion For Green Buildings

At our Apollo Summit, speakers emphasized the importance of making our buildings energy efficient, slashing carbon emissions and creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs. The Los Angeles chapter of […]
Bill Scher

American Health Care Flunked Again

There’s more proof today that America’s health care system, far from being what presidential candidate and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson last week called “the absolute best […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Days Are Numbered for Ineffective Abstinence Ed

The key to building trust in government is to show deep understanding of the difference between effective and ineffective government — putting our tax dollars into what works, scrapping or […]
Bill Scher

An End To Abstinence Boondoggle?

The key to building trust in government is to show deep understanding of the difference between effective and ineffective government—putting our tax dollars into what works, scrapping or revamping programs […]
Bill Scher

More Momentum for Carbon Caps

As noted here before, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., who chairs a key environmental committee, is close to the auto industry and may be an obstacle to strong global warming legislation. […]
Bill Scher

Punditocracy: Hearing What They Want To Hear

The Hotline’s Marc Ambinder wins the coveted “Wanker of the Day” honor from Atrios today, after Ezra Klein called him out for “pat[ting Sen. Barack] Obama on the back for […]
Bill Scher

White House Greenwash

To “greenwash” is to spin something as good for the environment, when it really amounts to direct harm or damaging inaction. Like Monday, when President Bush addressed the nation in […]
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