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    That s What We Want To Know As Well... Washington Post: The presiding judge of a secret court that oversees government surveillance in espionage and terrorism
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      That's What We Want To Know As Well...
      Washington Post: The presiding judge of a secret court that oversees government surveillance in espionage and terrorism cases is arranging a classified briefing for her fellow judges to address their concerns about the legality of President Bush's domestic spying program,...
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      OH-Gov: Republican Party Pay to Play
      So What? Since he took office in 2003, Petro says, he has helped agencies recover $270 million a year in debts, up from $125 million under predecessor Betty D. Montgomery, now the state auditor. But his reliance on outside lawyers...
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      Senator Stevens Wants Special Christmas Gifts for Naughty Special Interests
      Apparently, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens doesn�t believe in Santa�s rule about the naughty kids not getting Christmas gifts.
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      The "Next Attack" and Wiretapping
      You've probably seen a number of domestic spy defenders running around talking about laying the blame for the "next attack" at the feet of those opposed to unchecked executive power. After hearing it about half a dozen times on cable...
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      Governor Dean Speaks on Domestic Spying (Audio)
      Just released (.mp3). Democrats are serious about fighting terrorists, and the American people deserve a President and Vice President who understand that we can protect our liberty and our freedom AND keep America safe. President Bush�s secret program to spy...
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      My How Far We've Come
      "None of your civil liberties matter much after you're dead." -- Sen. John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, December 20, 2005 "I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" --...
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      Did George Bush Break the Law?
      George Bush is using the National Security Agency to conduct surveillance on American citizens without the consent of any court. Governor Dean wrote to Democrats across the country today about this dangerous and possibly illegal activity, and offered an opportunity for individuals to join in the effort to get the truth.
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      In His Own Words
      A speech delivered by President Bush on April 20, 2004 -- Buffalo, New York: Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has...
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      It's a Pattern
      November 14, 2005 - President Bush on Iraq: Leaders in my administration and members of the United States Congress from both political parties looked at the same intelligence on Iraq, and reached the same conclusion December 19, 2005 - President...
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      LEAK DOUBLE STANDARD?
      During a rare press conference today, President Bush repeatedly condemned the leaking of classified information regarding a legally questionable domestic spying program, calling the disclosure �shameful� on two separate occasions. At the same time, he never used that language to denounce the illegal outing of a covert CIA agent by senior members of his Administration.
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      The White House's Ethical Lapse
      Just yesterday, Scott McClellan couldn't answer questions about just which of the many scandals President Bush and his White House would or could comment on. Seems that the ethics refresher courses didn't cover the topic.
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      Video: America Deserves the Truth
      The DNC today released a video today highlighting a new report by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service confirming that despite repeated false claims by the President and Vice President, Congress in fact did not have access to the same pre-war intelligence as the Bush White House.
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      Confirming What We Already Knew on Pre-War Intelligence
      Lie first to get out of the difficult debate and worry about it later--seems like a pattern to me. From a President Bush speech on November 11, 2005: While it's perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of...
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      Grand Ol' Police Blotter
      One of the closest races of the 2002 election cycle was a battle for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. The contest pitted Republican John Sununu against Democrat Jean Shaheen. When the polls closed and votes were counted, Sununu barely emerged...
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      Abramoff at the Center of Republican Scandals
      Even while numerous Republicans in Congress are under investigation for their ties to DeLay confidante and indicted Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, President Bush refuses to acknowledge the growing Republican culture of corruption.
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      Stonewall Day 153: The Buck Stops There
      Bob Novak: Bush Knows Who Leaked the Identity of a Covert CIA Officer.
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      DeLay and Franks: Two of a Kind
      Today, indicted former Republican House Leader Tom DeLay will host a fundraiser in Washington, DC at the Republican Party headquarters for Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona.
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      Representative Number One
      Jesse Lee over at The Stakeholder along with Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo are two of the best sources around for keeping tabs on Bob Ney's series of unfolding scandals. Check them out. But before you head off, make...
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      'The DeLay Effect'
      "GOP media strategist Patrick Hynes has a scoop today about Republican internal polling numbers from House swing districts that show the Tom DeLay scandal and the Democratic drumbeat about a 'culture of corruption' on Capitol Hill is having a very negative effect on the GOP candidates."
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      Integrity
      Associated Press: In a year filled with political wrangling, natural disasters and pop culture curiosities, Americans turned to Merriam-Webster to help define it all. Filibuster. Refugee. Tsunami. Each was among the dictionary publisher's 10 most frequently looked-up words among about...
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      Good Thing Duck Season Is Over
      Despite the fact that just 33% of Minnesotans approve of the job President Bush is doing, Republican Congressman and Senate Candidate Mark Kennedy has enlisted the President and Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty to raise more than $1 million in special interest money.
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      Stonewall Day 151: New Questions
      A Time magazine reporter testified in the CIA leak case that she alerted Karl Rove's lawyer in early 2004 that the top Bush adviser had leaked information to her colleague about Valerie Plame, according to a first-person account published yesterday in Time."
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      Flip-Flopping Frist
      Republican Senate Leader Bill Frist invokes principle, his conscience, and even the Founding Fathers in defense of the "up or down vote" -- when it's convenient.
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      MUST READ: Frist's Votes Helped Spur Profits for Family Business
      Recently a USA Today story revealed that Republican Senate Leader Bill Frist�s votes in the Senate show a pattern of favoritism for HCA, a hospital company owned by Frist�s family that is the source of much of the family�s wealth.
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      Stonewall Day 147: How Do You Spell "Trouble"? R-O-V-E
      The CIA leak investigation returned to a more active stage yesterday as a special prosecutor presented information to a grand jury for the first time in six weeks.
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      Texans Don't Trust DeLay
      A new CNN/Gallup/USA Today poll shows that 52% of Texans in former Republican House Leader Tom DeLay's district have an unfavorable opinion of him, while 49% would vote for an unnamed Democratic candidate over the indicted Congressman.
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      Another Bad Week for the GOP
      Republicans in Washington faced another tough week. And, President Bush's latest speech on Iraq and his "strategy" was viewed as nothing more than a recitation of tired rhetoric and sloganeering.
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      Cheney and DeLay: A Scandal-Plagued Reunion
      Today, Vice President Cheney is flying into Houston, Texas for a high dollar fundraiser for indicted former Republican House Leader Tom DeLay.
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      Stonewall Day 141: Selective Memory?
      Time Reporter Viveca Novak Told Rove�s Lawyer That Rove Spoke With Her Colleague, Matthew Copper.
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      Bush Administration Pushes Propaganda in Iraq
      Apparently, President Bush's sloganeering and tired rhetoric is not limited to the American public, but extends to the Iraqi people as well.
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      Vice President Cheney Rejects Public Accountability Yet Again
      The Washington Post yesterday reported that Vice President Cheney's refusal to be held accountable to the American people even extends to his office's travel costs.
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      MUST READ: Hunter Linked to Culture of Corruption
      Today, an article in USA Today reveals that 32 GOP members of Congress received money from the same defense contractor, including House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter.
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      Bribery? Who Cares.
      No wonder the Republican culture of corruption in Washington, D.C. runs so deep. Quite telling. An Ohio congressman subpoenaed in the investigation of a Washington lobbyist pledged Wednesday to cooperate in the probe and said he doubted the matter would...
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      Stonewall Day 138: All Powerful?
      Colin Powell's Former Chief of Staff: Cheney and Rumsfeld Argued that the President was "All-Powerful" When Formulating Iraq Policy.
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      "Representative #1" Names His Price
      In pleading guilty to conspiring to bribe a public official, scandal-plagued lobbyist Michael Scanlon revealed Republican Representative Bob Ney�s �price tag� for supporting his clients.
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      Mr. Popularity
      "I'm not aware of anyone who's ever sunk lower." -- Pollster John Zogby When the ballots were cast on November 8, 2005 in Ohio, collective sighs of relief let go from a certain rare coin dealer and embattled governor echoed...
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      Let's Make a Deal
      From Roll Call: In pleading guilty to conspiring to bribe a public official, scandal-plagued lobbyist Michael Scanlon revealed Republican Representative Bob Ney�s �price tag� for supporting his clients. Roll Call today reported that, according to the plea agreement, Ney�referred to...
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      CA-50: "A Crime Against the United States"
      So says Republican Congressman Randall "Duke" Cunningham's plea agreement (.pdf): [The] defendeant and his coconspirators conspired and agreed that the defendant would directely and indirectly corruptly demand, seek, receive, and accept items of value from his Coconspirators, in return for...
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      Stonewall Day 137: Second Novak to Testify
      Second Time Magazine Reporter, Viveca Novak [no relation to previously implicated columnist Bob Novak], To Testify About Rove Role in CIA Leak Scandal.
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      Don't Let Bush Pardon This Turkey
      You know the drill -- every Thanksgiving the president pardons a turkey. But this year George Bush may try to use the holiday season to slip in another pardon -- of his friend and former senior aide I. Lewis "Scooter"...
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      Shame on Them: Americans in Our Own Voices
      In the last 90 minutes, over 7,000 Americans have sent letters of encouragement to Congressman John Murtha as he is being attacked by the right-wing smear machine. Here are a few of the notes sent so far.
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      Stonewall Day 126: No Denying It
      Every Administration Official Asked If They Were Woodward�s Source Denied - Except Cheney.
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      Senate Republicans Protect Oil Industry Executives, Democrats Insist on Fair Prices and the Truth
      Despite testifying before Congress last week that they were not involved in drafting the Bush Administration's special interest-driven energy policy, White House documents indicate that oil company executives met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001, according to today's Washington Post.
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      Stonewall Day 124: Protecting Dick Cheney
      Libby Tried to Protect Cheney By Concocting Story About CIA Leak.
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      Stonewall Day 125: Cheney Stonewalls the Senate
      Cheney Trumpeted Iraq Nuclear Threat In August of 2002. Cheney raised the alarm about Iran�s nuclear menace three times in August. He was far ahead of the president�s public line.
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      Senator Ted Stevens' Bad Day
      Some of you might remember the hysterics of Republican Senator Ted Stevens in the United States Senate when an amendment proposed by Senator Tom Coburn threatened to divert funding for the "Bridge to Nowhere" towards the reconstruction of a bridge...
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      Plenty of Ships Left to Sink in 2006
      It's the president's fault. So said New Jersey Republican candidate for Governor, Doug Forrester, in a candid interview with reporters yesterday.
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      White House Spokesman Squirms on Torture
      Here's a transcript of CNN's report on the tough questions White House spokesman Scott McClellan refused to answer at today's briefing.
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      Republican Congressman Bob Ney Subpoenaed In Abramoff Corruption Probe
      Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio's 18th Congressional District has been subpoenaed for his involvment with lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
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      Dean: President Bush Should Hold A Primetime News Conference on Scandal
      Washington, DC � In the face of plummeting public confidence in his leadership, President Bush refused yet again to comment on the investigation into the White House leak scandal during a news conference this morning at the Summit of the Americas in Argentina. President Bush�s refusal to answer key questions comes amid new poll numbers showing that his credibility with the American people is being undermined by his continued silence on the investigation into who in the White House conspired to manipulate intelligence to build support for the war in Iraq, smear opponents of that war, and cover up their smear campaign.
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      Norton, DeLay, Norquist, and Abramoff� So Happy Together
      Media reports today revealed new links in the web of corruption woven by scandal-plagued Republican fundraiser Jack Abramoff, former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and their special interest cronies.
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      Rove�s Bad Memory is a Bad Excuse
      Lewis �Scooter� Libby is being arraigned today, but media reports indicated that Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove may be forced to resign or apologize for his role in the scandal that led to Libby�s indictment. Rove�s continued presence in the White House is a stark reminder of the numerous unanswered questions about the conspiracy to manipulate intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war, smear opponents of the war, and cover up that smear campaign.
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      Culture of Corruption Video
      The Culture of Corruption Video introduction will go here. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Morbi vitae tellus non ipsum ullamcorper pulvinar. Curabitur eget libero vel felis luctus suscipit. var fo = new FlashObject("http://a9.g.akamai.net/7/9/8082/v008/democratic1.download.akamai.com/8082/flash/cofc/CofC1.swf", "mymovie", "350", "335",...
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      Abramoff Emails Show Greed, Corruption
      There's plenty of pervasive corruption in Republican Washington as it is, but today's LA Times article on Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff - and the emails that have been released during the course of the investigation into his practices - shed light on just how bad it is.
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      McCain: Too Much A Creature Of Capitol Hill To Investigate?
      Maybes its time for McCain to put his money where his mouth is, and stop ignoring the mounting evidence against his colleagues, John Cornyn and Conrad Burns. Maybes McCain is too beltway to ask the tough questions.
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      'We're Ready to Lead'
      Governor Howard Dean emailed Democrats across the country asking them to support Sen. Reid's bold move on the Senate floor to demand answers on the manipulated intelligence leading up to the war in Iraq.
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      Senator Reid Forces Senate Meeting on Iraq
      Democrats forced the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual closed session Tuesday, questioning intelligence that President Bush used in the run-up to the war in Iraq and accusing Republicans of ignoring the issue.
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      Reid Demands Answers, Accountability
      The Democratic Senate leader forced the U.S. Senate into closed session to finally address the manipulated intelligence on Iraq and subsequent coverup. Reid: "a cloud ... hangs over this Republican-controlled Congress for its unwillingness to hold this Republican Administration accountable for its misdeeds."
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      President Bush Should Hold His Administration Accountable... To His Own Standards
      In the wake of last Friday's indictment of I. Lewis Libby on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements, the Democratic National Committee unveiled a new web video to remind President Bush of the standard that he himself set for conduct in his administration.
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      Playing Politics With Our Security
      Yesterday, Bloomberg News points out another instance of the Republican Party�s culture of corruption threatening our nation's security.
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