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Month: May 2006

May 18, 2006
Hayden Learns the 4th Amendment

The CIA confirmation hearings for General Michael are underway and the Bush administration is pulling out all the stops for their man. Yesterday, the White House flip-flopped and provided briefings on its illegal NSA domestic surveillance programs to the full Senate and House intelligence committees. And today, General Hayden showed he did his homework and […]

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May 16, 2006
Snow White

During his virgin White House briefing today, new press spokesman Tony Snow reverted to his Fox News roots with his casual use of a racial slur. But in referring to a thorny question regarding President Bush's illegal NSA domestic spying programs as a "tar baby," Snow is just the latest conservative to show why the […]

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May 15, 2006
The Question for Hayden: Is FISA Unconstitutional?

With the confirmation hearings for his CIA director nomination set to begin on Thursday, General Michael Hayden will no doubt be grilled on the broadening scope and dubious legality of the domestic surveillance programs during his tenure at the NSA. As we learned last week, Hayden's NSA not only conducted warrantless electronic eavesdropping on Americans, […]

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May 15, 2006
This Week in Republican Corruption

The Avenging Angel, smiter of conservative evil doers, has had a very busy week. From the White House to the Kentucky State House, from Langley to K Street, the latest batch of Banana Republicans was exposed, indicted or jailed. Let's start with Robert Ray, Kenneth Starr's successor as Bill Clinton Grand Inquisitor, who got his […]

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May 14, 2006
Cheney's Double Dealings on Plame, NSA Scandals

Sunday's news contains a double-barrreled shotgun blast in the face courtesy of Vice President Dick Cheney. First, the New York Times detailed Cheney's post-9/11 insistence on far more invasive domestic spying by the National Security Agency. Apparently, it was only through the efforts of NSA lawyers that the Bush administration limited its illegal domestic eavesdropping […]

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May 12, 2006
Poll: Double Win for Bush on NSA Phone Records

A new poll from the Washington Post suggests that the President Bush may be winning a double victory with his illegal NSA domestic surveillance programs. Americans seem willing to buy the White House's "tough on terrorism" hype at the expense of the law and their own civil liberties. And as an added ironic bonus, the […]

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May 10, 2006
Bush to Disabled: "You Look Mighty Comfortable"

It's been a banner week for the verbal incontinence of George W. Bush. Just days after telling a German reporter that the highlight of his presidency was "when I caught a 7.5 pound perch in my lake," President Bush made a bizarre remark certain to charm disability advocates everywhere. Pitching his troubled Medicare prescription plan […]

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May 9, 2006
The Bush Cabinet's Cult of Personality

As President Bush's approval ratings continue to plummet, the White House has upped the ante in politicizing virtually every Cabinet department. That's the clear lesson from today's news that HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson cancelled contracts previously awarded to critics of the President. That revelation came only 24 hours after the Washington Post reported that Department […]

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May 9, 2006
The Gospel According to Ahmadinejad

The French paper Le Monde has just published the text of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to President Bush. Ahmadjinejad's missive skirts the central issue of the Iranian nuclear program and has been met with disdain by both the administration and the mullahs in Tehran. But in repeatedly calling upon the President to heed […]

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May 8, 2006
Life Imitates Art: Lynne and Mary Cheney Write Books

Washington is all abuzz about the new book from Mary Cheney, "Now It's My Turn." But while bloggers and gay rights activists ponder the question of Mary Cheney's lesbian self-loathing in her father's Republican Party, another epic tale of forbidden love from the Cheney family has largely been forgotten. Back in 1981, Mary's mother Lynne […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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