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Month: June 2006

June 29, 2006
Hamdan Deals Blow to Bush Domestic Spying

The Supreme Court's ruling today in the Hamdan case wasn't merely a defeat for the Bush administration's system of military tribunals for the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. As ThinkProgress describes, the majority's explicit rejection of broad presidential powers claimed by the White House to be inherent in the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military […]

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June 28, 2006
Supreme Win for GOP, Delay in Texas Redistricting Case

Tom Delay may have left Congress in disgrace, but the U.S. Supreme Court presented the former Majority Leader with a parting gift on Wednesday. By a 7-2 vote, the Court essentially endorsed Delay's unprecedented Texas Congressional redistricting plan that delivered six new House seats to the Republicans in 2004. The only minor setback for the […]

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June 27, 2006
Define "GOP" Contest Ends June 30!

This is just a quick reminder that there are only three days left in Perrspectives' "What Does 'GOP' Stand For?" Contest. Hundreds of people of all political stripes have already sent in their three-word definitions of the acronym "GOP." From "Grabbing Our Pensions" and "Gays On Pitchforks" to "Greed Over Patriotism" and "Going Off to […]

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June 27, 2006
Warren Buffett Defends the Estate Tax

On Monday, billionaire financier Warren Buffett made two important contributions to the public good. First, he announced a staggering gift of $30 billion of his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Perhaps more important for America's future, Buffett came out swinging in defense of the estate tax. During his press conference, Buffett offered […]

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June 26, 2006
The Avenging Angel Smites Rush Limbaugh

June has been a busy month for the Avenging Angel, smiter of conservative miscreants. The fun and frolic starts with Rush Limbaugh, the face of right wing radio and prescription drug fraud. On Monday, Rush once again ran afoul of the law over his pill predilection. Only weeks after doing a deal over charges of […]

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June 25, 2006
Top 10 GOP Sound Bites, Cut & Run Edition

The past two weeks have seen a changing of the guard atop the Top 10 GOP Sound Bites list. With the contentious Congressional debate over the path forward in Iraq, the fire and brimstone Republican smash hit "Cut and Run" vaulted to the top of the charts. Performed by George Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, […]

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June 25, 2006
Iraqi PM, U.S. Commander: Cut and Run

Just days after President Bush and his Republican allies in Congress lambasted their Democratic opponents for supposedly wanting to "cut and run" in Iraq, the Iraqi government and American military leadership in Baghdad essentially endorsed the Democratic position to set a timeline to draw down U.S. troops. As Newsweek first reported on Saturday, Iraqi Prime […]

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June 22, 2006
USA World Cup Reflections

The Black Stars of Ghana brought the World Cup journey of the United States to abrupt end with a convincing 2 -1 win in Nuremberg today. For me, perhaps the most memorable moment of Team USA's disappointing showing this year occurred not on the field, but while reading Matt Weiland's reflections in the New Republic […]

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June 20, 2006
The Republican Rap Sheet

This weekend, Democrats in Congress moved quickly to oust Louisiana Representative William Jefferson from his seat on the powerful House Way and Means Committee. Facing strong opposition from the Congressional Black Caucus, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi showed that Democrats would be quick to punish ethical transgressors within their ranks. The contrast with the Republican culture […]

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June 19, 2006
Bush's Premature Emancipation Problem

This weekend, the United States launched "Operation Mountain Thrust" in Afghanistan. Featuring 10,000 U.S. troops and American aircraft targeting the peaks along the border with Pakistan, the spring offensive seeks to decimate a resurgent and emboldened Taliban. Sadly, that would be the same Taliban President Bush declared non-existent two years ago. This weekend's fighting in […]

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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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