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Month: April 2007

April 29, 2007
Mission Accomplished: 4 Years of GOP Iraq Talking Points

On Tuesday May 1st, the United States will mark the fourth anniversary of President Bush's declaration of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq. But as the carnage continues and the war funding debate rages, President Bush and allies in the conservative amen corners can only offer the American people new and recycled talking points to sell his […]

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April 27, 2007
Top 10 GOP Sound Bites, Surrender Date Edition

The Bushboard list of Top 10 GOP Sound Bites has seen another week of movement at the top of the charts. The Iraq war funding debate, the PurgeGate implosion of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and last week's landscape-changing Supreme Court decision combined to produce a new crop of omnipresent Republican talking points. Rocketing to #1 […]

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April 26, 2007
Surviving All Scandals: President Bush as Mr. Burns

With each passing day, the scandal-plagued Bush White House more and more resembles a 2000 episode of The Simpsons. During a check up, the nuclear power tycoon Mr. Burns is informed by his doctor that "you are the sickest man in the United States. You have everything." (See a video clip here.) But the doctor […]

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April 25, 2007
The Suffering of Laura Bush & Bubble Boy

Among the more enduring mysteries of the current American political scene is the continued popularity of First Lady Laura Bush. For the third time in just under a year, Mrs. Bush insulted our troops and their families. Appearing on the Today Show, the First Lady offered the American people this shining nugget of detachment and […]

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April 23, 2007
Gonzales and Bush's "What is Right" Ethical Standard

Among today's least surprising developments is President Bush's latest expression of support for his embattled Attorney General. Despite Alberto Gonzales' near-death experience before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday, the President proclaimed that his long-time friend "increased my confidence." What is even less surprising, of course, is that George W. Bush continues to make a […]

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April 22, 2007
GOP Quotes of the Week

If April showers bring May flowers, then this month's torrential downpour of Republican gaffes and guffaws promises a rosy future for Democrats. The implosion of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over the U.S attorneys scandal, the missteps of 2008 GOP presidential contenders, criminality from a new crop of Banana Republicans and the continuing entropy in Iraq […]

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April 21, 2007
President Bush, Confidence Man

With the exploding scandals at the Justice Department and the World Bank enveloping his administration, President Bush voiced "full confidence" in Alberto Gonzales and Paul Wolfowitz this week. But as history has shown, there is no more certain confirmation of the criminality, ethical-wrong doing or imminent departure of a Bush team player than the President's […]

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April 19, 2007
Gonzales' Sgt. Schultz Defense

In his testimony regarding the U.S. attorneys scandal before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales once again offered his Sgt. Schultz defense. Like the bumbling German guard in Hogan's Heroes, Gonzales essentially claimed "I know nothing, nothing!" Sadly, his own recent statements show that while Gonzales may be similarly stupid, he […]

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April 18, 2007
The GOP War on the Doctor-Patient Relationship

From the moment he entered the White House, President Bush proclaimed the "doctor-patient relationship" the centerpiece of his policies when it comes to Americans' health care. Just not, as it turns out, for American women. As today's Supreme Court decision upholding the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act shows, President Bush and his Republican allies […]

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April 18, 2007
Marketing the Partial Birth Abortion Ban

On its face, today's Supreme Court decision in Gonzales v. Carhart is a victory for abortion foes seeking to ban one rarely used but seemingly horrific procedure. But in the bigger picture, the Court's validation of the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion Act is a landscape-changing triumph for conservatives' slippery slope campaign to chip away at […]

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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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