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Month: August 2007

August 15, 2007
White House to Author "Fill Right" Iraq Report for Petraeus

Among today's least surprising and most disturbing developments is the revelation from the Los Angeles Times that the Bush White House will author the much anticipated September 15 surge progress report for General David Petraeus. Despite President Bush's frequent claims along the lines of "I'm going to wait for David to come back - David […]

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August 14, 2007
The Base Politics of Karl Rove

In the wake of the resignation of Karl Rove, most media post-mortems of the architect of the Bush presidency describe his legacy as one of ultimate failure. That is, in the end Karl Rove fell short of his goal to secure a permanent Republican majority monopolizing all three branches of government for the next generation. […]

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August 13, 2007
Flashback: The Karl Rove Whack-a-Mole Contest

This morning, the Wall Street Journal delivered the happy news that Karl Rove is resigning effective the end of August. Whether his surprising departure signals he no longer has the stomach to sell President Bush's surge in September or to face endless Congressional investigations over his role in the political purge of U.S. attorneys remains […]

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August 12, 2007
Missouri Church Shooting Highlights Concealed Weapons Law

The fatal shooting of three people in a Missouri church on Sunday promises to renew the debate over concealed weapons laws. Under the state's "conceal and carry" law enacted in 2003, Show Me State residents can bring firearms into places of worship (among other places), provided they get permission from their pastors. Whether the gunman […]

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August 12, 2007
Romney-Vick '08

Fresh off his underwhelming multi-million dollar victory in the Iowa straw poll Saturday, Mitt Romney's campaign is once again being dogged by, well, dogs. Appearing on Fox News with Chris Wallace, Romney was forced to once again defend his past penchant for rooftop canine waterboarding. At least Romney can take comfort in the availability of […]

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August 12, 2007
Studies: Americans Shorter, Living Shorter Lives

New statistics released this week show that Americans are once again coming up in short when it comes to the health of nations. Just weeks after researchers found that Americans had relinquished their crown as the world's tallest people to the Dutch, a new study revealed that life expectancy in the U.S. had plummeted to […]

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August 11, 2007
Flashback: Pat Robertson Wins 1987 Iowa Straw Poll

Mitt Romney's looming landslide in today's Republican straw poll in Ames, Iowa doesn't bode well for American democracy. After all, as Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the New York Times report, Romney is spending millions of dollars on fun, food and frolic to win the hearts, minds and stomachs of Hawkeye State […]

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August 10, 2007
Giuliani Telling Tales on Terrorism Record

Self-proclaimed terrorist fighter Rudy Giuliani is telling tall tales again. Just days after the Village Voice thoroughly refuted Giuliani's claims about his supposedly central role prosecuting the 1985 murder case of Leon Klinghoffer by PLO terrorists aboard the cruise ship Achille Lauro, the GOP presidential front-runner is at it again. In Ohio on Thursday, the […]

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August 10, 2007
Giuliani Still Flummoxed by Faith

On Wednesday, I described how 2008 GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani found themselves snared by a faith-based trap of their own making. Proudly declaring themselves men of deep faith, the GOP early front-runners then shied away from explaining their faith to voters. Today, the AP provides an addendum to the tale of […]

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August 9, 2007
Bush, Bonds Extend Dubious Records

This week, two of the least trusted men in America extended their dubious records of accomplishment. Last night in San Francisco, the steroids-scandal tainted Barry Bonds added to his record home run total by swatting his 757th round-tripper. And this morning in Washington, George W. Bush held a rare press conference before commencing his annual […]

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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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