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  • Columbia University Shows True American Values

    Columbia University, by inviting Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    to speak, has shown confidence in the wisdom and adultness of their
    students and our republic.

  • The Problem With a “War” Strategy

    The eerie juxtaposition of General Betrayus testifying today before
    Congress, and it being 9/11 (which helped Bush bring us disasters
    ranging from the PATRIOT Act to the Iraq War and Occupation) brings an
    opportunity to re-understand what’s been happening here and in Iraq
    these past six years, and offers an insight into a way forward.

  • Roll Back the Reagan Tax Cuts

  • The Libby Commutation: Coincidence, or Conspiracy?

    The President of the United States has the unrestrained Power of
    granting Pardons for Treason; which may be sometimes exercised to
    screen from punishment those whom he had secretly instigated to commit
    the Crime, & thereby prevent a Discovery of his own Guilt. – George
    Mason (1725-1792), the “father of the Bill of Rights,” noting his
    objection to presidential pardon powers in his first draft commentary
    on the Constitution of the United States he helped write...

  • The Republican Plan For 2008 Begins Today

    It’s difficult to watch Democrats play checkers while Republicans play
    Chess with Iraq. It’s particularly difficult on Memorial Day as more
    Americans and Iraqis die. But the Republican Party has been playing
    politics with Iraq since the day after the Supreme Court installed
    George W. Bush in office in 2001, and they have no intention of
    stopping now. They may have borrowed some techniques from Richard
    Nixon, but they have no intention of repeating his mistakes.

  • James Madison - “Impeach Bush Over Purgegate!”

    According to James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” if a
    President were to order or allow the “wanton removal of meritorious
    officers” such as US attorneys, such an action “would subject the
    President to impeachment and removal from his own high trust.”

  • Repeal the Military Commissions Act and Restore the Most American Human Right

    The oldest human right defined in the history of English-speaking civilization is the right to challenge governmental power of arrest and detention through the use of habeas corpus laws. Habeas corpus is roughly Latin for "hold the body," and is used in law to mean that a government must either charge a person with a crime and allow them due process, or let them go free. Last autumn the House and Senate passed, and the President signed into law The United States Military Commissions Act of 2006, which explicitly strips both aliens and Americans of the right of habeas corpus, the right of recourse to the courts (as provided in the Fifth through Eighth Amendments to the Constitution), and denies appeal through mechanisms of the Geneva Conventions to those designated to lose these rights by the President.

  • Join The Parade For We The People

    This issue - the power of the Parade, of We The People speaking up and speaking out and participating in the political process - was the primary debate in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention. Tragically, it will again be hotly contested as the House of Representatives begins to investigate potential crimes by the Executive branch and the Bush administration begins to push back and claim executive privilege (a doctrine that appears nowhere in the Constitution).

  • Republicans Give In To Bush, Betray America

    Senators John McCain, John Warner, and Lindsey Graham were presented with an opportunity to uphold the fundamental human right known as habeas corpus, or flinch and write a law that would retroactively make sure that George W. Bush could not be prosecuted for violations of habeas corpus in our overseas concentration camps and prisons. It was a contest between protecting the President and protecting the Constitution. The Republican senators flinched, and in last week's so-called "compromise" chose Bush over the Constitution.

  • Reclaiming The Issues: "Keep George Out Of Jail"

    The Republicans are trying to keep George W. Bush out of jail. So far, the media and the Democrats haven't done much to stop them.

  • JFK's Biggest Secret Revealed -- But Will Congress Keep History from Repeating Itself?

    Recently declassified files show that in addition to protecting Almeida, agencies from the CIA to the FBI to Naval Intelligence also withheld information to hide their own intelligence failures and domestic surveillance operations, as well as to protect the reputations of their own agencies and key officials. Santayana said, "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." That is certainly true in this case since, as the following examples show, that is true in this case since all the secrecy has impacted US domestic and foreign policy for decades, and continues to do so.

  • JonBenét Died - And Bush Lied?

    I was on the air doing my radio program two weeks ago when the story came down the wire that the killer of JonBenét Ramsey had been captured in Thailand just hours earlier.

  • Reclaiming The Issues: Islamic Or Republican Fascism?

    In the years since George W. Bush first used 9/11 as his own "Reichstag fire" to gut the Constitution and enhance the power and wealth of his corporate cronies, many across the political spectrum have accused him and his Republican support group of being fascists.

  • Reclaiming The Issues: "Why Is Bush Spying On Democrats?!?"

    Every time Democrats and progressives speak out about George W. Bush's spying on Americans without mentioning that he may also be spying on Democrats, they're playing into Karl Rove's "National Security Frame" and actually strengthening Republican electoral chances in November. To short-circuit this, Democrats need to invoke the ghost of Richard Nixon.

  • Reclaiming the Issues: "It's an Illegal Employer Problem"

    Every time the media - or a Democrat - uses the phrase "Illegal Immigration" they are promoting one of Karl Rove's most potent Republican Party frames.

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How Can the GOP Run American Government If They Hate It?

The coal country state of West Virginia is in the middle of a special legislative session to deal with a $270 million budget shortfall, and it's setting the stage for Republicans to completely gut the state's government.

It's the same playbook we've seen the right-wing carry out in Wisconsin, in Kansas, in Michigan, and in Ohio.