Court Of Impeachment And War Crimes: Impeach+Bush+Cheney, Dredgings And Brush Clippings From The Political Swamp

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Impeach+Bush+Cheney, Dredgings And Brush Clippings From The Political Swamp

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A Way Out of the Catch-22?OpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USAHe goes on to point out that the Neocons have admitted that they will do worse and worse things until they are stopped: As David Addington - Dick Cheney's ...See all stories on this topic

Brain-dead GOP gave us horrid leaderChicago Daily Herald - Chicago,IL,USAWe have a man in the White House who should have been impeached long ago. We have a GOP party who backs this moronic administration and is as bad as he is. ...See all stories on this topic

Pelosi Runs AwayBy Snooper(Snooper) WASHINGTON, DC - As America’s men and women in uniform await a decision from Congress that will determine the success of their mission inIraq, Nancy Pelosi has decided that funding the campaign coffers of House Democrats is more ...Sick and Tired Americans -

Pelosi Negatives Exceed Positives in Latest PollHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi's own party is turning on her, apparently because of a perception among California Democrats that she has not done enough to shake up the status quo in Washington, DC, according to a Field Poll released ...Digg / upcoming -

Iowa is Keeping Its New Year’s Resolution:By Lefty(Lefty) Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.) News Release, 12/19/07] Still, many Democratic-led, bipartisan supported bills have been blocked by Bush’s veto pen. Bills — like the Children’s Health Insurance Program — that would have brought more relief to ...Blue State Rising -

Pelosi, Feinstein, Newsom announce federal fundingFog City Journal - San Francisco,CA,USABy Luke Thomas Joined by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dianne Feinsten, Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced $82 million in federal funding for the toxic ...See all stories on this topic

Unemployment hits two-year high (Watch This For A Change In Focus)Baltimore Sun - United States... and their jobs shipped overseas, and are struggling with skyrocketing energy and health care costs,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. ...See all stories on this topic

Cindy Sheehan: Shun Lesser of 2 EvilsBy wilderside by Cindy Sheehan. If anyone thinks that politicians truly cast their votes out of integrity and some kind of shared values and not with their own best interests at heart, there is some self-delusion happening there. ...On the Wilder Side -

is Terry Bisson lying?By Cao It was particularly interesting when Cindy Sheehan began her tour across America and received all that press. Here was Sheehan speaking against Amerikka and getting accolades with Code Pink members very visible in her entourage, ...Cao's Blog -

All Power to the PeopleBy Cindy Sheehan(SF Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay)) If in the highly likely event that your Congress rep is failing at his/her job, run for office (requirements) against him/her, or support the candidacy of someone who is running that conforms to your beatitudes, not the beatitudes of ...Indybay newswire -

Parade Shocker!... Rose Bowlers Flung Objects at Code Pink ...By Gateway Pundit(Gateway Pundit) Cindy Sheehan, the candidate for those brave enough to sit on their hands during the national anthem, was not pleased with this rude reception she received after her protest at the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day. Gateway Pundit -

Couragous protestors disappearatedBy miriam(miriam) ... the Dixie Chicks, tried for sedition, sentenced and executed; the Plame-Wilson pair, kept in a dungeon and fed a diet of bread and water; Cindy Sheehan, who has been stoned to death; Susan Sarandon, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, miriam's ideas -

Cheney Impeachment Drive 'Gaining Momentum' in - Regensburg,GermanyDennis Kucinich's House resolution to impeach Vice President Cheney is gaining support in Congress. The resolution has been introduced to the House ...See all stories on this topic

Move to Impeach Cheney Picking Up SteamBy Essentially Contested America reports: "A House Resolution to impeach US Vice-President Dick Cheney, Dennis Kucinich's HR 333, is gathering more support. The national impeachment continues to grow and generate increasing interest since being referred ...Constitutional Law - Justia BlawgSear... -

impeach cheneyBy glassfrequency(glassfrequency) with 381 days to go, imagine the mischief. sign the petition while there's still time. thanks for the reminder AC.snow-moon -

Impeach George BushImpeach george bush. Fugly Images -

Isn't it time to start impeachment of Bush?Bloomington Pantagraph - IL, USAWhen a President is impeached and removed from office for "high crimes" the vice president takes over by law. When we have no vice president at the time, ...See all stories on this topic

Impeach+Bush+Cheney, Iowa and tthe morning after, Graphic ...By Ed, Dickau(Ed, Dickau) Claudia Rosett writes in an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer: "The irony is that with the gains in Iraq of the 2007 surge, the much-criticized toppling of Saddam Hussein is looking more and more like the signal success of Bush ...Court Of Impeachment And War Crimes -

Connecticut Congressman Dodges Impeachment QuestionsCongressman John Larson responded in writing to the 12 questions posed by Greater Hartford Impeach several weeks ago, but he supplied answers to none of them. Digg / upcoming -

Connecticut Congressman Dodges Impeachment QuestionsJohn Larson responded in writing to the 12 questions posed by Greater Hartford Impeach several weeks ago, but he supplied answers to none of them. Through aide John Rossi, he sent me a package consisting of a two-page letter and a - Impeach... -

Expectations Game Was Played in Iowa’s Second Tier - Washington,DC,USADennis J. Kucinich of Ohio all needed breakthrough performances to emerge from Iowa unscathed. All fell well short of the mark. ...See all stories on this topic

Current Presidential Polls Helps to Exclude Dennis KucinichTransWorldNews (press release) - Monroe,GA,USAOhio congressman Dennis Kucinich was excluded from partaking in events held at an Iowa caucus this month. The reasoning was that his Iowa affiliate runs out ...See all stories on this topic

ABC Cuts 3 From Presidential DebateThe Associated Press - NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich filed a complaint with the FCC on Friday after ABC News excluded him, fellow Democrat Mike ...See all stories on this topic

Clinton, Romney step up attacksBoston Globe - United States... invited Democrats are Clinton, Obama, Edwards, and Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico; the hosts excluded Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio. ...See all stories on this topic

Candidates blazing trail days before primaryNH Primary - NH,USADennis Kucinich, of Ohio, filed a complaint with the FCC on Friday after ABC News excluded him, fellow Democrat Mike Gravel, a former senator from Alaska ...See all stories on this topic

Connecticut Congressman Dodges Impeachment QuestionsOpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USAby Steve Fournier Page 1 of 1 page(s) John Larson responded in writing to the 12 questions posed by Greater Hartford Impeach several weeks ago, ...See all stories on this topic

Keeping the RepublicOpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USAThat tool is impeachment. So, I ask you my fellow citizens to do something for me while I march in your name. Please. Talk to your neighbors. ...See all stories on this topic

It's amazing! It's incredible! TV analysts gush over Iowa
By Mary Mcnamara
If there was kinetic joy in the camps of Iowa caucus victors Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee last night, it was nothing compared to the hyperbole-burbling, earnest elbow-leaning glee of the political commentators. For one brief and electronically shining moment, the folks at CNN, MSNBC and even Fox News found common ground -- an Upset in Iowa, with the long-predicted favorites taking it on the chin. (Hillary Rodham Clinton came in third!)

Obama's victory upends his party's politics
By Peter Wallsten
His promise of change resonates more than Clinton's claim of experience

Iowa's punctual ritual of persuasion
By Robin Abcarian
Speeches and sweets are employed to try to inspire fellow caucusgoers to 'realign' with favored Democratic contenders.

Campaign turns attention to New Hampshire
By Maria L. La Ganga, Seema Mehta and Cathleen Decker
The morning after the Iowa caucuses, presidential candidates tune their messages, and sharpen and re-aim their criticisms.

McCain hopes his past is ahead of him
By James Rainey and Maeve Reston
With renewed energy, the Republican, who won the New Hampshire primary in 2000, stakes his presidential bid on the state.

Job slump latest omen of recession
By Peter G. Gosselin
Economic contraction probably has already taken hold in some states, including California, analysts say.

Huckabee, Obama face new hurdles in New Hampshire
By Janet Hook
The Iowa winners' message of change might not play as well with voters in the Granite State and elsewhere.

Dear Ed.,

First of all: HAPPY NEW YEAR. Now to the news everyone's talking about.

If there were any doubts that Religious Right voters are still a powerful force in the Republican Party, Mike Huckabee's huge win in the Iowa Republican caucuses last night put them to rest.

Huckabee's friendly, folksy demeanor can distract attention from the disturbing fact that he and his backers essentially urged conservative evangelicals to vote for him based on his being the "right" kind of Christian.

That should make Americans very nervous.

Governor Huckabee has pledged to support every item on the Radical Right's wish list: a constitutional ban on abortion, a veto of legislation to protect gay and lesbian Americans from discrimination, support for a bill to keep federal courts from intervening when local officials violate the separation of church and state, and most importantly, a far-right Supreme Court.

When asked about what kind of justices Huckabee would appoint to the Supreme Court -- something CNN predicts the next president could get to do three or more times -- his answer was:

"I would want people who are in the spirit of Scalia. He's probably my hero in the Court."

That should make Americans even more nervous.

To find out more about what Mike Huckabee and the other Republican presidential candidates are saying about the Court, please visit

And for more information on Huckabee and the Religious Right, see PFAW's report

The Huckabee Surge: Why Religious Right Activists Like Mike

and our

Right Wing Watch Huckabee archive.

We hope that you stand with us in 2008 as we continue to expose and counter the Radical Right, and mobilize thousands of Americans to Take Back the Court.

-- Your Allies at People For the American Way



Recession Impression: By Jesse StanchakPosted Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at 7:02 AM ET

The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times each lead with December's soaring unemployment numbers, which are renewing analyst fears that a recession is imminent. The Washington Post leads with presidential candidates in both parties retooling their campaigns to account for the results of the Iowa caucuses. The Wall Street Journal splits the difference, topping its world-wide newsbox with campaign developments and its business and finance newsbox with unemployment numbers.

Unemployment hit 5 percent in December, up from 4.7 percent the month before. The WP calls it the biggest jump in unemployment since October 2001. The NYT says job growth slowed to just 18,000 net jobs, the lowest growth rate in four years. The LAT does a good job of putting it all in context, rattling off a number of other recent economic indicators too depressing to list here. The WSJ points out that investors were none too pleased by the news.

All the papers tie these unemployment woes to last summer's mortgage crisis, which tightened credit, thus slowing investment and growth. Everyone agrees that the numbers make an interest rate cut a virtual certainty when the Federal Reserve meets later this month. The NYT says the Fed might cut rates by an "unusually large half a percentage point." The paper cautions, however, that given the dollar's relative weakness and the high price of oil, a rate cut could stoke inflation down the line. The papers also mention that President Bush may announce an economic stimulus package in his State of the Union address to counteract the recent spate of bad economic news.

The WP says the results of the Iowa caucuses put the presumptive front-runners of both parties on the defensive in New Hampshire, after both Sen. Hillary Clinton and former Gov. Mitt Romney failed to live up to expectations. Catching up might be harder to do this time out, says the paper, since a condensed primary schedule favors the candidate with the most momentum.

The LAT also offers its analysis of the coming storm in New Hampshire and, like all the papers, it frames the contest as being between "change" candidates and "experience" candidates. The NYT writes that the Clinton campaign is trying to recalibrate to appeal to the younger and more independent voters that gave Sen. Barack Obama his win in Iowa. But at the same time, the WP is reporting that the Clinton camp is deciding not alter its campaign message, continuing instead to paint her as the candidate of "experience." The WSJ argues that it's not a matter of image for Clinton—it's just about how hard she wants to hit.

Mike Huckabee's Iowa victory may be a boon for John McCain, says the NYT. Iowa strengthened the perception that the Republican field lacks a front-runner, since Romney's campaign is now struggling for its life and Huckabee isn't financially prepared to fill the void. The paper reasons that McCain can win New Hampshire and build on that momentum, he can give the party faithful the standard bearer they crave. The LAT concurs, while the WSJ says people are sick of front-runners; underdogs are now the order of the day.

The NYT fronts a story on African-Americans' opinions of Obama. The trouble is, it's awfully hard to generalize about what those opinions are—a fact the story freely admits. Some people say they could see his candidacy changing the way race is perceived in America. Others like him, but don't think he can win. Some don't plan to vote for him, but think it's nice that he's running all the same. Still others don't see him as authentically black. With so many opinions floating around, it'd be nice if the NYT provided anything more than anecdotal evidence. As it stands, the paper is just proving that hearsay comes in every flavor.

The WP fronts a column on how tired Clinton and Obama were as they rushed from Iowa to New Hampshire. The piece takes great pains to emphasize how hard the candidates are pushing themselves and how little they get to rest. But it also needles them for looking and acting tired, which just comes off as petty. TP will attribute the excess snark to campaign journalists not getting a whole lot of sleep, either.
Inside, the WP calls New Hampshire "make or break" for Romney and McCain, while saying that Huckabee is already looking ahead to South Carolina

The Metric System

On a long-winded conference call today, Hillary Clinton campaign officials did their best to sweet-talk their way around her loss in Iowa. The thesis of their argument: Her organization continues to be better than anybody else's, so they can get out the vote better than anybody else's.

At various points during the call, the Clinton staffers touted different metrics to prove that their GOTV effort is best among Democrats'. A rundown of why none of them makes a convincing case:

Polls: Time and time again, they cited polls from various early primary and Feb. 5 states. All of those numbers are now outdated, thanks to Obama's win. Plus, leading in the polls didn't exactly help Clinton in Iowa.

Delegate count: At one point, Terry McAuliffe, Clinton’s campaign chairman, said Clinton still led in the delegate count. While true, McAuliffe knows journalists won't take that bait. The race for the U.S. presidency is about momentum, not delegates. Delegates are pesky distractions that make the whole process seem legitimate.

Crowd size: Does this stat really mean anything? It did for Obama in Iowa, but that could be a quirk of the caucuses. Clinton's camp cited her ability to get 2,500 people to a rally in Nevada as proof that she can get people to come out and vote. But doing that while Obama (and Edwards) are holding their own events next door is a whole other matter.

Phone calls and doorknockers: Record turnouts meant independents and Republicans showed up and voted for Obama. That means, in a way the Clinton campaign can never admit, that they would have actually preferred if fewer people voted. The fewer Republicans, the better, at this point. Even McAuliffe had to admit that "we hit and exceeded our target numbers we wanted in Iowa." Despite phone banks and door-to-door canvassing, Clinton lost Iowa because of Obama’s indies. The issue is getting people to vote for Hillary, not vote.

Posted Friday, January 04, 2008 4:56 PM by

Chadwick Matlin
Filed under: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama

Overheard in the Des Moines Airport

A guy who looks like he’s with a Canadian TV network is talking on the phone to a colleague in New Hampshire:

“Be good to Obama’s people. The advance people. I think we’re in for the long haul with them. Maintain that.”

The Canadian press has spoken. Meanwhile, three high school girls volunteering for the Obama campaign are talking about seeing Scarlett Johansson, who had been stumping for Obama:

“I’d seen a girl from Mississippi who looked just like Scarlett Johansson – same hair, same make-up. The next day in the office, I went up to her and was like, ‘Omigod you look just like Scarlett Johanssan.’ And she was like, ‘That’s because I am Scarlett Johansson.’ ”

In other news, I hear the entire Grinnell basketball team showed up to see Johansson speak at a local pizza parlor. Including the coach.

Posted Friday, January 04, 2008 4:10 PM by Christopher Beam

Change Is the Word

As this totally chaotic—but, you gotta admit, totally thrilling—primary approaches complete anarchy, you can see the candidates' rhetoric running together. First, Republicans tried to “out-Tancredo Tancredo” by shifting right on immigration. Then Hillary and Obama ramped up their talk about fighting greedy corporations in an apparent attempt to “out-Edwards Edwards.”
Now it looks like Obama, who threatens to suck independents away from McCain and Romney in New Hampshire, is influencing rhetoric on the Republican side, too. Here are clips from the latest McCain-Romney spitting match:

First, Romney:

“There’s no way that Senator McCain is going to be able to come to New Hampshire and say that he’s the candidate that represents change—that he’ll change Washington. He is Washington.”

And the McCain camp’s response:

“It is laughable that Mitt Romney would think anyone buys his latest act as an agent of change …”

Granted, both candidates have at various times angled for outsider status. But in light of yesterday, it sure sounds like the GOP big dogs are trying to out-Obama Obama.

Mark Halperin

Posted Friday, January 04, 2008 3:39 PM by Christopher Beam

Filed under: Barack Obama

The Contest: U-Chicago Student Takes Lead

Of the 100 entrants in the official Trailhead Primary Pool, only one, University of Chicago political science student Max Gallop, successfully predicted the first-, second-, and third-place winners for both the Democrats and Republicans in yesterday's Iowa caucuses.

Over all, contestants fared much better predicting the Democratic side. Excluding Gallop, 22 readers guessed the Obama-Edwards-Clinton result in the correct order, while only five predicted a Huckabee-Romney-Thompson finish. McCain's narrow loss to Thompson for third-place honors—the Arizona senator took 13.1 percent to Thompson's 13.4 percent—robbed 13 contestants of a perfect record.

Did Mike Bloomberg Shed a Tear Tonight?

You can bet Mike Bloomberg's TV was on tonight, and I doubt he liked what he saw. Bloomberg—and the rest of the third-party potentials—can't be happy that Barack Obama turned out so many independent voters in Iowa.

Obviously, the independents only turned out in Iowa. New Hampshire has a much prouder tradition of independents, and the real test for Obama is getting a convincing majority to caucus for him rather than McCain. But Iowa could be the first sign in a nationwide trend of Obama-independents. If that's the case, third-party candidates are screwed (besides a possible Ron Paul bid).

Third parties do well when independents are disillusioned with polarized politics and want a middle ground. It seems independents think Obama occupies that territory, and Huckabee spoke like he wanted to in his victory speech.

Also of note, with Bloomberg, Clinton, and Giuliani all weakened, the 2008 presidential race no longer runs through New York.

Change Beats Experience (But Not Because Obama Won)

The Edwards campaign is trying to spin their second-place finish by saying 70 percent of caucusgoers voted against Hillary Clinton tonight. That, they say, means change beat experience.

They're right, but not because Clinton lost, nor because Barack Obama won. Change beat experience months ago among Democrats when Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, and Chris Dodd were all ignored by the electorate. Those three second-tier contenders never caught much traction—in Richardson's case he actually lost momentum—because Democrats clearly don't care about a political, legislative, or diplomatic résumé.

Hillary Clinton, after all, still ran on a change message. Sure, it may have been ineffective compared with her hyper-change, hyper-hope competitors, but it was still a message of change. Among the three change candidates, Clinton was the most experienced, and she lost. Democratic voters had already narrowed down the change-experience spectrum to eliminate the candidates who equated experience with electability. Then, within that smaller spread of change candidates, the most experienced person lost.

Experience didn't lose tonight. Hillary Clinton did.

Act II: A Change In States, Stakes

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Jan. 4 -- Barack Obama brought his surging presidential campaign to New Hampshire on Friday, looking to put himself in control of the Democratic race with a victory here Tuesday, while Republican Mitt Romney sought to head off a potentially crippling loss by launching a fresh at...
(By Dan Balz and Shailagh Murray, The Washington Post)

Playing Catch-Up May Be Harder This Time Short Primary Calendar Means Candidates With Momentum Could Just Keep Rolling (By Michael D. Shear and Peter Baker, The Washington Post)

In Calling The Race, The Media Miss by a Mile (By Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post)

Politics News & Analysis Friday, Jan. 4, 2008

An Earthquake in the Midwest (David Broder)

Iowa Chooses Obama, Edwards Edging Clinton (Dan Balz, Anne E. Kornblut, Shailagh Murray)

Evangelicals Fuel Huckabee in Caucuses (Michael D. Shear, Perry Bacon Jr.)

Huckabee, Savoring Win and Looking Ahead (Perry Bacon Jr.)

Obama Camp Credits Youth Turnout (Shailagh Murray)

MAP: Path to Victory - County by County Look at the Iowa Results

The Fix: Friday Line:Next Stop N.H. (Chris Cillizza)





When All The Hype, Smoke And Mirrors Throughout The Weekend Are Cleared Away And Fresh Polling Data Impacted By Iowa And Events Since Surfaces We Will Need To Be Looking At Everything From New Hampshire To Florida To Determine Whether There Has Really Been A Tectonic Shift Of Momentum.

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