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Archive for January, 2007

Senator Jeff Sessions will make you rich!

January 30th, 2007

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When you go from the majority to the minority, the little indignities are almost imperceptible. That’s why Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, one of the most conservative Republicans this side of Orrin Hatch, might have been a little bit puzzled about why an op-ed he wrote for the Washington Post was published mid-week between Christmas and New Years. As anyone in this town knows only the lonely are in DC during that desolate week.

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Bush’s State of the Union: More Iraq and Roll Tactics?

January 26th, 2007

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The same night that television viewers in some DC media markets watched President Bush deliver the State of the Union address, some also were treated to a new ad campaign “aimed at educating the American public.”

Here’s the text of one of the 30-second spots:

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Changing the Tune on American Competitiveness

January 23rd, 2007

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America’s economy is, without dispute, the largest and strongest in the world.

Yet in talking about issues related to America’s ability to compete in the global economy, too many progressives resort to a pessimistic message that implies we are on the brink of decline. We’re falling behind in math and science. We don’t produce enough engineers. South Korea has better cell phone coverage, and fill-in-the-blank-developing-country spends more than we do on research.

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Responding to the Bush Iraq Plan

January 12th, 2007

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Well, after watching the President on Wednesday night, I think we all feel a LOT better about Iraq!

Uh, yeah. Would that it were so.

This latest in a long line of Bush “plans for victory” (there have been six or so, depending on how you count) is, of course, unwise on its face. Even those who believe the only way to succeed in Iraq is to escalate our troop numbers think we’d need a lot more than 21,000 troops, and they’d need to deploy for a lot longer than the Bush team has been saying they’re going for.

What then, are war opponents in Congress to do?

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Selling Stem Cells: How to Support DeGette-Castle and Avoid the Traps

January 11th, 2007

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Stem cell research supporters are aglow about the imminent congressional (re)debate on the DeGette-Castle embryonic stem cell research bill, beginning in the House today. They think they have the votes and the rock-solid support of the country. We hope they’re right – we’re big supporters of stem cell research. But we worry that some of the messaging the advocates are using could misfire.

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