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May 1st, 2006

Cheney won't tell how much he keeps secret

By Mark Silva / Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration has dramatically accelerated the classification of information as "top secret" or "confidential," one office is refusing to report on its annual activity in classifying documents: the office of Vice President Dick Cheney. A standing executive order, strengthened by ... continue reading

April 3rd, 2006

9/11 Detainees in New Jersey Say They Were Abused With Dogs

By Nina Bernstein / New York Times The photograph, seen worldwide, is one of the defining images from Abu Ghraib: a dog strains at its leash, lunging at a terrified prisoner in an orange jumpsuit. One United States military dog handler was recently convicted of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib, ... continue reading

February 23rd, 2006

Libby's lawyers ask to dismiss perjury case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for an aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, who faces perjury charges, asked a judge on Thursday to throw out the case on the grounds that the prosecutor was appointed improperly. Since both Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and former Attorney General John Ashcroft removed themselves from ... continue reading

February 14th, 2006

White House: Rove considered Abramoff a 'casual acquaintance'

(Washington-AP, February 13, 2006) - Three former associates of Jack Abramoff said Monday that the now-disgraced lobbyist frequently told them during his lobbying work he had strong ties to the White House through presidential confidant Karl Rove. The White House said Monday that Rove remembers meeting Abramoff at a 1990s ... continue reading

February 8th, 2006

Senate toughens scrutiny of wiretapping

By Gail Russell Chaddock / Christian Science Monitor WASHINGTON - In open hearings and behind closed doors, the Senate this week opened a broad - and often tense - dialogue with the Bush administration over the president's wartime powers. It's more than just a probe into who authorized what, when, ... continue reading

February 8th, 2006

GOP senators add heat on spying

Specter urges AG to get court review By Charlie Savage / Boston Globe WASHINGTON -- Four Republican senators yesterday joined Democrats in challenging Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's insistence that President Bush broke no law when he authorized the military to spy on Americans' international phone calls and e-mails in a ... continue reading

February 6th, 2006

Gonzales Faces Tough Questions on Spying

By Katherine Shrader / Associated Press WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales insisted Monday that President Bush was "acting with authority" both under the Constitution and federal law in eavesdropping on Americans without warrants as part of the war on terror. But his strong defense of Bush's program was challenged ... continue reading

January 18th, 2006

Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Suicide Law

By Gina Holland / Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the Bush administration's attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die, protecting Oregon's one-of-a-kind assisted-suicide law. It was the first loss for Chief Justice John Roberts, who joined the court's most conservative members — ... continue reading

January 17th, 2006

Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Suicide Law

By Gina Holland / Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, with Chief Justice John Roberts dissenting, upheld Oregon's one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law Tuesday, rejecting a Bush administration attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die. Justices, on a 6-3 vote, said the 1997 Oregon law used to ... continue reading

January 13th, 2006

Bush Authorized Domestic Spying Before 9/11

By Jason Leopold / t r u t h o u t The National Security Agency advised President Bush in early 2001 that it had been eavesdropping on Americans during the course of its work monitoring suspected terrorists and foreigners believed to have ties to terrorist groups, according to a ... continue reading

January 8th, 2006

Specter Seeks AG's Testimony on Spying

By Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he has asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to testify during open hearings on the legality of the Bush administration's domestic spying program. A prominent conservative on the committee said he is troubled ... continue reading

January 3rd, 2006

Abramoff Pleads Guilty, Will Cooperate

By Mark Sherman and Curt Anderson / Associated Press WASHINGTON - Embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, agreeing to cooperate in an influence-peddling investigation that threatens powerful members of Congress. In a heavily scripted court appearance, Abramoff agreed with ... continue reading

January 2nd, 2006

Full Speed Ahead

After 9/11, Bush and Cheney pressed for more power and got it. Now, predictably, the questions begin. Behind the NSA spying furor. Newsweek Jan. 9, 2006 issue - The talk at the White House in the days and weeks after 9/11 was all about suitcase nukes and germ warfare and ... continue reading

January 2nd, 2006

Justice Deputy Resisted Parts of Spy Program

By Eric Lichtblau and James Risen / New York Times WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 - A top Justice Department official objected in 2004 to aspects of the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program and refused to sign on to its continued use amid concerns about its legality and oversight, according to ... continue reading

January 2nd, 2006

Bush Says Domestic Surveillance 'Limited'

By Deb Reichmann / Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Bush is standing firmly behind his domestic spying program, saying his decision to let the intelligence community listen in on phone calls Americans have with suspected terrorists is lawful and does not result in widespread domestic eavesdropping. Bush, whose decision is ... continue reading

October 31st, 2005

Justice Department Didn't Act on Warning About Abramoff Client

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Justice Department never acted on a post-Sept. 11 proposal, contested by lobbyist Jack Abramoff, calling for increased federal control over immigration to the Mariana Islands. The agency reassigned the two officials who produced a 34- page report that contained the proposal, and House members ... continue reading

October 25th, 2005

Poll: Few doubt wrongdoing in CIA leak

Neighbor questioned with prosecutor's grand jury set to expire (CNN) -- Only one in 10 Americans said they believe Bush administration officials did nothing illegal or unethical in connection with the leaking of a CIA operative's identity, according to a national poll released Tuesday. Thirty-nine percent said some administration officials ... continue reading

October 18th, 2005


For all you folks out there in the White House Press Corps, could you please ask Scott McClellan what his definition of “is” is? You see, George and his Press Secretary may have been a little over-zealous a couple years ago in their comments about the Valerie Plame leak. They ... continue reading

August 26th, 2005

A CIA Cover Blown, a White House Exposed

By Tom Hamburger and Sonni Efron / Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Toward the end of a steamy summer week in 2003, reporters were peppering the White House with phone calls and e-mails, looking for someone to defend the administration's claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. About to ... continue reading

August 15th, 2005

What Now, Karl?

Rove and Ashcroft face new allegations in the Valerie Plame affair By Murray Waas / Village Voice Justice Department officials made the crucial decision in late 2003 to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the leak of the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame in large part because investigators ... continue reading

August 10th, 2005

U.S. Defends Detentions at Airports

By Nina Bernstein / New York Times Foreign citizens who change planes at airports in the United States can legally be seized, detained without charges, deprived of access to a lawyer or the courts, and even denied basic necessities like food, lawyers for the government said in Brooklyn federal court ... continue reading

August 5th, 2005

With Starr, Roberts Pushed Reagan Agenda

By David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — For many years, the solicitor general was known as the "10th justice," a trusted figure who advised the Supreme Court on the law and whose client was the United States. But midway through the Reagan administration, the office took on ... continue reading

July 25th, 2005

Atty. Gen. Gonzales Responds to Frank Rich's '12-Hour Gap' Charge

By E&P Staff / Editor & Publisher NEW YORK Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, responding to a strong charge in a column by Frank Rich in The New York Times’ today, said there was nothing improper about waiting 12 hours to “preserve all materials” after being informed by the Justice Department ... continue reading

June 20th, 2005

Libraries Say Yes, Officials Do Quiz Them About Users

By Eric Lichtblau / New York Times WASHINGTON, June 19 - Law enforcement officials have made at least 200 formal and informal inquiries to libraries for information on reading material and other internal matters since October 2001, according to a new study that adds grist to the growing debate in ... continue reading

May 21st, 2005

Inaction in New York Prison Abuse Stirs Anger

Justice officials called the treatment of immigrants after 9/11 outrageous. The Bureau of Prisons has not held anyone to account. By Richard B. Schmitt and Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — It was the first prison abuse scandal of the post-Sept. 11 era, when scores of immigrants ... continue reading

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa Nick Turse Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch Donna Smith The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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