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Krugman Speaks

Posted by MEC on March 10, 2007

You listen.

He discusses the reasons for the increasing economic inequality in the U.S.

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Should We Believe This?

Posted by MEC on March 10, 2007

The Associated Press is reporting that Alberto Gonzales is yielding to Congress on the issue of the purged federal attorneys.

(Of course, the AP credits a Republican senator for bringing Gonzales to heel, not the Democratic-led hearings.)

Just hours after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales dismissed the hubbub as an “overblown personnel matter,” a Republican senator Thursday mused into a microphone that Gonzales might soon suffer the same fate as the canned U.S. attorneys…. A short time later, Gonzales and his security detail shuttled to the Capitol for a private meeting on Democratic turf, bearing two offerings:


_President Bush would not stand in the way of a Democratic-sponsored bill that would cancel the attorney general’s power to appoint federal prosecutors without Senate confirmation. Gonzales’ Justice Department had previously dismissed the legislation as unreasonable.


_There would be no need for subpoenas to compel testimony by five of Gonzales’ aides involved in the firings, as the Democrats had threatened. Cloistered in the stately hideaway of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., the attorney general assured those present that he would permit the aides to tell their stories.

I find it very hard to believe that anybody in this Administration will accept Congressional authority on anything. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a behind-the-scenes deal on the Senate confirmation: Bush will sign the bill requiring Senate confirmation, and the Senate will rubber-stamp the prosecutors who replace the victims of the political purge.

And the evidence that the attorneys were fired because they were too reluctant to engage in political witch hunts for the Republicans’ benefit will be politely forgotten.

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Needed: Democratic candidate, WI-7

Posted by Charles II on March 10, 2007

Via Jane at Firedoglake, WI-7 suddenly has a vulnerable seat.

Tomorrow's headline

No, he hasn’t announced retirement and may not this election cycle. But this film   guarantees that retirement is not that far off. Basically, Obey turns a question from polite-if-persistent constituents about legislative tactics into abuse of and cussing of said constituents. If he has a Republican challenger, you can bet that the bad language will be played over and over again. 

The Congressman is making this out to be a temporary lapse. Since I have followed Obey over many years, I know that he does tend to be testy. I see signs that this is not just a temporary lapse, but a sign of failing judgment. In particular, his announced decision to simply discard out-of-district mail is a slap in the face.

I wrote to him to told him that he’s at the top of his game, but stumbling.

It’s time for someone new.

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Heffelfinger Speaks

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 10, 2007

Tom Heffelfinger, longtime US Attorney under two presidents and of a family of longtime and respected Republicans (the founder of the Heffelfinger clan served honorably in the Civil War and parlayed that service into a career in politics), has this to say about the recent batch of prosecutor firings done by the Bush Junta (hat tip to Legal Times via TPM):

 Other former U.S. Attorneys, all Republicans, said they were “stunned” or “flummoxed” or found the way the firings were handled “insulting.”

“It is unfortunate that the department felt the need to attack the performance of these people,” says Thomas Heffelfinger, who served as U.S. Attorney in Minnesota from 2001 until last year. “It wasn’t necessary and it wasn’t warranted.”

It looks like Heffelfinger has particularly good reasons to be flummoxed by this, as this piece over at Minnesota Campaign Report shows. He seems to have been a victim of a previous effort by the Bushistas to install ideologically-purer zampolit in place of people who, while they were Republicans, didn’t put their party affiliation above all else.

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Greenwald 2, FOX 0

Posted by Charles II on March 10, 2007

A welcome e-mail from Brave New Films

We have a terrific victory to enjoy today. The Fox News sponsored Democratic presidential debate in Nevada has been cancelled. Activists all over the country came together — from the netroots to grassroots to MoveOn to bloggers to the film we at Brave New Films created — in a stunning and powerful rejection of the myth that Fox is a news station.

For those of you who have helped spread the word by spreading our Fox Attacks: Obama video far and wide. Thanks for amazing work. If you missed it, check it out here

Robert Greenwald really is showing the Democratic Party how it’s done. Is anyone there paying attention?

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