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Archive for July 18th, 2007

Dept. of inJustice enforces purge law, not registration law

Posted by Charles II on July 18, 2007

Steven Rosenfeld, Alternet (via t/o):  

State welfare offices across the country are not offering millions of low-income Americans the opportunity to register to vote when applying for public assistance despite a federal law requiring them to do so, according to an analysis of a recent federal voting registration report and experts who say the Department of Justice and states are to blame.

At the same time, the Justice Department’s Voting Section, which enforces voting rights and supervises elections in some states, is pressuring 10 states to do more to purge voter rolls – or remove ineligible voters – before the 2008 presidential election, according to letters sent to state election officials this spring.

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Mexico, July 18 2007

Posted by Charles II on July 18, 2007

Visit Oaxaca for a fabulous vacation (video).

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In Which Harry Reid Throws Down

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 18, 2007


 (As Bartcop says:  Use the BIG Hammer!)

More like this, please:

Ratcheting up the stakes in the wake of the GOP’s successful blocking of a vote on Iraq withdrawal just moments ago, Harry Reid just announced on the Senate floor that he won’t allow a vote on the entire Defense Authorization bill until the Senate GOP drops its filibustering of votes on Iraq.

Here’s what Reid had to say on the matter:

I have temporarily laid aside the Defense Authorization bill and have entered a motion to reconsider.

But let me be clear to my Republican colleagues – I emphasize the word “temporarily”. We will do everything in our power to change course in Iraq. We will do everything in our power to complete consideration of a Defense Authorization bill. We must do both.

And just to remind my Republican colleagues – even if this bill had passed yesterday, its provisions would not take effect until October.

So we will come back to this bill as soon as it is clear we can make real progress. To that end, I have asked the Democratic Whip and Democratic Manager of the bill to sit down with their counterparts to work on a process to address all outstanding issues related to this bill so the Senate can return to it as soon as possible.

Here’s why it’s a big deal:

What this means is that Reid isn’t allowing any votes on any other Iraq amendments — not the toothless Warner-Lugar amendment, not the Ken Salazar amendment that would force adoption of the Baker-Hamilton plan, nothing.

Fellow TPM reporter Spencer Ackerman also says that Reid’s move is very significant in another way:

Because the Pentagon’s priorities won’t become law until a Defense Authorization bill is passed, the Pentagon’s fiscal 08 priorities won’t get funded until this standoff is resolved — and Reid is insisting that won’t happen until the GOP allows a vote on the Iraq withdrawal measures.

More soon.

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Posted by MEC on July 18, 2007

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Yesterday, the Democrats got a few headlines because Senator Reid responded to the Republican filibuster of the Reed-Levin amendment but calling an all-night session to debate the issue.

Today, the U.S. military announced the capture of “the highest-ranking Iraqi in the leadership of al Qaeda in Iraq”.

Ignore the Senate debate! Look over there! Shiny progress in Iraq! We captured somebody!

According to the report, we captured him on July 4. Two weeks ago, but they’re only getting around to announcing it now.

And the White House claims they don’t save these announcements for special occasions.

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This News Made My Day

Posted by MEC on July 18, 2007

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Keith Olbermann will host the Democratic candidates forum sponsored by the AFL-CIO.

The forum, with the seven leading Democratic candidates, will be broadcast live [August 7] from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. CDT (7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. EDT) on MSNBC and XM Satellite Radio.

Mark your calendars.

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Bush and Giuliani Lied; People Died

Posted by MEC on July 18, 2007

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And more people are going to die because the Bush Administration lied about the dangers of the dust from the World Trade Center.

Inhalation of dust-laden air has been implicated in at least two deaths — from lung inflammation and scarring — and connected to the respiratory illnesses and even cancers of thousands working and living within miles of Ground Zero, according to medical studies.

Mount Sinai Medical Center researchers found 69 percent of the nearly 10,000 first responders they examined had new or worsened lung problems after September 11, while doctors at New York University School of Medicine documented these problems in lower Manhattan residents.


Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democratic who headed a House of Representatives hearing on the issue in June, said the Environmental Protection Agency issued falsely reassuring statements about air safety and asbestos levels.

This led first responders to work with inadequate protective equipment and New Yorkers to return to “homes, schools and workplaces that had not been properly tested.”


An August 2003 report by the EPA’s inspector general found that some of these statements were made without scientific evidence, and also implicated the White House in mitigating health warnings.

The article doesn’t mention presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s role in this scandal, but it should.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, environment, health issues, Rudy Giuliani, September 11, World Trade Center | 3 Comments »

Dollar drop may feed on itself

Posted by Charles II on July 18, 2007

The dollar plunged to lows heretofore unknown against the Euro. So, as the Dow makes headlines for new highs, in constant dollars, it’s still way down from the Clinton era.

The dollar fell to a record low against the euro and dropped versus the yen after Bear Stearns Cos. reported hedge fund losses, fueling speculation investors will spurn U.S. assets as the economy slows.

The yen also rose against the euro, British pound and New Zealand dollar as investors scaled back carry trades, where they buy higher-yielding securities with money borrowed in Japan….

“Breaking through those levels marks a new stage of the week dollar trend,” said Koji Fukaya, senior currency strategist in Tokyo at Deutsche Securities. “The dollar’s depreciation may accelerate.” …

“The yen is rising on an unwinding in carry trades,” said Tsutomu Soma, a bond and currency dealer at Okasan Securities Co. in Tokyo. “Bear Stearns latest woes are sparking risk aversion. This isn’t just about Bear Stearns. Other hedge funds may be suffering just as much.”

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