Archive for February, 2004

The National Guard saga continues

February 11th, 2004 – 9:13 pm
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See White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan bob and weave, and the White House press corp actually presses him on the issue of Bush’s service records. Apparently a few pay stubs that don’t really prove much weren’t enough to satisfy the reporters. Also see Richard Cohen write in his Washington Post column [registration required]: In […]

Lying about job growth (again)

February 9th, 2004 – 9:44 pm
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Today the annual Economic Report of the President predicted that 2.6 million new jobs will be created this year. This is, to say the least, a ridiculous forecast, but rather than try to explain why, I’ll let people with a better technical grasp of economics explain it for me. Brad DeLong (Professor of Economics, U.C. […]

Bush on Meet the Press

February 8th, 2004 – 3:28 pm
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The Center for American Progress has put up a report called “CLAIM vs. FACT: The President on Meet the Press,” which examines President Bush’s appearance on Meet the Press this morning. It begins with this statement: “President Bush wouldn’t have agreed to an hour long network interview without a good reason and today he had […]

Another fine TMW

February 7th, 2004 – 10:30 am
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This Modern World: Secret Agent Squirrel

Shafting the veterans

February 6th, 2004 – 8:53 pm
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Repeat after me. George Bush does not support our troops. The Bush Administration’s 2004 budget proposed gutting Veterans Administration (VA) services, including health care funding. Proposed cuts included: denying at least 360,000 veterans access to health care; $250 annual premiums; increased pharmacy co-payments; a 30 percent increased primary care co-payments; and increased waiting time for […]

Where are those jobs?

February 6th, 2004 – 8:44 pm
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You may have seen a story on your local news (or in your local newspaper) that seemed to be reporting the newest drop in the unemployment rate as good news. Things aren’t that simple though: The U.S. economy created just 112,000 new jobs in January, far fewer than expected, government data showed on Friday, in […]

Economic violence

February 6th, 2004 – 8:31 pm
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Since the U.S. apparently refuses to ever do anything to intervene in Israel’s continued oppression of the Palestinians, it’s good to see that at least the EU is considering doing something: The MPs said that the barrier “destroyed the viability of a Palestinian state” and risked having an irreversible effect on the Palestinian people. They […]

Bush’s budget priorities

February 4th, 2004 – 12:00 am
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President Bush has proposed a pathetic excuse for a budget. To quote Jack Balkin over at Balkinization: This Washington Post story on Bush’s proposed budget confirms my suspicions about Bush’s political strategy. To please his right wing he is proposing cuts in a whole host of social programs which will actually add up to a […]

Support the BBC

February 2nd, 2004 – 9:21 pm
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[Yes, it’s a link.] Last week a report was released by Lord Hutton, a British law lord who had been conducting a judicial inquiry into the death (supposedly by suicide) of weapons expert David Kelly, which roundly condemned the BBC. It all gets rather involved, but you can read the Guardian’s timeline of the incident, […]

No winning ad during the Superbowl

February 1st, 2004 – 8:20 pm
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One thing you definitely won’t be seeing during tonight’s Superbowl is the winner of’s Bush in 30 Seconds. CBS claims that they simply have a policy of not running issue ads during the Superbowl….unless, of course, they’re drug war messages paid for by the White House. Apparently they only want to expose people to […]