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Republicans Experiencing Policy Paralysis on Iraq

Republican presidential candidates and leaders are experiencing policy paralysis on the Iraq war.

Former CIA Director George Tenet: I’m a Patsy

Tenet recalls in his new book that former Secretary of State Powell invited him over one Sunday evening for some lemonade, and proceeded to report his being witness to a lively debate on Air Force One where Vice President Cheney attempted to throw Tenet under the bus for the African uranium claim showing up in the 2003 State of the Union Address.

NBC Memo: Donahue Fired Because Not Patriotic Enough

The media continues to legitimately receive criticism for its poor performance during the run-up to the Iraq war.

DOJgate & gwb43.comgate Coming to a Head

The Bush administration may have violated the 1978 Presidential Records Act requiring the White House keep records of discussions and policy deliberations. Since 2001 approximately 50 White House officials are reported to have had shadow off-book RNC e-mail accounts. The RNC claims they cannot recover e-mail records for 15 of these 50 officials.

You Can’t Referee a Civil War

President Bush, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), and other Republican allies are calling for patience despite four years of failed policy in Iraq. McCain erroneously and irresponsibly claims that Democrats are denying soldiers the means to prevent an American defeat. Yet it was not a Democratic president or Congress that sent our soldiers, ill-equipped to fight and ill-prepared to remain for four years, into the middle of a civil war. No, that was a Republican president and Congress that made perhaps one of the greatest foreign policy blunders in our nation’s history.

American Public to Bush: Come Back to Reality and Leave Iraq

President Bush is demanding Congress “come off their vacation” to get their Iraq spending bill to his desk so he can veto it. Yet, has the President ever come off his vacation since invading Iraq four years ago? As disastrously as Bush’s Iraq war has devolved, the evidence inevitably points to no.

New Poll: Bush Losing North Texans’ Support

Wichita, Archer, and Clay counties are three of the last places one would guess President Bush is losing significant support and approval. A poll recently conducted by Midwestern State University indicates almost one-half of residents located in the heart of North Texas do not approve of President Bush’s handling of the economy or of his performance as chief executive.

Overt Racism Alive and Hating In the 21st Century

Just when you begin looking back to all of the progress achieved in civil rights for the past 40 years, someone perpetrates an act reminding you the struggle continues today in some parts of the country.

Buying Babies & Selling Sanity

Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) should look into purchasing sanity rather than babies. Sen. Patrick’s SB 1567 provides $500 to women choosing adoption over abortion. He claims the bill provides pregnant women “incentive” that can influence their decision away from abortion.

Republican Backlash Against Imperial Presidency

Amidst a congressional effort to check presidential power gone awry, President Bush and Vice President Cheney tag teamed the Democratic led House by vehemently criticizing their passage of a timetable for redeploying troops from Iraq’s civil war.

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