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American Premonition in Argentina
2007-10-13 04:33:00
There's something strangely familiar about the upcoming Argentine Presidential Election. Let's look at the leading candidate:In Argentina , Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kircher, who represents the province that includes Argentina's largest city (Buenos Aires) and has also served as First Lady of Argentina is leading in polls.In the United States, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who represents the state that includes the United States' largest city (New York) and has also served as First Lady of the United States, is leading in polls.and you thought we were pioneering the way for wives of former presidents becoming presidents themselves.
More About: Hillary Clinton , American , Premonition , Gent
Thompson Endorses Giuliani
2007-10-12 23:27:00
Tommy of course.He says that "during a period of time of great stress for this country he showed tremendous leadership,"So did George W. Bush and looked how well that turned out
More About: Rudy Giuliani , Tommy Thompson , Giuliani , Thompson , Thom
A Victory For Their Side
2007-10-12 21:49:00
Muslim extremists scare meBorn-again Christians scare meWhat petrifies me?Muslim extremists turned born-again Christians
More About: Victory , War on Terrorism , Islamic fundamentalism , Christian fundamentalism , Side
IN-9: Hill To Vote To Override
2007-10-12 11:40:00
He explains it all in a letter to a constiuent posted on Open Left;Dear _____, Last week the President vetoed H.R. 976, The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007. I am disappointed that a more balanced State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill was not put forth. As such, I strongly implore the President and Democratic Leadership to work together to craft a bill that ensures equitable benefits for all states, as well as an expansion of the program.From the very start of this debate, I have been fighting to ensure that Indiana receives its fair share of government funding. For far too long, Hoosiers have been major contributors to the federal government without receiving an equitable share of the benefits. We've seen this time and time again in the areas of transportation and housing funds. As your elected representative,I will fight to protect all of our precious resources, and that includes the tax dollars of my constituents. Our nation wi...
More About: Vote , Hill
And The Winner Is....
2007-10-12 11:14:00
Al GoreThe former Vice President has won the Nobel Peace Prize,He will share the prize with U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for his efforts against climate change.Gore joins a slew of other famous world advocates including Theodore Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Lech Walesa, Desmond Tutu, Yitzhak Rabin, and Jimmy Carter as winners of the prestigious award.
More About: Al Gore , Winner
OH-16: Regula Out
2007-10-12 01:23:00
Another GOP Congressman has announced his retirement, opening up a potentially competitive seat.Ralph Regula, who has been in office since 1973, has announced he is retiring next year. His district, the Ohio 16th, sits in North Central Ohio between Cleveland and Columbus and includes Canton and Ashland. Bush won 54% of the vote in the district in 2004 and it's PVI is R+4.Ohio State Senator John Boccieri has already announced he was running before Regula's retirement announcement. He will be a strong candidate.Slight Lean Republican
We Can No Longer Deny History
2007-10-11 23:41:00
"Who Remembers the Armenians?"Those words were uttered by Adolf Hitler at the dawn of World War II. Hitler was asked by his generals what he thought the world would say if they killed everyone who got in their way during the 1939 invasion of Poland.There's a thin line between "atrocity" and "massacre" and what we describe as "genocide." Surely we all agree what the Turkish did during World War I against the Ottoman Empire's Armenian population is indeed an atrocity. It was indeed a massacre, but it also was genocide. We can no longer to afford to deny history, for perhaps if we did remember the Armenians in 1939, Hitler's genocide may not have happened.Our relationship with Turkey is a unique and important one. Having been to Turkey recently, I can account for how Westernized and modern the country really is and how friendly to Americans the Turkish people are. Still, good friends do not deny the mistakes their friends make, especially if it can prevent those mistakes from happen...
More About: History , Iraq War , War on Terrorism , Genocide
Coulter: Jews Need To Become Christians
2007-10-11 21:35:00
Jews of the world, Ann Coulter says you need to be perfected.Just another example of how this bitch is a Nazi in a miniskirt.
More About: Christians , Jews
AK-AL: Berkowitz In
2007-10-11 08:10:00
Former State Representative Ethan Berk owitz, who served six years as State House Minority Leader and was the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor last night, has decided to run for the Alaska's At-Large Congressional seat against longtime Republican Don Young.Berkowitz is the strongest challenger for the seat in years. Young has usually managed to get around 70% of the vote in every election. Last year he got an abnormally small 56% against a relative unknown, Diane Benson, who got 40%.Although the district is R+14 and went 61% for Bush in 2004, A Democratic victory is not out of the question here, especially with Berkowitz. Young's approval rating is in the tank and he's marred in scandal.The other news about this is that Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, whose father held the seat before young, will probably not run, making it more likely he'll run for Ted Stevens' seat in the US Senate.With Berkowitz in, and Young's tanking approval ratings, I put this at Lean Republican
More About: Witz
The Truth Hurts
2007-10-11 01:08:00
'I Don't Think It, I Know It."Jimmy Carter on whether or not he thinks the US tortures terrorist suspects.We wlll, of course, attack him because he told the truth...and we don't like the truth.
More About: Truth , War on Terrorism , Ruth , The Truth
Bush: The Armenian Genocide Isn't A Genocide
2007-10-11 00:02:00
Dear President Bush ,Please consult your dictionary. You will find this;gen·o·cide /?d??n??sa?d/ [jen-uh-sahyd]-nounthe deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.I personally side with Turkey on the Kurdish issue, but it is time to fess up to what they did to the Armenian s 90 years ago. This is in no way a criticism of our Turkish friends. We accept that our German friends and Japanese friends committed brutual war crimes in the past.On the Kurdish issue, Turkey has every right to send troops into Northern Iraq if their territory is being attacked. We were warned this may happen before we decided to do our G.I. Joe testostorone soaked invasion of Iraq three years ago, but as usual, our government did not listen.And WE are the ones preaching restraint to the Turkish? US? Well, isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?
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NM-01, OH-15 Lean Democratic
2007-10-10 22:28:00
The GOP may be starting at least two down on House races in their effort to win back the House of Representatives. The Evans-Novak Politics Report lists two open Republican House seats as lean Democratic ;The First District of New Mexico, which includes Albuquerque, is open thanks to Republican Heather Wilson's campaign for the state's open US Senate seat. According to Evans-Novak;"The district is 42 percent Hispanic, which puts it almost totally outside GOP reach: Republicans represent only five of the 41 other congressional districts that are one-third or more Hispanic." Wilson won reelection last year by just over 800 votes.The Ohio 15th district, left open by the retirement of Republican Deborah Pryce, includes Columbus and some of the state capital's western suburbs. "Republicans may have given up on the seat currently held by retiring Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH)" Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy, and a plethora of other strong Democrats, are running for the seat. Kilroy lost last year ...
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Clinton Dominates In FLOHPA
2007-10-10 21:07:00
Hillary Clinton is leading Rudy Giuliani in the ever important FLOHPA states. (FLorida, OHio, PennsylvaniA)Quinnipiac University polls find Hillary Clinton leads Giuliani in Florida by 3%,; 46%-43%.Clinton leads Giuliani in Ohio by 6%; 46%-40%Clinton leads Giuliani in Pennsylvania by 6%; 48%-42%Most surprising, Hillary Clinton has a deep and solid voting bloc; 74% of her supports in Ohio say they are unlikely or not likely at all to change their minds. That number is 59% in Florida and 56% in Pennsylvania.What interest me the most in this poll? Giuliani only narrowly beats Obama in Pennsylvania and Florida, is essentially tied with Edwards in Pennsylvana and Florida and loses to everyone in Ohio.If the FLOPHA goes Democratic next year, the Republicans can't possibly hold the White House.
More About: Barack Obama , Hillary Clinton , John Edwards
Booed At Yankee Stadium
2007-10-09 16:16:00
Say what you want about us, but we New York ers know when a person is using our pain for his personal gain, and we know how to "thank" him.Welcome home Mayor Giuliani, not go back to Iowa.
More About: Rudy Giuliani , New York Yankees , Stadium , Adium
NM-Sen: A Close One
2007-10-09 04:20:00
Wilson (R) 33 Richardson (D) 62Wilson (R) 38 Udall (D) 56Wilson (R) 48 Chavez (D) 44Wilson (R) 46 Madrid (D) 45Pearce (R) 36 Richardson (D) 60Pearce (R) 56 Chavez (D) 35Pearce (R) 54 Madrid (D) 38Interesting that Pearce does better than Wilson statewide, but Udall and Richardson would be the sure wins for this seat.They also didn't poll Lt. Governor Diane Denish, who is being coerced to run for the seat.If all things play out the way they're playing out, a Wilson-Madrid race would be the best bet for the Democrats, and that didn't go well last year.
More About: Bill Richardson , Close
Iraq To US: Cut Blackwater Out
2007-10-09 00:20:00
Let's see what this administration thinks is more important...the future of Iraq or how much money Blackwater execs make of this war?
More About: Iraq War , Lack
Delusional Giuliani
2007-10-08 20:22:00
Rudy Giuliani says the U.S. must win the war in Iraq so that country "will act as an ally for us in the Islamic terrorist war against us."If you REALLY think a new Iraq is going to be a trusted ally against terrorists, you must be delusional. If we had focused on Al-Qaeda from day one, it won't matter whether or not Iraq is our ally. I don't think we need them as our ally and if we're going to waste the resources we're wasting now for THAT reason, then we're a hopeless case.
More About: Iraq War , Rudy Giuliani , War on Terrorism , Delusional
More Proof War Alone Doesn't Solve It
2007-10-08 16:17:00
The War on Terror is not only going to be won by guns.
More About: Iraq War , War on Terrorism , Proof , Al-Qaida
Music Memory Jar: October 7, 1997
2007-10-07 11:49:00
Central Italy is rocked by a series of massive earthquakes that damages, among other things, the Basilica of St. Francis in AssisiChe Guarva's body is laid to rest in his homeland of Cuba over three decades after his assassination in Bolivia. The defending World Series champion New York Yankees are defeated by the Cleveland Indians in the ACLS finals.A high school freshman in Queens, New York finds a hip-hop song he actually likes and takes a liking for Timbaland and his music that continues all the way through his presenting of Shock Value
More About: Music , Memory , October
Jo Ann Davis (R-Virginia) 1950-2007
2007-10-06 23:12:00
Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis (R-Virginia ) who represents a district that includes Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Fredricksburg succumbed after a two year battle with breast cancer at her home in Virginia. She was 57 years old.Davis was elected to the House in 2000 and reelected three more times with only minor opposition.Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, she underwent a partial mastectomy tha same year and returned to work cancer-free. The cancer came back this year and, after a brave and rough battle, has taken her life.Davis is the fifth member of Congress to die in office this year after Charlie Norwood (R-Georgia) Juanita-Millender-McDonald (D-California), Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyoming), and Paul Gilmor (R-Ohio).Norwood, Millender-McDonald, and Thomas also succumbed to cancer.
More About: Avis
The GOPee
2007-10-06 03:51:00
What's with the Republicans and public bathrooms lately?
More About: Larry Craig , The Go , The G
House Race Rankings
2007-10-05 01:10:00
Likely Democrat:Illinois-8Indiana-2Indiana-7Indi ana-8Iowa-3Kentucky-3Maine-1Minnesota-1Pe nnsylvania-7Pennsylvania-8Texas-17Utah-2L ean Democrat:Arizona-5California-11Georgia-8G eorgia-12Indiana-2Indiana-9New Hampshire-1New York-19New York-20Ohio-18Pennsylvania-4Pennsylvania- 10Texas-23Wisconsin-8Slight Lean Democrat:Florida-16Illinois-11Kansas-2New Mexico-1Texas-22TossupArizona-1Florida-13 Minnesota-3Missouri-6New York-25New York-29North Carolina-8Ohio-15Virginia-11Slight Lean Republican:Illinois-10Nevada-3New Jersey-3New Jersey-7Pennsylvania-6Washington-8Lean Republican:Colorado-4Illinois-6Illinois-1 8Michigan-9Michigan-11Minnesota-6New York-13Ohio-1Ohio-2Pennsylvania-15Virgini a-2Virginia-10West Virginia-2Likely Republican:California-42California-50Dela ware-ALFlorida-8Florida-10Idaho-1Illinois -14Iowa-4Michigan-7New Jersey-2New York-3New York-26Pennsylvania-3Wyoming-AL
More About: House , Race
And You Thought Her Career Was Over
2007-10-04 20:22:00
Britney scores her second biggest hit for her career...and the biggest since ...Baby One More Time."Gimme More" also hit #1 in Canada this week.It's not a bad little song actually.
More About: Career , Thought
NM-Sen: Wilson In
2007-10-04 20:00:00
Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M) will run for the New Mexico Senate seat that is expected to open up officially later Thursday when Sen. Pete Domenici (R) declares that he will not seek reelection in 2008, according to a source familiar with Wilson?s decision.Domenici has taken Wilson under his wing in recent years, and as he has gotten older, Wilson?s name has topped the list of potential heirs ...[S]he also faces the same U.S. Attorney scandal baggage that would have affected Domenici?s reelection campaign. Fired U.S. attorney David Iglesias said both lawmakers pressured him to be more aggressive with his corruption cases during the 2006 campaign. I doubt Wilson's ability to win statewide, but she does represent a Democratic-leaning district and this is a competitive state and she is widely known.Then again, she is marred by the Prosecutor Firing ScandalSo, until we know who the Democratic candidate will be, I'll leave this as a TossupOn the bright side, her New Mexico 1st district...
NH-Sen: Shaheen Way Ahead
2007-10-04 06:20:00
Rasmussen had the race within five a month ago.CNN/WMUR has her up 16- 54%-38%Lean Democrat
More About: Shaheen , Ahead , Shah
Giuliani: I Was For McGovern Before I Was Against Him
2007-10-04 06:10:00
"It's interesting that Hillary is taking something from the George McGovern playbook," Giuliani said in Manchester, N.H., likening her idea to the former South Dakota senator's proposal to send $1,000 to every U.S. resident.What Rudy left out was he was FOR it in 1972 because he openly SUPPORTED George McGovern. He was a Democrat back then.So why then and not now? Wait, let me break out my flip flops.Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot...9/11
More About: Rudy Giuliani
NM-Sen: Domenici Out
2007-10-04 02:23:00
This is about the best news possible right now for the Democrats. Dome nici is an institution in New Mexico and the only Republican to win an outright majority statewide this decade. His retirement throws this seat into one of the most competitive races in the nation.The GOP bench is minimal; with only New Mexico's two GOP Representatives, Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce, being the only formindable candidates. Wilson is marred by her connection to the Prosecutor Firing Scandal and Pearce isn't a major player statewide.Democrats have a deeper bench including Rep. Tom Udall, Governor Bill Richardson (should he drop out of the Presidential race) former US Attorney John Kelly, Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, former Attorney General Patricia Madrid, and Lt. Governor Diane Denish.The Democrats have the upper hand, it's their year, all the Democratic Presidential candidates are polling well against the GOP canddiates and they have the better candidates, but because this is one of the to...
Republicans Who Supported SCHIP
2007-10-04 01:33:00
HOUSE:Mary Bono (R-California)Vern Buchanan (R-Florida)Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia)Mike Castle (R-Delaware)Tom Davis (R-Virginia)Charlie Dent (R-Pennsylvania)Vern Ehlers (R-Michigan)Jo Ann Emerson (R-Missouri)Phil English (R-Pennsylvania)Jim Gerlach (R-Pennsylvania)Wayne Gilchrest (R-Maryland)Dave Hobson (R-Ohio)Peter King (R-New York)Mark Kirk (R-Illinois)Ray LaHood (R-Illinois)Tom Latham (R-Iowa)Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio)Frank LoBiondo (R-New Jersey)John McHugh (R-New York)Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington)Candice Miller (R-Michigan)Jerry Moran (R-Kansas)Tim Murphy (R-Pennsylvania)Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin)Todd Platts (R-Pennsylvania)Jon Porter (R-Nevada)Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio)Jim Ramstad (R-Minnesota)Ralph Regula (R-Ohio)Denny Rehberg (R-Montana)Dave Reichert (R-Washington)Rick Renzi (R-Arizona)Christopher Shays (R-Connecticut)Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)Chris Smith (R-New Jersey)Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio)Mike Turner (R-Ohio)Fred Upton (R-Michigan)Jim Walsh (R-New York)Heather Wilson ...
More About: Congress , Republicans , SCHIP , Republic
Democrats Who Opposed SCHIP
2007-10-03 23:03:00
HOUSE:Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma)Kathy Castor (D-Florida)Bob Etheridge (D-North Carolina)Baron Hill (D-Indiana)Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)Jim Marshall (D-Georgia)Mike McIntyre (D-North Carolina)Gene Taylor (D-Mississippi)Diane Watson (D-California) voted PresentEddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Julia Carson (D-Indiana) and Bill Delahunt (D-Massachusetts) did not vote.SENATE:NoneJoe Biden (D-Delaware) and Barack Obama (D-Illinois) did not vote.*I have reason to believe Castor, Watson and Kucinich will vote to override the veto, as will all three Democrats who weren't present. That means the Democrats need 22 more votes. If all the Democrats who did not vote yea vote to override, the number is 16.
More About: Congress , SCHIP , Pose , Rats
Bush Veteos SCHIP
2007-10-03 20:58:00
And once again proves that Iraq is more important than America's Children.
More About: Congress , Bush , George W , SCHIP
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