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MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

If Gore would campaign like he talks today, that would be what the majority of Americans want to see, as long as he didn't take any small plane rides.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by David Swanson

For almost five months, Congress has gone out of its way to avoid impeachment in order to get things done, and has thereby managed to have signed into law all sorts of wonderful legislation. Er, well, actually not so much legislation that you would really call wonderful. Well, OK, actually not a single bill, if you want to be picky about it. And of course, any useful legislation sent to the President is likely to be vetoed or signing-statemented.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Jeff Cohen

One need not be a linguist such as George Lakoff to know it's hard to win a debate on the other guy's assumptions. Or worse, the other guy's lies.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Vermont Governor Signs Non-Discrimination Bill Into Law
HRC Hails Step to Provide Workplace Fairness for Transgender Vermonters


MONTPELIER, VT. - On May 22, 2007, Governor Jim Douglas (R-VT) signed into law a bill extending existing anti-discrimination laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, public accommodations, housing, insurance and credit services.

Wednesday, 23 May 2007 07:31

BuzzFlash Mailbag for May 23, 2007

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Enforcement of environmental laws by the EPA has declined dramatically under the Bush Administration, according to the new report "Paying Less to Pollute." The study was released Wednesday by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), a non-partisan watchdog group.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

To borrow a detestable, overused phrase from the Repuglican side of the aisle, "at the end of the day" -- don't say I didn't warn you -- George Bush with a little help from Cheney, Rove, Rice and others is going to "surge" right into Iran! He's already begun his standard operating procedures for war -- along with ‘psyco'-ops, lies and fear, he's trying to goad Iran into attacking us by supporting covert action against Iran! And if that doesn't work he'll ratchet up the hype on Iran's WMD nuclear program as justification for another preemptive "shock and awe"! I can hear them now, "Onward ho, there's oil in them there sand hills"!

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.  A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries. 

Bush Has Been Secretly Planning To Double Troops In Iraq By December

For many military families
That sound's not Santa knocking
It's, God help us, a second surge
In their Christmas stocking.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

LONDON -- It's Iraq wot done him in. Tony Blair, that is.

What began with such promise when he became the British prime minister in 1997 is over, as dead as mutton. Blair can thank his pal the American president for that, as well as his own hubris.

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