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Only in the Republican primary field could a relatively unknown and inexperienced candidate enter the race months late and still start in second or third place before any official campaigning. But that's exactly what is likely to happen if actor and former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson formally throws in his hat as expected in early July.

by Stephen Crockett

Why are Democratic officeholders in the U.S. House and Senate not actively seeking situations where Republicans resort to filibustering popular Democratic legislation and situations where Bush vetoes similar measures? The benefits in political terms for Democrats far outweigh the risks, and good legislation might just get enacted into law.


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.


New reports indicate that the U.S. government is to blame for an Atlanta man taking two transatlantic flights despite having a rare, potentially deadly type of tuberculosis that is highly resistant to treatment. The man – under the first federal quarantine in decades – says CDC officials knew he had the disease and even put him on a no-fly list, yet he was still able to leave and return to the United States.

Wednesday, 30 May 2007 05:19

Will Durst: Hill Songs

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We members of the CCJU; the Comics, Clowns & Jesters Union, can currently be found moping around, wearing an excess of black, plunged into a state of funk that can only be called "pre-mourning" as we anticipate the end of what will surely be known as the Golden Era of political humor. The reign of George W Bush is nearing an end. Destined to go down in history as the worst President EVER, and that includes William Henry Harrison, the guy who gave a three-hour inaugural speech in the rain, caught pneumonia, and served 30 days supine in a sick bed until becoming the first president to die in office.

by Danny Schechter
Editor Mediachannel.org

It was sad to read Cindy Sheehan's letter of "resignation" from the peace movement because she offered so much of herself -- despite all the personal pain she suffered from the loss of her son, the breakup of her family, and all the vicious and insensitive attacks on her politics and personhood.

GSA head Lurita Doan
Did things she should have left alone.

She often had the proclivity
To promote partisan political activity.

Questioned, she couldn't recall
But I doubt Ginkgo Biloba would help at all.

by Harvey Wasserman

In the global campaign to save the Earth, a shared vision is vital.

"Solartopia" foresees a democratic, green-powered 21st Century civilization. Our economic and ecological survival depends on it.

"Dems Blink" blares the front page headline on Newsday, the Long Island, New York, daily, for May 23. Since that time, the Democratic Left has been furious with, not the person and party that started and are running the endless War on Iraq, Bush and the Republicans, but with -- the Democrats! David Sirota, Cindy Sheehan, Debra (World Can't Wait) Sweet, the Daily Kos, etc. have been thundering on the Left about "betrayal," about "weak-kneed hypocrites," and worse. "You were elected to bring the war to an end, and now you are just letting it go on and on. That means," they say, "you can't trust the Democrats and we will have to do something about them." In my view, wrong analysis and a very dangerous implied remedy.


People for the American Way

Latest 5-4 Ruling Further Proof of the Alito Effect

In response to the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision today in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire, People For the American Way Foundation President Ralph G. Neas released the following statement:

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