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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSISWith a poll revealed by none other than FOX News showing that if Hastert stays on as House Speaker, the GOP could lose up to 50 seats in the House, it was time for Karl Rove to come in and start organizing a classic divert, diffuse and delay strategy.
Hastert is staying on for the moment as GOP House Speaker for three reasons only. Internal Republican polling must show that the potential GOP losses in the House might be even greater if Hastert resigns – given that it would be an admission of culpability (as it should be), and given that anyone who might replace him would have skeletons in his closet that might come tumbling out just days before the election.
DNC: Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice
Warner Downbeat After Iraq Trip; U.S. at Risk of Losing Bid to Control Baghdad, Senator Says
Release of Iraq Report Sought
by Michael Paradies Shoob and Joseph Mealey, Directors of "Bush's Brain"
Karl Rove has a problem. Mr. Rove, also known as "Bush's Brain", has for years used gay marriage as one of the great Republican wedge issues: Bashing gays and lesbians around the country, energizing his "base" among right wing evangelicals and creating a feverish conservative turnout at election time.
by Stephen Crockett, co-host of Democratic Talk Radio
The 2006 Election "Perfect Political Storm"
Conventional political wisdom holds that the Republicans need to change the political discussion from the Foley scandals to other major political issues. This view overlooks the fact that Republican candidates are facing a "perfect political storm" of news developments in the closing weeks of the 2006 election cycle.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky
It is the fault of George Soros.
It is the fault of the media.
It is the fault of everyone -- but themselves.
Men and women of faith should be deeply offended by the phoniness and hypocrisy of certain people who betray the most basic principles of integrity and faith to put partisan politics ahead of the safety of abused young people.
Subject: Excuses Excuses Excuses.
The major number one excuse this administration uses over and over again is "nobody ever anticipated Iraq insurgencies, hurricane Katrina, planes hitting a building."
What's next? how about not enough prison cells for criminals. There is plenty of evidence to prove counter to their claims. Time and time again this administration refuses to face the facts. Bush is in a state of denial and the next catastrophe is right around the corner. They will tell you they are working hard and they have difficult job.
Let's be realistic they are only concerned with campaign contributions and what business they could lobby for when they leave office.
DNC: Dean Responds to Speaker Hastert's Press Conference
Washington, DC - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement following House Speaker Dennis Hastert's remarks at his press conference today:
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By James Abourezk, former U.S. Senator from South Dakota
So, waterboarding is now OK. So is the suspension of one of our basic rights of freedom -- the Writ of Habeas Corpus. Habeas Corpus, according to the U.S. Constitution, can only be suspended in cases of invasion or rebellion. Our Supreme Court has held, "habeas corpus is the fundamental instrument for safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action."
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZ
Having watched the first of Bill Moyers' documentaries, "MOYERS ON AMERICA: Capital Crimes" all I can say is HOORAY, he's back and boy is he back! It's nice to know there are some fearless real American journalists left in this country who are interested in the telling Americans the truth!