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Last month BuzzFlash reported on a congressional report showing disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff had far more contact and access to top White House officials than previously revealed. Now, it appears that Abramoff's mass bribery may land Ken Mehlman - the current chairman of the RNC - in legal trouble.

Monday, 16 October 2006 06:44

Tony Peyser: Dispatches from Planet Autism

by Tony Peyser

Two nights ago, Comedy Central aired "Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit For Autism." Its goal was to raise funds for and awareness about this condition that now affects

A BuzzFlash Guest Contrbution
by Lucinda Marshall

Because I am a middle-aged woman, complete with grey hair, wrinkles, sagging breasts and stretch marks, on October 18, I will celebrate Love Your Body Day, an event sponsored by the NOW Foundation. The celebration, now in its ninth year, is designed to draw attention to the horrendous damage to self-esteem that is experienced by women as a result of the purposeful efforts of "Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries to make each of us believe that our bodies are unacceptable and need constant improvement."

Monday, 16 October 2006 06:05

"Fake News" Reports Thrive on TV


Video news releases (VNRs) are prepackaged video clips by PR firms for their clients appearing to be original reporting by a TV station. Though the Bush Administration has been cited most infamously for producing VNRs, a recent report by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) found that the rebroadcasting of VNRs from private corporations is "widespread and undisclosed."

Monday, 16 October 2006 05:55

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 16, 2006


Subject: Mehlman's Assertion to Blitzer

Soooo typically Reaganesque ... gotta admire these guys for one thing (and, only one thing) learning the lessons of Reagan's Iran Contra testimony (i.e., 'I don't recall ...") - and - 'sticking' to it.


DNC: I Don't Recall": Mehlman's Abramoff Defense
Outstanding Questions For Ken Mehlman

Washington, DC - Yesterday on CNN, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman gave evasive explanations on whether, while he served as Political Director in the Bush White House, he helped the clients of convicted former GOP superlobbyist Jack Abramoff by having a State Department employee fired. Three times during his interview, Mehlman said "I don't recall." [CNN, 10/15/06] Despite Mehlman's statement yesterday on CNN that he "let the decision makers make the decisions" on issues important to Abramoff's clients while he was White House Political Director, hundreds of pages of recently released emails tell a different story. In fact, Mehlman worked so closely with Abramoff that other White House staff asked Abramoff to "contact Ken only" when he needed assistance.

by Geoffrey R. Stone

For most of the last four decades, liberals have been in retreat.

Since the election of Richard Nixon in 1968, Republicans have controlled the White House 70 percent of the time and Republican presidents have made 86 percent of the U.S. Supreme Court appointments. In many quarters, the word "liberal" has become a pejorative. Part of the problem is that liberals have failed to define themselves and to state clearly what they believe. As a liberal, I find that appalling.

by Brent Budowsky

Disclosure: I have never had any business relationship with Air America, do not have any such relationship today, know various financial players who might participate in its future, and readers should consider that I reserve the right to possibly have some future business interest.


A nuclear war machine bearing the name of Bush is certainly apropos! It's truly understandable for the heavens to open up and rain down tears on "this month's christening of the nuclear aircraft carrier" bearing the name of George H.W. Bush! Given the actions of his son, George W. Bush, the "shock and awe" he ordered up, the thousands upon thousands of innocent people who have died as a result of W's preemptive unnecessary war, it's inconceivable that any God anywhere would approve! George H. W. Bush's legacy will go down horrifically as being the father of the worst president America has ever had to endure!


DNC: Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice

2 GOP Senators Want New Iraq Strategy

Washington, DC - The Associated Press reports that two leading Republican Senators have come out against President Bush's failed stay-the-course strategy in Iraq. Senator Chuck Hagel and Senator John Warner joined the growing number of Americans opposed to the Administration's current strategy as sectarian violence continues to escalate, placing American troops in the middle. Democrats reject President Bush's stay-the-course strategy and want a new direction in Iraq that is both tough and smart.

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