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Impeach Bush--Index 27

April 15, 2006
Taxes: Who Pays, and How Much?

But keeping the tax burden low will be difficult. Last year, the federal government's spending exceeded its tax take by about $318 billion. And the retirement of the baby-boom generation starting in 2011 could cause spending on big-ticket federal retirement programs to jump.

May 4, 2006
36 US House Reps Want Bush Impeachment Probe
"Why did you lie to get us into a war that caused these kind of casualties and was not necessary?" asked Ray McGovern, the former analyst, during a question-and-answer session.

May 1-7, 2006
36 US House Reps Want Bush Impeachment Probe
(APN) ATLANTA -- 36 US House Representatives have signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors of H. Res 635, which would create a Select Committee to look into the grounds for recommending President Bush's impeachment, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

The two latest co-sponsors, as of Friday, were US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) and US Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA).

"For the House to impeach and the Senate to convict a President, the public must be fully informed and convinced by credible information that a President deserves impeachment. That means gathering the facts. Rep. Conyers' bill calls for setting up a select committee to gather information to see if there is any basis for impeachment - i.e., a violation of the Constitution - or if impeachment should even be considered. With that understanding I support H. Res. 635," Congressman Jackson said in a statement released to Atlanta Progressive News.

May 4, 2006
$2.6 trillion of new debt isn't enough?

Rumsfeld Heckled by Former CIA Analyst
"Why did you lie to get us into a war that caused these kind of casualties and was not necessary?" asked Ray McGovern, the former analyst, during a question-and-answer session.

"I did not lie," shot back Rumsfeld, who waved off security guards ready to remove McGovern from the hall at the Southern Center for International Studies.

May 3, 2006
$2.6 trillion of new debt isn't enough?

Bush, Hill Republicans Agree To Extend Expiring Tax Cuts
President Bush and congressional Republicans agreed yesterday on a $70 billion package of tax-cut extensions that they hope will help halt the deterioration of their political fortunes.

The package would extend the 2003 cuts to the tax rates on dividends and capital gains, continue tax breaks for small-business investment and the overseas operations of financial service companies, and slow the expansion of the alternative minimum tax, a parallel income tax system that was enacted to target the rich but is increasingly snaring the middle class.

May 2, 2006
Americans have gotten used to mediocrity.

Study: Americans sicker than English
"At every point in the social hierarchy there is more illness in the United States than in England and the differences are really dramatic," said study co-author Dr. Michael Marmot, an epidemiologist at University College London in England.

The study, appearing in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association, adds context to the already-known fact that the United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation, yet trails in rankings of life expectancy.

May 3, 2006
An Impeachable Offense - lying and failure to obey "Freedom of Information Act."

Secret Service records of Abramoff visits to White House will be incomplete
WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday the list the Secret Service has been ordered to release concerning convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's contacts with the Bush administration will be incomplete.

But spokesman Scott McClellan declined to say what is wrong with the Secret Service list, why it is inaccurate and whether it includes far fewer meetings than took place.

May 1, 2006
White House to release logs of Abramoff visits
The Secret Service agreed on April 25 to drop any objections to turning over the information and will "produce any and all documents" on or before May 10, according to the filing released by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on February 2.

April 30,2006
Ignoring Colbert: A Small Taste of the Media's Power to Choose the News
On Colbert's gutsy delivery, watertiger writes, "Stephen Colbert displayed more guts in ten minute of performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner than the entire Bush family. He, along with the ever-feisty Helen Thomas, deftly exposed the "truthiness" to the world (or at least those who were watching) that Bush AND the D.C. press corps are indeed a naked emperor and his gutless courtiers."

May 2, 2006
An Impeachable Offense - misusing intelligence and government secrets

Pelosi Seeks Review of Briefed Congressmen
WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked President Bush's national security adviser Tuesday to review the administration's decision to classify the dates and the names of the Congress members who were briefed on its warrantless surveillance program.

Pelosi, D-Calif., requested the information in December, after Bush and his top advisers said repeatedly that dozens of briefings were held for congressional leaders.

May 4, 2006
Bush and Saddam have many things in common. They both used chemical weapons on the Iraqi people (napalm), they both torture, they both flaunt International Law and they both like palaces while the people starve etc.

Baghdad anger at Bush's undiplomatic palace
THE question puzzles and enrages a city: how is it that the Americans cannot keep the electricity running in Baghdad for more than a couple of hours a day, yet still manage to build the biggest embassy on earth?

Irritation grows as residents deprived of airconditioning and running water three years after the US-led invasion watch the massive US embassy they call "George W's palace" rising from the banks of the Tigris.

May 03, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

Group Says U.S. Hasn't Stopped Torture
May 03,2006 | LONDON -- The United States has failed to eradicate "widespread" torture of prisoners in its war on terrorism despite the international outcry over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and abusive behavior at U.S. detention facilities in Cuba and Afghanistan, Amnesty International charged Wednesday.

The London-based human rights organization made its criticism in a report to the U.N. Committee against Torture, which will start meeting in Geneva this week to consider American compliance with the U.N. convention against torture and other cruel forms of punishment.

May 03, 2006
AP Chief Fired Because of Leahy Column
NEW YORK Former Associated Press Vermont bureau chief Chris Graff, whose firing for unannounced reasons in March sparked statewide protests from journalists and public officials, was terminated for distributing a column by Sen. Patrick Leahy that promoted open public records, according to his termination letter obtained by E&P today.

The letter, written by AP Northern New England Regional Bureau Chief Larry Laughlin, revealed that Graff, a 27-year veteran of the Vermont bureau, lost his job because he distributed the column, which was eventually pulled from the AP wire.

March 07, 2006
Leahy Column: The Assault on the Public's Right to Know
The right to know is a cornerstone of our democracy. Without it, citizens are kept in the dark about key policy decisions that directly affect their lives. Without open government, citizens cannot make informed choices at the ballot box. Without access to public documents and a vibrant free press, officials can make decisions in the shadows, often in collusion with special interests, escaping accountability for their actions. And once eroded, these rights are hard to win back.

May 3, 2006
Moussaoui Gets Life
ALEXANDRIA, Va. One of the court-appointed attorneys for Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE'-uhs moo-SOW'-ee) says it's clear that the jury at his trial didn't think he had much of a role to play on Nine-Eleven.

May 1, 2006
Billions wasted in Iraq, says US audit
A US congressional inspection team set up to monitor reconstruction in Iraq today publishes a scathing report of failures by contractors, mainly from the US, to carry out projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

In one case, the inspection team found that three years after the invasion only six of 150 health centres proposed for Iraq had been completed by a US contractor, in spite of 75% of the $186m (£100m) allocated having been spent.

May 1, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

FBI sought information on 3,501 people last year without a court's approval
WASHINGTON — The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks and credit-card, telephone and Internet companies without a court's approval, the Justice Department said on April 28.

It was the first time the Bush administration had publicly disclosed how often it has used the administrative subpoena known as a National Security Letter, which allows the executive branch of government to obtain records about people in terrorism and espionage investigations without a judge's approval or a grand jury subpoena.

April 26, 2006
'Radical religion,' Bush policies threaten security, author contends
A dangerous brew of "radical religion," a short-sighted oil policy and massive national debt threatens the nation's security, political analyst Kevin Phillips told a Louisville crowd last night.

Nearly 1,000 people gathered at Bellarmine University to hear Phillips, a former Republican strategist who accurately predicted four decades ago that the GOP would gain power as populations shifted from traditional Democratic strongholds to the Sun Belt.

April 2006
Experts See Little Hope for Emergence of Democracy in Iraq
PROSPECTS for democracy emerging in Iraq are dim, if not nil, according to Middle East experts Juan Cole and Larry Diamond. The two spoke at a Jan. 23 symposium co-sponsored by the Center for Near East Theory and Comparative Study and the Near East Center of the University of California at Los Angeles.

"Once the U.S. occupation started, the possibility for democracy ended," stated Diamond, a professor of political science at Stanford University.

"If George W. Bush and his advisers had consulted experts before the invasion," he added, "they would have been told it was a seminal mistake to enter Iraq with the model of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's occupation of Japan."

April 28, 2006
Report: Injured Soldiers Drowning In Medical Debt
WASHINGTON -- A report released today by congressional investigators criticizes the military for how it treats wounded soldiers after they return from Iraq.

The General Accounting Office report outlines how wounded soldiers are pursued for repayment of everything from paycheck errors to equipment left on the battlefield. Investigators said nearly 900 Army soldiers ran up more than $1 million in debt after they were pursued for military debts. And they said the debt was incurred by the soldiers "through no fault of their own."

April 2006
Polar bears, hippos among 16,000 species threatened with extinction.
GENEVA — Polar bears and hippos are among more than 16,000 species of animals and plants threatened with global extinction, the World Conservation Union said Tuesday. According to the Swiss-based conservation group, known by its acronym IUCN, the number of species classified as being in serious danger of extinction rose from about 15,500 in its previous "Red List" report, published in 2004.

April 21, 2006
'United 93' Actor Says Entry to US Denied
LONDON (April 21) - An Iraqi actor who plays a hijacker in a new film about the September 11 attacks on the United States has been denied entry into the country for the movie's premiere, he told a newspaper on Friday.

Lewis Alsamari, who has lived in Britain since 1995, stars in "United 93," which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York next week.

April 16, 2006
How the budget deficit endangers the U.S.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The biggest danger to the U.S. in the next decade will not come from al-Qaida, illegal immigration, bird flu or Iran but from the huge national debt that has the potential to bankrupt the country.

David Walker, comptroller general of the United States, said the nation's budget deficit is "large, imprudent and unsustainable.

April 27, 2006
Specter is a balless wonder. He shouldn't threaten to cut off funds, he should cut off funds.

Sen. Specter threatens to cut off funding for secret wiretaps
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said Thursday he is considering legislation to cut off funding for the Bush administration's secret domestic wiretapping program until he gets satisfactory answers about it from the White House.

"Institutionally, the presidency is walking all over Congress at the moment," Specter, R-Pennsylvania, told the panel. "If we are to maintain our institutional prerogative, that may be the only way we can do it."

April 28, 2006
Prosecutor Weighs Charges Against Rove in Leak Case
WASHINGTON, April 27 — Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the C.I.A. leak case, is expected to decide in the next two to three weeks whether to bring perjury charges against Karl Rove, the powerful adviser to President Bush, lawyers involved in the case said Thursday.

April 7, 2006
U.S. Budget Deficit Increased To $305 Billion in Fiscal Half
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government ran a budget deficit of $305 billion in the first half of the fiscal year, the Congressional Budget Office estimated.

The CBO estimated outlays grew 9%, and said spending for interest on the public debt, which rose by 27%, accounted for roughly a quarter of the increase.

May 1, 2006
'Mission Accomplished' By The Numbers
On May 1, 2003, President Bush stood underneath a "Mission Accomplished" banner and announced that "Major combat operations have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."

Here's a look at the situation then compared to the situation now, by the numbers:

May 1, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

Iraq Inspector Says Rebuilding Lags as Handover Deadline Nears
May 1 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S.-led reconstruction effort in Iraq is running out of money and hundreds of projects are at risk of going unfinished as the yearend deadline approaches for handing off most of the work to the Iraqis, according to the U.S. inspector overseeing the effort.

The rebuilding has been beset by mismanagement, corruption and crime as well as insurgent attacks and sectarian violence, Inspector General Stuart Bowen said in a report to Congress today.

April 29, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

20 of 150 Health Clinics Finished
WASHINGTON — Parsons Corp., the Pasadena engineering firm that won one of the largest rebuilding contracts in postwar Iraq, fell dramatically short of a number of goals, according to interviews and documents that cite shoddy work and negligent government oversight.

The firm was to have rebuilt Iraq's health and security infrastructure. However, an audit and interviews show it will finish only 20 of 150 planned health clinics, and nearly $70 million of medical equipment meant for the clinics sits unused.

April 28, 2006
An Impeachable Offense.
Thousands of Americans are being watched without court orders.

U.S. Steps Into Wiretap Suit Against AT&T
The class-action suit, which seeks an end to the collaboration it alleges, is based in part on the testimony of Mark Klein, a retired technician for the company who says Internet data passing through an AT&T switching center in San Francisco is being diverted to a secret room. There, Mr. Klein says, the security agency has installed powerful computers to eavesdrop without warrants on the digital data and forward the information to an undisclosed place.

April 28, 2006
An Impeachable Offense.
Thousands of Americans are being watched without court orders.

U.S. Steps Into Wiretap Suit Against AT&T
SAN FRANCISCO, April 28 — The government asked a federal judge here Friday to dismiss a civil liberties lawsuit against the AT&T Corporation because of a possibility that military and state secrets would otherwise be disclosed.

The class-action suit, which seeks an end to the collaboration it alleges, is based in part on the testimony of Mark Klein, a retired technician for the company who says Internet data passing through an AT&T switching center in San Francisco is being diverted to a secret room. There, Mr. Klein says, the security agency has installed powerful computers to eavesdrop without warrants on the digital data and forward the information to an undisclosed place.

April 30, 2006
U.S. Says It Fears Detainee Abuse in Repatriation
A long-running effort by the Bush administration to send home many of the terror suspects held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been stymied in part because of concern among United States officials that the prisoners may not be treated humanely by their own governments, officials said.

Administration officials have said they hope eventually to transfer or release many of the roughly 490 suspects now held at Guantánamo. As of February, military officials said, the Pentagon was ready to repatriate more than 150 of the detainees once arrangements could be made with their home countries.

April 30, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

Bush challenges hundreds of laws
Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush's assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty "to take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to "execute" a law he believes is unconstitutional.

April 29, 2006
Anti-gay = anti Christian.

Break Looms Within American Baptist Church
LOS ANGELES - Delegates from the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest voted overwhelmingly Saturday to recommend severing ties with the national denomination in a dispute over homosexuality.

Members from the region's 300 churches are upset American Baptist Churches, USA, has not disciplined congregations with liberal gay policies even though the denomination has a strict definition that says "homosexuality is incompatible with biblical teaching."

April 29, 2006
In Support Of Mutiny - a republican speaks out
The Administration's planned attack on Iran following upon the Bush/Cheney disaster in Iraq is indeed likely to stimulate a mutiny among our armed forces.

As a declared candidate for Congress here in Vermont and a former Army officer myself, with some legal training, I hereby formally state that I support the "mutineers" if they exist. And if they are so far only rumors, only ghosts, then I hope to God that real flesh and blood American soldiers will stand against war in Iran soon. It has come to that. I will support it.

April 10, 2006
Army recruiting below last year's levels
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Halfway through the fiscal 2006 recruiting year, the U.S. Army has netted 737 fewer new soldiers than at this point last year, when it went on to miss its annual recruiting goal for the first time since 1999.

In March, the Army got 5,396 new recruits, topping its goal of 5,200, the 10th month in a row it has exceeded its monthly target.

But the Army partly owes its success in reaching those goals to the fact that it reduced its monthly targets for six of the first eight months of fiscal 2006. That means most of its recruiting must occur from June through September, when the monthly goals are all much higher than last year's.

April 30, 2006
U.S. General Predicts Intensified Attacks
Army Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, commander of U.S.-led troops in Iraq, said that despite political progress and the growing competence of Iraqi security forces, troops are still fighting a bloody insurgency.

"There's nothing about this that I would [call] peacekeeping," he said. "We're in a fight."

At least 70 U.S. troops were killed in April, the highest toll in five months.

April 30, 2006
Former FDA Commissioner Under Investigation
Interestingly, the Justice Department may find itself on both sides of the Crawford controversy since it is defending him and his actions as FDA commissioner in the civil Plan B suit, while it may also be investigating criminal wrongdoing by Crawford in the very same matter.

April 29, 2006
Iraq 'significant factor' in soaring price of oil
But contrary to optimistic expectations, Iraq's oil production has slipped further and further since the U.S.-led invasion, to an average of 2 million barrels a day. It has never regained even the reduced production levels that prevailed in the 1990s, when Iraq was under U.N. sanctions.

Iraq's oil could be providing relief to world markets, strained by high demand from China, the nuclear-related showdown with Iran and unrest near Nigeria's oil fields. Instead, it's not even covering its own needs.

April 23, 2006
Rasmussen: President Bush Job Approval 38%
Beginning today (Sunday), Rasmussen Reports Job Approval updates are based upon data using a slight modification to our targeting and weighting process. From this point forward, we will set our partisan affiliation weighting targets based upon survey results obtained during the previous three months. These shift only modestly month-to-month, but the change could be significant over a long period of time.

Based upon the past three months, the current targets are 36.6% Democrat, 33.5% Republican, and 29.9% Unaffiliated. These targets will be updated monthly. Previously, our weighting targets assumed an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.

By way of comparison, the President's decline in support among Republicans over the past two months has had a much bigger impact on his overall ratings than our procedural change. If the President had retained consistent support from his own party over the past few months, his Approval ratings would still be in the mid-forties.

April 28, 2006
Maybe someone can send Klein a free copy of book "Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush."

Joe Klein: A Mea Culpa, Sorta. Don't nuke Iran
But I can't imagine a first use of nukes, and certainly not the unilateral use of nuclear weapons — or military force of any kind — against Iran by the Bush administration now. This was the second level on which I was mistaken: I failed to give the proper context for my remarks. I should have said, "Look, I believe the President has squandered our credibility in the world, and it would be disastrous for us to act unilaterally, given our unwarranted — and tragically incompetent — invasion of Iraq."

April 23, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

A Spy Speaks Out - Bush Knew Intelligence Was Bad.
"He told us that they had no active weapons of mass destruction program," says Drumheller.

"So in the fall of 2002, before going to war, we had it on good authority from a source within Saddam's inner circle that he didn't have an active program for weapons of mass destruction?" Bradley asked.

"Yes," Drumheller replied. He says there was doubt in his mind at all.

"It directly contradicts, though, what the president and his staff were telling us," Bradley remarked.

"The policy was set," Drumheller says. "The war in Iraq was coming. And they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy, to justify the policy."

April 24, 2006
Democrats: Bush Has Double Standard on Leaks
Kerry, on ABC's "This Week," said, "Classification in Washington is a tool that is used to hide the truth from the American people." He added, "I'm glad she told the truth," but if McCarthy did it, she will have to face the consequences of breaking the law.

April 24, 2006
Inspectors Find More Torture at Iraqi Jails
BAGHDAD -- Last Nov. 13, U.S. soldiers found 173 incarcerated men, some of them emaciated and showing signs of torture, in a secret bunker in an Interior Ministry compound in central Baghdad. The soldiers immediately transferred the men to a separate detention facility to protect them from further abuse, the U.S. military reported.

Since then, there have been at least six joint U.S.-Iraqi inspections of detention centers, most of them run by Iraq's Shiite Muslim-dominated Interior Ministry. Two sources involved with the inspections, one Iraqi official and one U.S. official, said abuse of prisoners was found at all the sites visited through February. U.S. military authorities confirmed that signs of severe abuse were observed at two of the detention centers.

April 26, 2006
The GOP constantly says one thing and does the exact opposite. Republican voters are easy to roll.

GOP Lawmakers Backtrack - Increases Spending Again
WASHINGTON - Just weeks after declaring themselves fiscal and ethical reformers, lawmakers are adding billions of dollars in special projects to a spending bill for the Iraq war while retreating from some of the lobbying restrictions they'd once touted as the antidote to a spate of scandals.

April 27, 2006
Exxon Mobil First-Quarter Profit $8.4 billion
Crude prices in the U.S., which burns a quarter of the world's oil, averaged $63.48 a barrel during the quarter, a 27 percent increase from a year earlier. Gas prices jumped 21 percent to an average of $7.841 per million British thermal units.

Exxon Mobil is the latest major oil company to report first-quarter earnings. London-based BP Plc, the world's No. 2 oil company, on April 25 said net income fell 15 percent to $5.62 billion because of higher taxes and a drop in output. Houston-based ConocoPhillips, the third-biggest U.S. oil company, yesterday said that its first-quarter profit rose 13 percent to $3.29 billion.

April 27, 2006
They're lying to us again.

Unfixable FEMA should close
WASHINGTON — Congress should dismantle the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the wake of its botched response to Hurricane Katrina and replace it with an agency better equipped to respond to disasters, according to a committee chaired by Maine Sen. Susan Collins. The recommendation is among 85 to be released today by the bipartisan leadership of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The panel reviewed 830,000 pages of documents, interviewed 320 witnesses and held 22 hearings during a seven-month investigation of the response to Katrina.

April 27, 2006
The Accusation against the Alleged CIA Leaker Underlines the Question of How to Protect Both Security and Democracy
Findlaw.com: For Administration critics, it is hard not to be gleeful. We've lived through five-plus years of secret energy task forces, secret detentions in secret prisons, secret torture memos, secret NSA wiretapping programs -- and secret legal opinions about the supposed legality of all this secret stuff, and of keeping it secret. Along the way, lots of nonpartisan civil servants have found themselves intimidated into silence when they sought to question Administration edicts on issues across the board, from counter-terrorism, to tax policy, to global warming.

This ordinary accommodation of both security and liberty, however, is increasingly breaking down. Inside the government, unauthorized leaks seem to be proliferating -- as an increasing number of long-time public servants decide to risk firing or even jail to bring Administration actions to light. And in response, the Administration appears poised to take ever more aggressive deterrent measure to protect itself from such disclosures.

April 26, 2006
Wounded Soldiers Fight Off Bill Collectors at Home
April 26, 2006 — Hundreds of soldiers wounded in battle in Iraq have found themselves fighting off bill collectors on the home front, according to a report to be released tomorrow. The draft report by the Government Accountability Office, which ABC News obtained, said that hundreds of wounded soldiers had military debts incurred through no fault of their own turned over to collection agencies.

"It took my kidney, my left kidney, shrapnel came in through my head, back of my head," he recounted.

His injuries forced him out of the military, and the Army demanded he repay an enlistment bonus of $2,700 because he'd only served two-thirds of his three-year tour.

April 25, 2006
Bush below 50 percent in 46 states
The story is virtually the same from coast to coast. The president's best recent poll numbers came in Utah, a state that gave him 72 percent of its vote in 2004 and a 55 percent approval rating earlier this month. But Bush has fallen below 50 percent in 46 states and to 35 percent or below in 17 states, according to SurveyUSA, a New York-based research firm.

April 25, 2006
MUST READ

Rebuilding of Iraqi Pipeline as Disaster Waiting to Happen
The Fatah project went ahead despite warnings from experts that it could not succeed because the underground terrain was shattered and unstable.

It continued chewing up astonishing amounts of cash when the predicted problems bogged the work down, with a contract that allowed crews to charge as much as $100,000 a day as they waited on standby.

The company in charge engaged in what some American officials saw as a self-serving attempt to limit communications with the government until all the money was gone.

April 25, 2006
Do all conservatives believe in banning the truth?

Canada Bans Coverage of Returning War Dead
TORONTO Apr 25, 2006 (AP)— Canada's new Conservative government barred the media from covering the return Tuesday of the flag-draped coffins of four soldiers killed in Afghanistan, angering political opponents and some families.

April 25, 2006
Columnist Jack Anderson Files Probed by FBI
FBI agents last month sought the identities of pro-Israel reporters who had worked for columnist Jack Anderson or were close to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) when they asked to look through the late journalist's files, according to Mark Feldstein, director of the journalism program at George Washington University.

April 26, 2006
According to House Rules, a State can initiate impeachment, but the House still has to investigate and impeach.

CA, IL, VT Legislatures Move to Impeach Bush
Three state legislatures — California, Illinois and Vermont — have discovered a little known and never utlitized rule of the US House of Representatives, Section 603 of Jefferson's Manual of the Rules of the United States House of Representatives, which allows federal impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of a state legislature.

The move, which is being spearheaded by Democratic 527 group ImpeachPAC, shows potential in bringing serious charges against the Bush Administration, including felony treason, during a time when approval polls are at their lowest. However, it seems the idea may only be symbolic in nature, as a GOP-controlled U.S. Congress can easily squash the state-sponsored bills.

April 24, 2006
California lawmakers push for Bush impeachment
Joining Illinois, California has become the second state in which a proposal to impeach President Bush has been introduced in the state legislature. And this one includes Cheney as well.

April 26, 2006
Vermont lawmakers push for Bush impeachment
MONTPELIER — More than a dozen lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a resolution calling for President Bush's impeachment, making the Vermont Legislature the second in the nation to consider such a move.

April 26, 2006
Someone in the media might want to run this past Bush, who took out the Taliban and Saddam. Hypocrites.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State: "The overthrow of any government is unacceptable by any group or foreign authority"
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto said the African Union was investigating whether Khartoum had sponsored an April 13 attack by insurgents on Chad's capital N'Djamena.

"The AU is here to specifically investigate Sudan's involvement. It is evident there was a safe haven and probably logistical support provided to rebel groups," Yamamoto said, when asked about Chad's allegations of Sudanese involvement.

"The overthrow of any government is unacceptable by any group or foreign authority," he told a news conference.

April 21, 2006
Bush Is Becoming An Increasingly Dangerous President
There is, however, the possibility of another terrorist attack, and if one occurred, Americans would again rally around the president - wrongly so, since this is a presidency that lives on fear-mongering about terror, but does little to truly address it. The possibility that we might both suffer an attack, and see a boost to Bush come from it, is truly a terrifying thought.

April 22, 2006
Federal prosecutor arraigned on obstruction of justice charges
A former federal prosecutor and a State Department agent were arraigned Friday in Detroit on obstruction of justice charges, accused of misleading a jury in the first terrorism trial to result from the federal probe of the 9/11 attacks.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino, 45, and Harry Smith III, 49, stood mute to the charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Scheer in federal court. Scheer entered not guilty pleas on their behalf and freed the men on $25,000 unsecured bonds. He also ordered them to surrender their passports.

April 23, 2006
Some In GOP: Give Cheney's Job To Rice
WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- Some Republicans reportedly are urging U.S. President George Bush to replace Vice President Dick Cheney with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The Sunday Times of London says the Rice supporters believe that Bush must sacrifice either Cheney or Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in order to convince voters that Bush is ready for a fresh start.

April 24, 2006
Rumsfeld's battles with Pentagon have long history
Some of the retired generals who have attacked Rumsfeld acknowledge that their concerns extend beyond Iraq to his larger agenda. Within the Pentagon, anger has only grown after the news, first reported by Insidedefense.com, that Rumsfeld's office is considering a $25 billion cut to the Army, which has carried much of the cost of the Iraq conflict.

April 24, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

Retired chief justice for third circuit says Rumsfeld shows 'disregard' for military law
"The recent disclosure of testimony from the Army Inspector General's 391-page report from December 2005 indicates that Secretary Rumsfeld had far more knowledge of and responsibility for degrading and abusive treatment of my client than he previously acknowledged. The Army's own reports reveal a Defense Secretary showing a disturbing disregard for military law.

"As a retired judge, a lawyer and a veteran, I have the utmost respect for our country's laws and our commitment to civilian control of the military. Those obligations are consistent with an honest public debate about our country's leadership and U.S. policy."

April 22, 2006
Tide turns on Dubya's wreck
It is criminal sleaze in Washington, with the Republicans' favourite influence peddler, Jack Abramoff, headed for jail, and one of Bush's closest Texan buddies, the disgraced House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay, not far behind him.

It is arrogant, Nixonian trampling of the law to order the wiretapping of American citizens and the leaking of national security secrets. It is the rape of the environment to enrich big business, especially big oil. And resonating with ordinary Americans most of all, it is the loss of the city of New Orleans - not by Hurricane Katrina but by the bottomless incompetence of the feds' post-apocalypse response.

This is a trash presidency, founded on lies and knavery, fraud and ignorant ideological crackpottery.

April 22, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

Rice Allegedly Leaked Defense Info
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaked national defense information to a pro-Israel lobbyist in the same manner that landed a lower-level Pentagon official a 12-year prison sentence, the lobbyist's lawyer said Friday.

The allegations against Rice came as a federal judge granted a defense request to issue subpoenas sought by the defense for Rice and three other government officials in the trial of Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman. The two are former lobbyists with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who are charged with receiving and disclosing national defense information.

Defense lawyers are asking a judge to dismiss the charges because, among other things, they believe it seeks to criminalize the type of backchannel exchanges between government officials, lobbyists and the press that are part and parcel of how Washington works.

April 22, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
Duh! Bush could have gone to war with N. Korea which said it had weapons, or Iraq which said it didn't. It's easier to go to war with a knowingly defenseless country than one armed to the teeth.

White House knew there were no WMD
The CIA had evidence Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction six months before the 2003 US-led invasion but was ignored by a White House intent on ousting Saddam Hussein, a former senior CIA official said, according to CBS.

April 22, 2006
Campgrounds face closure
Silver said he is convinced that federal land agencies including the Forest Service are being deliberately starved by the Bush administration's tax cuts and big budget deficits. The Forest Service's recreation facility planning, he said, is designed to have each forest define for itself a recreational "niche" that will then out-compete other recreation activities for dollars and staff support, with the losers withering away. Recreational niches will be dominated by for-profit concessionaires, he warns.

April 13, 2006
Army suicides hit highest level since 1993
In 2005, a total of 83 soldiers committed suicide, compared with 67 in 2004, and 60 in 2003 — the year U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq. Four other deaths in 2005 are being investigated as possible suicides but have not yet been confirmed. The totals include active duty Army soldiers and deployed National Guard and Reserve troops.

April 19, 2006
Gulp! Gas: 4.50!
With pump prices rising fast, a gas station under the Brooklyn Bridge took a quantum leap into outrageousness - charging a jaw-dropping $4.50 a gallon!

That's what the Gulf Station on Old Fulton St. in Brooklyn Heights was charging credit card customers for a gallon of premium yesterday.

A gallon of regular gas was no bargain, either, at $4.14 for cash or $4.26 on plastic.

April 21, 2006
The media is party to blame. The glorified Bush after winning in Afghanistan (a country with no military whatsoever).

The flap over Rumsfeld shows what can happen when ideologues manage a war
Former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, now safely ensconced in the World Bank, may reflect on how he marginalized former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki as "wildly off the mark" after General Shinseki told Congress, based on his experience in Bosnia, that Iraq might require several hundred thousand troops. Later - like three years later - former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Richard Myers says that Shinseki was "inappropriately criticized."

April 15, 2006
Gas nearing $3 because — well, it's complicated
Experts cite several reasons for the recent spike in gas costs, including war and unrest in oil-producing countries; the prediction of another strong hurricane and tropical storm season; a change in seasons; laws and regulations; and greed.

April 21, 2006
The GOP says there's no money for Katrina but we have $10 billion a month to spend on Iraq.

Rocketing US war spending under fire
WITH the expected passage through the Senate next month of the largest emergency spending bill in American history, annual war expenditures in Iraq will have nearly doubled since the US-led invasion three years ago.

The US Government is now spending about $US10 billion ($13.4 billion) a month in Iraq and Afghanistan, up from $US8.2 billion a year ago, a report from the Congressional Research Service has found.

April 20, 2006
This estimate has been on this site for years so it shouldn't be a surprise to most readers.

War Cost $1 trillion
April 20, 2006 — There are many uncertainties about the progress made by coalition forces and the future prospects for stability and democracy in Iraq, but there is at least one indisputable fact: The Bush administration vastly underestimated the costs of the Iraq war.

The price is expected to almost double after lawmakers return to Capitol Hill next week when the Senate takes up a record $106.5 billion emergency spending bill that includes $72.4 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House passed a $92 billion version of the bill last month that included $68 billion in war funding. That comes on top of $50 billion already allocated for the war this fiscal year.

Poor Planning Could Push War Costs to $1 Trillion

April 20, 2006
US Ambassador to Azerbaijan recalled after prostitute scandal
The day before yesterday the USA's Ambassador in Baku Reno Harnish was conversing with Azerbaijan's Defense Minister Safar Abiev as if nothing had happened, discussing the strategic nature of the two countries" partnership and speculating over what President Ilkham Aliev"s upcoming visit to America will achieve. But at the same time everyone already knew that Reno Harnish is a "lame duck".

April 21, 2006
Signs Point To Rove Indictment
Now regarding Karl Rove, according to the latest documents, the first time Rove is now described as a subject in the overall case - a subject being a technical term meaning somebody is under investigation. And the latest prosecution documents also go out of their way to suggest that Rove is not going to be a prosecution witness at the Libby trial even though Rove is part of the narrative against Scooter Libby. And the reason that's significant is because prosecutors usually don't put subjects on the witness stand for tactical reasons if they want to leave open the possibility of later charging that particular subject in a separate case.

March 13, 2006
Republicans argue there is no such thing as global warming. Good grief

The glaciers in Glacier National Park are melting
Dr. Daniel Fagre, a federal research scientist based at Glacier National Park in Montana, says that in 1850, the park had 150 glaciers. Today, because of global warming, there are only 27 left, with estimates that all the glaciers in the park will be gone by the year 2030.

April 22, 2006
Bush breaks the law and Ms. McCarthy is fired.

CIA fires officer for secret prisons leak
WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency has dismissed an intelligence officer for leaking classified information, which was basis for newspaper reports that CIA ran secret prisons for terrorist suspects abroad.

A CIA spokesperson refused to give details of the dismissed officer citing privacy law. But the officer has been identified in news reports as Mary McCarthy, who had worked in the inspector general's office of the agency.

April 23, 2006
Young Officers Join the Debate Over Rumsfeld
"This is about the moral bankruptcy of general officers who lived through the Vietnam era yet refused to advise our civilian leadership properly," said one Army major in the Special Forces who has served two combat tours. "I can only hope that my generation does better someday."

April 21, 2006
Oil Prices Settle Above $75 a Barrel
NEW YORK Apr 21, 2006 (AP)— Crude-oil prices broke through $75 a barrel to hit a new record Friday, fueled by concerns about Iran's nuclear ambitions and tight U.S. gasoline supplies.

April 19, 2006
Two-bits says corporations aren't buying Feingold. Can anyone say the same about republicans?

Feingold Gets Big Spike in PAC Donations
Earlier this week, the PAC launched a Web ad that mockingly refers to Bush as "king of the United States." The PAC's Web site has a link allowing people to "co-sponsor" Feingold's censure resolution.

George Aldrich, a spokesman for Feingold's PAC, said the spike was probably related to the censure resolution as well as other positions Feingold has taken _ such as his call for a timeline for U.S. troops to come back from Iraq and his opposition to the Patriot Act.

April 21, 2006
In the early 90's Saddam was our friend. Good grief.

'United 93' Actor Says Entry to US Denied
LONDON (April 21) - An Iraqi actor who plays a hijacker in a new film about the September 11 attacks on the United States has been denied entry into the country for the movie's premiere, he told a newspaper on Friday.

Alsamari, 30, said he may have been denied entry by the U.S. embassy in London because he served in the Iraqi army in the early 1990s.

April 21, 2006
The Worst President in History?
George W. Bush's presidency appears headed for colossal historical disgrace. Barring a cataclysmic event on the order of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, after which the public might rally around the White House once again, there seems to be little the administration can do to avoid being ranked on the lowest tier of U.S. presidents. And that may be the best-case scenario. Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history.

April 20, 2006
Fox Poll: Bush 33%, Congress: 25%, Rumsfeld: 35%
NEW YORK  — More Americans disapprove than approve of how George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Congress are doing their jobs, while a majority approves of Condoleezza Rice. President Bush's approval hits a record low of 33 percent this week, clearly damaged by sinking support among Republicans.

The other end of Pennsylvania Avenue fares even worse: 25 percent of the public approves of the job Congress is doing and 52 percent disapprove. About a year ago, 40 percent approved and 36 percent disapproved (29-30 March 2005). Furthermore, a 54 percent majority agrees that this is a "do nothing" Congress, including 56 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats.

Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld's job approval rating also hit a record low this week with 35 percent of Americans saying they approve, down from 40 percent in December and 44 percent last April.

April 15, 2006
U.S. building largest embassy in history in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The fortress-like compound rising beside the Tigris River here will be the largest of its kind in the world, the size of Vatican City, with the population of a small town, its own defense force, self-contained power and water, and a precarious perch at the heart of Iraq's turbulent future.

April 20, 2006
Largest Emergency Spending Bill in History Goes to Iraq
The cost of the war in U.S. fatalities has declined this year, but the cost in treasure continues to rise, from $48 billion in 2003 to $59 billion in 2004 to $81 billion in 2005 to an anticipated $94 billion in 2006, according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The U.S. government is now spending nearly $10 billion a month in Iraq and Afghanistan, up from $8.2 billion a year ago, a new Congressional Research Service report found.

April 19, 2006
Coburn: seven lawmakers will go to jail
WAGONER, Okla. U-S Senator Tom Coburn isn't naming names, but he expects six congressmen and a fellow senator will go to jail.

That's because he thinks they'll be facing corruption charges following investigations involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff and others.

April 17, 2006
Hagel: I've lost confidence in Rumsfeld
"The concern I've had is, at a very dangerous time, (the) secretary of defense does not command the respect and confidence of our men and women in uniform," Hagel said.

April 18, 2006
Christian hate groups must have stayed home.

'Gay Families Roll Easter Eggs at White House
Thousands of children, including some brought by gay and lesbian parents, braved chilly rain at the South Lawn of the White House yesterday to roll colored eggs across soggy grass as part of an event dating to the 19th century.

April 19, 2006
What a joke. The US has filed terrorist charges against only 10 people and one of them is a child. It's pathetic.

'Real 20th hijacker' is being held at Guantanamo
The man alleged to be the real 20th hijacker of the September 11 terror attacks is imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, it has emerged.

Muhammad al-Qahtani, a Saudi, was arrested after US immigration authorities refused to allow him to enter the country at Orlando airport in Florida, before the suicide hijackings.

In all, the detainees on the list came from 41 countries. The largest number - 132 - come from Saudi Arabia. Afghanistan follows with 125, and Yemen is next with 107.

April 20, 2006
An Impeachable Offense - Geneva Convention violation

US reveals names of Guantánamo detainees
The US government has released its first official list of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison camp.

The list of 558 people comprises three-quarters of the total number of detainees who have passed through the camp, which was set up in 2002 after the end of the war in Afghanistan.

April 20, 2006
For the GOP it's Party first, Country last.

Simmons, Shays Find Fault, But Stop Short Of Seeking Resignation
Washington lawmakers lately have been in three camps over Rumsfeld. Most Democrats want him out. Most Republicans want him to stay. But some Republicans, while not calling for his resignation, acknowledge that he has presided over a Pentagon in turmoil and are voicing their strong criticisms.

April 19, 2006
Nearly 20,000 people kidnapped in Iraq this year
KARBALA, Iraq -- Nearly 20,000 people have been kidnapped in Iraq since the beginning of this year alone, according to a report Wednesday on violence in a country scarred by three years of conflict.

The survey, which underscores the massive social upheaval caused by rebel activity and increasing sectarian conflict, does not give the number of people killed. However, it says 15,462 people have been wounded.

April 18, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

UN torture panel presses US on detainees
GENEVA - The United Nations committee against torture has demanded that the United States provide more information about its treatment of prisoners at home and foreign terrorism suspects held in Iraq , Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

In questions submitted to Washington, the panel also sought information about secret detention facilities and specifically whether the United States assumed responsibility for alleged acts of torture in them, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.

March 17, 2006
Fiscal conservatives in the republican party begged Bush to cut spending to pay for Katrina aid, but they have no problem giving aid to Iraq.

U.S. War Spending to Rise 44% to $9.8 Bln a Month, Report Says
March 17 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan will average 44 percent more in the current fiscal year than in fiscal 2005, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service said.

Spending will rise to $9.8 billion a month from the $6.8 billion a month the Pentagon said it spent last year, the research service said. The group's March 10 report cites "substantial" expenses to replace or repair damaged weapons, aircraft, vehicles, radios and spare parts.

April 18, 2006
The biggest problem with Bush is he's a habitual liar.

Richard Clarke and Steven Simon: Don't bomb Iran
The parallels to the run-up to war with Iraq are all too striking: Remember that in May 2002, Bush declared that there was "no war plan on my desk" despite having actually spent months working on detailed plans for the Iraq invasion. Congress did not ask the hard questions then. It must not permit the administration to launch another war whose outcome cannot be known, or worse, known all too well.

April 2006
Does anyone think republicans care about the Constitution? Com'on, that's one hell of a stretch.

CARL BERNSTEIN: Worse than Watergate
In terms of imminent, meaningful action by the Congress, however, the question of whether the president should be impeached (or, less severely, censured) remains premature. More important, it is essential that the Senate vote—hopefully before the November elections, and with overwhelming support from both parties—to undertake a full investigation of the conduct of the presidency of George W. Bush, along the lines of the Senate Watergate Committee's investigation during the presidency of Richard M. Nixon.

April 19, 2006
Oil jumps above $72 to new high
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Oil prices jumped above $72 a barrel to yet another record Wednesday after a government report said supplies of crude made a surprise decline and gasoline stocks fell far more than expected.

U.S. light crude for May delivery soared as high as $72.10 a barrel, a new intraday high, up 75 cents on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil was off 45 cents just before the government report, and swung higher and then back down after the report's release.