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Via the essential Avedon, this buried item from WaPo:

Leaders of the Senate Budget Committee want to assemble a Bipartisan panel of lawmakers and administration officials to deal with the skyrocketing costs of Social Security and other entitlement programs, with the goal of bringing a reform proposal to a vote in Congress later this year.

The Republicans should all have been committed long ago

It wouldn't be possible to overcommit them.

Remember the love-fest at the Gates confirmation hearings? After Rummy, Gates was supposed to be the sane one. Oh well. Gates has already drunk deep of That Kool-Aid Which Cannot Be Undrunk. Guardian:

Increased US military activity in the Gulf is aimed at Iran's "very negative" behaviour, the Bush administration said today.

So, Bush's library speech really was all about Iran? Read more about The Republicans should all have been committed long ago

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Sundown on Integration

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Sundown towns. Excellent MLK Day reading. I'd make the point that people often forget that this whole "give them a middle class!" thing has been tried before; white folks tend to get twitchy with the guns and torches when middle class communities of color get "too big." Progressives should never forget that the more recent history of white oppression is just as ugly as the antebellum version. Read more about Sundown on Integration

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FutureShock from the South

America, that is. Let's see, I think this blurb has it all. Tell me this doesn't sound strangely like someplace you know, fast foward a few years:

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Misogynist of the Day

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Victory Over Terror Initiative

This is one of those "it'll never happen, but I love the idea" things:
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More MLK Day Fun: Universal Edition

Revised:

The reason this country lacks universal voting rights is that progressive reformers have been unwilling to sacrifice a just, decent, affordable, humane system for a merely universal one. Universality, after all, is easy. Widespread voting access and actual enumeration are not. And demanding a perfect system is easy. But as Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Johnson, Kennedy and Nixon have found, achieving such a system is not. Now, the argument over which type of system is the most worthwhile, and which sort the most possible, is a worthy one, and it's perfectly defensible to argue -- as Stoller does -- for nationalized voting rights in that context. But to accuse Thurman, Helms, Byrd and so many others who've devoted their lives to the study and struggle of this issue "unserious" because they don't believe we'll dissolve the states rights industry in a single legislative penstroke is profoundly, well, unserious.
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Even Wealth is Suspect

Well, isn't this interesting? New Money look out.

“We may find out this person has unexplained wealth for reasons that have nothing to do with being a spy, in which case we’re out of it,” said Thomas A. Gandy, a senior Army counterintelligence official.

But that's not saying a whole lot, is it?

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AP:

Vice President Dick Cheney called [Scooter Libby], who goes on trial this week in the CIA leak case, "one of the more honest men I know" and said Sunday he expects to testify for the defense.

Now, that's a headline that writes itself, isn't it? And doesn't Cheney's faux gravitas make you want to throw up?

I do expect Fitzgerald's cross to be interesting, though. Read more about But that's not saying a whole lot, is it?

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Sunday Gasbaggery: This Week, Like Every Other Week

I have been without access to a working computer for much of the last month, so it was a shock, getting back to the lethal emptiness of our political discourse as represented by the utter and complete pap spewed by our Sunday gasbags. Read more about Sunday Gasbaggery: This Week, Like Every Other Week

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Descended From Wolves


Lilo & Stitch ring a bell?

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Fortress Iraq: Almost Ready

Not so small. Or cheap. But it is large:

“Embassy Baghdad” will dwarf new U.S. embassies elsewhere, projects that typically cover 10 acres. The embassy’s 104 acres is six times larger than the United Nations compound in New York, and two-thirds the acreage of Washington’s National Mall.
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Webb: Kicking Ass for Vets

I just love this little "I Dare You to Veto It" bill from Webb, don't you?
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Sooner or Later: Profit Waiting to Happen

We could do a post a day along the lines of this post. This won't surprise you, but it is so widespread I think it's worth posting. Contrast and compare:
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One Heathen at a Time

I know this is mainly about, as the Turtleneck would say, "The Jooos," but I still count this as good news for all us Festivus people. The more religious diversity in Congress, the better. The best part of this article:
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