= War Against Labor
Security and Medicare
the Separation of Church and State
and Campaign Fraud
Control, law enforcement and Community Safety
Peace -- in pieces
Teacher draws heat for Reagan remarks
Pills vs. Talking
Unhealthy Cuts for Head Start Mr. Bush wants to cut funding for 2002, in
per child terms, by 2 percent. Inflation will further reduce the value
of services received by each child. The program has not suffered a
similar cut since the Reagan budgets of 1983 and 1986.
Dubya Get a Failing Grade Over School Reform?
Special Report: After touting education as a top priority all the
way to the White House, the President appears to have dropped the
ball. Even his supporters are angry, report TIME's Karen Tumulty and
Trying to Eliminate Overtime The nation's overtime pay law took
another hit today as a House panel approved legislation that would
let employers offer paid time off instead. Business groups, emboldened
by complete Republican control of Congressa and federal executive
branch, are pressing the Bush dictatorship to rewrite the labor law
requiring employers to pay an hourly rate of time-and-a-half to some
workers logging more than 40 hours a week.
Urges Unpaid Cop, Firefighter Overtime
Powerful Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens suggested yesterday that New York's
cops and firefighters should work overtime without pay as a
wartime sacrifice. [!?!
Maybe Halliburton should actually *pay*some*taxes* as a 'wartime sacrifice'.
The GOP consists of 'Economic Chickenhawks', as well! --Lori Price]
Health lobby blocks mental health parity
Wisconsin gets an "F" when it comes to reproductive health care
challenges President for rollback of Patients Rights, (HE) Truthout,
08/21/01 - Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-North St. Paul) reacted
strongly to President Bush's announcement this past week that he was
scrapping the Clinton Administration's patients' rights rules for
Medicaid enrollees and proposing new rules to take effect next year
Undermines Patients' Bill of Rights, (HE) Truthout, 08/30/01 -
Congressman Bill Filner, DA-CA50, explains how Bush's "compromise"
bill with Norwood is actually an HMO bill of rights. An important
challenges President for rollback of Patients Rights, HE Truthout,
08/21/01 - Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-North St. Paul) reacted
strongly to President Bush's announcement this past week that he was
scrapping the Clinton Administration's patients' rights rules for
Medicaid enrollees and proposing new rules to take effect next year.
Clinton Urges Administration To Reverse Decision Rolling Back Basic
Patient Protections For Medicaid Recipients, HE,truthout, : 08/15/01
- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today sent a letter to Health and
Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson asking him to reconsider
the Administration's plans to roll back basic patient protections
for the nearly 20 million poor and disabled Americans in the Medicaid
Jean Carnahan delivers democratic response to president bush's weekly
radio address On the Patience Bill of Rights
- BUSH'S BACK-DOOR BOOGIE Bush has done a marvelous job of confirming what
I already knew - to wit, that he doesn't give a tinker's damn for
the uninsured and - further - that he remains deliberately clueless
as to what "choices" we face when it comes to health care.
- Statement of senator edward m. Kennedy regarding the patients' bill of rights
2 Pharmacy Groups Sue to Block Bush's Drug Discount Plan Two organizations
that represent the nation's pharmacies sued federal health officials
yesterday to try to block President Bush's proposal to offer prescription
drug discount cards to all elderly Americans. Date: 07/18/01
Wrong On AIDSRead the WP Op-Ed exposing the misinformation used
by the Bush administration's new chief of the U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID). Date: 06/15/01
Democrats, Pharmacists Criticize Bush Drug ProposalSummary: Aids
offered details of how the discounts would work. Using a market-based
approach, the plan would rely on companies that manage pharmaceutical
benefits to negotiate reduced prices with drug manufacturers and pass
on the discounts. Drug companies, the theory goes, would be willing
to offer discounts of as much as 20 percent because of the prospect
of a large volume of sales. Date: 07/12/01
supporting HMO suits Sunday July 08, 2001 Officials feel the threat
of court action will help stem losses they suffer when payments are
delayed or denied "Think of it logically," said Cohen of
the congressional move to allow legal retribution against HMOs. "The
insurance companies have acted in such bad faith that the federal
government is having to enact a law to protect people."
Pressure Bush in Cell DebateJuly 12, 2001
accused of 'waffle' as he tries to escape ethics dilemmaBy Andrew
Gumbel in Los Angeles, 09 July 2001
Education Bush administration is forsaking its responsibilities
to pass a Patients' Bill of Rights By Congressman Bob Filner,
July 3, 2001
Rights Do Patients Need? Insurers must be held accountable.
An Op-Ed By U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton June 22,
The competing proposal supported by President Bush lacks many
of these protections. It would allow health plans to decide whether
patients can see an outside specialist. It would create external review
boards that would be selected and paid for by the health plans themselves.
It would fail to protect doctors who fought for patients from being
punished by their HMOs. And it wouldn't even cover all insured New
Yorkers, because it would leave out more than 2 million who are in
employer-offered, self-insured plans.
House irritated over surgeon general's report on sex
& McCain React to Bush's Threat to Veto Patients' Bill of Rights
Summary: Compares bill's facts with Bush's version of legislation's
effect, including Texas outcomes of similar legislation.
on rightwing G.O.P.'s attempt to derail the Patients' Bill of Rights
"They seem to be continuing to try to write a bill that has little
or no enforcement in it. They keep redefining and redefining the right
to enforce one's rights. And they simply do that, in my view, in order
to stay in league with the special interests that do not really want
a Patients' Bill of Rights and do not certainly want people to be
able to enforce it."
promises to veto patients' bill of rights
OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE URGENT NEED TO PASS REAL PATIENT
Right Patients' Bill of Rights
NY Times, June 18, 2001
The White House-backed alternative in the Senate, sponsored by Bill
Frist, Republican of Tennessee, and John Breaux, Democrat from Louisiana,
does give patients many of the same rights, like access to specialty
care. But on liability issues it seems more concerned with protecting
the health care industry, a major Republican campaign contributor,
than with protecting patients.
Patients' Bill Changed to Shield Doctors
LA Times, June 15, 2001
Proposed in the Senate by Democrats Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts
and John Edwards of North Carolina and by Republican John McCain of
Arizona, the legislation, scheduled for debate starting on Tuesday,
would give patients the unprecedented right to sue health maintenance
organizations and insurers for decisions about treatment that result
in injury or death. President Bush has threatened to veto the bill,
warning that it could lead to a flood of frivolous lawsuits against
a wide range of companies and raise health care costs by permitting
jury awards of up to $5 million in federal courts and unlimited punitive
damages under state law.
House vows to veto health bill
Boston Globe Staff, 6/11/2001
Seeks award cap, federal authority over litigation
Seeks Delay on Patients' Rights Debate
NY TIMES June 19
would veto current patients' rights plan, aide says
Nando Times, June 10
- Statement Of Senator Edward M. Kennedy Regarding The Patients' Bill Of Rights
Care Access Threatened With Critical Condition
Budget cut could cut you off from your family physician
WASHINGTON -- President Bush`s proposed 2002 budget would zero out
all federal funding for family medicine training programs under Title
VII of the Public Health Service Act. These are the only programs
at the federal level specifically designed to support family medicine
training: they help promising medical students choose to become family
physicians and to serve in rural and underserved communities across
BY REP. NANCY PELOSI
Bush AIDS Plan Lacks Resources to Effectively Fight the AIDS Crisis
veterans plea to GOP falls on deaf ears
Administration Order Halts Stem Cell Meeting
NIH Planned Session To Review Fund Requests
Budget Makes Major Cuts in Health Plans
Outcry, Bush AIDS Office Gutted
on Health Care Would Cut Aid to Uninsured
budget would eliminate the Community Access Program
Raid on Medicare
bill alive, for now
Stalling Bipartisan Bill on Rights of Patients
patients' bill of rights
Plans Raid on Medicare
Plan Bankrupts Medicare
Security and Medicare
Report Ignores Government Looting of Social Security Trust Fund
Pharmacists, lawmakers fielding calls about Medicaid changes
Paul D. Wellstone Radio Address on Social Security, (SS) Truthout,
08/18/01 - Minnesota's senator sacks Bush's plan to privatize Social
Security as unnecessary, unwise, unfair and untrue to Social Security's
Security Team Eyes Possible Benefit Cuts,SS Yahoo, 08/22/01
- Bush's commission on Social Security reform said on Wednesday
cuts in benefits may be needed to shore up the retirement system
even if private investment accounts are set up....The Congressional
Research Service concluded in a report released earlier this week
that retirement benefit cuts -- ranging from 3.9 percent to 10.8
percent -- may be needed even if personal investment accounts are
Paul D. Wellstone Radio Address on Social Security, SS Truthout,
08/18/01 - Minnesota's senator sacks Bush's plan to privatize Social
Security as unnecessary, unwise, unfair and untrue to Social Security's
- Commission to Have Closed Meetings , SS YaHoo, 08/18/01 - Recommended changes
to Social Security will be formulated behind closed doors while
fiscal and administrative issues related to creating personal Social
Security accounts are discussed. The article cites other examples
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act infractions.
the Tank Questions the origins of Bush's Social Security privatization
initiative; echoes that women are disproportionately dependent on
Social Security. Date: 08/02/01 Read
Commission to Have Closed Meetings Recommended changes to Social
Security will be formulated behind closed doors while fiscal and
administrative issues related to creating personal Social Security
accounts are discussed. The article cites other examples of the
Federal Advisory Committee Act infractions. 08/18/01
changes to Social Security will be formulated behind closed doors
while fiscal and administrative issues related to creating personal
Social Security accounts are discussed. The article cites other
examples of the Federal Advisory Committee Act infractions. Read
Bob Filner seeks to block funding for President Bush's Social Security
Privatization Plan Congressman Bob Filner offered an amendment
today that would attempt to block the administration from providing
funds for the purpose of considering or developing a Social Security
privatization plan. Rep. Filner's Amendment did not pass -- but
for an early procedural amendment to have threatened the Bush administration's
Social Security aspirations bodes well for congressional resistance
to the plan. Date: 07/25/01
Our Security Send an email to Bush telling him you do not support
his privatization plan.
and All That I knew that the commission on Social Security reform
appointed by George W. Bush would produce a slanted report, one
designed to bully Congress into privatizing the system. But the
draft report released last week is sheer, mean-spirited nonsense.
by Paul Krugman
Please don't botch Social Security I'm afraid Karl Rove's timing
is off: You can't pass a huge tax cut tilted heavily toward the
rich and then announce that Social Security is about to go belly-up.
People make the connection. by Molly Ivins
by -Daschle-Gephardt on Social Security "What is going on here
is not a mystery. The Republican party has always opposed Social
Security and Medicare, and these latest scare tactics are part of
a sixty-six year drive to gut Social Security and let people fend
for themselves at age 65.
Even Most Generous Drug Plan May Be Disappointing to Elderly The Senate
majority leader, Tom Daschle, Democrat of South Dakota, said: "We're
working under very tight constraints. One of the biggest, of course,
has been dictated as a result of the passage of the Bush tax bill.
They wanted to pass a tax bill in large measure because they wanted
to constrain domestic commitments and investments. This is a perfect
example of it."
cut shrinks projected surplus As the surplus shrinks, budget
experts from both parties now say Congress and President Bush will
have to tap funds reserved for Medicare to pay for the spending
increases they want for the fiscal year that begins in October.
Dipping into Medicare is something lawmakers and the White House
have vowed not to do. 6/26/01
Enron faces suit in California over rigging power market
Enron Traders Caught On Tape
MasterCard blamed for pushing up shop prices
Cancer Society: Legislation Claims To Reduce Youth Smoking But Instead
Protects Big Tobacco ,CN US Newswire, 06/22/01 - The bill, The
National Youth Smoking Reduction Act," (H.R. 2180), would do little
to protect children due to the numerous loopholes that would only
benefit the tobacco industry.
Is Putting Team in Place for a Full-Bore Assault on Regulation,
CP NY Times, 05/23/01- : Across an array of federal agencies, the
Bush administration has begun to make good on its commitment of
broad deregulation, promoting a policy transformation long sought
by the business community and opposed by consumer, labor and environmental
- Philip Morris Hasn't Changed Company's Report to Czech Government Argues
Dead Smokers Are Good for Government Budgets. It is the same Philip
Morris that has been invited by the Bush Administration to negotiate
a settlement to the federal tobacco lawsuit.
- School Pesticide Measure Is Attacked House GOP Vows to Kill Senate Provision
for Parental Notice of Chemicals' Use July 19, 2001
of Matthew L. Myers, President Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids
Bush Administration Effort to Settle Tobacco Lawsuit Smells Like
Sweetheart Deal for Tobacco Industry
your mail carefully for the next few weeks. Financial institutions
of all kinds will be telling you, sometimes deviously, how much
they care about your privacy.
Denounces Bush Administration Suspension of Arsenic-in-Drinking-Water
continue to oppose price caps on energy
Budget May Cripple Tobacco Lawsuit, Memo Warns
Budget May End U.S. Tobacco Suit
isn't helping, Bush tells president Jeb Bush asks his brother
for federal support for Florida's plan to store untreated water
in the underground aquifer.
energy firm gauged California
House Plans to Revise New Medical Privacy Rules
Proposes Cuts in Fraud Enforcement
wants to scrap the internet privacy agreement
oppose consummer privacy in the name of "bidness"
Nixes Bankruptcy Exemptions
Bankruptcy Reform Issue
Rejects Credit Card Limits
Bill Helps Select Few
Reversal on Public Access to Chemical Data
Quid Pro Quo
Court Term Marked by Election Controversy Ends"The legacy
of Bush v. Gore will be shaped in large part by the Court's ultimate
response to these other challenges," Shapiro noted. "We
will then have a better idea of whether the Court actually announced
a constitutional principle in Bush v. Gore, or merely a result."
FBI warns cities
Black Admissions Drop 30% at Berkeley
Concerns Threaten State's Open Records, Meetings Law,
[CR], Palm Beach Post, 09/26/01 - -- Florida is under a state of
emergency, legislators are considering closing committee meetings,
and routine public records are being withheld in the name of a massive
federal terrorism investigation. In the two weeks since suicide
attacks killed thousands, civil libertarians are growing worried
that Florida's ironclad Government-in-the-Sunshine Law -- the most
open in the nation -- could become collateral damage.
Senate Democrat Proposes Alternative Antiterrorism Plan, [CR]
New York Times, 09/20/01 <> The White Houseís proposed
anti-terrorist legislative package faces opposition as Senator Patrick
J. Leahy of VT, Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee chairman,
takes a pragmatic approach to preserve civil liberties in the wake
of the anti-terrorist frenzy; while GAís conservative Republican
representative Bob Barr voices concerns about Internet surveillance.
Powers Sought for Surveillance , (CR) Washington Post, 09/17/01
- In the wake of the attacks, proposals include ending the ban on
political assassination, more power to conduct wiretaps, detain
foreigners, track money-laundering cases, recruit and pay overseas
agents linked to terrorist groups and human rights abuses, and create
a counterterrorism czar inside the White House.
future depends on an informed public , (CR) Online Journal,
08/31/01 - Carla Binion uses two topics of importance to the sustenance
of American democracy, unwarranted arrests and unauditable elections,
as supports for the necessity of a truth-telling TV news network
devoted to keeping democracy.
to Skip U.N. Meeting Lamented, (CR) Washington Post, 08/28/01
- Powell will stay away from the World Conference Against Racism,
which begins Friday, because of the administration's opposition
to what it calls "offensive language" in a proposed final conference
communique that would condemn Israel's treatment of Palestinians
Feds Plead for Secrecy , (CR) Lycos wired news, 08/27/01 - Should
a mobster be set free because the government used a keyboard tap?
(Like a wiretap, but on your keyboard.) Will this accused receive
a fair trial - behind closed doors? When observers are barred from
the courtroom? When documents are withheld from the defense attorneys?
When the trial is moved to a location other than a courtroom? What's
up with all this? If his rights are violated: will YOURS be next?
Economy's New Guardian D.C.'s Answer to IMF, World Bank Protests:
Miles of Chain-Link , (CR) Washington Post, 08/30/01 - The fence
will be nine feet tall. It will have a perimeter of 2 1/2 miles.
It will enclose 220 downtown acres and block 27 streets, according
to preliminary plans. Corralled will be: the White House, parts
of Foggy Bottom and George Washington University, four apartment
buildings, a church, dozens of stores, restaurants and offices.
Pentagon And the Professor, (CR) Washington Post, 08/29/01 -
Incredible governmental set-up of thoughtful scientific academian
using his mind and skills to question the feasibility of the missile
defense shield proposal.
GEORGIA CONGRESSWOMAN CYNTHIA McKINNEY McKinney Lays Out the
Facts on Reparations Now! The treatment of blacks in this country
has historically been deplorable and while steps have been made
to better the racial climate, nothing has been done to compensate
those who have been wronged in the process. Bush does not want to
talk about reparations because he opposes paying compensation to
black Americans for slavery. That is what Ari Fleischer his spokesman,
had the nerve to categorically state at a White House briefing.
I hope that is a mischaracterization of President Bush's attitude,
especially given the facts surrounding the November 2000 elections.
may reverse policy that protects journalists The case of
a reporter jailed Friday for refusing to give her research to
federal prosecutors has raised concerns that Attorney General
John Ashcroft is reversing a policy that gives journalists wide
latitude in protecting confidential sources and unpublished information
Exporting corporate control A gold company with ties to the Bush family
tries to muzzle a muckraking journalis By Joe Conason July 20, 2001
CONGRESSMAN JESSE JACKSON, JR. on Constitutional Amendments
Conservatives have already introduced approximately 50 constitutional
amendments in the 107th Congress. Conservatives introduced nearly
75 constitutional amendments in the 106th Congress. They organize
their base around what they believe are their fundamental constitutional
rights -- a balanced budget amendment; term limits; right to life;
prohibition against flag desecration; voluntary school prayer; line-item
veto; English as the official language; limiting the public debt;
protecting the rights of crime victims; religious freedom; spending
limitations; and the abolition of personal income, estate, and gift
taxes. These are just some of what conservatives consider their
fundamental rights and what they are trying to put in the Constitution.
for two activists delayed Prosecutors want more time to decide
whether to move ahead with charges against protesters arrested last
month at a rally for President George W. Bush in Tampa, FL. Date:
Truth to Power! NAACP's Leader Julian Bond address to the 92nd
National Convention is poignant, historical, humorousÖand politically
pointed. Date: 07/08/01
20, 2001 What Vieques is About , Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Surely we, as a civilized nation, need to rise above sacrificing
the freedom and safety of innocent American citizens so that unnecessary
war games can take place. It is now time for the Navy's bombing
of Vieques to stop, so that the cleanup can begin and the people
of Vieques can once again call this beautiful island "home."
OF CONGRESSMAN JOHN CONYERS, JR. and JESSE JACKSON JR. on RELEASE
OF JACQUELINE JACKSON
When a person of Ms. Jackson's stature and reputation can be
so cavalierly mistreated and abused by our federal government, it
should give us all pause. I'm concerned that ordinary citizens engaged
in civil disobedience in Puerto Rico may be facing even more abusive
treatment. As a result, even though Ms. Jackson will be released,
I am calling for hearings on the way that U.S. citizens who haven't
been convicted of a crime are being mistreated in our federal prisons.
We will not let this issue die.
Demands that Ashcroft Release Jacqueline Jackson from Solitary Confinement
"If a person of Ms. Jackson's stature and reputation can
be so cavalierly mistreated and abused by our federal government,
I'm concerned that ordinary citizens are facing even more abusive
treatment. Whatever the resolution of Ms. Jackson's case, this may
well necessitate hearings to shed further light on the problem of
abusive treatment of persons charged with minor misdemeanor offenses."
Fault Plan to Listen, Search and Seize, [CR] NY Times, 09/20/01
A coalition of 150 groups from across the political spectrum object
to various proposed anti-terrorist powers including: broad new wiretapping
authority; the power to deport immigrants suspected of terrorism
without any court review of the evidence; use information collected
by foreign governments against American citizens including information
obtained by techniques that would have violated the Fourth Amendment's
prohibition against illegal searches and seizures; authority for
the government to seize evidence from terrorism suspects, including
DNA samples; to seize the assets of foreign governments suspected
of aiding terrorists; and to gain wider access to educational records
and tax returns, and more.
at Risk, [CR] Washington Post, 09/19/01 Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
details past legislative attempts to enhance public safety and some
historical threats to civil liberties, ending with: "History has
taught us that we should not use the threat of violence as an excuse
to suppress legitimate constitutional rights and liberties." Justice
Department is abandoning civil rights case against New York Police
Department The federal government has apparently shelved a civil
rights case against the police department that was begun three years
ago amid outrage over the torture of a Haitian immigrant in a police
bathroom in Brooklyn.
Executioner in Chief Summary: New Department of Justice guidelines
circumvent state laws by allowing federal prosecution of certain
murder cases in states without capital punishment. Date: June 20,
BARBARA BOXER'S FLOOR STATEMENT ON THE EDUCATION AMENDMENT :
The second reason this amendment is such a disappointment to me
is that, in my opinion, it tolerates discrimination. A year and
a half ago, Congress awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the
highest honor this nation can bestow on civilians, to the "Little
Rock Nine." More than a generation ago, as children, they had
the courage to help desegregate the Little Rock public schools.
NY Times June 14, 2001
Velda González may be 68 years old, the vice president of
the Senate in Puerto Rico and a grandmother several times over.
But none of that mattered to U.S. Navy officials who treated her
like trash, which is the same way they've treated so many others
who have been arrested for protesting the Navy's bombing exercises
on the island of Vieques.
Ashcroft's Skimpy Report
NY Times June 10, 2001
There is "no evidence of racial bias in the administration
of the federal death penalty," Attorney General John Ashcroft
declared last week upon issuing a Justice Department report that
purports to settle the issue. But the report does no such thing.
Vote on Michigan appeals court nominee delayed
Sen. Kennedy loses bid to block Pryor court appointment
Thomas, Revenge Terry Wooten's nomination to the U.S. District
Court in South Carolina pays back Wooten, who was the chief counsel
to the Republican minority on the Senate Judiciary Committee, a
spot that in essence made him the legal point man for the pro-Thomas
forces. Date: 07/30/01
judicial nominees gave money to GOP candidates A survey of campaign
fundraising records shows that nearly half of President Bush?s nominees
to the federal bench have given money to the GOP. Several have a
history of extensive contributions that may hinder their confirmation
in the Democratic Senate. Date: 07/25/01
Reports an 'Impasse' Over Senate Reorganization
NY Times, June 15, 2001 Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the new
Judiciary chairman, issued a statement saying: "There is more
than a little irony in the charge from some Republican quarters
that the Democratic Senate will treat President Bush's judicial
nominees unfairly. Some Republicans seem to be expecting in Democrats
the same wiles that the G.O.P. Senate used in killing so many of
President Clinton's nominees."
GOP rejects Democratic offer on reorganizing Senate
"I'm not sure I've ever heard of anything quite like that before,"
Daschle told CNN. "We're going to use the nominating process
that the Senate has used for decades, if not generations -- just
go through the hearing process and make our decisions without making
any early commitments about what we are going to do one way or the
urges approval for 11 judges
Senate Democrats, noting that Republicans went out of their
way to block some of President Clinton's nominees, said they will
carefully review all the nominees. They pledged to fight any effort
to stack the federal judiciary with conservative ideologues.
Rages Over Home-State Veto on Judges
"We're simply saying, 'Let's use the same procedure that
our Republican colleagues have used for the last six years,''' said
Senate Democratic leader Thomas Daschle of South Dakota. "We
simply want to be able to say we've had a chance to assure that
these nominees represent excellence, they represent diversity, and
they represent moderation,'' Daschle said on ABC's "This Week''
program. "We are not going to be supportive of some far-right-wing
judge on any court.''
for Judges: Senate Democrats Threaten to Use Republican Tactics
and the GOP Screams Bloody Murder
Judges Republicans can't keep deciding the rules without compromise
White House 'trying to help Howard'
Lone Star gets loonier
the Show of Bipartisanship: Muted Dissent, (PA) Washington Post,
09/17/01- : The rush by lawmakers to give rhetorical support, money
and broad war-making authority to President Bush to respond to terrorism
was a display of bipartisan unity and deference to the executive
branch that is without precedent in Washington in recent decades.
But lurking beneath the surface of this united front is a more complicated
Werewolves in Washington, PA Sun Herald, 06/06/01 - A humorous,
pointed satire on the partisan accusations facing the report by
the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights report on the Florida election
Blast Commission Report, Leak, (page code) Fox News, 06/05/01
- A controversial report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
says the Justice Department should investigate the possibility of
discrimination in last year's elections in Florida.
Is Considering Leaving GOP
"He seems to be changing rapidly before our eyes," said
Robert McIntyre, head of Citizens for Tax Justice and a major critic
of the Bush tax cut. "It's very interesting. It's almost like
he stopped hanging around with the wrong people, and has woken up."
While some colleagues privately express concern about Strom
Thurmond's abilities, they all know why he carries on: In a chamber
split 50-50, he's the 50th Republican vote
When a new president sits down to decide who will represent
the United States in countries abroad, the names of big campaign
contributors almost always come up.
ShadowWith Help From Congressional Republicans And The Bush
'Faith-Based' Initiative, Controversial Korean Evangelist Sun Myung
Moon Is Trying To Expand His Religious-Political Empire, June 2001
the Separation of Church and State
and Campaign Fraud
New 'Hiccup' for Florida Voters
Fight over electronic voting riles League of Women Voters
Control, law enforcement and Community Safety
Gun victim plans takeover revenge on manufacturer
NRA Opens Office in Baghdad
Plants Could Be Next Targets of Terrorists by Rear Admiral (RET)
Eugene Carroll, [GN] truthout.com A retired rear admiral
identifies other terrorist targets, and advises: "The only realistic
hope to reduce the danger of future attacks lies not in violent
reprisals by American forces, but in positive preventive programs,
taken in concert with other nations to attack the root causes
of terrorism by political and economic means."
Backs Strict Safety Tests for Mexican Trucks in U.S. A recent
study by the inspector general of the Department of Transportation
found that nearly two in five Mexican trucks failed basic safety
inspections, compared with one in four American trucks or one
in seven Canadian trucks. The Senate defied threats from the
White House and the Mexican government today and voted overwhelmingly
to support efforts to impose strict safety standards on Mexican
trucks seeking access to American roads. 07/27/01
We are writing to you to express our serious concerns with your
decision to begin approving Mexican motor carrier applications
for cross-border trucking services outside existing border commercial
Supports Broad View of Gun Rights
"Let me state unequivocally my view that the text and the
original intent of the Second Amendment clearly protect the
right of individuals to keep and bear firearms," Mr. Ashcroft
wrote. "While some have argued that the Second Amendment
guarantees only a `collective right' of the states to maintain
militias, I believe the amendment's plain meaning and original
intent prove otherwise."
new drug czar
John Walters, a hard-line drug warrior, is the leading candidate
to replace Barry McCaffrey. Advocates say he's a throwback to
the bad old days of Bill Bennett.
The Bennett-Walters drug office was characterized by widespread
use of the bully pulpit to issue harsh moral condemnations of
users of illegal drugs, little distinction between marijuana
and drugs like heroin and cocaine and an emphasis on punishment
for America Texas Style
War spending 'has made country more vulnerable'
High-profile air strikes 'killed only civilians'
Terrorism on a Global Front, [PE] NY Times, 09/21/01
The Secretary General of the UN, Kofi Annan, describes
how it provides the forum necessary for building a universal
coalition and can ensure global legitimacy for the long-term
response to terrorism.
Plan Buoyed by a Bipartisan Mood , (PE) NY Times,
09/13/01 - The suicide attacks on the World Trade Center
and the Pentagon appear to have strengthened, not weakened,
the prospects for Congressional support of President Bush's
missile defense plan.
Need for Dissent (PE) REFLECTIONS ON BIN LADEN, MILITARY
SPENDING, WEAPONS MANUFACTURING, AIRPORT SECURITY, PLUTONIUM
PROLIFERATION AND MORE. 09/18/01
IS the Time to Speak for Peace (PE) It is time to
face some difficult truths: The war being planned is not
about the emotions of citizens and their leaders spinning
out of control. Yes, people are angry, and many are hungry
for revenge. But that is merely a cover for the politicians.
Draws Abortion Line at U.N. Officials May Boycott Session
on Children, (PE) Washington Post, 08/28/01 - The
U.S. may boycott a U.N. conference on children because
its draft document supports abortion. Other conferences
the government has opted out of include those to stem
the spread of small arms and enforce restrictions on the
proliferation of biological weapons.
to Give Details of Shield Tests to China , (PE) Washington
Post, 09/02/01 - Read thoughtfully, this is a truly alarming
article disclosing Team Bush's acknowledgement that pursuing
the missile shield (by land, sea and space) will accelerate
China's missile deployment and resumption of nuclear weapons
guided missile, PE The Guardian, 06/21/02 - Vladimir
Putin's threat to expand Russia's long-range nuclear weapons
capability, after a decade of hard-won, negotiated reductions,
is a stark and timely reminder of the dangers inherent
in US missile defence plans.
"ENEMY WITHIN":,PE Statewatch, 08/22/01 - A special
report by Statewatch on the EU's plans to combat future
protests at EU and international meetings in Europe shows
the EU plans would impose a variety of restrictions on
protestors or enhance governmental restrictions and surveillance.
Delegation Meets with Chinese President Jiang Zemin in
Rare Setting, PE Truthout, 08/08/01 - Head of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committeee meets with Chinese
President Jiang Zemin and Defense Minister Chi Hao-tian,
telling them: "Öwe welcome China's emergence on the
world scene as a great power, because great powers adhere
to international norms in the areas of nonproliferation,
human rights, and trade."
Leader to Challenge Bush on Missile Defense Senate
Leader to Challenge Bush on Missile Defense Summary: Tom
Daschle, the Senate majority leader, plans to continue
his challenge to President Bush on missile defense by
accusing the president of taking a "single-minded approach"
to national security, according to an advance text of
a speech Mr. Daschle is to deliver. Date: 08/09/01
Oops List: Nuclear Weapons Accidents These are just
a few of the many accidents and incidents involving U.S.
nuclear weapons based in foreign countries that were not
mentioned in May 1981, when the Defense Department released
what it claimed was the first "comprehensive" list of
U.S. nuclear weapons accidents. That compilation, titled
"Narrative Summaries of Accidents Involving U.S. Nuclear
Weapons, 1950-1980," listed only 32 "Broken Arrow"-type
nuclear accidents and incidents during a 30-year period.
Broken Arrows include lost weapons, burned weapons, dropped
weapons, ruptured weapons, and weapons in which high explosives
were inadvertently detonated; they are the most severe
officially categorized nuclear weapon accidents Date:
Korea sticks to missile pledge North Korean leader
Kim Jong Il announced his country intends to observe the
moratorium on long-range missile testing until 2003. Putin
and Jong reaffirmed the importance of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic
Missile treaty which the U.S. is currently trying to amend
in order to proceed with the testing of a missile defence
system. Date: 08/04/01
rigged missile defense test The Pentagon and the Bush
administration are determined to sell the American people
a national missile defense system that will probably increase
tensions with allies and adversaries and will surely cost
more than $100 billion. Their latest marketing exercise
took place on the evening of July 14, when a "kill vehicle"
launched from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific smashed
into a rocket sent up from Vandenberg Air Force Base in
California. Date: 07/31/01
Sole Nation to Reject Germ Warfare Treaty Draft The
United States already facing criticism from European nations
for rejecting initiatives on climate change and small
arms trade announced today it is rejecting a U.N. draft
treaty designed to give teeth to an anti-germ warfare
accord. Date: 07/25/01
rejects germ warfare treaty The United States, again
standing alone against most world opinion, on Wednesday
rejected as unworkable a proposed international plan for
enforcing a 30-year ban on using germs in warfare. Date:
to protest Dan Coats remarksFriday, 3 August 2001
The new ambassador select to Germany is an attempting
to undermine Shroeder's alliance, by rousing the rightwing
opposition and strengthening their rhetorical power. Trust
me, this is not an accident. Bush's government is attempting
to divide and conquer nations by riling their rightwings
against moderation, and likewise undermining the EU's
liberal-moderate base. The Bush government is looking
to subvert the ruling alliance in Germany by playing on
the military nationalism of Germans, and remember, there
is a neo-fascist insurgency taking place under the surface
of liberal moderation. MORE
NMD Test the real scandal is that the defense being developed won't work
- and few in Washington seem to know or care.
Bush rejects compliance rules for biological-weapons treaty The Bush administration
has decided to oppose a draft agreement to enforce a 26-year-old
germ-weapons treaty, administration officials said yesterday.
The administration, already under fire for rejecting allied-backed
initiatives on climate change and small-arms trade, has
concluded that the guidelines will not stop the spread
of biological weapons and could hurt U.S. business interestsÖ.With
Bush's decision, the United States joins China, Libya,
Cuba, Iran and Pakistan in voicing opposition to the rules.
Allies in Europe and Latin America support the language.
Sends Non-Negotiable Negotiators to Europe Bush exhibits
his lack of integrity by failing to deliver Kyoto alternatives
after requesting a delay to develop them; instructs negotiators
not to negotiate on Kyoto; reneges on a pledge of providing
250 million to a proposed 1 billion fund to to help developing
countries adopt alternative energy technologies; and plans
to renege on the 1972 ABM treaty by developing the National
Missile Defense System. Date: 07/18/01
Backwards Successful US 'Star Wars' Test Provokes Anger
Around World Russia denounced the latest missile test
by the United States yesterday a test that succeeded with
a flash of white light 144 miles above the Pacific Ocean
and accused it of threatening to undermine international
efforts opposed to a new arms race. China, which is also
strongly against the tests, made no formal criticism but
the official Xinhua news agency said: "Arms control experts
said that the US missile defence plan, opposed by the
international community, will not only spark a new arms
race, but also threaten world peace and security, and
stimulate nuclear proliferation." Date: 07/16/01
'A' Team Stumbling on Foreign Policy Instead of the
All-Star team that we thought the woefully inexperienced
Bush had put together, it looks as if he has the team
that couldn't shoot straight. It makes you nostalgic for
the days of Warren Christopher. The Bush team seems disjointed,
out of step with the times, more ideological than practical,
arrogant and, at times, even inept. It seems to be operating
in a time warp when security considerations instead of
economics were the center of international relations and
the key to American influence in the world. 07/16/01
the RadicalOp-Ed detailing the intentions and inherent
dangers in Bush's disregard for the anti-ballistic missile
treaty, US resumption of nuclear testing, and our alliance
with NATO. 07/21/01
Jiang and Putin unite to block US supremacy PRESIDENT
Jiang Zemin of China flew to Moscow last night to cement
a strategic pact with Russia designed to boost trade between
the two countries and co-ordinate their opposition to
American dominance of world affairs. The accord falls
short of a military alliance, but provides for swift joint
action "in case of extraordinary situations or a threat
to each other's security", Aleksandr Losyukov, Russia's
Deputy Foreign Minister, said in a clear reference to
the quick development by the Pentagon of a "son of Star
Wars" anti-missile shield. 07/16/01
U.S. Expects to Violate ABM in MonthsThe United States has told Russia and
its allies that it expects its development of a missile
defense will conflict with a Cold War-era treaty in months,
not years, documents obtained by Reuters showed. At the
Pentagon, an official said on Wednesday that U.S. defense
officials would outline a missile defense plan on Thursday
that would propose breaking ground at a test site in Alaska
next month. 07/12/01
Speeds Missile Defense PlansThe administration is
moving as fast as possible to build at least rudimentary
missile defenses by 2005, regardless of probable objections
by Moscow that the United States is violating the Anti-Ballistic
Missile Treaty. Although President Bush has repeatedly
stated his determination to build a missile shield, yesterday
was the first time that the administration had laid out
a detailed plan and timetable for erecting an initial
system for shooting down enemy missiles. 07/12/01
BY U.S. SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN On the Bush Administration's
Opposition to a UN Accord to Stem the Flow of Guns Feeding
International Terrorism and Drug Wars First, Mr. Bolton's
position on the Second Amendment is in direct contradiction
to decades of Supreme Court precedent. Not one single
gun control law has ever been overturned by the Court
on Second Amendment grounds... Contrary to the constant
claims of the NRA, the meaning of the Second Amendment
has been well-settled for more than 60 years....
Powell Fails to Persuade NATO on Antimissile Plan In his first effort to
sell President Bush's missile defense plan to allies,
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell failed today to pierce
NATO's sharp opposition. He could not even convince them
that a threat of a missile attack against their countries
95 to 5 The vote that got the U.S. booted off the Human Rights Commission
was to the U.N. what Senator Jim Jeffords's vote to leave
the Republican Party was to the Senate a wake-up
call, a signal that the world will push back against radical
Bush policies just as Senator Jeffords did.
spurns chemical weapons ban A 1972 treaty banning
biological weapons has been added to the list of international
protocols Bush has decided to ignore, writes Mark Tran
Sets a Deadline On Trade Pact Powers President Bush set a new
deadline for Congress yesterday, saying he wants additional power
to negotiate trade deals in time for a World Trade Organization conference
that begins Nov. 9. Trade promotion authority, which lapsed in 1994,
would allow the administration to negotiate deals that then must be
passed or rejected by Congress without amendments. Date: 07/28/01
House Mobilizes to Win Trade Negotiating Powers Mobilizing with
a command center, a new Web site and five-inch-thick binders for lawmakers,
the Bush White House is battling to win back broad trade-negotiating
powers that Congress denied his predecessor. Date: 07/26/01
Chairman Criticizes Bush Julian Bond had harsh words on Sunday
for President Bush's record in his first months in office, criticizing
some of Bush's Cabinet choices and denouncing his faith-based initiative.
COSPONSORS LEGISLATION TO CREATE NATIONAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST
FUND "We are facing a crisis and our mission is clear. Unfortunately,
President Bush does not share our goals. While he is fond of referring
to himself as a compassionate, his budget tells the true story. In
order to pay for his tax cut for the rich and reward his special interests
allies in the oil and gas industry, President Bush cuts $2 billion
from our nation's housing programs. Who is going to suffer? The answer
is families, seniors, and persons with disabilities struggling to
find an affordable, safe, and decent place to live.
to Save Africans NY Times, June 11, 2001 Africans may be dying
by the millions from AIDS, but the brutal stereotyping of the Dark
Continent lives on, encouraged by U.S. government officials who should
know better. This view of Africans as so ignorant they can't master
the concept of taking their medicine on time has become a touchstone
of the Bush administration.
Fee Makes Activists of Hog Farmers NY Times, June11, 2001 Bush's
secretary of agriculture, Ann M. Veneman, overturned the results of
a referendum referendum that these small farmers had worked hard pass.
Another case of favoritism of big business over the little guy. In
this case the activists are people who actually voted for Bush!
Backslap Backlash NY Times, June 9, 2001 Photo ops are nothing
new in the modern American presidency, but didn't they use to occasionally
dramatize a president's policies rather than disguise them? It's now
reaching the point that a smiling Bush appearance blessing any cause,
program or habitat is tantamount to a visit from the angel of death.
Faith-Based Reasoning June 2001 Scientific American It would be nice
not to have to shell out money for emissions controls. It would be
nice to have a magic shield against all nuclear threats. It would
be nice to be perfectly sure about everything, to get 365 vacation
days a year and to spend some of that time on Mars. But we can't confuse
wants with facts. As Richard Feynman said, "Science is a way
of trying not to fool yourself." The dangers of ignoring its
messages are greater than merely making politicians look foolish.
BY U.S. SENATOR BARBARA BOXER FOR MEMORIAL DAY 2001 During the
recent tax bill debate, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer offered an amendment
to encourage businesses to employ those veterans currently living
in poverty. Defeated on a 49-50 vote, the measure would have provided
tax credits to employers who hire veterans. The measure, which would
cost $452 million over ten years, would be offset by cutting the reduction
in the top marginal tax rate by less than one-tenth of one percent.
Tax Bill Will Reduce Charitable Giving by ignoring the pResident's
promise to increase private charitable giving through tax relief targeted
to low- and moderate-income taxpayers and repealing the estate tax,
the Senate has passed a bill that will reduce charitable giving and
harm the millions of Americans who rely on the vital services provided
by charitable organizations.
lays out vision for tax Paul O'Neill, US Treasury Secretary, has
laid out a vision for a radical reform of the US tax structure, including
a sweeping revision of the Social Security - or public pension - system
and abolition of corporate income tax and capital gains tax on businesses.
In an interview with the FT at his Treasury office, Mr O'Neill espoused
changes that would reach far beyond the legislation currently before
Loses Seat on U.N. Committee In another embarrassing blow, the
United States lost its seat on an international drug monitoring body
on the same day it was voted off the U.N. Human Rights Commission,
U.S. officials confirmed Monday.
Me Up, Rummy By Gail Collins Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
appeared on "Meet the Press" last weekend and explained
how the Bush administration was going to go about building a hitherto
unbuildable missile shield to protect the United States from nuclear
assaults by rogue nations.
Unrefined Truth By PAUL KRUGMAN Gasoline prices are rising again,
and the administration is rushing to turn this into another argument
for its drill-and-burn energy strategy. But a look at the causes of
the current gasoline shortage actually suggests a quite different
moral: namely, that conservation ought to be a major element in our
energy strategy, and that lack of conservation is a large part of
what we've been doing wrong.
to Reveal First Judicial Choices Soon Apparently Bush shows every
sign of pushing the Sutton nomination and the nomination of other
states' rights jurists supported by the Federalist Society despite
its obvious inconsistency with his commitment to uphold the Americans
with Disabilities Act.