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Sara Taylor to Testify? - Shadowproof

Sara Taylor to Testify? - Shadowproof

If subpoena power means anything and it’s not just meaningless window dressing like every other law the Bush crime family decides to flout, eventually somebody is going to have to go to jail for defying it. Josh Marshall is . According to Alex Koppelman at Salon, Taylor is :We just got off the phone with Tracy Schmaler, a spokesperson for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Democratic majority. Schmaler told us it is her understanding that — despite President Bush’s invocation of executive privilege in regards to the testimony of former White House staffers Sara Taylor and about the ongoing...

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Jul 9
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Pistole Tells a Whopper in Senate Testimony to Cover His AIT Spending Spree - Shadowproof

Pistole Tells a Whopper in Senate Testimony to Cover His AIT Spending Spree - Shadowproof

TSA chief John Pistole went for the big lie yesterday in his before the Transportation and Commerce Committee:Currently, the most effective technology for detecting small threat items concealed on passengers, such as explosives used by Abdulmutallab, is Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT). AIT safely and effectively screens passengers for both metallic and non-metallic threats, including weapons and explosives, without physical contact. As of today, TSA has deployed 385 AIT machines to 68 airports nationwide, and our goal is to have nearly 1,000 AIT machines deployed by the end of calendar...

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Jane Hamsher
Nov 18
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Chalk Up Another "W" In the Progressive Column - Shadowproof

Chalk Up Another "W" In the Progressive Column - Shadowproof

So Ciro Rodriguez beats Henry Bonilla.  I have to say, I did not think this one was in the bag :The apparent key to Rodriguez's come-from-behind victory was a heavy focus by national Democrats on identifying and turning out Latino voters — especially in Bexar County. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $100,000 on ads on Hispanic radio in the district and paid for thousands of get-out-the-vote calls. All told, the DCCC spent more than $900,000 on this race — more than two-thirds of which went into television advertising that sought to undermine Bonilla's seeming strengths...

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Dec 13
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FDL Book Salon Welcomes Christine Pelosi - Shadowproof

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Christine Pelosi - Shadowproof

(Please welcome in the comments Christine Pelosi, author of Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders — jh)Christine Pelosi is the (justifiably) proud daughter of the first woman Speaker of the House, and as the veteran of many a campaign trench she has written Campaign Boot Camp, which almost serves as a checklist of “dos” and “don’t” for a successfully run campaign.At first much of the advice may seem obvious (“Define your message”…”Establish a policy strategy”), but as someone who regularly interacts with candidates through our Blue America PAC, it’s remarkable how the...

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Nov 24
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Pulp fiction, pulp history: "American Horror Story" - Shadowproof

Pulp fiction, pulp history: "American Horror Story" - Shadowproof

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3IKLjAijDgGiven its annual reboot, I felt comfortable leaping in to the third season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s anthology series American Horror Story with no prior experience of the show. I had been a fair-weather fan of Murphy and Falchuk’s Glee, which seemed to alternate heavy-handed, preachy treacle (bullying is bad, guys!) with moments of delightful teen spirit. Glee had felt schizophrenic; American Horror Story is gleefully (no pun intended), anarchically messy. In its storytelling, its acting, and its directing, American Horror is an ode to...

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Nov 4
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I'm With the Band - Shadowproof

I'm With the Band - Shadowproof

I’ve spent the better part of the week being Glenn Greenwald’s entourage (and hotelier) for the DC leg of his book tour, which uniquely qualifies me to lead his 5pm ET book salon here today for Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics. (I think we’re going to also do a video interview, let’s see if my remedial tech skills hold up.)In the mean time, I’ve been reading out loud to him from this morning. "I wasn’t even going to write anything today," says Glenn. "I just can’t deal with John Harris and Jim VandeHei defending ABC’s debate performance on a Saturday...

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Jane Hamsher
Apr 19
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Lanny Davis Forgot To Mention He Was A Lobbyist For Whole Foods - Shadowproof

Lanny Davis Forgot To Mention He Was A Lobbyist For Whole Foods - Shadowproof

Lanny Davis defends :"The John Mackey piece, which I actually helped him a little bit on, has really been distorted as often happened in the blogosphere where people have short attention span," Davis told me.Davis represented Whole Foods in a case brought by the Federal Trade Commission, in which they charged that the upscale grocery store giant was engaging in monopolistic practices. Davis is a supporter of single payer health care, but, he says, disagreements with Mackey aside, Whole Foods is a progressive company that has instituted a strict cap on executive compensation and that...

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Jane Hamsher
Aug 16
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Crooks'R'Us - Shadowproof

Crooks'R'Us - Shadowproof

 I hope everyone is done now with slinging around the cockeyed notion that Lieberman somehow is, or ever was a "moderate."  This isn’t "moderates" vs. "extremists" as Lanny Davis and Mike McCurry would have it — this is entrenched kleptocrats vs. those who would hold them accountable.  And do the entitlement set know how to show up for Joe!:The reports that , Joe Lieberman’s former chief of staff, is "work[ing] to quell Democratic discontent with Lieberman and to steer [Senators] away from campaigning against his former boss." Lewan has simultaneously raised cash for Lieberman and for...

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Jane Hamsher
Aug 17
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State Dept Whistleblower Email Hacked and Laptops Stolen from Lawyer’s Office - Shadowproof

State Dept Whistleblower Email Hacked and Laptops Stolen from Lawyer’s Office - Shadowproof

Probably just a coincidence but…The personal Gmail account of a State Department whis­tle­­blower, , a diplomatic security agent, was hacked, and four years worth of messages — some detailing alleged wrongdoing at the agency — were deleted. The emails allegedly included evidence about misconduct by top officials at the Department, communications with other potential whistleblowers, and correspondence with members of Congress who are investigating allegations of misconduct by State Department employees to include use of prostitutes, soliciting child sex and more. See the here.According to...

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Jane Hamsher
Jan 29
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FDL Book Salon - How Would A Patriot Act, Pt. 1 - Shadowproof

FDL Book Salon - How Would A Patriot Act, Pt. 1 - Shadowproof

Glenn Greenwald’s background as a First Amendment attorney has enabled him to do more than almost anyone to follow the subversive efforts of the Bush Administration to twist and contort the law as it spies on the nation’s citizens.  As he asserts within the title of his new book — How Would a Patriot Act?  Defending American Values From a President Run Amok —  his critique comes from the perspective of a patriot, not a partisan.  Even as he exposes the deep criminality of the intent and the mafia-like discipline of partisan enablers like Alberto Gonzales and Pat Roberts, he does not shy...

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Jane Hamsher
May 28
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Whatever You Say, Rush: Politico's Hit Piece on Alan Grayson - Shadowproof

Whatever You Say, Rush: Politico's Hit Piece on Alan Grayson - Shadowproof

Politico wrote the other day about "beat sweeteners," . Not journalists of the Jane Mayer caliber, mind you — more at the level of a Ryan Lizza, whose swooning profile of Rahm Emanuel in the New Yorker comes just as he is writing a book on the Obama White House entirely dependent on access. But Politico’s own series on Hill Staffers is a classic examples of the art form — recall the one about , which conveniently left out both his history of working as a lobbyist for predatory lenders or his activities trying to kill the cramdown bill on behalf of banks.Demonstrating a willingness to...

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Jane Hamsher
Mar 6
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Late Night: MSNBC – Will Any Republican Denounce Rush Limbaugh? - Shadowproof

Late Night: MSNBC – Will Any Republican Denounce Rush Limbaugh? - Shadowproof

Rush Limbaugh called Barack Obama an "angry black man" for the comments he made about the arrest of Henry Gates. Rush says that Obama "plays the race card…prejudging without the fact, based on stereotyping, based on race, based on bias."I was on MSNBC with Town Hall’s Matt Lewis in a short segment and didn’t get to press Matt on exactly how Rush comes to that conclusion, but let’s recap.:Recently, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested at his home in Cambridge. What does that incident say to you? And what does it say about race relations in America?Responding to a question is not as...

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Jane Hamsher
Jul 25
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Atrios Hurls Shameless Slur At Fred Hiatt - Shadowproof

Atrios Hurls Shameless Slur At Fred Hiatt - Shadowproof

:  "Where Are All The Women Op-Ed Writers? Fred Hiatt ."I’m no Fred Hiatt fan, but intellectual honesty compels me to defend the man against this patent falsehood.Ladies and gentlemen, SE Cupp:Why, from this very Sunday, :Yes, We’re Out of Power. But I’m Still Starstruck. By S.E. CuppI admit, I was a little hurt after overhearing a recent discussion about the lack of "star power" at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Not only have I really been looking forward to CPAC, but this year I am actually on the agenda: "Book Signing: Exhibit Hall. Saturday. 12:30...

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Jane Hamsher
Feb 27
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Great Moments in GOP High Hypocrisy - Shadowproof

Great Moments in GOP High Hypocrisy - Shadowproof

 Update:  Crooks & Liars of Box Turtle Cornyn   During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings into the illegal NSA wiretaps where brave leading Democrat Russ Feingold stood alone with the commendable Kohl and Leahy, ol’ Box Turtle Cornyn — who formerly employed as his speechwriter SERIAL PLAGIARIST BEN DOMENECH — did :Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Dean’s presence — coupled with a censure proposal that is "completely without merit” — created a "surreal atmosphere.”Referring to Dean, Cornyn said, "When I was looking this morning at one of the witnesses that’s going to be testifying, that’s...

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Apr 2
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Did Alcohol Prohibition Fully End Today? Homebrewing Finally Legal in All 50 States - Shadowproof

Did Alcohol Prohibition Fully End Today? Homebrewing Finally Legal in All 50 States - Shadowproof

Today is an interesting milestone for me as an active homebrewer and a drug policy expert. As of , it is now finally completely legal to brew beer at home in all 50 states. A new homebrewing law in Mississippi, the last remaining hold out, goes into effect today. One could argue alcohol prohibition in the United States didn’t fully end until today.This event is useful to keep in mind when talking about what qualifies as marijuana legalization or when marijuana prohibition will finally “end.”Some have criticized Washington State’s new marijuana law as not true legalization because it sets...

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Jul 1
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Reid Covering Up Secret Filibuster - Shadowproof

Reid Covering Up Secret Filibuster - Shadowproof

Sam Stein and Ryan Grim say that Harry Reid is working the phone because he’s “just one or two Senate votes shy of having a filibuster-proof majority in favor of a public option for health insurance coverage with a provision allowing states to opt-out.”“One or two votes shy?” That means Reid is allowing members of the Democratic caucus to threaten a filibuster behind closed doors, which dictates what will be in the bill he brings to the floor, but he won’t tell the public. It’s the “” that I guess you don’t need to know about, because you’re not a member of the exclusive club who decides...

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Jane Hamsher
Oct 23
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Rove Hearts Bush's Favorite Democrat - Shadowproof

Rove Hearts Bush's Favorite Democrat - Shadowproof

Since Holy Joe seems to be channeling the ghost of Lee Atwater of late, some are speculating that Bush’s favorite Democrat has taken on Karl Rove as a campaign strategist.  Says in the Hartford Courant about Joe’s new ad (above):[] (I’ll just pause here for a moment and declare my open admiration for local journalists like Bass and Colin McEnroe, as well as local Connecticut bloggers, who are savvy about the history and the permutations of state politics and unafraid to write about them honestly.)But back to Turdblossom.  He’s : "The Internet for the Left of the Democratic Party has served...

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Jane Hamsher
Jun 16
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Your Daily Ned - Shadowproof

Your Daily Ned - Shadowproof

.  Let’s Party:  First off, we’re going to be having the much-talked about FDL drinks get-together here in New Haven next Thursday evening, July 20.  CTKeith arranged for us to meet at the lovely Owenego Inn in Branford (you can see it ). Time:  7:00 pm Address:  40 Linden Avenue, Branford, CTPlease join us, we will have some very special guests and there will be plenty of opportunity to mingle with local bloggers, get the low-down about what’s really going on here on the ground and find out ways you can help the campaign.  The energy here is really great, I’m having a ball and I hope...

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Jul 15
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Occupy Erie, Still Going Strong - Shadowproof

Occupy Erie, Still Going Strong - Shadowproof

Union made jackets keeping Keith Reide & many of the other occupiers in this warm.Union made jackets keeping Keith Reide & many of the other occupiers in this warm.Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we need to make plans while ensuring our organization does not depend on grants or major funders. If you like what you read, support our writers with a donation today.

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Jane Hamsher
Dec 15
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Obama Administration Official Calls Netanyahu ‘Chickenshit’, Threat To Withdraw Cover At UN In Play - Shadowproof

Obama Administration Official Calls Netanyahu ‘Chickenshit’, Threat To Withdraw Cover At UN In Play - Shadowproof

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack ObamaAccording to of The Atlantic, the US-Israeli relationship has entered a crisis period. The crisis is marked by distrust and disgust from both officials in the Obama Administration and Netanyahu government. One Obama Administration official reportedly characterized Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as a leader who is obsessed with staying in power at all costs.Though few can seriously dispute that characterization of Netanyahu – particularly the latter part – those kinds of back room smacks were not previously so common in...

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Jane Hamsher
Oct 29
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The Obama TANG Defense - Shadowproof

The Obama TANG Defense - Shadowproof

Booman t on the history of triggers and the public option. He says (rightly) that I put “February” on an entry that should have been “January” — Sam Stein told me at one point about conversations he heard in February about Rahm pushing triggers, and said he had written about it. When I went looking for the link I found the post referencing January instead and didn’t change the date.BooMan then adopts the same argument that right wingers used to refute the Texas Air National Guard story about George Bush, which has become an Obama White House staple: if a source can be discredited or the...

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Dec 13
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The Day In Libby - Shadowproof

The Day In Libby - Shadowproof

Interesting day today in the Libby trial. It began with the judge's decision to release the Libby grand jury testimony tapes to the AP.  While not necessarily a victory for the prosecution — Fitzgerald did not weigh in on either side — it was definitely a defeat for the defense.  Walton also indicated he was likely to decide that certain articles that Team Libby wanted to keep away from the jury — specifically two to the famous in the Washington Post — were well within the prosecution's right to show to them.  One has to wonder if Wells hasn't tested whatever good will he might have needed...

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Feb 6
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We Could Have Done Much Better than Only Four Winners for Every Loser - Shadowproof

We Could Have Done Much Better than Only Four Winners for Every Loser - Shadowproof

According to Jon Gruber there should be about one loser from Obamacare for every four winners. From :It is worth mentioning that this does not  include the , which beginning in 2018 was designed to make sure certain people got worse insurance from their employer. That is expected to eventually affect millions. This is a provision Gruber championed, so his claim that everyone with employer plans will not be hurt is fairly disingenuous, since it is only true for the first few years.Gruber also counts all the uninsured as winners even though there are probably at least a small percentage of...

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Nov 4
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Protest Music: It's the New Black - Shadowproof

Protest Music: It's the New Black - Shadowproof

The new album out today from the never-afraid-to-be-politcal Pearl Jam is entitled simply "Pearl Jam," and includes the song "World Wide Suicide:"  It’s a shame to awaken, world aflame What does it mean when the war has taken over? It’s the same everyday and the wave won’t break Tell you to pray, while the devil’s on their shoulderEddie Vedder spoke about the song in a recent interview:Why do you think the musical community has been so quiet recently about the war, about the president? Or maybe you don’t think that?I’m not sure what’s out there. People like Steve Earle are a great example....

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Jane Hamsher
May 2
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Take A Victory Lap, Everyone - Shadowproof

Take A Victory Lap, Everyone - Shadowproof

I have to say that the knowledge that reporters in the courthouse media room had about the Libby case was remarklably good, certainly far more comprehensive than the thick-witted credulity shown by Steno Sue Schmidt and others as the shoveled one press release after another issued by Arkansas political operatives onto the front pages of the Washington Post during Whitewater.  Even when the story made patently no sense reporters failed to ask appropriate questions.  I do not know whether Glenn Greenwald is right and blogs are having an influence, but it did seem that the abililty of the...

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