Archive for ‘May, 2008’

Decline Of Journalism

Decline Of Journalism

If some doomsday industry analysts are to be believed, newspapers are laid out and stacked neatly inside their own future death warehouses, not only in the United States, but worldwide. “October (2006) was a pretty depressing month for national newspapers. While circulations slide, the industry news has been dominated by job cuts and staff unrest, […]

U.S. And Israel Defy Cluster Bomb Ban

U.S. And Israel Defy Cluster Bomb Ban

More than 100 countries reached agreement Wednesday to ban cluster bombs, but the United States and Israel were not among them. Like the United States and Israel, Russia, China, India and Pakistan -all save Israel, major producers or users of the weapons — did not sign the agreement or participate in the talks. But the […]

McClellan Suggests Plame Cover-up

McClellan Suggests Plame Cover-up

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan says George W. Bush’s political guru Karl Rove arranged a private meeting with Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby in 2005 when the two men were under mounting suspicion for leaking the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson. Calling the scene “one […]

Rove Protégé to Dig for Dirt on Obama

Rove Protégé to Dig for Dirt on Obama

Timothy Griffin, a central figure in the U.S. Attorney scandal and a protégé of Republican political guru Karl Rove, reportedly has been hired to dig up dirt on likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. FirstRead, a political Web site of NBC News, cited a Republican source as confirming that Griffin was being brought onboard by […]

Battle Between Watchdogs, White House Over Email Controversy Continues

Battle Between Watchdogs, White House Over Email Controversy Continues

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and George Washington University’s National Security Archive sued the Bush administration last year alleging the White House violated the Presidential Records Act by not archiving emails sent and received between 2003 and 2005. The group’s want a federal magistrate to force the White House to archive its emails […]

McCain Defends ‘Enron Loophole’

McCain Defends ‘Enron Loophole’

Sen. John McCain says he opposes the $307 billion farm bill because it would dole out wasteful subsidies, but his chief economic adviser Phil Gramm also wants to stop its proposed regulation of energy futures trading, a market that was famously abused when Enron Corp. manipulated California’s electricity prices in 2001. Clearing the way for […]

Congress’s $3.5 million “Bake Sale” for the Boy Scouts

Congress’s $3.5 million “Bake Sale” for the Boy Scouts

Alright, it isn’t actually a bake sale, but it might as well be. On May 15, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5872, an act “To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of the Boy Scouts of America, and for other purposes.” The other purposes? The sale […]

IBM, Darrell Issa, and Millions of “Lost” White House Emails

IBM, Darrell Issa, and Millions of “Lost” White House Emails

At a Congressional committee hearing in February, Theresa Payton, the chief information officer at the White House Office of Administration, testified that White House emails sent and received between 2003 and 2005 fell into a virtual black hole when the Bush administration transitioned from Lotus Notes to the Microsoft Outlook email exchange-a system that apparently […]

Iraq War ‘Blank Check’ Balloons

Iraq War ‘Blank Check’ Balloons

Besides demanding Iraq War money with no withdrawal timetables attached, the Bush administration has insisted on another kind of “blank check” – war spending that has more than doubled in four years while evading serious congressional oversight because it’s wrapped in “emergency” appropriations bills – a study says. The Congressional Research Service reported that the […]

U.S. Soldiers Launch Campaign to Convert Iraqis to Christianity

U.S. Soldiers Launch Campaign to Convert Iraqis to Christianity

Some U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq appear to have launched a major initiative to convert thousands of Iraqi citizens to Christianity by distributing Bibles and other fundamentalist Christian literature to Iraqi Muslims. A recent article published on the website of Mission Network News reported that Bible Pathway Ministries, a fundamentalist Christian organization, has provided thousands […]

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