By Phil Burk, 4/30/06, LINK TO ORIGINAL
On Saturday night, April 29th, at the California State Democratic Convention, the hot ticket was to the Bush Impeachment Forum in the Crest Theater. The 900 seats were filled and folks were turned away at the door. The crowd was very enthusiastic and often interrupted the proceedings with cheers and standing ovations. Mike Malloy of Air America Radio was the moderator and clearly popular with the crowd. He gave some background on the history and process of impeachment and then led a forum discussion.
By ADAM LIPTAK, New York Times
Earlier administrations have fired and prosecuted government officials who provided classified information to the press. They have also tried to force reporters to identify their sources.
But the Bush administration is exploring a more radical measure to protect information it says is vital to national security: the criminal prosecution of reporters under the espionage laws.
Communication could help alleviate tension from historical grievances.
By John K. Cooley, http://www.csmonitor.com
ATHENS - It's time to soften the Bush administration's hard position against direct talks with Iran. A good time for both Washington and Tehran to begin overtures toward such talks would be following the UN Security Council's April 28 deadline for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, which Iran rejects.
Read this related Kos diary by Kagro X.
By Charlie Savage, The Boston Globe
President cites powers of his office
Washington - President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.
by William Hughes
“War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Washington, D.C. - On April 27, 2006, at 9 AM sharp, in Room 2325 of the Rayburn Building, on Capitol Hill, the highly-respected Chairwomen, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), called to order the second Congressional public forum on how to bring the troops home from Iraq. She is one of the cofounders of the House of Representatives’ “Out of Iraq Caucus.” One of the other cofounders of that anti-Iraqi War group is Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), an African-American member of the House of Representatives, who even before the March 20, 2003 invasion, dared to challenge the Bush-Cheney Gang, on the legality and morality of the blood stained conflict.
"I'm Already Against the Next War"
Marching in New York City
By Tom Engelhardt, http://www.tomdispatch.com
It's the perfect day for a march. Sunny, crisp, clear, spring-like. The sort of day that just gives you hope for no reason at all, though my own hopes are not high for New York's latest antiwar demonstration. I haven't received a single email about it. Many people I know hadn't realized it was happening. I fear the outreach has been minimal and despite all the signals of danger (of another war, this time with Iran) and of possibility (nosediving presidential approval polls, an administration in disarray, and the Republican Party in growing chaos), I approach this 30 block march with something of a sinking heart.
By Cindy Sheehan
May 1st, 2006 will be the 3rd Anniversary of the end of "major combat" in Iraq. It was a glorious day when George Bush flew onto the deck of the Abraham Lincoln and was hailed by the rapturous throngs of toadie "news" persons such as Chris Matthews ("And that's the president looking very much like a jet, you know, a high-flying jet star," Hardball, May 1, 2003) and Bob Schieffer ("As far as I'm concerned, that was one of the great pictures of all time. And if you're a political consultant, you can just see campaign commercial written all over the pictures of George Bush." Meet the Press, May 4, 2003). What a fast and clean war! G. Gordon Liddy was enthralled with the president's package ("all those women who say size doesn't count -- they're all liars." Hardball, May 7, 2003) and a new era free from terrorism was ushered in.
"It's time to divorce ourselves from King George the XLIII before he destroys innocent people and whatever's left of this country's once-good reputation."
The Spectrum, UT, http://www.thespectrum.com
Uh-oh, if Orrin Hatch is getting nervous about a military project, we'd better all be nervous.
The Republican senator from Utah sent his aides to the Nevada Test Site to check out the location where a 700-ton ammonium nitrate-fuel oil bomb will be exploded on June 2.
By Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Sectarian violence has forced about 100,000 families across Iraq to flee their homes, a top Iraqi official said, and 16 Iraqis were killed Saturday, six of them tortured in captivity.
An American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in the capital, raising to 70 the number of U.S. service members who have died in Iraq this month, according to an Associated Press count.
By Louise Roug, Tribune Newspapers: Los Angeles Times
BAQOUBA, Iraq -- The top U.S. general on the ground in Iraq warned Saturday that a spike in violence is likely in coming months as Iraq's new government begins its full term in office.
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 in Iraq are still fighting a bloody insurgency.
“Sgt. Zachariah Davis, USMC, my son, did not die in vain. I support the troops. I support impeaching Bush!!!”
By Jutta Biggerstaff / Hi-Desert Star
Retired Marine Terry Davis keeps himself busy. Each weekday he travels from his home in Wonder Valley to Palm Springs, where he works for the Riverside County Health Department as a medical assistant. After work he takes massage therapy classes at Maric College. Sometimes he doesn't get home till after midnight. On weekends he plays with his grandchildren.
The Arizona Republic
About 300 war protesters on Saturday brandished signs, beat drums and encouraged passing motorists to honk if they wanted to end U.S. involvement in Iraq.
The Arizona End the War Now Coalition held the march and picket at 24th Street and Camelback Road near the office of Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl to protest the third anniversary of President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech.
By Anushka Asthana, The Observer
Speaking out against the Iraq war left the Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon and her family facing death threats and a stream of vicious attacks from the public and the media, she reveals today.
Sarandon, who is hoping to play 'Peace Mom' Cindy Sheehan in a film about the mother's protest over her son's death in Iraq, said she feared for her safety because of the 'horrifying' way in which she was targeted by newspapers, radio phone-ins and people in the street.
By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Sectarian violence has forced about 100,000 families across Iraq to flee their homes, a top Iraqi official said. At least 17 people, including an American soldier, were killed Saturday in fighting.
Abdul-Mahdi‘s estimate was higher than any offered so far by Iraqi officials.
That includes 25,000 Shiites who have fled since the bombing of a Shiite mosque in Samarra on Feb. 22 triggered a wave of attacks on Sunni mosques and clerics.
Reporter: Rafael Epstein
MARK COLVIN: In Britain, Tony Blair's Government has had a truly awful week.
The latest opinion poll showed Mr Blair's Labour Party at a 19-year low.
Then came a triple whammy on Wednesday, with his Deputy being outed in the tabloids for an affair with his assistant; his Home Secretary in a scandal about hundreds of released prisoners, and his Health Secretary, the Australian-born Patricia Hewitt, booed to the rafters at the normally Labour-supporting nurses conference.
Over 200 in SLC protest Iraq war
By Dawn House, The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson on Saturday blamed America's "culture of obedience" for the war in Iraq, comparing it to Nazi Germany's in the 1930s.
And the crowd at the downtown City-County Building applauded.
Anderson later said he wasn't linking the Bush administration to Adolf Hitler during his speech at the anti-war rally, in which he called on Americans to look to an authority higher than President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld - the architects of "this outrageous, absolutely unnecessary war."
By SONI SANGHA, Northjersey.com
NEW YORK -- Steely blue eyes fixed straight ahead, Jo Ann Sohl stepped onto Broadway just above Union Square and began walking south. "The most dangerous place is between a mother and her child," she said.
Her son, a Marine, doesn't know that his mother has lost 20 pounds since he arrived in Iraq last year or that she spends too many nights home in Palisades Park waiting in vain for sleep.
By Philip A Farruggio, Port Orange ProActivists
John Kerry gave a speech, over a week ago, in Boston, whereupon he came out unequivocally against the attack and occupation ( AKA WAR) of Iraq. Kerry, on the 35th anniversary of his stirring testimony to the Armed Services Committee, compared ( finally) Iraq to Vietnam. More importantly, he gave credence to the need and the right of citizen protest. He went so far as to call it the patriotic duty of Americans to dissent against a government that has lost focus.
Does the idea of a State Legislature initiating Impeachment Proceedings make sense?
By Steven Leser, http://www.opednews.com
When you scoop the rest of the press on an item like this, the story takes on a life of its own. I cannot possibly respond to all the emails I received on the subject (my apologies) and I have received threats, condemnations, congratulations, atta-boys as well as all sorts of questions about how this happened and whether or not something like this is appropriate or can 'fly'. It is to the latter that I will devote some time in this Op-Ed.
By Miriam Raftery, www.rawstory.com
Profile: Progressive activist raises stakes in California race, putting veteran Democrat on defensive
Powerful California Congresswoman Jane Harman (CA-36th) is facing a rare and surprisingly successful primary challenge, RAW STORY has learned. The Democratic powerhouse is set to face off this term with Marcy Winograd, a teacher, newscaster, peace activist and outspoken advocate for election reform.
By Rupert Cornwell, the Independent
The Pentagon has brought criminal charges against the second-ranking US intelligence officer at Abu Ghraib jail - the most senior figure yet to be accused in the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal that shocked the world and left a black stain on America's human rights record.
The seven formal charges against Lieutenant-Colonel Steven Jordan, who was in charge of the Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Centre at the prison near Baghdad during the second half of 2003, come two years after the scandal first became public. The 12 counts against him include cruelty, maltreatment of prisoners, dereliction of duty and three counts of lying to Major General Antonio Taguba, who conducted the first official probe into the events at the prison, and to a subsequent Pentagon investigation in 2004.
By David Swanson
Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young have just released a pair of incredible albums of protest, one a bone-rattling revival of the best of rebel music of ages past, the other an impassioned attack on our present slide toward fascism. A hundred years from now, if the human race has survived, when a future Springsteen records a future "Seeger Sessions" it will be bound to include the music of Young's "Living With War." Also by that time, Young's instant classic, "Let's Impeach the President," will have been translated, as any national anthem should, into a variety of languages, some or all of them, no doubt, destined to be deemed inappropriate by future proponents of the worst of the past.
By DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Tens of thousands of protesters marched Saturday through lower Manhattan to demand an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, just hours after this month's death toll reached 70.
Cindy Sheehan, a vociferous critic of the war whose soldier son also died in Iraq, joined in the march, as did actress Susan Sarandon and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
By Dan O'Neal, http://www.azcentral.com
May 1 marks the third anniversary of President Bush's aircraft-carrier declaration, "Mission Accomplished."
Three years later - yes, three years! - and the United States under this administration is shamefully still occupying Iraq.
Bush and his increasingly corrupt circle in Washington, D.C., used false intelligence, misleading Congress and the American people into an unnecessary invasion and occupation of a country that had neither attacked nor posed an imminent threat to us.
By Stephen Lendman
Noam Chomsky hardly needs an introduction. Throughout his lifetime as an internationally esteemed academic, scholar and activist he's the rarest of individuals I know. He's world renown twice over - in his chosen field of linguistics where he's considered the father of modern linguistics and as a leading voice for equity, justice and peace for over four decades. Although the dominant US corporate media religiously ignore him (especially on air), the New York Times Review of Books said of him a generation ago that "judged in terms of the power, range, novelty and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive today." He still is, and someone should inform the Times he's also still alive, but you'd never know it from the silence today from "the newspaper of record" and the rest of the corporate media as well.
By MIKE GLOVER, Associated Press
JOHNSTON, Iowa - Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold energized Democratic activists in Iowa Saturday, touting his "moderate, responsible" effort to censure President Bush and arguing that his brand of hard-hitting activism has been ratified at the polls.
"My message and the way I've conducted myself in Washington was tested in Wisconsin in 2004," Feingold said, in an interview with The Associated Press. "I had three Republicans spend $11 million attacking me for having voted against the USA Patriot Act, voting against the Iraq war."