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Father of man beheaded in Iraq runs for Congress

By Jon Hurdle | March 30, 2006

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Almost two years after the videotaped beheading of U.S. contractor Nick Berg in Iraq, his father is running a third-party race for the U.S. Congress on a platform seeking a complete withdrawal of American troops.

Michael Berg, a veteran anti-war activist and retired schoolteacher who campaigns in jeans and a T-shirt, is the Green Party candidate for the Delaware seat of seven-term Republican Rep. Michael Castle.

Chafee: Arrogance hurt administration's handling of war

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee says arrogance by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the Bush administration has hurt the U-S handling of the war in Iraq.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Chafee said the administration has a dismissive attitude and has been unwilling to listen to outsiders.

He calls it "the arrogance factor."

Chafee said he shares the concerns about Rumsfeld's management style raised by a half-dozen retired generals, and urged Bush to meet with them.

Clinton wants anti-Rumsfeld generals to testify

AP

WASHINGTON Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says the generals who have been calling for the removal of Donald Rumsfeld should testify before the Senate.

Clinton weighed in today on the growing effort to oust the Defense Secretary, but did not call for Rumsfeld's removal. She says it's more important to find out what did or did not go wrong in planning the war in Iraq.

Some fellow Democrats have criticized Clinton for voting for the war and not doing more now to bring the troops home.

Kerry Finally Has a Decent Message

Kerry accuses Bush of stifling dissent
ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Invoking bitter memories of the public tumult over the Vietnam War three decades ago, Sen. John Kerry is accusing the Bush administration of stifling dissent about its failed Iraq policies by branding critics as unpatriotic.

"The spirit of intolerance for dissent has risen steadily, and the habit of labeling dissenters as unpatriotic has become the common currency of the politicians currently running our country," Kerry, D-Mass., said in remarks prepared for delivery Saturday at Boston's Faneuil Hall.

No to Prowar Democrats

by JOHN NICHOLS, http://www.thenation.com

When Los Angeles teacher Marcy Winograd saw her Democratic representative in Congress making excuses for George W. Bush's warrantless wiretapping program on NBC's Meet the Press in February, she decided that someone had to challenge Jane Harman's acquiescence in Bush's reckless agenda. So Winograd, a veteran activist who had been instrumental in getting the California Democratic Party to take a firm stand against the war in Iraq, leapt into the June 6 primary. She quickly found that others shared her frustration with Harman; Winograd's been endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America, Southern California Americans for Democratic Action, the Western Region of the United Auto Workers union and a half-dozen presidents of local Democratic clubs. Recently her supporters blocked an early Harman endorsement by the state party after Winograd told a caucus: "When elected, I will have the courage to cut funding for the war in Iraq, to say no when the imperial George Bush wants to wiretap your home without a warrant and to immediately sign on to legislation for universal single-payer national healthcare."

Feingold Gets Big Spike in PAC Donations

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER

WASHINGTON Apr 20, 2006 (AP)— Sen. Russ Feingold's call for censuring President Bush appears to have paid dividends for the senator's political action committee.

Feingold's leadership PAC, the Progressive Patriots Fund, pulled in $282,000 last month, according to a report filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. In February, the PAC raised $105,000.

Feingold, D-Wis., announced in March that he introduce a resolution to censure Bush over the administration's eavesdropping program.

Peace in Iraq Call-In Day

Peace in Iraq Call-In Day
Monday, April 24
800-620-4394

Tell the Senate -
Not one penny more for the War!
No permanent U.S. bases in Iraq!

On Tuesday, April 25, the Senate will take up the supplemental spending bill for 2006. The current proposal includes $67 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. It is expected that the Senate will pass the spending bill easily.

How many innocent Iraqis must die, how many young Americans? How much more destruction, pain and hatred before the Congress finds the will to end this war?

Congressional Hearing on Iraq Planned

By David Swanson

Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee will host a hearing on the Iraq War next Thursday, April 27, 8:30-11 a.m., in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (with an overflow room planned for anyone wanting to attend who can't fit in). The two Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are continuing to do what the "leadership" of both parties does not, respond to the demands of the majority of Americans, who disapprove of current policy.

Congressman Continues FOIA Request Battle with Depts of Defense, State over Iraq War-Related Documents

Conyers Sends New Letters to Agencies, Continues to Amend Request by 52 Congressmen, Argues Fees Should be Waived as Agencies Keep Up Stonewall
DoD, State, Question House Members' Ability to 'Disseminate Info to Public'

Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) is continuing his negotation, on behalf of more than 50 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, for the release of documents related to the Bush Administration's plans for War in Iraq long prior to the beginning of hostilities, according to new letters written to the Departments of Defense and State by the ranking member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and obtained exclusively by The BRAD BLOG...
FULL STORY, COMPLETE TEXT OF LETTERS TO DoD, STATE:
http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002717.htm

Why Gas Costs More

Democratic senator wants SEC investigation of ExxonMobil's $400m 'retirement package'
By RAW STORY

Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) said ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond's $400 million retirement package is a "shameful display of greed" and said oil companies have "hooked their hose up to the pocketbooks of American citizens and are sucking money from ordinary Americans into the treasury of the giant oil companies," RAW STORY has learned.

Bill Bulges With Unforeseen Spending for Guns, Tanks

By Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post

Senate to take up measure as military fights to keep guns, tanks working.

With the expected passage this spring of the largest emergency spending bill in history, annual war expenditures in Iraq will have nearly doubled since the U.S. invasion, as the military confronts the rapidly escalating cost of repairing, rebuilding and replacing equipment chewed up by three years of combat.

Resolution on Congressional War Powers and Iran

Rep. Peter DeFazio
April 12, 2006

Expressing the Sense of Congress that the President cannot initiate military action against Iran over its nuclear program without first obtaining authorization from Congress.

Whereas Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power "to declare war," to lay and collect taxes to "provide for the common defense" and general welfare of the United States, to "raise and support armies," to "provide and maintain a navy," to "make rules for the regulation for the land and naval forces," to "provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions," to "provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia," and to "make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution...all...powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States";

Congressman DeFazio Letter to Bush

The Honorable George W. Bush
President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Bush:

We are concerned by the growing number of stories that your Administration is planning for military action against Iran. We are writing to remind you that you are constitutionally bound to seek congressional authorization before launching any preventive military strikes against Iran.

Kerry Doing Now What Would Have Given Him a Landslide

By Senator John Kerry

One general after another demanding Rumsfeld's resignation. More citizens every day joining in support of our May 15 deadline for Iraqi leaders to stop their squabbling and form a government.

In these and many other ways, because of citizens like you, the wheel is slowly, but surely, turning on the question of Iraq. Over the next ten days, we're going to give it another huge push. But, before I tell you more, please take a moment right now to sign in support of the Kerry Iraq plan:

Breaking the Mikulski Code!

By William Hughes

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?" - Mahatma Gandhi

She looks like a liberal. Walks like a liberal. Talks like a liberal, but on the Iraqi War, she's, in fact, just another blood stained War Hawk. I'm referring to U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD)!

Debate in Congress over Iraq war grows louder

BY STEVEN THOMMA, TIM FUNK AND JAMES KUHNHENN
Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - If Congress ever turns against the war in Iraq, analysts may look back at this week as a turning point.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., on Wednesday urged setting a May 15 deadline to withdraw U.S. troops unless Iraq forms a unity government, and even if Iraq does form a government, Kerry urged complete American withdrawal by year's end. His twin-deadline proposal makes the 2004 presidential nominee the most prominent Democrat pushing for early full withdrawal.

A Progressive Priority: TAKE BACK THE HOUSE

A Progressive Priority: TAKE BACK THE HOUSE
By: Kevin Spidel, National Deputy Director, Progressive Democrats of America

The "Downing Street Minutes," the "Ohio Report," and the censure movement within the House have raised very little public scrutiny outside the progressive movement. Rep. Conyers and his fellow progressive House members tried hard to raise these facts in the public eye via the media, town halls, and working with groups like Progressive Democrats of America (PDA.)

HUNGERING FOR JUSTICE AT MY FIRST CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY

By Mike Ferner

Washington, March 14 -- Last Wednesday evening, the House Appropriations Committee voted to throw another $67,000,000,000 at the murderous work in Iraq and Afghanistan. That night members of the committee, righteously indignant and nearly unanimous, gave President "Bring ‘Em On" Bush a loud slap in the face.

Whoa! You mean the most powerful committee in Congress voted 62-2 to stop funding our national war crimes orgy? Of course they did…and then we all lived happily ever after.

30 US Reps for Bush Impeachment Inquiry

APN Interviews Conyers, Swanson, and Goodman
By Matthew Cardinale, Editor, Atlanta Progressive News (March 10, 2006)

(APN) ATLANTA – 30 US House Representatives have signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors of H. Res 635, which would create a Select Committee to look into the grounds for recommending President Bush’s impeachment, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS): Chairman of the Senate Cover-up Committee

By Center for American Progress

As chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Pat Roberts's (R-KS) duty is "to provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States" and "to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States." But on the most important intelligence issues facing Americans - such as the manipulation of Iraq intelligence, warrantless domestic spying, and torture - Roberts has transformed his committee into a "Senate Coverup Committee" for the Bush administration.

Kucinich: Port Deal Not Dead; Introduces A Resolution to Obtain Documents And Force Congressional Oversight

Congress Must Act To Prevent Similar Deals In The Future

Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), Ranking Member of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, today, introduced a rarely used Congressional procedure called a Resolution of Inquiry to demand documents from the Administration about the security review of the port deal that would have allowed a United Arab Emirates (UAE) company to take control of six US ports.

REPS. MARKEY, MALONEY INTRODUCE COMPREHENSIVE WHISTLEBLOWER LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce and Homeland Security Committees and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a member of the Government Reform Committee, today introduced the "Paul Revere Freedom to Warn Act," a comprehensive bill to provide protections to government and private sector employees who are retaliated against for reporting flaws in national or homeland security, public health and safety, or waste, fraud and mismanagement of public funds. The protections offered in the legislation are modeled upon those provided by Congress in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to employees of companies who report accounting fraud.

Iraqi Women - Witnesses to War

By Mike Hersh, Progressive Democrats of America,
Karen Bradley, Democracy Cell Project

March 8 2006 - Washington, DC: Five women from Iraq discussed their experiences and explained the situation in Occupied Iraq at a press conference facilitated by Code Pink and Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson. Dr Entisar Mohammad Ariabi delivered their conclusion: "The central cause of tragedy in Iraq is the occupation." Noting that the event promoted a Women's Call for Peace on International Women's Day, Dr. Ariabi described the current conditions: "Iraqi women are looking for their children under rubble, and looking for their husbands in prison. Pregnant women cannot find sufficient care. No hospital or delivery room. Ambulances are shot."

Lee Joins Progressives in Introducing Common Sense Budget Bill

Bill would transfer $60 billion in defense spending to domestic priorities

(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement at a press conference today marking the introduction of the bill:

"Thank you all for joining us this morning for the launch of Common Sense Budget Act.

"I'd like to thank Ben Cohen, Dr. Larry Korb, Vice Admiral Shanahan, Wayne Silby, and Jim Wallis for all being here. Thanks also to the Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities for their invaluable help in this roll out.

REP. WOOLSEY INTRODUCES COMMON SENSE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET

"Common Sense Budget Act" - Transfers Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Health, Schools, Homeland Security, Budget Deficit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Advocating cuts to the defense budget may seem strange while America is at war in Iraq, but the "dirty little secret" is that tens of billions of dollars are wasted annually by the Pentagon. With record deficit spending, Congress is working to find ways to responsibly manage the federal budget.

Fact Sheets for Lobbying Your Congress Member

Take these to a meeting with your Congress Member: PDF.

Misleading Testimony About NSA Domestic Spying

By Sen. Russell Feingold, http://www.opednews.com

The Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Gonzales:

I write in response to your letter of February 28, 2006, regarding your February 6 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and responding to specific requests for information by Senators during the hearing.

'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to attend an informative briefing with nine Iraqi women who have come to the US to commemorate International Women's Day, March 8. The women represent a wide breadth of Iraqi society, including academics, an engineer, health care workers, homemakers, journalists, filmmakers, and women's rights activists. A brief biography for each is below. They will speak about the effects of the war on their lives, their families and other ordinary Iraqis.

Congressional Legislation Finally Targets Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Address Federal Budget Woes

Congressional Legislation Finally Targets Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Address Federal Budget Woes
Common Sense Budget Act—to Be Introduced Wed., March 8—Transfers Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Health, Schools, other Priorities
Reagan Defense Official Lawrence Korb Identifies $60 Billion that Could Be Trimmed from Bush’s Proposed Defense Budget

WASHINGTON - March 6 -

Who:
Ben Cohen, Co-Founder, Ben and Jerry’s; President, Priorities Campaign
Lawrence Korb, Former Reagan Assistant Defense Secretary
Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Jack Shanahan, Former Commander of the US Second Fleet
Wayne Silby, Chairman, Calvert Funds
Jim Wallis, Sojourners
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)

Another $70 Billion for War

Institute for Public Accuracy
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
(202) 347-0020 * http://www.accuracy.org * ipa@accuracy.org

On Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take
up the Bush administration's "emergency supplemental" request for
approximately $70 billion more for war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MIKE FERNER, Mike.ferner@sbcglobal.net
JEFF LEYS, jeffleys@vcnv.org, http://www.vcnv.org

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