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A Congressman for Impeachment

By David Swanson

"What's more moderate than exploring the truth? Is there really partisanship in truth?...We don't need to be afraid to use the word impeachment. It is the process that was set up. It's not a bad word. It stands for accountability. It is the system of justice in our political system…There's nothing radical in that."
TONY TRUPIANO

Two Congress Members Nearly Killed in Iraq -- Will it Wake Anyone Up?

Rep. Murphy, injured in Iraq, expects painful recovery in Pa.
By Associated Press

PITTSBURGH - Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., who was one of two congressmen injured when the vehicle they were in overturned in Iraq, said he expects to fly into Pittsburgh on Monday evening wearing a neck brace for a painful recovery.

2006, 2008 and Beyond

Future Hope column, Nov. 27, 2005
By Ted Glick

Within progressive circles there’s growing talk about the 2006 and the 2008 elections. The Bush/Cheney free fall to an average, between them, of 33-34% in the polls, combined with the indictments and investigations of Rove, Libby, Delay, Frist and other top Republicans, has generated hope among Democrats and others that they can take back at least one house of Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008.

For some Democrats, hopefully not many, who call themselves progressive, it doesn’t much matter who their standard bearers are. As long as they win against Republicans, that’s just fine.

Feingold, Pelosi Urge Bush to Set Timetable

By Sari Gelzer, t r u t h o u t | Report

Days after Iraqi leaders called for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Senator Russell Feingold and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi addressed the importance of declaring a timetable for the US exit from Iraq.

In a letter written yesterday, Feingold urged President Bush to declare a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and suggested the State of the Union address as an important chance to raise the issue.

After Congressman John P. Murtha's recent appeal to withdraw from Iraq in six months, Feingold appealed to Bush by saying that although the plan "need not be rigid," it must be declared for the sake of national security.

Three Who See the War Clearly

By the BlackCommentator.com

Only three Democrats voted on the issue of the Iraq war, last Friday. The rest followed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s directives, a continuation of her "strategy" of insulating the pro-war wing of the party, centered in the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), from the wrath of the party’s base, which is now overwhelmingly anti-war. For the DLC’s sake, Pelosi smothers the party’s progressive wing - of which she was once a proud member. Thus, the San Francisco congresswoman maintains the fiction of a united House Democratic front, to disguise the flaccid reality: the pro-war faction has veto power over Democratic Iraq policy - a veto exercised by Pelosi, herself.

And Good Riddance

Pro-GOP Democrats leaving
WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Republicans in the U.S. House are losing Democrats who used to support their bills as the 2006 midterm elections loom.

The Christian Science Monitor reports on the recent big votes on such issues as energy and the budget reconciliation bill, Republicans did not get a single Democratic vote. But as recently as last spring, 73 Democrats had backed a bankruptcy bill despite their leader Nancy Pelosi's warning it would create "modern-day indentured servants," the report said. On another measure, 50 Democrats supported GOP efforts to reform class-action lawsuits.

Bipartisan Quartet Urges House Conferees to Endorse Iraq ‘Transition’

By Congressional Quarterly

Two House Republicans and two Democrats joined forces this week to urge House conferees on the fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill to accept Senate language prodding the Bush administration to start bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq next year.

The lawmakers said adopting such legislation would be “an important first step

McCain On Phase II Intelligence Investigation

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Dems win McCain’s backing
By Alexander Bolton
TheHill.com

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has emerged as a leading opponent of the Bush administration’s policy on interrogating detainees in the war on terrorism, wants Senate investigators to interview senior administration officials about their statements regarding the threat posed by Saddam Hussein before the war.

McCain backed Democratic calls for interviews of top-level administration officials in an interview last week. But his position is at odds with many in his party, including Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), whom McCain may face in the 2008 GOP presidential primary.

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Check your Congress Member's voting record on all measures related to ending the war HERE.

Debate Hits Boiling Point Before Thanksgiving Recess

By Kevin Zeese, Director, www.DemocracyRising.US

Dear Peace Stalwarts:

This Thanksgiving time period may be critical to the direction of the Iraq War debate in the nation's capitol. Below are three steps you can take to move this issue forward at this critical time.

Before leaving Washington, DC on Thanksgiving recess the debate on the Iraq War – something that has been quietly heating up – reached a boiling point in both chambers of Congress. At the beginning of the week the Senate took action with Republicans responding to a Democratic attempt to push an exit from Iraq. The Republicans passed legislation that would require the President to report quarterly to the Congress on progress toward ending the U.S. occupation of Iraq – sending a clear message of bi-partisan concern about the current Iraq policy.

Obama Calls for Troop Reduction in Iraq

Obama Calls for Troop Reduction in Iraq By ANNA JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
Yahoo.com
12 minutes ago

CHICAGO - Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a troop reduction in Iraq and criticized the Bush administration for questioning the patriotism of people who have spoken out against the war.

"I believe that U.S. forces are still a part of the solution in Iraq," the Illinois Democrat said during a speech to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. "The strategic goals should be to allow for a limited drawdown of U.S. troops, coupled with a shift to a more effective counter-insurgency strategy that puts the Iraqi security forces in the lead and intensifies our efforts to train Iraqi forces."

63% and Still No Official Position?

By David Sirota

A new nationwide poll (attached) finds that "sixty three percent of those surveyed were in favor of bringing US troops home from Iraq in the next year." Yet, even as some Democrats courageously say enough is enough, other high-profile Democrats are still saying the party will only have a position "at the right time." Meanwhile, Democratic "aides" are telling the press that "it is doubtful we will have a [Democratic] Caucus position on Iraq" because some Democratic officials believe supporting a withdrawal "is not the right place politically to be."

McCain wants Senate to interview senior administration officials about pre-war statements

By Alexander Bolton in The Hill:

Dems win McCain’s backing

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has emerged as a leading opponent of the Bush administration’s policy on interrogating detainees in the war on terrorism, wants Senate investigators to interview senior administration officials about their statements regarding the threat posed by Saddam Hussein before the war.

McCain backed Democratic calls for interviews of top-level administration officials in an interview last week. But his position is at odds with many in his party, including Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), whom McCain may face in the 2008 GOP presidential primary.

Kucinich Calls For Congressional Hearings On Vice President Cheney’s False Statements On The War

Kucinich Contact: Doug Gordon (202) 225-5871
http://www.kucinich.house.gov

Sends Letter To Chairman Of House Government Reform Committee

Washington, Nov 21 - Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich sent the following letter to Tom Davis, Chairman of the House Government Reform Committee:

Dear Chairman Davis:

I am requesting that the Government Reform Committee hold a hearing on the war in Iraq and specifically the role that Vice President Richard Cheney, and his staff, played in leading this nation to war.

We now know that the Vice President, and his aides, were at the forefront of the Administration planning and execution of the war in Iraq. We also now know that many of the statements made by Vice President Cheney have turned out to be false and misleading.

Waters Leads Anti-War Caucus

By Kevin Alexander Gray and Mike Hersh

Washington, DC (November 15, 2005) -- Since the beginning of President
George Bush's unpopular war against the Iraqi people, black female
leadership has led the fight in opposing what has now become Bush's moral
and political albatrose.

Although Representative John Conyers (D-Mich) remains the dean of
progressive politics in Congress, a coterie of black female lawmakers has
emerged on the leadership forefront of opposition to the war. Many are
familiar with Oakland area Congresswoman Barbara Lee's lone challenge to
the war at the start-up and Georgia's Cynthia McKinney's constant vocal

30 Months in Iraq is 30 Months Too Long

By Rep. José E. Serrano
September 23, 2005

We are now in the 30th month of the Iraq war. Will it take us another 30
months to admit and correct our mistake?

The time has come for an immediate and complete withdrawal of the troops.

We have created a mess in Iraq, and the sooner we admit that and pull out,
the fewer American soldiers will be needlessly lost. As our nation's
civilian leaders, members of Congress owe reality-based assessments of the
situation to our troops, whose patriotism leads them to sacrifice for our
great nation.

The troops' job is to carry out the goals that their leaders set before

Wexler Votes "Yes" on Iraq Withdrawal to Send a "No Confidence" Vote to Bush

Wexler Refuses to Support the President's Failed Iraq War Policy

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) issued the
following statement after voting in support of the House Resolution calling
for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces in Iraq:

"My vote in support of this resolution tonight sends an unequivocal message
to President Bush that his three-year, carte-blanche authority in Iraq must
come to an end. The American people have lost confidence in President Bush's
ability as Commander in Chief, and his flawed policies have failed to bring
stability and security to Iraq. It is time to hold the President and his

Republicans Defy the American People and Attack a True Patriot

HONORABLE CHARLES B. RANGEL OF NEW YORK
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 18, 2005

MR. RANGEL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today with a heavy heart to enter into the Congressional Record my observations regarding the shameless acts of the Republicans who have hijacked the House of Representatives and have become so arrogant, so deaf to any voices but their own they do not hear the voices of the American people. My friend and colleague, John Murtha, a true American patriot and decorated Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam combat, spoke from his heart yesterday on behalf of those he cares most about: the men and women wearing the uniform of the United States of America and the people of this country he has served all his life.

Scurrilous Politics in the U.S. House -- You Helped Democrats Resist!

By Progressive Democrats of America

PHOTO: Rep. John Murtha (D-PA)

November 18, 2005--In a surprise move today, the Republicans moved a grossly amended version of Rep. Murtha's (D-PA) Resolution on Iraq out of committee and onto the floor of the House for a vote in an attempt to trick Democrats into supporting a 'cut and run' position on withdrawing U.S. troops. The attempt backfired. Instead, the move simply demonstrated the Republicans' continued unwillingness to allow reasoned bipartisan debate on bringing an end to the Iraq war debacle.

PDA Makes Another Congressional Endorsement: Tony Trupiano!


By William Rivers Pitt, LINK TO ORIGINAL

Tony TrupianoTony Trupiano is a force of nature -- a man of tremendous accomplishment who has succeeded at virtually everything he has tried. He is a leading voice in progressive talk radio, he has written books, and teaches a seminar on the effective use of media. Now he is running for office, and he needs your help.

Mr. Trupiano is running for the House seat in Michigan's 11th District, which covers the greater metro Detroit area. His opponent, two-term incumbent Thaddeus McCotter, has not announced his candidacy yet, but it is only a matter of time before he does. It would be a worthwhile exercise to run a bag of doorknobs against McCotter, who votes with the GOP caucus 93% of the time and voted with Rep. Tom DeLay 92% of the time. Beyond this, Mr. McCotter has amassed a profound record of doing little to nothing for his constituents. He needs to go.

Friday Night Congress: What Was That?

By David Swanson

During the middle of the day on Friday, I spent an hour or two on a conference call with activists and congressional staffers discussing next steps to end the war. We planned, among other things, to organize support for Congressman John Murtha's bill, H.J.Res. 73, which he introduced on Friday. The bill resolves that:

"The deployment of United States forces in Iraq, by direction of Congress, is hereby terminated and the forces involved are to be redeployed at the earliest practicable date. A quick-reaction U.S. force and an over-the-horizon presence of U.S. Marines shall be deployed in the region. The United States of America shall pursue security and stability in Iraq through diplomacy."

McKinney: Republicans seek to silence dissent on Iraq war

Rep. Cynthia McKinney's Statement on "Murtha" War Resolution

The Republicans in this House have done a heinous thing: they have insulted one of the deans of this House in an unthinkable and unconscionable way.

They took his words and contorted them; they took his heartfelt sentiments and spun them. They took his resolution and deformed it: in a cheap effort to silence dissent in the House of Representatives.

The Republicans should be roundly criticized for this reprehensible act. They have perpetrated a fraud on the House of Representatives just as they have defrauded the American people.

Ugly GOP Smear Stunt Fails Its Objective

By Armando, dailykos.com

The latest incarnation of the New McCarthyism, the ugly Duncan Hunter stunt - the so-called "Murtha" resolution - blew up in their face.

The NYTimes reported that:
"House Republicans are attempting to split the ranks of the Democrats tonight by offering a resolution to withdraw American troops from Iraq immediately."

The vote on the rule to bring the Fake Hunter Resolution to the floor for a vote passed 210-202, but every every Democratic representative who voted, voted against the rule and 5 Republicans joined the Democrats.

Obviously, the Republican attempt failed.

Pelosi to Republican Colleagues: 'You Can't Handle the Truth'

Contact: Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616, both of the Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Web: http://democraticleader.house.gov/

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today spoke late this evening in strong opposition to a sham Republican proposal to smear Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania, who has proposed immediate redeployment of troops from Iraq. Below are Pelosi's remarks on the House floor and a video link:

"Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise as the proud representative of the city of San Francisco in the Congress of the United States. In Northern California, we treat our veterans with respect. But Mr. Murtha is not being treated as a distinguished veteran with respect here.

CONG. JACK MURTHA BRINGS THE COURAGE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING TO THE DEBATE OVER IRAQ

By CONGRESSMAN CHARLES RANGEL
Contact: Emile Milne 202 225-4365

At a time when President Bush and Vice President Cheney have been attacking elected leaders who have criticized their decision to go to war in Iraq;

At a time when Members of Congress have been politically intimidated by charges that any criticism of the war was unpatriotic or harmful to our troops;

At a time when the majority of Americans are ahead of the Congress in their loss of faith in the President and his decision to go to war;

Along comes a person whose courage and leadership as relates to this war is comparable to that exhibited by Martin Luther King in the great civil rights struggles of the 1960's.

Rahm, Please Tell Us: How Many More Must Die for It to Be "The Right Time?"

By David Sirota, Huffington Post

When I worked on the House Appropriations Committee, I worked around Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) a lot. He's a really intimidating, no-nonsense kind of guy (he was the guy that I always worried would scream at me a la Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann in Full Metal Jacket if I screwed anything up).

And when it comes to defense-related issues, there literally is no member of Congress more informed and more pro-military than Murtha. That's why his announcement yesterday demanding an immediate withdrawal from Iraq was so important: because if someone like Murtha says its time for a withdrawal, then any Democrat in America should be able to say its time for a withdrawal.

PDA on the Hill - Out of Iraq Press Conference

By Mike Hersh, Progressive Democrats of America

Wednesday, November 15, 2005 / Washington, DC--When Rep. Maxine Waters closed the Out of Iraq Press Conference at the Longworth Office Building this morning, Progressive Democrats of America had come of age. This event was part of two days packed with activism, retrospectives, and planning, and confirmed that PDA has a new mission. Several members of the House Out of Iraq Caucus specifically charged us and other activists with leading the efforts to force a long-overdue discussion of Iraq policy in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Waters opened the press conference by offering best wishes for PDA National Advisory Board member Cindy Sheehan who was about to stand trial for civil disobedience at the federal courthouse a few blocks away. PDA Chair Mimi Kennedy, Executive Director Tim Carpenter, and Political Director Kevin Spidel dashed from a vigil with Cindy to attend the announcement this morning.

GOP pulls tax bill and calls vote on Iraq pullout

http://www.rawstory.com

House Republicans will call for a vote on the pullout on Iraq this evening after a call from hawkish Democrat Jack Murtha (D-PA) for the U.S. to immediately begin removing troops from Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.

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Unlike the resolution Murtha proposed, which called for the removal of troops to begin immediately, the Republican resolution calls for all troops to be pulled out at once. Democrats say this dramatically changes the nature of Murtha's original proposal.

The following email went out earlier from the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to members of her caucus. Democrats have now received a copy of the GOP resolution.

Reid: We Need Answers and a Way Forward in Iraq, Not Another Cheney Attack Speech

Senator Harry Reid
t r u t h o u t | Statement

Washington, DC - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid gave the following speech on the Senate Floor tonight.

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Tonight the Vice President has come out of his bunker and is speaking at a gathering of Washington DC insiders, which is closed to the press.

Unfortunately, he brought his bunker mentality with him. He is repeating the same tired attacks we've heard from administration officials over the last two weeks.

In the last 24 hours, 10 of our brave soldiers have been killed in far off Iraq. On such a night, you would think Cheney would give a speech that honors the fallen and those still fighting by laying out a strategy for success.

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