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By John Nichols, www.thenation.com
The Nation -- Two years ago, George Bush beat John Kerry in Nebraska by a 66-33 margin. The Republican president carried all but one of the state's counties, as Republican candidates swept to easy victories in the state's three congressional districts.
So why has George Bush rushed to Nebraska to campaign on the eve of this year's mid-term congressional elections? Because, amazingly, in one of the reddest of the red states, a Democrat could pick up a GOP House seat. If Nebraska falls it will almost certainly be in the face of a Democratic wave that will sweep in a Congress capable of holding to account a president who has not previously experienced the joys of being checked and balanced.
A Report by Sari Gelzer and Scott Galindez
With less than a week to go in a race that could decide the balance of power in the Senate, voters in St. Louis, Missouri, like the rest of the country, are concerned about the war in Iraq, but the issue that is dominating the debate is stem cell research.
By Ian Urbina, New York Times
Washington - A team of lawyers for the Democratic Party has been arguing with postal officials in Columbus, Ohio, trying to persuade them to process thousands of absentee ballots that have arrived with insufficient postage.
In Pennsylvania, the Republican Party has opened a "recount account" and set aside $500,000 to pay lawyers who will answer telephones on Election Day and monitor polls to see whether officials demand proper voters' identification. In Maryland, lawyers representing candidates for senator and governor from both parties met recently and swapped cellphone numbers and e-mail addresses to smooth out the logistics of potential litigation.
By Robert Parry, www.consortiumnews.com
The Nov. 7 elections are shaping up as not just a choice between Republicans and Democrats, but a test of how gullible – and how divorced from reality – the American people have become.
In campaign stops across the country, George W. Bush is delivering a medley of his favorite lies, half-truths and non sequiturs about Iraq and the “war on terror.” Yet the President’s listeners seem to revel in the distortions, celebrating with shouts of “USA! USA!” and responding on cue when Bush has them mock the Democrats.
By Tim Grieve, War Room
Democrats need 15 seats to take control of the House of Representatives. Here's what three political analysts think they'll get, at least as of today:
Stuart Rothenberg says that Democrats are "most likely" to pick up 34 to 40 seats, "with slightly larger gains not impossible." Rothenberg also says that he thinks "state and national dynamics" make it more likely than not that the Democrats will pick up the six seats they need to take control of the Senate.
Protests at White House Aim to Prevent War on Iran, End War on Iraq, and Reverse Stolen Elections (Should There Be Any)
Cindy Sheehan has called for a protest at the White House from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, from November 6-9. The protest is in opposition to the war in Iraq and the possible war in Iran, but will develop into a protest of stolen elections should evidence of election fraud emerge. More information: http://www.gsfp.org
On the evening of November 7, citizens will turn Lafayette Square Park, in front of the White House into a Blue Revolution, one of many events around the country. Crowds dressed in blue will be holding vigils outside election offices to demand an accurate counting of votes in at least these locations: AZ-Maricopa, AZ-Yavapai, CA-Kern, CA-Orange, CA-Santa Barbara, CA-San Luis Obispo, CO-Adams, DC-District of Columbia, IN-La Porte, IN-Lake, IN-Porter, MD-Baltimore, MD-Howard, MN-Waseca, MO-St. Louis, OR-Washington, NY-Onondaga, TX-Lamar, WA-Clark, WA-King. More information: http://www.bluerevolution.us
By AJ Lagoe, WRIC 8 News
Charlottesville investigators are looking into possible charges as a result of Tuesday's physical confrontation at an Allen campaign stop.
That video of the incident is the centerpiece of an investigation that has much of the country watching. 8News Anchor AJ Lagoe sat down with Charlottesville Police Chief to discuss what's happening.
On Wednesday police served search warrants on the TV stations here in Charlottesville that shot this video of the disturbance at senator Allen's rally - they're now using the video to determine whether the incident warrants criminal charges.
By Carol Wolman, http://www.opednews.com
There are plenty of legal grounds for impeaching Bush and Cheney. What's missing is political will. Under the present circumstances, this is made up of conviction, courage and cooperation.
First, a refresher- civics 101. The American Revolution was radical because it transferred sovereignty, authority for government, from King George III to "we the people of these United States". Not only did the colonies declare independence from England, but the form of government was changed,- from the European system, ruled by kings and nobles,- to a system of representative democracy. Our model derives from Native American ways, specifically from the Iroquois Federation, which forms much of the basis of our Constitution.
By ADAM NAGOURNEY and MEGAN THEE, New York Times
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 — A substantial majority of Americans expect Democrats to reduce or end American military involvement in Iraq if they win control of Congress next Tuesday and say Republicans will maintain or increase troop levels to try to win the war if they hold on to power on Capitol Hill, according to the final New York Times/CBS News poll before the midterm election.
By Jonathan Schell, www.thenation.com
The Congressional campaign of 2006 slouches toward election day through a grotesque landscape of torture and excuses for torture, scabrous messages from a Congressman to young boys, a Congressional cover-up of the same, murder and countermurder every day in Iraq (a heart-stopping 655,000 Iraqis have died since the invasion, according to a Johns Hopkins study), and nuclear fallout from North Korea (of the political if not the literal kind).
A Report by Geoffrey Millard, Scott Galindez and Paul Hubbard
With the war in Iraq as a central focus in the upcoming elections, a number of veterans of the war are running for Congress. Truthout spent time with three of the candidates: Andrew Duck, Patrick Murphy and Joseph Sestak. We also caught up with Senator John Kerry, who was campaigning f
By DAVID ESPO, AP
Campaigning for Republicans, President Bush said Monday that "terrorists win and America loses" if opponents of his Iraq policy triumph in next week's elections. Undeterred, House Democrats countered with television ads critical of the war in several competitive races.
"There's a big national debate in this country about the direction of this war set by President Bush, Defense Secretary (Donald) Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney, and Democrats think we need to change that policy," said Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel (news, bio, voting record), who heads the Democratic campaign committee.
By Geov Parrish, www.WorkingforChange.org
The punditsphere is abuzz with speculation over what will happen in the 110th Congress next year, when and if Democrats take over one or both houses. Among liberals and progressives, it is an article of faith that winning on Nov. 7 is The Only Thing That Matters, and that the sea change likely in next week's election will by definition make everything better.
Just one week remains before midterm elections on Tuesday, November 7, and an increasing number of close races will determine the balance of power in the House and the Senate.
War is the key issue. The occupation of Iraq could continue for decades with escalating debt, more lives lost, and impaired national security. Meanwhile any provocation may lead to a U.S. attack on Iran, one that is likely to ignite a regional or even broader war.
By Andrew Hellpap, Daily Tribune
Some referendums give directions, while others were meant for voters to be able to share their opinions.
For that purpose, the Wisconsin Rapids Common Council voted Sept. 19 to place a question asking the public if it would support an impeachment investigation of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com
George W. Bush’s blunt assertion that a Democratic victory in the Nov. 7 elections means “the terrorists win and America loses” misses the point that Osama bin Laden stands to advance his strategic goals much faster with a Republican victory.
Indeed, as U.S. intelligence analysts have come to understand, there is a symbiotic relationship between Bush’s blunderbuss “war on terror” and bin Laden’s ruthless strategy of terrorist violence – one helping the other.
By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com
Many Americans are cynical about what they hear from politicians – and often with good reason – but perhaps no U.S. political leader in modern history has engaged in a pattern of lying and distortion more systematically than George W. Bush has.
Bush’s lies also aren’t about petty matters, such as some personal indiscretion or minor misconduct. Rather his dishonesty deals with issues of war and peace, the patriotism of his opponents, and the founding principles of the American Republic.
By Michael Janofsky Bloomberg
Wednesday 01 November 2006
Film saying they can be manipulated "inaccurate."
Diebold Inc. insisted that cable network HBO cancel a documentary that questions the integrity of its voting machines, calling the program inaccurate and unfair.
The program, "Hacking Democracy," is scheduled to debut Thursday, five days before the 2006 U.S. midterm elections. The film claims that Diebold voting machines aren't tamper-proof and can be manipulated to change voting results.
By Tom Baldwin in Washington, http://www.timesonline.co.uk
THE pent-up frustration of antiwar activists in America, who have spent three years longing to investigate both the case for the Iraq war and the conduct of it, will be only partially satisfied if the Democrats seize control of Congress on November 7.
Although two inquiries in Britain, under Lord Hutton and Lord Butler, have already examined the use of intelligence in the build-up to the invasion of Iraq, the Republican majority in both Houses of Congress has prevented any similar scrutiny of George Bush’s Administration.
By Robert Parry, Consortium News
George W. Bush's blunt assertion that a Democratic victory in the Nov. 7 elections means "the terrorists win and America loses" misses the point that Osama bin Laden stands to advance his strategic goals much faster with a Republican victory.
Indeed, as U.S. intelligence analysts have come to understand, there is a symbiotic relationship between Bush's blunderbuss "war on terror" and bin Laden's ruthless strategy of terrorist violence - one helping the other.
By ADAM NAGOURNEY and JIM RUTENBERG, New York Times
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 — For at least a few hours on Tuesday, President Bush had a chance to relive his victorious campaign of 2004, taking a break from a bleak Republican campaign season as he attacked Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts over the war in Iraq.
Mr. Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who was Mr. Bush’s opponent in 2004, is not running for office this year. But the president seized on what he said were Mr. Kerry’s disparaging remarks about the troops — and what Mr. Kerry insisted was a botched joke aimed at Mr. Bush — as he sought to make Mr. Kerry the face of the Democratic Party this fall.