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In Solidarity with the Sit-in at the Whitehouse organized by Cindy Sheehan for the Midterm Elections
Rome, Tuesday November 7, from 4pm to 6pm
Across from the U.S Embassy in via Veneto
On November 7, voters in the U.S. will go to the polls to elect members of the House and the Senate in the midterm elections. And right around that date, from November 6-9 Cindy Sheehan and other peace activists are organizing a four day sit-in in front of the Whitehouse in Washington D.C. to say no to the occupation of Iraq, no to military actions against Iran, no to torture, no matter who wins the elections. And to remind Congress of its responsibilities.
If, in these last hours before the midterm elections, you want to quickly brush up on key races as well as the latest opinion polls, predictions, fraud reports, and scandals before you settle onto that couch, popcorn bowl beside you, for a long night of viewing and punditry, there's probably no better place to start than the election-resource page of Cursor.org. (Elsewhere, election or not, Cursor offers its inspired Media Patrol daily round-up of articles you shouldn't miss.) For a good, quick rundown of opinion polls in close races, check out the right-leaning Real Clear Politics website with its extensive, easy-to-read polls on the 14 Senate races and good sets of polls on 40 of the 60 close congressional races. For a useful catalogue of the (very confusing) 60 House races now considered in the mix for election night, take a look at the careful forecast page of NPR's Ken Rudin.
By Marjorie Cohn
The announcement of Saddam Hussein's death sentence two days before our midterm elections brings to mind the opening scene of Woody Allen's film Bananas. Howard Cosell is covering the impending assassination of a dictator in an unnamed Banana Republic. On one side of the street, Cosell thrusts a microphone under the dictator's nose and asks how it feels when one is about to be assassinated. After the dictator responds, the assassin takes aim, shoots, and the dictator falls down dead. Cosell then crosses the street to interview the successor, Woody Allen. Everything goes according to script.
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Code Pink and the Richmond Green Party hold protest/vigil and display a powerful visual representation, “Walk in their Shoes”, of the deaths caused by the Iraq war and call for citizens to vote for peace on Tuesday.
WHEN: Monday, November 6, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (Tomorrow!)
WHERE: Outside Sen. George Allen Rally at main entrance to Richmond International Airport on the south side of the intersection of Airport Drive (Rt. 156) and Williamsburg Road (Rte. 60). (Directions/Parking and special notes at end.)
By Peter Baker, Washington Post
Greeley, Colo.- During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, President Bush and his aides sternly dismissed suggestions that the war was all about oil. "Nonsense," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld declared. "This is not about that," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.
Now, more than 3 1/2 years later, someone else is asserting that the war is about oil - President Bush.
By David Swanson
Our President is pretending that the Democrats have no plan for Iraq, and the media is repeating that pretense unchallenged. But a lot depends on which Democrats we look to. DNC Chair Howard Dean has no more plan than Bush himself. Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich published a plan in 2003 -- that's THREE YEARS AGO -- that puts Bush, his party, and some of the Democrats to shame. Here it is, unaltered, from 2003:
WEYERS CAVE, Virginia (AP) — A liberal blogger who was manhandled by Republican U.S. Sen. George Allen's supporters earlier in the week was handcuffed and taken away by police Saturday after an Allen backer claimed the man pushed him to the ground at a campaign rally.
A deputy sheriff said Mike Stark was not under arrest but was placed in "investigative detention" in case supporters of Allen — who is in a tight race with Democrat Jim Webb — wanted to press charges.
Excerpts: "Well, you know, most of the time when I encounter Rumsfeld on the news, etc, it's like talking to the white rabbit . . . . We are an unmotivated, cowering people. We will say, 'Shame on you, shame on you, shame on you,' but teachers are dying in the streets in Mexico from the federales. Do you think teachers would be dying in the streets in Peoria?"
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.