Ralph Nader: Talkin' About the "I"-Word
Iraq Report 109th Congress The Constitution in Crisis; The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Coverups in the Iraq War


22 Purported CIA Operatives Accused of Kidnapping Imam - Los Angeles Times: "including the Milan station chief"
Alito Defended Wiretap Protections in 1984 Memo - New York Times The attorney general should be immune from lawsuits over illegal wiretaps


PEER: "Cronyism has run amok in the agency designated to combat cronyism"

Monday | 12/19/2005 | Health problems plague a polluted region: "Why this area of Orange County ranked the worst in the Sunshine State puzzled local health and environmental officials, given that there are no major industrial factories in the area....'I think the explanation may be that there are a number of small facilities in that area that are not large enough to require an air permit but use potentially toxic or hazardous substances -- some kind of manufacturing or repair operations,' said John Kasper, an engineer for the Orange County Environmental Protection Division."

Remember that pending changes to EPA rules would allow many more businesses to be defined as "small" polluters exempt from reporting to the Toxics Release Inventory.
- -: "political financiers made an investment in the Bush family, an investment that paid off."


- - Bush Administration policies, grand and obscure, have financially benefited companies or lobbying clients tied to at least 200 of the President's largest campaign fund-raisers, a Blade investigation has found. Dozens more stand to gain from Bush-backed initiatives that recently passed or await congressional approval.
LiP | Interview | Conveying Correctness | print version: "If people accuse me of being PC, I say, 'If, by 'PC,' you mean I seek to be courteous and not offend people intentionally, then of course I'm PC.' The only way to really deal with that kind of charge is to say: 'If you mean by that, I'm concerned about unfairness in American society based on race and gender and other factors, absolutely true. Guilty as charged. If you mean by that, I wring my hands and whine a lot, no, I don't think that's a fair criticism.' So you basically hand it back to them and say, 'You know, I'm not accepting that frame. Let's debate the definition, and in the course of that I'm going to reveal that really what you're saying is that you're tired of hearing about race and gender, and you don't want to have a conversation about what's fair.' Then they usually complain, 'That's not what I'm saying at all!' and then you tease it out and say, 'Well, what are you saying?' And they don't have an answer, because 99% of the people who use the term don't understand how they're using it."
Bush's Fumbles Spur New Talk of Oversight on Hill: "the panel issued 1,052 subpoenas to probe alleged misconduct by the Clinton administration and the Democratic Party between 1997 and 2002, at a cost of more than $35 million. By contrast, the committee under Davis has issued three subpoenas to the Bush administration"