Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Matthew Rothschild's "This Just In"s

Matthew Rothschild (editor of The Progressive) has not one, not two, but three "This Just In"s.
Lucy e-mailed to note all three. Below is an excerpt from each. Click the title to read in full.

"Bolton a Test of Cheney and Rove"
On Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to vote on the nomination of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
It'll be an interesting test.
Not of whether Bolton deserves to be ambassador.
He obviously doesn't.
No one has been more unqualified for high office since Dan Quayle and Clarence Thomas.
Bolton's sneering at the UN and his laughably undiplomatic behavior should long ago have disqualified him.
Now the only test is whether Dick Cheney and Karl Rove can shove Bolton through, no matter how bad he is.

"A Socialist in the Senate?"
There may soon be an avowed socialist in the U.S. Senate.
Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s eight-term member of the House of Representatives, is likely to run for the seat that Senator Jeffords is vacating in 2006.
Sanders, a democratic socialist and independent, appears to have a strong early lead.
A recent poll has him crushing all possible challengers by more than a two-to-one margin, as David Sirota has reported.
And Sanders just got a big boost from his fellow Vermonter Howard Dean. Even though Sanders is not a Democrat, Dean, the head of the DNC, says he’s for Sanders.
"A victory for Bernie Sanders is a win for Democrats," Dean said.
Sanders in the Senate could stiffen the spine of Democrats.

"National Day of Prayer: Bush's Bone to the Dobsons"
Last Thursday, May 5, was the National Day of Prayer, which Congress made official back in 1952, at the apex of McCarthyism.
As an atheist and a believer in the separation of church and state, I'm offended that our government has set aside a day for this.
And it offends me even more that George Bush has given the day over to the far right.
Many of the day's events "are coordinated by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, a private group run by Shirley Dobson, wife of radio broadcaster and Religious Right kingpin James C. Dobson," according to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. It says the group "operates from the offices of Focus on the Family," which James Dobson heads.

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