Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, and about 60 other anti-war activists interrupted a Democratic press conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill with shouts of "De-escalate! Investigate! Troops out now!" The protest forced Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., and other Democrats to interrupt the media event.
"We're here to hold their feet to the fire," Sheehan said. "I think the Democratic leadership heard our message."
But Democrats say a better strategy is to begin with a series of initiatives that are popular with the public and likely to sail through Congress, which could build momentum to tackle tougher issues, such as Iraq policy, health care and tax reform.
The above is from Edward Epstein and Zachary Coile's "First on Dems' list: new rules on ethics Dems lay out their plan of action -- starting with ethics" (San Francisco Chronicle). Do Democrats say that? Some no doubt do but as Lynn Woolsey told The KPFA Evening News, Iraq should be the first priority and if, come 2008, Democrats have done nothing, they will have lost the people's trust. Or as Sheehan stated, there are no free passes.
The New York Times this morning continues to be lost in the feeding frenzy that's followed the show execution. That so many could make themselves so useless on a continual basis is shameful. Chaos and violence continue in Iraq but it doesn't get covered when all you can do is tell the same damn story day after day (isn't Bully Boy pleased).
This morning on KPFA's The Morning Show (7:00 am to 9:00 am PST) David Swanson is scheduled to be among the guests.
Lastly, Rebecca's "tillie" notes the passing of Tillie Olsen.
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