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The Supreme Court's landmark 1803 decision in Marbury v. Madison established the power of judicial review: the Supreme Court's ability to strike down laws that it finds violate the Constitution. Marbury is generally considered the most important Supreme Court decision in history. Chief Justice Marshall wrote for a unanimous Court in Marbury that, "It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is."  In the intervening two centuries, the Supreme Court has come to be universally accepted as the final arbiter of the meaning of the Constitution. Until now. The pro-torture "compromise" recently approved by the Bush administration and those "courageous" Congressional Republicans (McCain, Warner, Graham) is nothing less than an attempt to destroy judicial review and give Bush, not the courts, the ultimate authority to interpret the Constitution. There's more after the fold:
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UPDATE: Dan Froomkin, in his May 1, 2006 "White House Briefing" column in the Washington Post, writes, "Daily Kos blogger Frederick seems to have the most extensive transcript of Colbert’s talk." A nice recognition to receive from an outstanding journalist.

I've taken the existing transcripts I've seen of Stephen Colbert's brilliant monologue at the White House Correspondents Dinner, and the actual footage (complete video available at Democratic Underground and Google Video; more links to it here and here), and edited the transcripts (correcting spelling and punctuation, adding mistakenly omitted words, etc.) to produce the following improved transcript. I have now also transcribed all of Colbert's Press Secretary "audition video." Continue below the fold with me.

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As we know from the Bush administration, Fox News, and the Right blogosphere, the liberal media is failing to report all the great news coming out of Iraq. I figured I'd have to travel there myself to experience firsthand the democratic wonderfulness that is Iraq. I headed over to the United States State Department website to find out what I needed to know for my trip. Imagine my shock when I found out that the State Department was just as negative about Iraq as the liberal media!
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Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 08:49 PM PDT

Atrios discontinues his blog!

by Frederick

Shocking news! Atrios, evidently fearing the possibility of new FEC regulations that could impinge upon his freedom to support and solicit donations to political candidates, has discontinued his famous "Eschaton" blog. It's not as bad as it sounds, though:  he has redesignated it an "Online Magazine of News, Commentary, and Editorial."

http://tinyurl.com/7jbuh

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Tue Mar 01, 2005 at 04:06 PM PST

ACLU Sues Rumsfeld for War Crimes

by Frederick

The ACLU and Human Rights First have sued Rumsfeld on behalf of eight men who say that they were tortured by military forces under Rumsfeld's command. The lawsuit was filed this morning in federal district court in Chicago.

The distinguished legal scholar (I don't know if he/she wants his/her name used) who sent me this happy news noted:

In Nuremberg and later in proceedings of the International Criminal Courts for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, a doctrine of per se ministerial liability for systematic abuses of detainees in wartime was crafted. Applying the legal standards of those cases to the current war, Donald Rumsfeld would clearly go to prison, or perhaps face the death penalty.

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Unbelievable. The British newpaper the Mirror has a story, including photographs, detailing British soldiers urinating on Iraqi prisoners, beating them for hours at a time, and probably killing them in some instances (e.g. throwing a prisoner off a truck, reportedly throwing prisoners off a bridge, etc.). Go read it yourself. It's too disgusting for me to excerpt.

One of Billmon's readers has made an amazing discovery on the Internet: the diary of Joe Ryan, one of the American interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison.

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The United States has a population of about 280 million people.  Do you think Dubya is more qualified than most of those people to be President of the United States?
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Do you think George W. Bush is among the 10 million Americans most qualified to be President of the United States?

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Sun Nov 16, 2003 at 02:55 PM PST

Melanie has a blog!

by Frederick

For those of you who liked the stuff posted by Melanie, formerly a guest host here, she has just started her own blog called Just a Bump in the Beltway.
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Sun Nov 02, 2003 at 06:11 PM PST

Another Iraq war whopper

by Frederick

On April 23, 2003, Andew Natsios, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, unequivocally told Ted Koppel on Nightline that the United States was going to spend no more than $1.7 billion max to rebuild Iraq.  An excerpt:

TED KOPPEL
(Off Camera) . . . I want to be sure that I understood you correctly. You're saying the, the top cost for the US taxpayer will be $1.7 billion. No more than that?

ANDREW NATSIOS
For the reconstruction. And then there's 700 million in the supplemental budget for humanitarian relief, which we don't competitively bid 'cause it's charities that get that money.

TED KOPPEL
(Off Camera) I understand. But as far as reconstruction goes, the American taxpayer will not be hit for more than $1.7 billion no matter how long the process takes?

ANDREW NATSIOS
That is our plan and that is our intention. And these figures, outlandish figures I've seen, I have to say, there's a little bit of hoopla involved in this.

Calpundit (from whom I stole this story) reports that for some strange reason this transcript apparently is no longer on the USAID's website. Surprise, surprise.  He got it from the Google cache.  Thank heaven for Google.

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Sun Nov 02, 2003 at 05:26 PM PST

Calling the Dog

by Frederick

Buster!
Come on, you Formidable Pharaoh of Fur,
King of Canines,
Baron of Beasts,
Prince of Pets,
Potentate of Pooches,
Monarch of Mongrels,
Maharajah of Mutts,
Sultan of Slobber,
Duke of Drool,
Wizard of Woof,
Avatar of Alliteration!
Busterella!
Dog of the Galaxy!
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Sun Nov 02, 2003 at 03:24 PM PST

Kos Baby Weight Poll

by Frederick

How much will Kos and Elisa's baby weigh?
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How much will Kos and Elisa's baby weigh?

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Sun Nov 02, 2003 at 03:17 PM PST

Kos Baby Gender Poll

by Frederick

What will the sex of Kos and Elisa's new baby be?
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Will Kos and Elisa's baby be a . . .?

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