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  • CNN: Shimon Peres; with Zbigniew Brzezinski and former US amb. Thomas Pickering; Leahy vs Spector, capping it off with Governor Howard Dean. WoW!  What a line-up!! Way to go, CNN.

    This Week: Ted Kennedy vs Senator Flat Earth (Sam Brownback); then GM's CEO

    Meet the Press: James Risen on SpyGate;  Coward, John Cornyn throws away his liberties, while Chuck Schumer fights for all of us (IncumbentGate, WireGate, Scalito); then Feminism is debated: Kate Michelman takes on woman hater, Kate O'Beirne

    Face the Nation: Arlen Spector vs Give'm Hell Leahy, round II (EmperorGate)

    Foxx: Dianne Feinstein vs Lindsey Graham (Scalito, DelayGate), then Jane Harman on StalkerGate

    Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 09:18 PM PST.

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    •  First! and... (3.16)
      Al Rogers rocks! Usually read over coffee Sunday mornings, but I'm up late tonite...
    •  Can't Rethugs find a better puppet than Cornyn? (4.00)
      The man's becoming a joke even in Texas.  After he got his ass handed to him by Russ Feingold, I'm surprised he's got so little sense of shame as to appear again for the Recitation of the Talking Points.

      How pathetic has this ruling junta become? The best they can find to front for ScandAlito is Cornyn, and their spokestroll for their "ethics reform" effort is K Street Project enforcer Sen. Man-on-Dog.  

      I guess outsourcing the propaganda machine to the Marianas Islands and Russia has affected the quality of the slime produced.  

      -4.50, -5.85 Lies are the new Truth.

      by Dallasdoc on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 09:25:35 PM PST

      •  Might it be getting difficult to find someone? (4.00)
        Let's send Frist! Nope, under investigation. How about DeLay? No can do, under indictment. Then maybe Cunningham? No way, he's on the way to jail. Ok, how about Ney? Nuh, the indictment's almost ready.  Well, we could always send Doolittle? Nupe, messed up with the FDIC. Then perhaps we could send over Rove? No no no too much publicity from the Libby business. How about Hastert? Not available, he's too busy returning checks. Is Blunt on tap? Not this week, he's out arm twisting. So, who've we got whose not under indictment, under investigation, or under the spotlight?? (Weak voice from the back of the RNC office: "I'll get back to you...?)
        •  Whadda we got on Mike Pence? (4.00)
          Blunt is just Delay with a better suit but a less ruthless manner.  Boehner seems even more like a little Tom.  Pence seems to be the up-and-comer.  I fully expect the spotlight to fall on him soon.

          I think Republicans are torn now.  McCain is the obvious standard-bearer for ethics on their side (hypocritical poser though he is.)  But I don't think Republicans trust him to do the proper fig-leaf treatment on the source of their power.  They're caught between the Scylla of being the party of corruption, and the Charybdis of needing that corruption to keep the bribes flowing so they can keep churning out all that propaganda and graft that supports their machine.

          We all know the playbook.  I just wonder how long Run Right is going to keep gaining them first downs.

          -4.50, -5.85 Lies are the new Truth.

          by Dallasdoc on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 09:47:31 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Blunt's Boy? (4.00)
            OpenSecrets quick search yields the following:
            LEADERSHIP PACS 2001-2002
            Americans for a Republican Majority $10,000
            Conservative Victory Fund $6,580
            Freedom Works PAC $6,610
            Keep Our Majority PAC $8,000
            Rely on Your Beliefs PAC $9,959
            LEADERSHIP PACS 2003-2004
            American Success PAC $500
            Conservative Victory Fund $4,780
            Rely on Your Beliefs PAC $5,448
            LEADERSHIP PACS 2005-2006
            American Success PAC ($500)
            Conservative Victory Fund $1,341
            •  I googled Rely on your Beliefs PAC (4.00)
              ... and your  diary came up number one.  Congratulations!  Great piece of work, too.

              -4.50, -5.85 Lies are the new Truth.

              by Dallasdoc on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 11:37:37 PM PST

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              •  Thanks! (4.00)
                Pence is connected to the DeLay/Blunt group via the ARM and RYB PAC's. Those folks at RedState might want to take a deep breath, and do some checking at and other reporting groups before passing judgment on Pence's "cleanliness." Pence's also been leader of the Republican Study Committee, that wonderful group that brought us the insertion into the housing budget that said an organization that engaged in political activity (voting registration, etc.) could not apply for affordable housing funds.
          •  Redstate is calling for Pence. (none)
            For whatever that may be worth in gauging the barometer. They seem to think he's clean...
            •  Now there's an admission of guilt (4.00)
              So even the Kool-Aid Cocktail party over there is admitting that finding a leader who isn't up to his eyeballs in graft might just be, oh... seemly?  Must be hard for them to admit that.  Are they still portraying Tammany Tom as the victim of a partisan Democratic witch hunt?  (If only....)

              -4.50, -5.85 Lies are the new Truth.

              by Dallasdoc on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 11:06:34 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  I couldn't have made this up! (4.00)
                Take a gander at Think Progress and scroll down just a little way to the article on Republican corruption.

                The individual charged with providing the week long "ethics instruction" for new House members is the Chairman of the House Administration Committee (drum roll here): Bob Ney.

                •  that's great (4.00)
                  The 2006 Republican culture of corruption ads almost write themselves...

                  Disclaimer: No trees were harmed in the sending of this message; however, a significant number of electrons were slightly inconvenienced.

                  by mollyd on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 03:21:21 AM PST

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                •  Cut that out (none)
                  I almost had milk come out of my nose after reading that.  I guess that would explain why the Republican corruption is so wide-spread.

                  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. -- Daniel Patrick Monynihan

                  by Unstable Isotope on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 06:46:52 AM PST

                  [ Parent ]

              •  TT stays victimized (4.00)
                and heroic for being a good team player.  They know it's hard on him now, they care, they know their good ol' boy is doing the right thing, as usual. He needs to focus on clearing his name right now, hugs all 'round.

                They are being pretty straight that they need Pence, safe ground, etc.  But that is because the Dems are controlling the discussion right now (!?&$%#@!!!??), making things look like a republican corruption issue.

                Poor darlin's.

            •  RedState (none)
              is a paid-for propaganda site. It is nothing more or less than a launch pad for right-wing talking points. There are no true independent voices there, and because they would like everyone to think otherwise, they let real people post. However, any liberals who post there have to prostrate themselves to the point of spinelessness.

              I used to read and occassionally post there until I discovered this "unknown fact," and once I did, I stopped. Why help their traffic and add some pseudo-legitimacy to them with posts.

          •  I HATE PENCE! (4.00)
            What a fucking smug little inbread redheaded cracker!

            I was watching C-Span the night that the Repugs were in the process of Robbing America and running roughshod over the Democratic Process in Congress when they were voting on the "Deficit Reduction Package".

            If I had been on the House Floor I think I would have jumped over the Isle and just beat the shit out of him....

            The absolute poster child for southern right wing racist-evangelical- big business extremism.

            What a shithead.

        •  I'd say send Scotty.... (4.00)
          but he's still trying to get karateexplosions foot out of his ass

          "The pen is mightier than the sword, but only at a range of greater than five feet" Malaclypse the Younger

          by buhdydharma on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 10:53:23 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Maybe They Could Get (none)

          This aggression will not stand, man.

          by kaleidescope on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 06:29:50 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  A lot of RED going on? (none)
      (fairly aggressive in a movement for saving life?)

      What an excellent day for an Exorcism... SCI/Kenyon

      by DianeL on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 09:29:00 PM PST

    •  Pretty as a picture!! (4.00)

      New York City




      Champes Elysées

      Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

      The Reichstag







      Kuala Lumpur




      New Orleans


    •  Hell Ya!!!! Swearing, Damn it (4.00)

      This short documentary, on the history and sensibilities of cursing, serves as a nice complement to the recent obscenity forums, conducted by MSOC and Jeffery Friedman

      Click the Photo

    •  A Man's Dying Words (4.00)
      Written on the back of an insurance letter.


      •  The letter is almost too much to bear. (4.00)
        I'm thinking he was someone's daddy and husband, and even up to the end he was only thinking of them.  I could see my own dad writing something like that, and that's why it's so hard to look at...

        On another note (so obvious I'm ashamed of saying it), when Lindsay Lohan shares half a page with news of this gravity, no matter how shameless the paper (let's call it a rag), I hang my head that it's considered normal.  Oh well, back to Aruba!

      •  i have been crying all week over this (4.00)
        today they had that one news article about the one guy who wrote 3 separate notes at varying times - up to 10 hours after the explosion. it sounds like the last message came as he was not doing so well. i wonder how long they were unconscious for? such a tragedy. all for nothing. all for corporate greed, public ignorance, government corruption, and the media not doing their job.

        I re-did my website! See how pretty Daily Granola is now!

        by OrangeClouds115 on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 10:32:35 PM PST

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        •  And another reason (none)
          I haven't seen linked to those events: energy conservation. It's because we have a national mentality geared to wasting energy that makes their deaths, to me, even more sad.

          We need a national policy NOW to make people aware of the costs, human and financial, of careless use of energy. We need to work toward making this country energy self-sufficient. That would still mean use of coal and probably nuclear, but it would encourage people to make the connection between leaving on all the lights in an empty room and 12 deaths under a West Virginia mountain.

          Not saying a conservation policy would have prevented such deaths, but it might have reduced some the possibilities.

          The degree to which you resist injustice is the degree to which you are free. -- Utah Phillips

          by Mnemosyne on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 09:51:35 AM PST

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    •  Finally! (4.00)
      Don't you know you're keeping me from my beauty rest Al?  

      Can't go to bed without seeing this though.

      "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 2200+ dead Americans. Jesus Christ, make it stop already.

      by Miss Blue on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 10:02:47 PM PST

      •  You don't wear one of those green masks.. (4.00) bed, do ya Miss Blue?

        Those things are so funny - it's the aloe, right?

        Actually I picture you running around 'da house in a tank top and boxers, siting on your back porch, cooling your body with a persperating glass of ice tea, gently lifting a cube and sliding it slowly over your neck, down your shoulders, and over your arms, as it quickly melts into your palm.   All drained and all outta ice, your kick your heels up, just as peggy lee's voice steams outtaa of 'ya radio, singing in unison as you take time to admire your pedicure, returning to your erica jong poetry, wondering who will put out your fire.

        ..... :P

        •  Oh my! (4.00)
          I may have to take a shower!  

          There is more to you than meets the eye Al!  Have you considered writing romance novels?  

          Thanks for the wake-up, lol.  Some poor man in MI is in for it today.

          "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 2200+ dead Americans. Jesus Christ, make it stop already.

          by Miss Blue on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 05:14:30 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  I thought you knew? (none)
            Of all people.... :^)

            You didn't notice the passion and desire ?

            I'm a regular chatter box...but not about news.  Funny...huh?  I read and see it all, but when Shrub was reinstalled it took a lot out of me.  I didn't pick up a paper, turn on the news, or go to a news site for 2 ½ months.  Even here, my last entry was on 10/30/04 and I didn't come back until 1/15/05.  I found out about the tsunami by accident - a lot of non-news blogs loaded clips.  I only came back because a Deaniac called and told me the Governor was running for the Chairmanship.  I'd take a bullet for HoHo.  But the detachment returned sometime this July.  I could literally feel it.  So aside from Sunday Talk, I've only done a couple diaries.   But anything else, just try and stop me.

            While I don't say a lot on Sunday talk - can't, it's hard to comment on a upcoming program - the clips and shots I select say a lot.  And they reflect a lot of passion and desire - whether it's a couple holding hands, a Sunflower in the field, or people rollerblading across my Brooklyn.

            gotta to later.

    •  Wesley Clark on FOX News Sunday, approx 11:15am ET (4.00)
      Fighting the good fight once again!
    •  shows (4.00)
      I'll tune in for Teddy Kennedy on This Week, and James Risen on MTP. Was just reading about them tonight.

      Kossack ChesterCrat posted an article on Alito by Kennedy in today's Washington Post.
      Alito's Credibility Problem
      By Edward M. Kennedy
      Frank Rich mentions Risen and his book "State of War" in his column this week.
      Maccabee did a diary.

      I don't get CNN, but I bet I know where I can get a bit of a rundown of Dean's appearance tomorrow.

      Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

      by OLinda on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 10:15:01 PM PST

    •  Forever Relevant - MLK (4.00)

      Jan. 09, 2006

      Mar. 19, 1965

      Jan. 03, 1964 -Time's Person of the Year

      Feb. 18, 1957

    • Links to this week's cover story (right hand column)

    • And a photo essay - here


      •  MLK (none)
        I guess everyone knows Martin Luther King's birthday is observed Monday the 16th. Denver often has a parade and rally. I'd like to go this year. It's a day off too, so possible!

        Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

        by OLinda on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 10:48:34 PM PST

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      •  Forever Ostracized (4.00)
        The man is virtually beamed up out of history from the Lincoln Memorial steps in 1963.

        One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: "This is not just." It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say: "This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: "This way of settling differences is not just." This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.  

        Fortunately, you never read this.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 11:39:56 PM PST

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        •  The man was a prophet indeed. (4.00)
          Thanks, Gooserock.  I've never seen this but I'm glad to be reading it now and I plan to copy it and send it far and wide.

          "Guilty or not guilty?" "What else have you got?" ~Carl Sandburg, The People Yes

          by Bugsby on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 12:50:13 AM PST

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          •  I also believe that MLK was a prophet (4.00)
            I am actually so saddened (even a little disappointed) that his daughter, his wife, Jesse Jackson, Abernathy, John Lewis and others did not pick up his mantle.

            Of course I respect any and all choices that they made. I recognize that many, if not all, of them did carry on (John Lewis has been in the House for how long?) but, for the most part, it was no longer a movement. The NAACP is reviled by some and ignored by others-this is somewhat overstated.

            I look at the photographs of his last days, and I laugh at George Bush who says today's America and the world is somehow more dangerous than it was in the middle to late 60's.  

            We had a hot war, a cold war, the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, black power, white power, etc.  There were soldiers in many of our cities and towns pointing their weapons at a part of the population, military vehicles on patrol and riots in the streets. But, George Bush says now is much worse.

            I am in no way condemning those who were with MLK, I just wish we had our own MLK. I understand that he left some pretty big shoes to fill, and I know that there are many people still trying to get us to the Promised Land.

            Anyway, I guess I just have to say thanks Al for reminding us of how great a man he was and is.  

            •  By the way (4.00)
              I forget to mention John Conyers.

              Rep. Conyers is truly a voice from the wilderness.

              Conyers is one of the few, if not the only, leaders in the House who has kept the drumbeat alive. Okay, Louise Slaughter has been with him I believe.  Cany someone name some others?

              Thank you Congressman Conyers.

              But, we haven't heard from you in a while.  

        •  MLK (none)
          Thanks for giving me a real Sunday morning sermon. I wish I had the courage to stand up in St Marie's and read out this piece, instead of listening to the usual mindless waffle of our priest.

          Malcolm in the UK

          Men are from Mars, Women from Venus and Bush from Ur-anus!!

          by malc19ken on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 02:38:30 AM PST

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    •  Thank you, Al (none)
      Beautiful pictures. You finally got this dialupper to turn off pictures though! Of course I loaded them and enjoyed them, but now they are off for a couple posts. :)

      Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

      by OLinda on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 10:26:40 PM PST

    •  love how they are having (4.00)
      feinstein as their "liberal" ... I'd love to have a show with Barbara Boxer debating Jim Jeffords as the "conservative"

      I re-did my website! See how pretty Daily Granola is now!

      by OrangeClouds115 on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 10:30:35 PM PST

    •  I'll have to rush home from church (none)
      to catch Ho Ho on Late Edition!

      Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D. IMPEACH

      by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 11:27:10 PM PST

    •  Sunday talk or Al's pictures? (none)
      Jeez, Al, what's up this week?
    •  Returned campaign contributions (4.00)
      Isn't this an interest-free loan?

      Returning the money is pointless.

      The money was needed BEFORE the election to buy lots of smear ads and intimidate voters.

      It's like a ponzi scheme.  Abramoff's actual dollars are gone and spent in stealing the election.  

      Other dollars, donated after the election, are the dollars actually being returned.

      No American left behind - in civil rights, in health care, in the economy.

      by JLFinch on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 11:45:03 PM PST

    •  I'm interested in seeing (4.00)
      Risen on MTP.  It'll be interesting to see how many WH talking points Tim turns into questions for Risen.

      There's so much to talk about this weekend, Alito, Delay, Abramhoff, the Dukester wearing a wire, Ney lecturing the Republican congress on ethics, Sharon, the deadly attacks of the last couple of days in Iraq, NSA spying.  Pshew.  I don't see how they'll get it all in.

      Just because a person has faith doesn't mean that he isn't full of crap.-- Pastordan

      by Maggie Mae on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 12:07:24 AM PST

    •  When is someone going (4.00)
      to do a diary on China dumping dollars??

      Spending out-of-control & massive debt, selling our public lands! How long before Bushco files for bankruptcy?

      by mattes on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 12:17:45 AM PST

    •  Follow the money. (none)
      What charities?

      Whose charity is taking this money?

      Can they prove it?

      I'm not sure if this is all orchestrated.  Money is flowing all over Washington DC right now.  Dirty money.  And everyone has filthy palms.  It's time we followed the money.

      Enough is enough is enough.

    •  Live, as it was reported -- W.V Disaster (4.00)

      A family member reports (live, on the air) that the miners are dead and not alive to a stunned Anderson Cooper

      Click the Photo

    •  Speaking of "Off to a fast start..." (none)
      Just ordered my copy of Crashing the Gate and can't help but wonder how close the special edition is to being sold out. Any figures given lately on how many of the 10,000 have been sold?

      Would love to see an incentive graphic like the one for the Kos convention. Those of us who love this blog have a vested interest in the success of this book.

      "Guilty or not guilty?" "What else have you got?" ~Carl Sandburg, The People Yes

      by Bugsby on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 01:20:56 AM PST

      •  I ordered mine last night (none)
        at 3:30 am, can't wait to recieve it.  Then it will go to my kids to read,  and friends, and THEY HAD BETTER RETURN IT, OR THEY WILL BE DEAD!

        ( that is a message to you, son!)

        On a planetary scale, habitat and life are interchangeable.

        by libbys mom on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 02:44:59 AM PST

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    •  lovely (none)
      "CNN: Shimon Peres"

      So we'll be treated to thoughts from the mass murderer of Qana on the pending demise of the mass murderer of Sabra and Shatila.

      I wouldn't want to miss that.

      "Remember, we are here but by the grace of plate tectonics... Just some perspective, apply it to your idealogies as you will." -- read in a comment by roboton

      by DoDi on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 02:47:28 AM PST

      •  I understand the way you feel about Sharon (4.00)
        I never liked him either but at time like this we all should be more forgiving and be praying for his redemption because that should be what differentiate us from the fire and brimstone preachers like Pat Robertson, etc.
        •  forgive Sharon? (none)
          Are you always so forgiving of those who commit ethnic cleansing of innocent civilians, or when this is done to Palestinians?

          "Remember, we are here but by the grace of plate tectonics... Just some perspective, apply it to your idealogies as you will." -- read in a comment by roboton

          by DoDi on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 10:41:48 AM PST

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    •  Please recommend this diary.............. (none)
      Not mine and not for me - for Krago and the crew working so hard to get their voices heard.

      by JohnT [Subscribe]
      Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 08:45:51 PM EDT

      Impeach Campaign ON THE ROAD UPDATES from The Freeway Blogger:

      If it talks like an R, VOTES like an R, it is an R even if it has a D after its name.

      by dkmich on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 03:09:14 AM PST

    •  I am breathless but I have just enough Oxygen in (4.00)
      to say thank you Al. Kos and you are paving the way for the next generation of journalism. Al you are great as usual. The pictures were just entertaining. I did not stay up this year to watch the New Year festivities around the globe but you have summarized so well. Thanks again, buddy. Your work is just breathtaking. God Bless you, my friend.
    •  Sunday on Air America Radio (4.00)
      For our new visitors. Check out Air America Radio!
      A few of the shows this Sunday:

      The Al Franken Show
      7-10AM ET(rebroadcast)

      The Thom Hartmann Program
      Sundays 10AM-1pm ET

      Politically Direct with David Bender
      2-3PM ET

      (Toby Ziegler will be on!)

      This weekend on Politically Direct former Connecticut Senator, Lowell Weicker and actor, writer and producer Richard Schiff sit down with David Bender to talk about the N.S.A. Spying on Americans, the war in Iraq, Jack Abramoff and other debacles facing the Bush administration.

      Ring of Fire with Bobby Kennedy
      3-5PM ET (rebroadcast)

      Capitol Hill veteran Stan Brand, former general counsel to the House of Representatives, predicts how the Abramoff bribery scandal will affect the Bush White House, Congress, lobbyists -- and the reputation of the federal prosecutors.  Investigative reporter Dave Lindorff tells scary tales of the neo-con war on civil liberties from his book, This Can't be Happening:  Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy.   And Sheila Kaplan of Mother Jones looks at a whistle-blower lawsuit at Boeing, accused of making workers install defective parts in jets.

      Stream and see more program listings here.

      Check for a local station here.

      Your local programming may be different.

      Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

      by OLinda on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 04:40:09 AM PST

      •  Thanks (none)
        Didn't know about that lineup on Sundays - have listened to TH via online stream during weekdays.

        I've been thinking that it's time to look for post-holiday sales on satellite radios.  Now have to figure out which to get - XM or Sirius.  I wish they would merge or create an easy way to get both!  I think it would benefit everyone involved - and until there's some commonality the medium suffers.

        There's a revolution going on there, on satellite radio.

        "Let him that would move the world first move himself." --Socrates

        by joanneleon on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 05:19:31 AM PST

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      •  I am so bummed.... (none)
        The station listed for Air America in San Antonio is a low-wattage affair outside the city and almost impossible to pick up.  In the car it fades in and out with lots of static, and in the house it's non-existent.

        And as for satellite radio, it's really confusing, what with XM and Sirius both offering programming I want.  And no matter what I eventually choose, I can see it becoming very expensive.

        So what's a non-techie girl to do?!

        (-5.25, -7.95) "Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price." - Joan Didion

        by SueDe on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 06:51:51 AM PST

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          •  Not going to be easy in the car, (none)
            but at least it's possible since I got a connection card for my laptop from Sprint.

            My PC in the house is on a dial-up connection (nothing else available where I live), and impossible to listen to streaming audio or watch video.

            Let's see...I can connect my laptop in the house and perch it on my desk to listen to Air America while I use the PC to do my work.  Yeah, that'll work.

            What a mess.

            (-5.25, -7.95) "Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price." - Joan Didion

            by SueDe on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 07:45:12 AM PST

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            •  Download Air America from I tunes on an I Pod (none)
              And take it with you everywhere.

              "Loyalty to your country always. Loyalty to your government when they deserve it." Mark Twain

              by MontanaMaven on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 09:21:47 AM PST

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              •  Podcast (none)
                I haven't gotten into podcasts yet.  Quick question - podcasts are just MP3 audio files right?  So I don't need an iPod (or to borrow my son's) to listen  - I can download it to a laptop also and listen on any MP3 audio player?

                Damn, I should have been doing this for a year now instead of streaming, when listening to a broadcast that's already finished.

                "Let him that would move the world first move himself." --Socrates

                by joanneleon on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 09:45:34 AM PST

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                •  YUP! (none)
                  I'm listening to The Majority Report from last week right now.
                  Then a little Laura Flanders.  Then some Young Turks...
                  Some of life is really good

                  "Loyalty to your country always. Loyalty to your government when they deserve it." Mark Twain

                  by MontanaMaven on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 11:44:04 AM PST

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        •  Air America + XM Radio (none)
          You want XM Radio if you want to listen to Air America. The only thing good on Sirius is Howard Stern if that's important to you.
    •  Matthews (none)
      In case anyone's interested. I usually watch; don't ask me why.

      The Chris Matthews Show - NBC

      Elisabeth Bumiller -- New York Times
      Pete Williams -- NBC News
      Gloria Borger -- CBS News
      Howard Fineman -- Newsweek Magazine




      (Please excuse the caps; I cut and pasted)

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      by OLinda on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 04:50:06 AM PST

      •  I finally got fed up enough (none)
        that I now boycott him.

        "Let him that would move the world first move himself." --Socrates

        by joanneleon on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 05:38:47 AM PST

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        •  Chris (4.00)
          Well, I sure understand that! I still record Hardball while I'm at work, then sometimes watch it sometimes don't. Every now and then I'll see a remark on dKos about a certain show that makes me want to tune it for part of it and I'm glad I've recorded.

          Mostly though I think none of us gets anything out of it. It's just a bunch of guesses about things we already know more about than Chris or the guests. You never learn anything new or hear a new thought.

          When you hear who is on, you know exactly what they will say.

          His show on Sundays is sometimes better than Hardball. Sometimes. The guests help and change each week. I don't know who a couple of them are this week.

          Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

          by OLinda on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 05:57:33 AM PST

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        •  Good for you (4.00)
          Matthews is so pathetic.

          Where is David Gregory?

          And, for that matter, how come no Sunday talk show has ever discussed Coingate?

          By the way is Bob Ney related to the Repub. Governor in Ohio enmeshed in his own scandal?

      •  Oh boy - Bumiller (4.00)
        Gee we'll get to know what kind of haircut Laura's gonna have this year.  Useless putz that bumiller is.

        BTW How soon into the DeLay segment did Tweety mention that Hilary had to give back money.  I'm guessing it was in his intro to the segment.  I'm also guessing that he brought it up at least twice during the show.

        Of course I could be wrong...well actually no, I'm sure I'm not.

    •  Ah the Sunday morning news shows (4.00)
      I can't wait...much-needed levity...

      "The country's sliding toward fascism, Congress doesn't count anymore, Republicans fund their noise machine through bribes and graft..ah ha ha ha ha, that's just Washington! Let us all continue yukking it up. Cause if there's still a cocktail party on Thursday night, we're not really fascist yet, right? I mean, things for us - the haves and the have mores - have never been better. I don't know what you're talking about. Someone is spying on me? Well, I have nothing to hide. Because they know that I'm going to keep any really important secrets - any information damaging to this great government - I'm going to keep that held real close, right here. Public'll never know. So go ahead - spy! It's necessary, because maybe in between surveilling vegans and annoying peace activists, they could actually sweep up a couple of terrists!

      Don't take it so seriously, Washington's a funny town, you'd have to be one of us to understand it. If you're not, well, just listen to what we tell you if you can follow. Trust us, we're right. Don't listen to the blogs. They do research? With documents that are readily available to anyone, including the press? Research Schmesearch! Why do I need research when I have the source right here - Jon Cornyn! He said it best - those rights you claim to love so much won't matter when you're dead. So bury your head in between your knees and take comfort knowing we've got it under control. Next week Ken Mehlman's coming on. Now we know he'll speak the plain truth to us. Those Democrats SAY they care about civil liberties, but they're just a part of the fringe MoveOn element of the left. Crazies like John Murtha and Harry Reid. I think I saw them getting high and playing the bongo drum nekkid at Matt McConaughey's house in Texas one night! I think, I'm not totally sure...well, someone told me that. Okay, Scott McClellan told me that. I'm not sure how he knew, maybe he was there ... oh my, I can't believe I just betrayed Scott's trust like that. He is gonna be so pissed at me. He might uninvite me to his cocktail party. Then how am I going to do all my reporting???

      So stay tuned, we're chronicling the demise of the free people of the United States of America. Just like we do every week. See you next week...if the state doesn't take over television by then!"

      •  I was at that party (none)
        Crazies like John Murtha and Harry Reid. I think I saw them getting high and playing the bongo drum nekkid at Matt McConaughey's house in Texas one night!

        along with Cindy Sheehan and Micheal Moore...

        "I ain't no physicist, but I knows what matters"-Popeye

        by keefer55 on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 09:04:02 AM PST

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    •  'Media's most embarrassing moments of 2005' (4.00)
      Oh, so much to choose from.... but Norman Solomon dives into the mud for the San Francisco Chronicle and picks his most shameful media actions of the past year.

      You'll probably find a few although not all of your 'favorites' in there, including Woodward, Miller and O'Reilly.

    •  Listening to Russert's Thug Talking Points (4.00)
      disguised as questions.


      is he that stupid?

      I think O'Reilly is stupid - he really does believe the thug line-o-crap du jour, but, he might be "smart" enough to know that it is a lot more profitable being a synchophant for the rich than just another under/unpaid voice against the rich.

      when rove and lutz are thinking up their talking points, do they have to figure out how to present the points such that dummies like russert think the thoughts are analysis, OR

      do they know that russert will pretend to be hard hitting and analytical while framing all questions in a light that works with the thug line of crap du jour?

      enquiring minds ...

      russert: dumb, corrupt, or a little of both.


      Grassroots Organizing Should Be for The Community, By The Community - NOT for "Leaders"

      by rmdSeaBos on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 06:26:23 AM PST

      •  agreed (none)
        Russert is a disgrace.  

        As the crap hits the fan, and Russert keeps trying to spin -- and avoid the REAL stories -- he's outing himself more and more as an inside-the-Beltway whore for power.

        Specifically, REPUBLICAN power.

    •  has kate michelman had a stroke ???? (none)
      she keeps stumbling over words and starting sentences.

      this is the first time I have heard her speak / be interviewed, so I don't know if this is the norm or if she's had some medical issue, what is happening is sad.

      she is clearly smart - glib and fast isn't there.


      Grassroots Organizing Should Be for The Community, By The Community - NOT for "Leaders"

      by rmdSeaBos on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 06:44:35 AM PST

    •  Tom Coburn (R-OK) on C-Span Book TV (none)
      Sen. Coburn has a new book, "Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders," which he is summarizing for the Claire Booth Luce ladies luncheon.

      Apparently he's willing to vote for a tax increase, "as soon as the waste, fraud and abuse in federal spending is taken care of" and how this should be a bi-partisan effort.

      He is now quoting Martin Luther King, Jr.  I may not be able to listen to the rest of this, as I'm searching for something heavy to hurl at the TV....

      (-5.25, -7.95) "Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price." - Joan Didion

      by SueDe on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 07:30:46 AM PST

    •  Screw you, Timmy (none)
      His "was it a political decision" question should be shoved sideways up his brainless butt.

      Sorry...I'm a quart low on coffee so I'm a bit inarticulate.

    •  Mine Disaster (none)
      I'm busy clicking between all these show and never heard anyone mention the 12 miners and the tragedy of non-union mine operations.  Did I miss it somewhere?

      "Don't step back; step up." John Edwards - The politics of hope not cynicism

      by Cowqueen on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 07:57:04 AM PST

      •  This Week (none)
        George mentioned them. Said funerals were being held for 4 of them today (IIRC). Showed some scenes of impromptu memorials and other pictures. Mentioned that the one survivor started doing well enough to at least be transferred to a hospital near his home.

        Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

        by OLinda on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 10:53:23 AM PST

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    •  Where's Biden? (none)
      Holy Cow, Batman.
    •  I'm so over all the lies and spin, (4.00)
       and inane talking points posed as questions.

      Look at this from the Guardian/Observer today: Scandal of force-fed prisoners--Hunger strikers are tied down and fed through nasal tubes, admits Guantánamo Bay doctor, and notice how it's not he said, he said, but about facts. This is what we need in our media--and we need far less Russert, who just repeats GOP Talking Points all the time.
      I haven't seen anything on it in the Times or the Washington Post (not even with "he said, he said"), nor have i heard anyone at all on TV news talk about it--or anything of factual substance.

      Jon Stewart needs to go on Meet the Press and do what he did to CNN.

    •  c-span (none)
      Ruth Connif of the Progressive magazine was on Washington Journal this morning.  She was great but unfortunately was on eith that dreaded Mona Charen.  Anybody watch?
      •  I watched it but turned it off because I just (none)
        cannot stand Mona Charen she is so unethical and a liar. She kept interrupting Ruth Connif rudely with statements that were not supported by facts. She was really nauseating in my view so I turned it off.
      •  Tried to watch (none)
        But Mona Charen gave me the creeps--really-- I got shivers.
        Her statement that "this administration has been quite clean" was one that Ruth didn't handle well, in fact, could only roll her eyes.
        I empathize with Ruth.  Sometimes the lies are so huge that rolling eyes and mouth gaping open in shock is the first response.   Unfortunately we don't have the luxury of eye rolling.
        You need to be calm and in the moment and jab right back with "What about a certain Scooter Libby?"  What about David Sevafian?
        What about Susan Ralston working for Rove and Bush?  What about secret meetings with big oil? What about others talking about Valerie Plame?  What about Michael Brown? Ruth needs to work on her responses.  She finally really threw a good punch when she said that if being a liberal was someone concerned with civl liberties, then she was proud to be a liberal.  Conservatives like Charen use:
        --Orwellian blaming the other side for something that your side does
        --Filibustering when you don't have a good answer like when asked why the Prez just didn't get a legal warrant.

        "Loyalty to your country always. Loyalty to your government when they deserve it." Mark Twain

        by MontanaMaven on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 09:35:53 AM PST

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    •  Law and Order: Political Operatives Unit (none)
      With lots of news to be ripped from the headlines, perhaps the best way for the work-weary public to keep up with it would be a new TV series.
         It would describe why the police are so quick to lock up peaceful protesters at political conventions; yet go easy in questioning and sentencing on politically-connected operatives. Instead of the detectives grilling the suspects, the interview scenes will show how political pressure is applied to the chief of police and the judges. Might breathe some life into the reality-TV genre. Fiction should try to compete with real life; otherwise one would be stranger than the other.
      The Sunday Talks had a bit of Doomsday Talk about the middle east; wherein Likud and Hamas "make a deal" to increase tensions...just to keep the extremes "at the center" of middle east politics...  

      And amazingly, the American Talk Show Likudnics seem to agree with this!

      The operative idea is apparently that Israel is going to attack Iran...concerning the nuclear bomb building that is supposedly going on there.

      Now, ANY attack on Iran by Israel would surely make Bush's role in Iraq..."problematic."  

      Since the Shia are strongly under the influence of Iran...there would likely be an INSURGENCY ON STEROIDS if Israel should attack unilaterally...  

      And alas, unilateral action seems to be the "legacy" of Sharon going forward.

      There was some hope that both the Likud and Hamas would "behave" and that the NEW CENTER would develop in Israel that was willing and able to move on a two state solution...and some West Bank pullouts...  Let us ONLY hope!


      Seperately, the notion of Sharon becoming the next "Terry Shiavo" And..."living" on in a "brain damaged" condition is a horrible end for this man...  Hopefully, someone in the family will have the good sense to just pull the plug...and allow Sharon to exit on a high note...

      More Content, Less Chat.

      by BALTHAZAR on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 01:25:37 PM PST

    •  Yeah Freddy is still around... (none)
      For those who do not know. Freddy is an old man who attends every Yankee game.  He romes Yankee Stadium with that sign (Freddy "sez" something different every time) and that stupid dish or pan screwd to the sign, and a spoon to hit it with.  He walks the stadium and lets every kid who is sitting within armslength of the concorse hit the pan with the spoon.  When he walks around you hear people yell "Freddy".  Days at Yankee stadium with dad (even though I am a die hard Mets Fan), seeing Freddy and buying my first beer off of Cousin Brewski (Get a Buz from the 'Cuz) is what makes childhood great.

      New Jersey...It's not as bad as it sounds.

      by njmitch on Mon Jan 09, 2006 at 06:10:23 AM PST

    •  aeou test (none)

      State of the GOP Scandals

      Funny clip of Bush saying "Jack Abramoff, who?" Also, a look at the other pending criminal investigations: PlameGate, Delay, Ney, Da' Dukester, ...and Evil Dick.

      Click the Photo

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