Monthly Archives: October 2008

Lobbyist for Saddam gave $40,000 to Republican Senate and House Campaign Committees

John Venners, a Washington D.C. based public relations man who aided an influence effort to ease international economic sanctions against the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, made $40,000 in campaign contributions since 2004 to the Republican House and Senate Campaign … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , |

Waning days of the Bush presidency: New regulations to weaken environmental, consumer and civil liberties protections

My friend Emma Schwartz has this story out today about the last minute efforts by the Bush administration in its waning days to enact new federal regulations that weaken environmental, consumer, and civil liberties protections: The Bush administration is trying … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized |

“We all know who we are talking about….”

Posted in Uncategorized |

Robert Byrd not to go quietly into the night….

Senator Robert Byrd– 90 years old, the longest serving senator in the U.S. history, former Senate Majority Leader, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and as the president pro tem of the Senate is the third in line in constitutional … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , |

Elwyn Tinklenberg… seriously!

This from the Los Angeles Times: Reporting from Blaine, Minn. — Elwyn Tinklenberg is living the long-shot candidate’s political dream. There weren’t enough chairs for the volunteers crammed inside the four-room campaign office Wednesday morning. Every time aides hit “refresh” … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged |

John Dinges: McCain met with Chilean dictator without preconditions

This interesting story out late tonight form my friend John Dinges: John McCain, who has harshly criticized the idea of sitting down with dictators without pre-conditions, appears to have done just that. In 1985, McCain traveled to Chile for a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized |

Rick Hertzberg on the Voter Fraud Fraud

Below, Rick Hertzberg on the voter fraud fraud. There is, of course, no real substantiative evidence that this problem has been endemic. The issue has been revived by the Republican camp, obviously, to fire up the base and increase turnout. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , |

The McCain campaign responds to my Timmons story… sorta.

Via Satyah Khanna at Think Progress: Yesterday, Murray Waas revealed that the head of Sen. John McCain’s transition team, power lobbyist William Timmons, was involved in a lobbying effort on behalf of Saddam Hussein in the early 1990s “to ease … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , |

The Company He Keeps: How Bill Timmons’ partners grifted Saddam Hussein

McCain aide William Timmons’ partners’ in his influence effort on behalf of Saddam Hussein, whom I wrote about in my Huffington Post story today, were Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park. Vincent pled guilty to federal criminal charges that acted as … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , |

WP: Obama Widens Lead in Four Crucial Battleground States

From this morning’s Washington Post, mirroring the findings of polls by other news organizations: Obama holds double-digit margins over McCain in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin and carries a nine-point advantage over his Republican rival in Colorado, according to polling conducted … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized |