Republican Brian Bilbray won the special election in California Tuesday to replace convicted bribe-taker Randy "Duke" Cunningham in a race that should have been closer than it was and one that should tell Democrats they still have their work cut out for them if they hope to recapture control the House and Senate in November.
Ann Coulter, the right-wing’s poster child for the dangers of anorexia and visible proof that excessive use of hair bleach can fry your brain, dished out her dirt on the Today Show Tuesday, promoting a new book where she attacks those who lost spouses in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
For a glimpse of how creative lobbyists can get when it comes to buying votes, consider the one who set up a retirement account for Tom DeLay’s wife and then pumped thousands of dollars into it.
It looks like our best (and maybe only) chance for halting the damage-doers before they shatter what is left of America’s global image is to hope that the nation’s most patriotic conservative hard-liners will be so outraged that they will rush into battle. These conservatives are our best hope because the leaders of the damage-doers are their ideological kin — a trio that has apparently confused being hard-line with being hardheaded: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the men he works for, President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Military investigations into alleged U.S. atrocities in Iraq, including the killings of 24 civilians at Haditha, shine the spotlight anew on a question raised by the abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib: How far up the chain of command should officials be held accountable, if the misconduct is confirmed?