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Friday, March 24, 2023

Bush and the Jesus Juggernaut

Thanks to one good judge we will soon discover which evangelical power brokers made the pilgrimage to The Holy House of George and how often they got down and diety with the our most pious president. Anyone want to place bets on whether Rev. Ted Haggard is on the list?

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More bad news for Hillary?

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton tops the list of “anti” candidates in a poll that asks Americans who they would most want to keep out of the White House, The Washington Times reported on Wednesday.

Forty-percent of Americans said they would vote against Clinton, a New York Democrat, according to a Fox 5-The Washington Times-Rasmussen Reports poll.

Clinton scored more than twice the total of the No. 2 “anti” pick, Republican Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor.

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Another legal loss for Bush

White House visitor logs are public documents, a federal judge ruled Monday, rejecting a legal strategy that the Bush administration had hoped would get around public records laws and let them keep their guests a secret.

The ruling is a blow to the Bush administration, which has fought the release of records showing visits by prominent religious conservatives.

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Calling the Obama kettle black

Bill Clinton says Sen. Barack Obama is a highly ambitious, political prodigy who is asking voters to “roll the dice” and elect him president.

He should know — that’s a fair description of Clinton when he sought the presidency in 1992.

The fact that the former president is stealing a page from the same Republican playbook used against him 15 years ago underscores the threat Obama poses to the candidacy of Clinton’s wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

It also illustrates Clinton’s penchant for rewriting history.

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Senate considers spending bill

The Senate is poised to take up a $516 billion measure to fund 14 Cabinet agencies and troops in Afghanistan, with President Bush likely to sign the measure if his GOP allies can add up to $40 billion for the war in Iraq.

Senate leaders would like to wrap up debate Tuesday, though GOP conservatives may balk, unhappy with spending above Bush’s budget and a secretive process that produced a 1,482-page bill with almost 9,000 pet projects sought by lawmakers.

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A clear moral issue

In this Christmas season of peace, love and goodwill, we find ourselves debating, in Washington and on the presidential campaign trail, whether torture is ever justified. And whether waterboarding, an ancient interrogation method favored by the Nazis and prosecuted as a crime by the United States for a century, constitutes torture. Of course waterboarding is torture, even if our attorney general can’t bring himself to say so, and it is illegal under U.S. law and the Geneva Conventions.

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If not torture, then what?

The dilemma is of such magnitude that there really may never be a satisfactory answer or solution that doesn’t leave us all losers one way or the other. We can forgo any form of interrogation that might be interpreted as torture and risk missing an opportunity to save lives or we can use long discredited methods and give up the moral high ground that we always have claimed in the “home of the free and the land of the brave.

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Adding up to real money

Everybody knows Uncle Sam is running in the red and has been for a long time. Still, it’s a shock to learn how much in the red.

The blandly titled “Financial Report of the United States Government” says that the gap between what the government promised under Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other social insurance programs and the money on hand to pay for it is $45 trillion over the next 75 years. That’s ‘t’ for trillion as in the entire annual gross domestic product of the United States for this year being around $14 trillion.

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Faith and reason in politics

On Dec. 6, during a speech in College Station, Texas, Republican presidential candidate George Romney assured America that his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a private matter, without implications that should worry anyone about his fitness for the presidency. Some commentators and columnists regretted that he felt a need for such a speech, at all, recalling a similar speech by John F. Kennedy about his Catholicism. That action should have put to rest 40 years ago the matter of religion’s place in politics.

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