More at http://www.theuptake.org Minnesota's US Senate seat is very much in play this year with Republican US Senator Norm Coleman's approval ratings hovering well below the 50% level. You may remember Senator Coleman as the designated "attack dog" on TV for the Republican party during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. During his 5 years in office he has strongly supported the Bush administration on nearly every major issue, which has made him the target of many progressive groups.
On Wednesday, protesters pretending to be representatives of the health industry, big oil and other "special interests" were lined up with thank you signs outside Republican Norm Coleman's US Senate Campaign Headquarters.
Inside, Republican Senator Coleman announced his bid for a second term. Coleman emphasized his optimism and his record, both as mayor of St. Paul and as a senator, in an effort to differentiate himself from likely Democratic nominee Al Franken.
Sports were mentioned frequently, particularly hockey. Coleman took several swipes at Franken without mentioning him by name.
Coleman said he was going to "work to bring people together to get things done" and attempted to portray himself as a non-partisan.
With lofty and legitimate objectives, the Bush administration initiative called "No Child Left Behind" has become a major controversy among educators, parents and administrators. Is it working? Who is benefiting and who is being hurt? Nationally recognized and awarded principal, Robin Welch, will help us understand the intent and execution of the program. Robin will share his opinion on the merits and limitations of the initiative and what the future looks like with this program in a shifting political arena. Mom Matters is 10 easy to watch anytime minutes of practical advice for more productive parenting. For more information, visit us at www.mom-matters.com
Described by The Washington Post as "the most powerful man in Washington you've never heard of," Mark J. Penn is the worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller. He was pollster to President Clinton and is adviser to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, numerous corporations, and 25 foreign heads of state, including Colombia.
Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief strategist, Mark Penn, apologized for meeting with Colombian officials pushing a free trade agreement that the presidential candidate opposes.
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the strategist, Mark Penn, met Monday with Colombia's ambassador to the United States. Clinton advisers said Penn's meetings were not connected to the campaign, but part of his job as chief executive of the lobbying and public relations firm Burson-Marsteller Worldwide.
But a Clinton adviser said the candidate was not happy to learn about the meeting, and Penn issued a statement expressing regrets.
"The meeting was an error in judgment that will not be repeated and I am sorry for it," Penn said in a written statement. "The senator's well-known opposition to this trade deal is clear and was not discussed."
Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said the candidate has not discussed the Colombian deal with Penn.
"Senator Clinton's opposition to the Colombian Trade Deal is clear and she will be voting against it," Singer said.
The Colombian government is trying to secure congressional passage of the agreement signed in 2006 by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and the Bush administration.
According to Justice Department filings, Colombia agreed last year to pay Burson-Marsteller $300,000 to help "educate members of the U.S. Congress and other audiences" about the trade deal and secure continued U.S. funding for the $5 billion anti-narcotics program Plan Colombia.
Clinton told the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO that the United States needs new trade policies before it has new trade deals. "That includes no trade deal with Colombia" she said.
Penn's political consulting firm, Penn, Schoen & Berland, has been paid $10.8 million so far by Clinton's campaign.
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Hillary Clinton claims a lead in the popular vote, Congressman James Clyburn criticizes the Clintons, and John McCain criticizes the Bush administration in New Orleans.
So Long, Lurita
Your Daily Politics Video Blog: With the parade of stuttering, parsing and forgetting witnesses that the Bush administration has produced, it can be easy to take such performances for granted. But we'll never forget General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan. That's because when it came to testifying before Congress, Doan was something special.
The Kentucky Derby, the election and the Bush administration are all wrapping up and in no case is it pretty.
On this edition of Daily Greens, learn why conservative groups are not pleased with the Bush Administration. We also take a look at how America and China are alike, in ways that we aren't proud of, and find out why the Philadelphia Phillies are truly champions in our eyes.
Soros Blames 'Super-Bubble' on Reagan
Billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros says Ronald Reagan is to blame for the credit crisis and that the Bush administration is not doing enough to stop rising foreclosures.
I don't know who Roger Waters supports in this election, but this song from his 1987 album 'Radio KAOS' perfectly illustrates the both the dark age of the Bush administration, as well as the hope for a better future which Senator Obama brings to America and to the world. When Senator Obama delivered his historical Philadelphia address, this song instantly came to mind, so I decided to create this mash-up as a tribute to everyone who is helping and hoping to turn the tide.
Hey, Wha' Hoppened?
Your Daily Politics Video Blog: In his bombshell new book, What Happened, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan lashes out at his old employer in a massive Bush-administration-wide bus-throwing-under. Better late than never? To assist Mr. McClellan with his big media sales push, we thought we might go back and revisit some of the lowlights from back when what he said actually mattered.
If you want to check the phone records to find somebody - by using their phone number. Then just visit the site above. Even the man in the Bush Administration collected the phone records of all US citizens. Why don't you?
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Bush administration applies pressure to accept security pact, but Iraqis from all parties reluctant
Despite its recent 5-4 rejection of the legal basis for the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the Supreme Court may flip back to support the Bush administration's views on executive power. Steven Wax, a Federal Public Defender who represents seven Gitmo prisoners, is in the middle of this Constitutional maelstrom.
Former White House Press secretary Scott McClellan testified before the House Judiciary Committee supporting allegations made in his recent book about the Bush administration.
On June 26, 2008, John Yoo and David Addington, two leading architects of the Bush administration's policies on torture, testified before the House Judiciary Committee. Even seemingly simple questions yielded evasive answers.
http://www.disclose.tv/viewvideo/5801/ In a secret report last year, the Red Cross found evidence of the CIA using torture on prisoners that would make the Bush administration guilty of war crimes, The New York Times reported Friday. The Red Cross determined the culpability of the Bush administration after interviewing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, according to the article. Prisoner Abu Zubaydahwho said he had been waterboarded, andquot;slammed against the wallsandquot; and confined in boxes andquot;so small he said he had to double up his limbs in the fetal position.andquot; The information comes from a new book written by Jane Meyer, who has frequently published articles concerning counter-terrorism in The New Yorker. The book is titled andquot;The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals,andquot; and will be released next week. Mayer cited andquot;sources familiar with the reportandquot; to explain the confidential document as a warning andquot;that the abuse constituted war crimes, placing... Truth revealed by http://www.disclose.tv