19 Aug 2008

Anti-Regulation Crusader Shortlisted for Regulatory Post at DOE

A senior aide to Dick Cheney has been shortlisted for a top regulatory post at the Department of Energy. The Washington Post reported today that anti-regulation crusader F. Chase Hutto is poised to ascend to the post of assistant secretary for policy and internatioal affairs at the Department of Energy.

Hutto is a natural choice for a top regulatory post in the Bush administration–one colleague describes the former CATO Institute intern and Bush campaign volunteer as “naturally and philosophically opposed to regulation.”

As deputy assistant to the Vice President for domestic policy, Hutto was part of a clique of Cheney advisers and oil industry lobbyists who worked together to shift the Bush administration’s policy on climate change.

The Bush administration seemed poised to classify greenhouse emissions as health hazards, a dramatic policy shift which would have empowered the EPA to regulate emissions under the Clean Air Act. The proposal had broad support at the top levels of the EPA.

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19 Aug 2008

There Will Be Other Wars: McCain, Scheunemann, and Chalabi

A recent New York Times profile casts John McCain as a tough guy for his response to the attacks of September 11. The fact that McCain was duped by the charlatan Ahmed Chalabi doesn’t seem to detract from the senator’s reputation as a straight talking maverick. For that matter, nobody outside the blogosphere seems terribly concerned that McCain’s top foreign policy and national security adviser was one of Chalabi’s closest American allies.

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19 Aug 2008

There Will Be Other Wars: McCain, Scheunemann, and Chalabi

A recent New York Times profile casts John McCain as a tough guy for his response to the attacks of September 11. The fact that McCain was duped by the charlatan Ahmed Chalabi doesn’t seem to detract from the senator’s reputation as a straight talking maverick. For that matter, nobody outside the blogosphere seems terribly concerned that McCain’s top foreign policy and national security adviser was one of Chalabi’s closest American allies.

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18 Aug 2008

Rick Warren and the Religious Right 2.0

It’s remarkable that Obama and McCain agreed to be quizzed about their faith by an evangelical pastor in his mega-church. So, who is Rick Warren and how did he come to wield so much influence?

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18 Aug 2008

Rick Warren and the Religious Right 2.0

The presidential nominees made their first joint public appearance at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California on Saturday. The event helped cement Rick Warren’s status as one of the preeminent evangelical leaders of his generation.

It’s remarkable that Obama and McCain agreed to be quizzed about their faith by an evangelical pastor in his mega-church. So, who is Rick Warren and how did he come to wield so much influence?

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18 Aug 2008

Shulman’s Interns Spoof Garrett’s Big Oil Ties in Parody Video

The interns at Shulman for Congress wrote, produced, and starred in “Oilmen For Garrett,” a new 5-minute video mocking Republican Congressman Scott Garrett for his dependence on big oil dollars and his petro-friendly voting record.

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18 Aug 2008

Shulman’s Interns Spoof Garrett’s Big Oil Ties in Parody Video

The interns at Shulman for Congress wrote, produced, and starred in “Oilmen For Garrett,” a new 5-minute video mocking Republican Congressman Scott Garrett for his dependence on big oil dollars and his petro-friendly voting record.

The video is available at the Oilmen for Garrett website where visitors can also sign a petition to tell Garrett to stop taking money from big oil.

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26 Sep 2006

Joe Lieberman is running with a bad crowd

Joe Lieberman is running with a bad crowd. Last Wednesday, Republican fund raising superstar Mel Sembler raised a couple hundred thousand dollars for Lieberman’s senate campaign at a fundraiser in St. Petersburg, Florida. Last February, Republican lobbyists Craig Fuller and H.P. Goldfield held a fundraising dinner for Lieberman in Washington,

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22 Sep 2006

Lieberman’s Fundraiser Ran the Abu Ghraib of Rehab

This week, Joe Lieberman enlisted a Republican operative with a background in brainwashing and a problem with a penis pump. Mel Sembler is a former RNC finance chairman and the chair Scooter Libby’s legal defense fund. The Florida real estate tycoon calls Dick Cheney a close friend. No doubt the

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