Sit-Down In Vegas: AFL-CIO Split?

28 February 2005 |permalink | email article

The AFL-CIO’s winter executive meeting begins tomorrow. It’s potentially the most defining moment since the American Federation of Labor and the more liberal Congress of Industrial Organizations merged in 1955. The summit centers on the union’s future: sweeping self-analysis… read full story

Fourth Estate: Protecting Confidential Sources

24 February 2005 |permalink | email article

It has all the plot lines for a “who done it” movie thriller: A CIA operative and her diplomat husband; two White House leakers; a columnist who reports on the leak; two reporters who won’t blink and would go… read full story

Rehnquist’s Last Hurrah? Succession Rumors Quicken

21 February 2005 |permalink | email article

Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist will be gone missing today when the court reconvenes for the second half of its term to discuss volatile legal and political issues. His absence for two weeks of oral arguments while… read full story

What About Negroponte?

19 February 2005 |permalink | email article

Bush’s not entirely uncontroversial choice of John Dimitri Negroponte to be the nation’s first director of intelligence catches the media by surprise. It also revives haunting past human rights questions about the the London-born son of a Greek-American shipping… read full story

Borrowing, Caution And Wall Street

17 February 2005 |permalink | email article

Dick Cheney on “Fox News Sunday” early this month said he would not be a candidate for president in 2008. No news there. But the fiscal conservative made big news by uttering the dreaded “B” word. He acknowledged that… read full story

L.A. Politic: The Mayor’s Race

15 February 2005 |permalink | email article

The March 8 primary is the most volatile since 1973 when runoff finalist Tom Bradley beat Mayor Sam Yorty. Mayor Jim Hahn‘s opponents hammer on the so-called “pay-to-play” City Hall scandal. Some charge, and the media report, that Hahn… read full story

Democratic Sea Change: Values Matter Again

14 February 2005 |permalink | email article

Howard Dean, the new chairman of Democratic National Committee, assumed command as a more moderate politician than in his presidential run though the party’s liberal base is growing. Dean articulated issues that Democrats care about but have soft pedalled… read full story

Up Periscope

11 February 2005 |permalink | email article

In his Feb. 10th front-page article The New York TimesEric Lichtblau cites dozens of intelligence reports reviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration from April to Sept. 10, the day before the Sept. 11 attacks, that warned about… read full story

The Deficit President: Requiem For Small Government

09 February 2005 |permalink | email article

The Deficit President pushes his new economic agenda - including an overhaul of Social Security and new, austere fiscal 2006 budget - to the Detroit Economic Club: “Congress needs to join me to bring real spending discipline to the… read full story

Howard Dean: The Right Moxie To Win?

06 February 2005 |permalink | email article

Dr. Howard Dean, the former governor and presidential candidate, will become chairman of the Democratic National Committee this Saturday because he has the votes. The Vermont physician, who crashed and burned with his “scream” speech after losing the Iowa… read full story

Up Periscope

05 February 2005 |permalink | email article

1.  Rice tours Europe and the Middle East and signals a hard new line on Iran. A U.S. attack on the Tehran regime is “not on the agenda” for now. It’s the “for now” part that raises speculation about… read full story

Social Security: Guaranteed Benefit or Risky Gamble?

02 February 2005 |permalink | email article

Edgy House Republicans decamped from their annual retreat at the Greenbrier resort in W. Va. last weekend to launch a several months campaign decreed by W. to convince Americans about the wisdom of rewriting the Social Security law. A… read full story

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