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Congressional Countdown: Will Money Make a Majority?

Congressional Countdown

A Key Race Scorecard -- Oct. 29, 2006

House (35 contested races)

Leans GOP
5
Toss-Up
17
Leans Dem
13

Senate (9 contested races)

Leans GOP
0
Toss-Up
4
Leans Dem
5

» Full Analysis

In today's Congressional Countdown we look at targeted campaign spending by the congressional campaign committees.

How and where the committees spend their remaining millions will likely make the difference between a House controlled by Republicans and one with a new Democratic majority. Do they invest in a single seat within a very expensive media market? Or use that chunk of cash to play in three or four cheaper seats where they may get more bang for their buck?

Read the full analysis...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 29, 2006; 9:37 AM ET
Categories:  House , Senate  
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The Rolling Stones cancel a gig in Hawaii and postpone other tour dates as Mick Jagger suffers throat troubles...

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The Rolling Stones cancel a gig in Hawaii and postpone other tour dates as Mick Jagger suffers throat troubles...

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Veteran game show host Bob Barker is stepping down from hosting The Price is Right after 35 years...

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Veteran game show host Bob Barker is stepping down from hosting The Price is Right after 35 years...

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Veteran game show host Bob Barker is stepping down from hosting The Price is Right after 35 years...

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Veteran game show host Bob Barker is stepping down from hosting The Price is Right after 35 years...

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Doctor Who takes three prizes at the National Television Awards in a repeat of its success last year...

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TV host Oprah Winfrey gives audience members $1,000 (£526) each to donate to a charitable cause...

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Social networking site MySpace is to block users from uploading copyrighted music to its pages...

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Twistys Presents: Bobbi Eden

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Microsoft and Peter Jackson postpone the making of a film based on the Halo video game after backers pull out...

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Microsoft and Peter Jackson postpone the making of a film based on the Halo video game after backers pull out...

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Microsoft and Peter Jackson postpone the making of a film based on the Halo video game after backers pull out...

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Veteran game show host Bob Barker is stepping down from hosting The Price is Right after 35 years...

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Singer George Michael lends the piano on which John Lennon wrote Imagine to an anti-war exhibition...

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Singer George Michael lends the piano on which John Lennon wrote Imagine to an anti-war exhibition...

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From the Salt Lake Tribune... somebody ought to ask Romney why he is a republican, if he's a good Mormon....

'Why Mormons should vote Democratic
By Fred Voros

"Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in the platforms of all major political parties," declared the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is certainly true of the Democratic Party.
Mormon descriptions of a just social order read like a Democratic manifesto. The Book of Mormon decries a society in which every man prospers according to his genius, and every man conquers according to his strength (Alma 30:17). It condemns those who ignore the plight of the hungry, needy, naked and sick (Mormon 8:39).
This brother's-keeper principle animates government programs pioneered by Democrats. In 1937, Franklin Delano Roosevelt saw "one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished" and acted.
LDS scripture warns incessantly against economic stratification: " . . . it is not given that one man should possess that which is above another, wherefore the world lieth in sin" (D&C 49:20). Yet Republican tax cuts on one end of the economic spectrum and aid cuts on the other have widened the gap between rich and poor. Thanks to our Republican Congress, the world lies a little more in sin.
LDS scripture also calls us to "renounce war and proclaim peace" (D&C 98:16), and condemns offensive wars (Alma 43:45-47; Mormon 3:8-16). Yet the Republican administration misled America into invading Iraq, a nation that had not even threatened the U.S.

Astoundingly, the Republican Congress is borrowing money - from China, Saudi Arabia and federal trust funds - to cover the war, lavish tax cuts and their own profligate spending. '

http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_4567867

Posted by: drindl | October 30, 2006 10:44 AM | Report abuse

From today's WaPo;

"Karl is an absolute figure of fascination," said Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute, which hosted Rove at its annual "Ideas Festival" this summer. "What stuns people who don't know him is how personally charming he is, especially people who consider him the devil or a strange genius."

"What stuns people who don't know him is how personally charming he is..."

And that somehow means he's NOT the devil's right hand?

If they think he's the devil, or one of the devil's operatives, they should not be surprised that Rove is "charming."

Consider the meaning of the word "charming..."

Rove's disarming "charm" is just more good evidence that his worldly authority comes from a dark and evil place. Watch his ads, listen to his sneering rhetoric about Democrats, and that charming image gets drenched with thinly veiled hatefulness and a near-demonic divisiveness that has never been good for anyone but the billionaires and oil barrons Rove idolizes and envies.

Posted by: JEP | October 30, 2006 9:14 AM | Report abuse

GW Bush's good friends, very good friends-the Saudi princes--that he loves so much he holds hands with and kisses--are the creators and enablers of al-Queda. Has anyone ever doubted it? And Georgie boy is their puppet. They pull his strings and he jumps. Just like the way he pulled all US troops out of Saudi on 9/12. Just like bin Ladin asked him too.

How do you like your President al-Queda Puppet now, wingers?

'But then, as if on cue early in the trading day on Friday, as oil prices were beginning to slip under $60/bbl once more, a Reuters news flash hit the wires that U.K. forces were being sent to Saudi Arabia's Ras Tanura oil terminal. Ras Tanura has a loading capacity of six million barrels a day, the largest offshore loading facility in the world. The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain advised that coalition naval forces were taking "prudent, precautionary measures" whereas the U.S. Central Command in Florida cited "recent threats to oil infrastructure".

As the story hit the wires the price of oil immediately spiked back over $60/bbl!

Given their previous pronouncements the source of the threats was in likelihood those of Al Qaeda who have repeatedly threatened to attack the oil shipping and producing infrastructure. But the timing of this threat raises some curious questions.

Was it a "fortuitous" coincidence that Al Queda seemed to be helping OPEC play on the consuming world's supply anxieties and helping OPEC exact a propitiously timed fear premium? Perhaps. Remember in the recent round of OPEC negotiations Saudi Arabia had taken the lead in cutting production in order to ratchet up prices. Though purportedly declared enemies, individual Saudi ties to Al Qaeda run deep. Could there be a unanimity of interest? The higher the price of oil, the more money is available to fund Wahabbi clerics, Wahabbi mosques and social centers and Madrassas' all feeding into the culture of Al Qaeda and Muslim radicalism.'

Posted by: drindl | October 30, 2006 9:08 AM | Report abuse

It turns out that the Republican National Committee is a regular recipient of political contributions from Nicholas T. Boyias, the owner and CEO of Marina Pacific Distributors, one of the largest producers and distributors of gay porn in the United States. This recent article on Marina Pacific's new marketing campaign form XBiz, a porn industry trade sheet, notes that, in addition to producing its own material, the "company acts as a distribution house to hundreds of lines, mostly gay, 40 of which can be purchased only through MPD."

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 9:00 AM | Report abuse


Fields of Fire, one of James Webb's books that George Allen has been attacking as obscene, is actually on the Marine Corps' reading list for professional development.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 8:55 AM | Report abuse

The report, released by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, revealed the U.S. military never even recorded the serial numbers of almost half a million weapons it gave to the Iraqis. This means tracking the weapons has now become nearly impossible and raises the possibility the arms could have ended up in the hands of insurgents. Inconsistencies in the number of weapons purchased and those in Iraqi warehouses show that more than 13,000 weapons are, essentially, missing.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 8:46 AM | Report abuse

he New York Times leads with a new federal report that reveals the U.S. military has not kept proper track of hundreds of thousands of weapons intended for Iraqi security forces. In addition, the American military has failed to provide spare parts and even manuals for most of the weapons given to Iraqis. The WSJ includes news of the report in the top spot of its worldwide newsbox, which is an Iraq roundup, and also mentions the renewed violence in the country, which killed 23 policemen. USA Today leads with a new review by the Army's casualty notification office that indicates seven families were misinformed about how their relatives died.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 7:57 AM | Report abuse

'Climate change will devastate the global economy on a scale of the two world wars and the depression of the 1930s if left unchecked, a top economist has warned.

Introducing a report by Nicholas Stern that it commissioned, the British government also said Monday that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who is now a vocal environmental advocate, is to serve as an adviser on the issue.

The report's main argument is that the benefits of coordinated action around the world to tackle global warming will greatly outweigh any financial costs.

But Stern, a former World Bank economist, who wrote the report, concludes that ignoring climate change could lead to huge economic upheaval.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said if no action was taken, climate change could cost the world up to 20 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) each year.

Blair said: "This is the most important report on the future published by this government in its time in office."

The prospect of global warming is "frightening," but the scientific case that it is taking place is now "overwhelming," the PM added.

"What is not in doubt is that the scientific evidence of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions is now overwhelming.

"It is not in doubt that if the science is right, the consequences for our planet are literally disastrous."

"This disaster is not set to happen in some science fiction future many years ahead, but in our lifetime.

"Unless we act now ... these consequences, disastrous as they are, will be irreversible.

"There is nothing more serious, more urgent, more demanding of leadership -- here, of course, but most importantly in the global community."

Climate change will devastate the global economy on a scale of the two world wars and the depression of the 1930s if left unchecked, a top economist has warned.

Introducing a report by Nicholas Stern that it commissioned, the British government also said Monday that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who is now a vocal environmental advocate, is to serve as an adviser on the issue.

The report's main argument is that the benefits of coordinated action around the world to tackle global warming will greatly outweigh any financial costs.

But Stern, a former World Bank economist, who wrote the report, concludes that ignoring climate change could lead to huge economic upheaval.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said if no action was taken, climate change could cost the world up to 20 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) each year.

Blair said: "This is the most important report on the future published by this government in its time in office."

The prospect of global warming is "frightening," but the scientific case that it is taking place is now "overwhelming," the PM added.

"What is not in doubt is that the scientific evidence of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions is now overwhelming.

"It is not in doubt that if the science is right, the consequences for our planet are literally disastrous."

"This disaster is not set to happen in some science fiction future many years ahead, but in our lifetime.

"Unless we act now ... these consequences, disastrous as they are, will be irreversible.

"There is nothing more serious, more urgent, more demanding of leadership -- here, of course, but most importantly in the global community."

Posted by: drindl | October 30, 2006 7:53 AM | Report abuse


THE 2006 ELECTION FIX!!!

For uncensored news please bookmark:

otherside123.blogspot.com
http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/
www.wsws.org
www.takingaim.info
www.onlinejournal.com

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/state/15869924.htm

Glitches cited in early voting
Early voters are urged to cast their ballots with care following scattered reports of problems with heavily used machines.

BY CHARLES RABIN AND DARRAN SIMON
dsimon@MiamiHerald.com

* Web vote | Do you think the electronic voting machines should be replaced?
* Correcting an electronic vote
* U.S. digs for vote-machine links to Hugo Chávez

After a week of early voting, a handful of glitches with electronic voting machines have drawn the ire of voters, reassurances from elections supervisors -- and a caution against the careless casting of ballots.

Several South Florida voters say the choices they touched on the electronic screens were not the ones that appeared on the review screen -- the final voting step.

Election officials say they aren't aware of any serious voting issues. But in Broward County, for example, they don't know how widespread the machine problems are because there's no process for poll workers to quickly report minor issues and no central database of machine problems.

In Miami-Dade, incidents are logged and reported daily and recorded in a central database. Problem machines are shut down.

''In the past, Miami-Dade County would send someone to correct the machine on site,'' said Lester Sola, county supervisor of elections. Now, he said, ``We close the machine down and put a seal on it.''

Debra A. Reed voted with her boss on Wednesday at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale. Her vote went smoothly, but boss Gary Rudolf called her over to look at what was happening on his machine. He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, a Democrat, but the review screen repeatedly registered the Republican, Charlie Crist.

That's exactly the kind of problem that sends conspiracy theorists into high gear -- especially in South Florida, where a history of problems at the polls have made voters particularly skittish.

A poll worker then helped Rudolf, but it took three tries to get it right, Reed said.

''I'm shocked because I really want . . . to trust that the issues with irregularities with voting machines have been resolved,'' said Reed, a paralegal. ``It worries me because the races are so close.''

Broward Supervisor of Elections spokeswoman Mary Cooney said it's not uncommon for screens on heavily used machines to slip out of sync, making votes register incorrectly. Poll workers are trained to recalibrate them on the spot -- essentially, to realign the video screen with the electronics inside. The 15-step process is outlined in the poll-workers manual.

''It is resolved right there at the early-voting site,'' Cooney said.

Broward poll workers keep a log of all maintenance done on machines at each site. But the Supervisor of Elections office doesn't see that log until the early voting period ends. And a machine isn't taken out of service unless the poll clerk decides it's a chronic poor performer that can't be fixed.

Cooney said no machines have been removed during early voting, and she is not aware of any serious problems.

In Miami-Dade, two machines have been taken out of service during early voting. No votes were lost, Sola said.

Joan Marek, 60, a Democrat from Hollywood, was also stunned to see Charlie Crist on her ballot review page after voting on Thursday. ''Am I on the voting screen again?'' she wondered. ``Well, this is too weird.''

Marek corrected her ballot and alerted poll workers at the Hollywood satellite courthouse, who she said told her they'd had previous problems with the same machine.

Poll workers did some work on her machine when she finished voting, Marek said. But no report was made to the Supervisor of Elections office and the machine was not removed, Cooney said.

Workers at the Hollywood poll said there had been no voting problems on Friday.

Mauricio Raponi wanted to vote for Democrats across the board at the Lemon City Library in Miami on Thursday. But each time he hit the button next to the candidate, the Republican choice showed up. Raponi, 53, persevered until the machine worked. Then he alerted a poll worker.

Miami Herald staff writer Linda Topping Streitfeld contributed to this report.

Posted by: che | October 30, 2006 5:25 AM | Report abuse


THE 2006 ELECTION FIX!!!

For uncensored news please bookmark:

otherside123.blogspot.com
http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/
www.wsws.org
www.takingaim.info
www.onlinejournal.com

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/state/15869924.htm

Glitches cited in early voting
Early voters are urged to cast their ballots with care following scattered reports of problems with heavily used machines.

BY CHARLES RABIN AND DARRAN SIMON
dsimon@MiamiHerald.com

* Web vote | Do you think the electronic voting machines should be replaced?
* Correcting an electronic vote
* U.S. digs for vote-machine links to Hugo Chávez

After a week of early voting, a handful of glitches with electronic voting machines have drawn the ire of voters, reassurances from elections supervisors -- and a caution against the careless casting of ballots.

Several South Florida voters say the choices they touched on the electronic screens were not the ones that appeared on the review screen -- the final voting step.

Election officials say they aren't aware of any serious voting issues. But in Broward County, for example, they don't know how widespread the machine problems are because there's no process for poll workers to quickly report minor issues and no central database of machine problems.

In Miami-Dade, incidents are logged and reported daily and recorded in a central database. Problem machines are shut down.

''In the past, Miami-Dade County would send someone to correct the machine on site,'' said Lester Sola, county supervisor of elections. Now, he said, ``We close the machine down and put a seal on it.''

Debra A. Reed voted with her boss on Wednesday at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale. Her vote went smoothly, but boss Gary Rudolf called her over to look at what was happening on his machine. He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, a Democrat, but the review screen repeatedly registered the Republican, Charlie Crist.

That's exactly the kind of problem that sends conspiracy theorists into high gear -- especially in South Florida, where a history of problems at the polls have made voters particularly skittish.

A poll worker then helped Rudolf, but it took three tries to get it right, Reed said.

''I'm shocked because I really want . . . to trust that the issues with irregularities with voting machines have been resolved,'' said Reed, a paralegal. ``It worries me because the races are so close.''

Broward Supervisor of Elections spokeswoman Mary Cooney said it's not uncommon for screens on heavily used machines to slip out of sync, making votes register incorrectly. Poll workers are trained to recalibrate them on the spot -- essentially, to realign the video screen with the electronics inside. The 15-step process is outlined in the poll-workers manual.

''It is resolved right there at the early-voting site,'' Cooney said.

Broward poll workers keep a log of all maintenance done on machines at each site. But the Supervisor of Elections office doesn't see that log until the early voting period ends. And a machine isn't taken out of service unless the poll clerk decides it's a chronic poor performer that can't be fixed.

Cooney said no machines have been removed during early voting, and she is not aware of any serious problems.

In Miami-Dade, two machines have been taken out of service during early voting. No votes were lost, Sola said.

Joan Marek, 60, a Democrat from Hollywood, was also stunned to see Charlie Crist on her ballot review page after voting on Thursday. ''Am I on the voting screen again?'' she wondered. ``Well, this is too weird.''

Marek corrected her ballot and alerted poll workers at the Hollywood satellite courthouse, who she said told her they'd had previous problems with the same machine.

Poll workers did some work on her machine when she finished voting, Marek said. But no report was made to the Supervisor of Elections office and the machine was not removed, Cooney said.

Workers at the Hollywood poll said there had been no voting problems on Friday.

Mauricio Raponi wanted to vote for Democrats across the board at the Lemon City Library in Miami on Thursday. But each time he hit the button next to the candidate, the Republican choice showed up. Raponi, 53, persevered until the machine worked. Then he alerted a poll worker.

Miami Herald staff writer Linda Topping Streitfeld contributed to this report.

Posted by: che | October 30, 2006 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that money equals votes? What about ideas equaling votes? Can`t voters be encouraged to analyze the issues and vote for someone who represents their own point of view. Please see intelligentvote.com. This is a great web site.

Posted by: pjwhite530 | October 30, 2006 12:17 AM | Report abuse

See http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/worst_congress_ever

Webb's trivial bit of fiction is MUCH worse than this disgusting reality. Keep the R's in office! Let's see just how low we can go! Maybe they'll be honest enough to just burn the Constitution in a public square during the next Congressional session.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | October 29, 2006 11:13 PM | Report abuse

"The Democrats need to pour some money in second tier Senate races such as Nevada and Arizona where Democrats have been within striking distance in the last 5 polls or so. Unless there is some strong movement in polls this week TN and VA are probably lost and MO is a tossup. Even though it is late Democrats could expand the playing field a little more and have a shot at regaining control."

I've long thought that Ford and Webb would lose but I'm less and less convinced. The general wisdom is that Ford won Saturday's debate and Webb keeps creeping closer and closer and incumbents usually do slightly worse on election day than they do in pre-election polls. My random prediction for the four closest senate seats is...

Dems win
NJ
VA

GOP wins
TN
MO

In AZ, the race is getting closer. The latest polls have Pederson trailing by 5 and 6 points.

Nevada is not so close. Carter trails by 9 points in each of the last two polls.

Posted by: Ezetimibe | October 29, 2006 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Rob,

It is a shame that the Dems have not stepped in Nevada - at least - I have been watching this one for a while and it seems as though it warranted at least some attention from them - a little bit of cash might have move the polls enough for them to put more in. There are some chances out there that were not taken advantage of - with even a slightly better candidate in VA, that race could have gone into the 'D' column - bout who could have known? Maybe we could have avoided a 'Warner' vs. 'Warner' race that very well might happen in two years! Talk about confusing!!

Posted by: star11 | October 29, 2006 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm sorry. This may be off-topic but I just CANNOT BELIEVE this nonsense about Jim Webb's novel's somehow being used as a judge of his character.

HELLO???? Apparently the Republican faithful have no idea what FICTION IS? FICTION FICTION FICTION = MAKE BELIEVE = NOT REAL. Apparently incompetence and mismanagement in the *real world* doesn't matter, now candidates are criticized for what they conjure in their imagination!???

UN-frigging-BELIEVABLE. I guess it's just something for the partisans to hang their hat on.

UN -(oops now I'm thinking of a bad word I guess I can't run for office) - BELIEVABLE


Posted by: Moderate Mike | October 29, 2006 9:48 PM | Report abuse

JEP, "magnanimous proportions"? :)

Posted by: roo | October 29, 2006 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I also wanted to say that I thought Ben Cardin cleaned Steele's CLOCK today on MTP. Go Ben!

Posted by: F&B | October 29, 2006 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the post on DU che. We need to have a new administration that is VIGILANT about taking care of our Vets. Not like the current administration that has needlessly caused the death and injury of thousands of GIs in Iraq.

OT, I just watched the TN Senate debate that took place on Saturday, and it was clear that Ford won the debate hands down on the issues. We'll see if TN voters vote the party or the policy.

Posted by: F&B | October 29, 2006 5:46 PM | Report abuse

For uncensored news please bookmark:

otherside123.blogspot.com
http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/
www.wsws.org
www.takingaim.info
www.onlinejournal.com

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=TUC20061029&articleId=3620

Depleted Uranium Death Toll among US War Veterans Tops 11,000
Nationwide Media Blackout Keeps U.S. Public Ignorant About This Important Story

by James P. Tucker Jr.

October 29, 2006

The death toll from the highly toxic weapons component known as depleted uranium (DU) has reached 11,000 soldiers and the growing scandal may be the reason behind Anthony Principi's departure as secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department.

This view was expressed by Arthur Bernklau, executive director of Veterans for Constitutional Law in New York, writing in Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter.

"The real reason for Mr. Principi's departure was really never given," Bernklau said. "However, a special report published by eminent scientist Leuren Moret naming depleted uranium as the definitive cause of 'Gulf War Syndrome' has fed a growing scandal about the continued use of uranium munitions by the U.S. military."

The "malady [from DU] that thousands of our military have suffered and died from has finally been identified as the cause of this sickness, eliminating the guessing. . . . The terrible truth is now being revealed," Bernklau said.

Of the 580,400 soldiers who served in Gulf War I, 11,000 are now dead, he said. By the year 2000, there were 325,000 on permanent medical disability. More than a decade later, more than half (56 percent) who served in Gulf War I have permanent medical problems. The disability rate for veterans of the world wars of the last century was 5 percent, rising to 10 percent in Vietnam.

"The VA secretary was aware of this fact as far back as 2000," Bernklau said. "He and the Bush administration have been hiding these facts, but now, thanks to Moret's report, it is far too big to hide or to cover up."

Terry Johnson, public affairs specialist at the VA, recently reported that veterans of both Persian Gulf wars now on disability total 518,739, Bernklau said.

"The long-term effect of DU is a virtual death sentence," Bernklau said. "Marion Fulk, a nuclear chemist, who retired from the Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, and was also involved in the Manhattan Project, interprets the new and rapid malignancies in the soldiers [from the second war] as 'spectacular'--and a matter of concern.' "

While this important story appeared in a Washington newspaper and the wire services, it did not receive national exposure--a compelling sign that the American public is being kept in the dark about the terrible effects of this toxic weapon. (Veterans for Constitutional Law can be reached at (516) 474-4261.)

Posted by: che | October 29, 2006 5:17 PM | Report abuse

JEP:

You state: "There are enormous personal fortunes at stake, that rely exclusively on this war-and-disaster-for-profit model..."

So true. Case in point the Bushes. After 4 generations of degenerative dilution of both sets of grand-daddy's gene pools, the trust fund is in real need of a 100-year boost.

Posted by: DCA2CMH | October 29, 2006 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats need to pour some money in second tier Senate races such as Nevada and Arizona where Democrats have been within striking distance in the last 5 polls or so. Unless there is some strong movement in polls this week TN and VA are probably lost and MO is a tossup. Even though it is late Democrats could expand the playing field a little more and have a shot at regaining control.

Posted by: Rob | October 29, 2006 4:32 PM | Report abuse

..."The REPUBLICANS" HAVE EMBEZZELED SO MUCH DAMN MONEY THEY ARE GOING TO BE IMPOSSIBLE TO BEAT! MY GOD....How can beat a republican when they are outspending you ten to 1!
They clearly have violated all Political Pac contributions and have exceeded any Democrat in contributions from PAC's 10 to 1 so this registered "VOTER" will still "VOTE" AGAINST THIS MACHINE THAT HAS DESTROYED AMERICA....FOLKS.....THE RECORD...DOES NOT LIE....REPUBLICANS...DO!
Sincerely, Tom Birchfield, Voter, Vet USAF,
Senior ETSU

Posted by: Tom Birchfield | October 29, 2006 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Look out the number are about to change. Hastert is in more trouble link
http://www.cq.com/public/20061027-spending.html

Posted by: Dale Peters | October 29, 2006 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Why is America so fiscally unprepared for the next century? Like many of its citizens, the United States has spent the last few years racking up debt instead of saving for the future. Foreign lenders -- primarily the central banks of China, Japan and other big U.S. trading partners -- have been eager to lend the government money at low interest rates, making the current $8.5-trillion deficit about as painful as a big balance on a zero-percent credit card.

In her part of the fiscal wake-up tour presentation, Rogers tries to explain why that's a bad thing. For one thing, even when rates are low a bigger deficit means a greater portion of each tax dollar goes to interest payments rather than useful programs. And because foreigners now hold so much of the federal government's debt, those interest payments increasingly go overseas rather than to U.S. investors.

More serious is the possibility that foreign lenders might lose their enthusiasm for lending money to the United States. Because treasury bills are sold at auction, that would mean paying higher interest rates in the future. And it wouldn't just be the government's problem. All interest rates would rise, making mortgages, car payments and student loans costlier, too.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 29, 2006 12:50 PM | Report abuse


I am not so niave to not think the GOP is not involved in cash funnelling to buy votes, just as the DEMS are.

WHat this really gets to is GOTV. IT is practiced by both parties. However, this year it is not to to work.

I agree with some pundits the GOP only makes a difference of 1%. The GOP is running a nationwide 11% deficit. THis is the larger picture that DEMS should focus on. I would respond to the negative stuff, but really start pushing the positive messages this week. The Grand Ole Pedophoiles can not put out a positive message as anything they say positive about themeselves has been tested and is unbelievable.

Posted by: Stick a fork in it | October 29, 2006 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, no one can say that Lynne and Dick aren't well-matched.

Posted by: coyote | October 29, 2006 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Drindl, Yes, everything you say is true.

I firmly believe many people voted this way in the past because they were lied to, they wanted to believe the lies, wanted to believe the rants, preachers and promises on health care, education, a clean environment.... you know the list.

The difference now is that these very people now KNOW they were lied to. So, will they still vote against their own bests interests? Continue to empower the lying politicians destroying their way of life?

We'll have our answer in November, Diebold allowing, that is....

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth Hunter | October 29, 2006 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Lynne Cheney repeatedly attacked CNN for having a liberal bias during a fiery and combative appearance today on the Situation Room.

Cheney said a CNN special that aired yesterday was a "terrible distortion of both the president and the vice president's position on many issues," in part because CNN used the phrase "domestic surveillance" to describe the so-called "Terrorist Surveillance Program." When Wolf Blitzer pointed out that some individuals have been arrested and interrogated despite having no ties to terrorism, Cheney warned, "I think that you might be a little careful" declaring someone has "clean hands."

Later, Cheney criticized Virginia Senate candidate Jim Webb for including sexually explicit material in his novels. Asked whether her own novel Sisters had "lesbian characters," Cheney said, "no, not necessarily. This description is a lie. I'll stand on that." In fact, her novel did contain multiple scenes describing a lesbian love affair.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 29, 2006 12:03 PM | Report abuse

'voters would have to abandon their own best interests, to ignore the issues and view what's best for the country as an archaic concept.'

Haven't we seen in the last few elections, that very thing happening? That voters blindly vote as radio talk show hosts and wealthy, unchristian preachers tell them to, rather in their own self-interest? Haven't we seen the poorest and most vulnerable vote against health care and retirements for themselves, against a decent education for their children, against clean water and air, for tax cuts for the wealthy and not themselves, for CEO's rather than for workers?

Haven't we seen people voting for politicians who steal them blind, instead of someone who might actually represent their interests?

'Pennsylvania congressman Curt Weldon, under investigation for allegedly trading his influence to get lobbying business for one of his daughters, also has helped corporations that have hired another daughter, a friend and some of his former aides.'

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington//15867608.htm

Posted by: drindl | October 29, 2006 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Is it possible the voters can actually forget the abysmal GOP record? Have our elections devolved into games of chance?

Chris says.... "How and where the committees spend their remaining millions will likely make the difference between a House controlled by Republicans and one with a new Democratic majority."

For this to be true, voters would have to abandon their own best interests, to ignore the issues and view what's best for the country as an archaic concept.

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth Hunter | October 29, 2006 11:43 AM | Report abuse

RNC Chief Ken Mehlman accepted political contributions from gay porn king?

Last week, you'll remember, the RNC, headed by Ken Mehlman, was running that race-baiting 'bimbo' ad against Rep. Harold Ford (D) down in Tennessee. One of the barbs in that ad was the claim that Ford had taken political contributions from "porn movie producers."

But it seems there is plenty of porn movie producer money to go around.
Republicans -- The Porn Party

'It turns out that the Republican National Committee is a regular recipient of political contributions from Nicholas T. Boyias, the owner and CEO of Marina Pacific Distributors, one of the largest producers and distributors of gay porn in the United States. This recent article on Marina Pacific's new marketing campaign form XBiz, a porn industry trade sheet, notes that, in addition to producing its own material, the "company acts as a distribution house to hundreds of lines, mostly gay, 40 of which can be purchased only through MPD."

Posted by: Anonymous | October 29, 2006 11:38 AM | Report abuse

And just what is the point of all my unrequited Sundy Morning posts???

That the issues and the candidates' positions on those issues, should drive the election process, not money-money-money. This marvelling over millions is laughable to those who play with billions.

Chris' insider perspective sees only the advertising and publicity part of "the game" in a superficial, multi-faceted media shell that surrounds a much deeper subterfuge of influence-peddling, via no-bid war and disaster contracts with totals and profits in the billions.

The half-billion if costs every couple years to wage political campaigns is a drop in that much bigger military/industrial/media bucket, (that mystical monopoly-money place where they want it all to trickle down from.)

Democracy may well be the only form of government that can empower us to rise above this monetary-influence trap.

But we must be able to trust the integrity that democracy, in order to make those types of historic changes to our wayward government.

There are enormous personal fortunes at stake, that rely exclusively on this war-and-disaster-for-profit model, with dollar numbers that are simply unbelieveble by any historic standards.

Anyone who thinks these people will simply surrender thier easy war-bucks billions, without first breaking all the rules to keep them, is naive at best, or one of thier ignorant enablers, at worst.

Just remember, on November 7, you don't have to be a Democrat to vote for one...

Posted by: JEP | October 29, 2006 10:59 AM | Report abuse

From today's NYTimes
"They are proud of their turnout operation," Ms. McCaskill said. "They think they have a machine-like operation in the Republican Party. They are just pouring money into it."

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/29/us/politics/29vote.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

And how, pray tell, is all that money being converted into votes?

By hiring canvassers to make phone call and walk the streets? What about all those volunteers, are they really volunteers?

Something is fishy here, the gap time between money and it's actual influence should be at least transitionary.

It seems to me that paying canvassers to go forth and encourage voters to hit the polls is much more difficult than buying votes.

Simple logic dictates that any vast sum of money spent on the "volunteer" GOTV process in the last week of the game would be suspicious, at best.

This sounds more like "cash-for-the-vote" than it does "get-out-the-vote."

What was in that "First 100 hours" that addresses election reform?

That subject ought to get covered in hour #1.

Then everything else on the schedule will be possible. But until we figure out how to restrain this wild-horse of an election process, everything else is just a big democratic question-mark.

Posted by: JEP | October 29, 2006 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Also, there's more than campaign money influencing these final days, this campaign-money birds-eye-view of "the game" is quite superficial, because there's many millions more in "insider" pay-offs going to Republican-held districts.
Here's something about it from this morning's LA Times that should shake your tree...
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-rove29oct29,0,440699.story?track=tothtml
"the most significant element of Rove's effort to help four-term Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds keep his job may have occurred behind closed doors, when the White House strategist met with a federal disaster relief official contemplating how to respond to the storm. Four days later, Reynolds announced that President Bush would authorize millions of dollars in federal disaster aid for the area..."

Our federal resources are being doled out to districts that the Republicans want to hold onto most desperately.

Just how much of our bi-partisan tax money has the Rove administration helping R's stay in offive?

Posted by: JEP | October 29, 2006 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"How and where the committees spend their remaining millions will likely make the difference between a House controlled by Republicans and one with a new Democratic majority."

Now there's a media-perpetuating assumption of magnanimous proportions...

About the only thing the R's can do now is hope they survive the flood, if the majority is not already decided I would be surprised, all this big-money talk is just too much, way, way too much, and the public will respond by demanding election reform.

Which the media will stifle all it can, but after this season's display of media manipulations, there will be some very pervasive talk among parties about how to take this process off the tube and put it back on the street, where it really belongs.

"remaining millions will likely make the difference..."

How about, "The integrity of the candidates and thier clear stand on the issues will likely make the difference."

Now wouldn't that be a refershing change!

Posted by: JEP | October 29, 2006 10:01 AM | Report abuse

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