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News
  1. -01-12-05 Poll: Public Not Sold on Bush View of Social Security (ABC News)
      "As noted, the administration also faces a challenge in simply getting the public to share its sense of urgency about Social Security. Bush declared last week, 'The crisis is now.' In this poll, however, just 25 percent say Social Security is in crisis, actually down from 34 percent in an ABC/Post poll in 1998." 01-05

  2. -10-19-04 Former President Carter Talks About the War (MSNBC News)
      "Former President Jimmy Carter talks about the presidential candidates and the war on terrorism."

      "Zogby International and Georgetown University's Project MAPS (search) on Tuesday released a survey that showed, despite the fact that a plurality of Muslims supported Bush in 2000, 76 percent now support Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (search) and only 7 percent support the incumbent." 10-04

  3. -11-04-04 Fraud Alleged With Voting Machines (BlackBoxVoting.org)
      "Black Box Voting has taken the position that fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines. We base this on hard evidence, documents obtained in public records requests, inside information, and other data indicative of manipulation of electronic voting systems. What we do not know is the specific scope of the fraud. We are working now to compile the proof, based not on soft evidence -- red flags, exit polls -- but core documents obtained by Black Box Voting in the most massive Freedom of Information action in history." 11-04

  4. -11-07-04 Fight for the Supreme Court (MSNBC News)
      "With openings looming on Supreme Court, president may soon face a defining battle." 11-04

  5. -12-10-04 Energy Chief Named (Bloomberg.com)
      "Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Samuel W. Bodman, former chairman of chemical-maker Cabot Corp., was nominated by President George W. Bush to be energy secretary."

      "Bodman, 66, would replace Spencer Abraham, who announced he was resigning Nov. 15, and take over the task of passing energy legislation. The president's energy bill, designed to promote domestic oil and gas drilling, stalled in the Senate this year." 12-04

  6. 06-22-04 Bush Advocates Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriages (ABC News)
      "Reviving a major plank of his re-election campaign, President Bush called for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage Tuesday." 6-05

  7. 08-03-04 Tech Titans Give More to Republicans (Slate - Saletan)
      "The tech industry, which favored Democrats in the 2000 federal elections, is betting more campaign donations on Republicans this year." 8-04

Papers
  1. Editorial - Missing: Media Focus on the Supreme Court (Fair.org - Solomon)
      "Though Bush and Kerry are inclined to understate the importance of potential new Supreme Court picks as they try to attract swing voters, Professor Dorf is unequivocal: 'A Bush victory will greatly increase the likelihood that Congress and the state legislatures will be able to ban most abortions at some point in the next four years. In contrast, a Kerry victory will almost surely preserve the status quo of legal abortion prior to the third trimester of pregnancy.' "

      "Already, Bush's impacts on the judiciary have been appreciable. Like the members of the Supreme Court, the federal judges on appeals and district court benches are appointed for life -- and in less than four years, Bush has chosen almost a quarter of all those judges nationwide." 9-04

  2. Editorial: Deepening Divide Between Red and Blue (Christian Science Monitor - Marlantes)
      "With President Bush winning the first popular-vote majority in 16 years over Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, but adding almost no new states to his column since 2000, the 2004 election has revealed a political landscape that remains deeply, and almost immovably, divided - but one in which Republicans now seem to hold a clear upper hand." 11-04

  3. Loss of Jobs Dog Bush (AFLCIO)
      "In July, the Business Roundtable released a forward-looking survey of its members’ business forecasts for the second half of the year. The news was upbeat on company profits, with almost 70 percent of corporate chiefs predicting company sales will increase. But few predicted new jobs for America’s workers: Roughly 40 percent of the CEOs say there will be no change in their U.S. employment levels—and a near-equal share expects further job cuts."

      "The unvarnished truth is that President Bush and his team are poor stewards of the economy: They have amassed the worst jobs record in more than half a century, piled up a mountain of government debt for the nation’s children and, equally bad, they have no realistic, fair and effective plan to fix the economy and put America back to work." 2-04

  4. Loss of Jobs Dog Bush (CommonDreams.org)
      "On everything from shipping U.S. jobs overseas, to stripping worker protections, to rewarding companies for reducing health benefits for their employees, the Bush administration has racked up a spectacular record of exacerbating the already difficult economic challenges Americans are facing, said the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank founded by members of the administration of former President Bill Clinton."

      This week, the administration received sharp criticism over its approval of the growing trend of companies relocating U.S. Jobs overseas."

      Many of these firms move their production lines to developing countries, where they profit from cheaper labor cost. Many U.S. technology companies, for example, use Indian tech workers instead of their more expensive U.S. counterparts."

      "Late last week Democratic Senator Tom Daschle introduced a bill that would hamper the offshoring of jobs." 2-04

  5. Rice, Condoleeza - Biographies (Awesome Library)
      Provides biographies of Rice, Bush's choice for Secretary of State. 1-05

  6. Same-Sex Marriages - Comparing Marriage and Civil Unions (CNN News)
      "And while Vermont's civil union couples are eligible for state benefits, the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) excludes them [same-sex marriages] from many federal benefits."

      "That measure, signed into law by President Clinton, recognizes marriage only as the union of a man and a woman and defines a spouse as a husband or wife of the opposite sex."

      "A General Accounting Office report in 1997 identified 1,049 laws where federal benefits, rights or privileges were contingent on marital status. They include tax breaks, pensions and Social Security benefits, inheritance rights and loans." 2-04

  7. Tax Rebates Boost Employment Overseas, Not USA (Washington Times)
      "The job market slumped back into stagnation last month with the unemployment rate stuck at 5.6 percent and only 21,000 jobs created, a development that spells trouble for President Bush's re-election effort. "

      "The president sought to jump-start a job recovery with $350 billion in tax cuts last year but the response has been only weak and dwindling job gains."

      " 'The tax cut gave a big increase to spending, but when folks go to Wal-Mart, they buy imported goods so the job growth goes to China' and other countries, he [Morici] said." 3-04

   
   


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