From the daily archives: Monday, December 3, 2007

I guess I’m not that surprised: some folks are using some underhanded push-polling to promote Huckabee.

A newly-formed group claiming to support Mike Huckabee hit the phones of Iowa Republicans tonight with an automated push-poll attacking Huckabee’s GOP opponents and praising the former Arkansas governor.

Officials representing the Iowa campaigns of Fred Thompson, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani all said that their supporters contacted them to complain about the calls. A spokesman for Romney’s campaign said they had gotten reports of calls, but did not know of anything negative being said about their candidate.

It appears this group […]

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There’s been lots of smoke out in the blogosphere recently about Marc Dann. And while Dann’s performance hasn’t been quite at the level I might have hoped, that doesn’t really excuse the kind of personal mudslinging that’s been going on sans evidence. I don’t want to link to the RABid post in question, partially because it prints all kinds of rumor without any facts to back any of it up, but it should be easy enough to find yourself if you are interested.

Matty, however, makes an interesting statement in the comments:

This story is true, but just like much […]

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There’s more bad news about Bush’s reckless borrowing and his out-of-control war spending in today’s Dispatch:

Like a ticking time bomb, the national debt is an explosion waiting to happen. It’s expanding by about $1.4 billion a day – or nearly $1 million a minute.

This comes out to about $30,000 in debt for every person in the US.

The national debt was at $5.7 trillion when Bush took office- and it’s going to top $10 TRILLION by the time Bush leaves office.

One big problem: Foreign governments and investors own 44 percent of that debt. That includes […]

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Common sense prevails…

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In a development in the incident that has been beat to death by rightwingers here as proof that Islam is not a religion of peace, a British schoolteacher in Sudan has been pardoned by the President of Sudan and had the remainder of her 15 day jail sentence commuted.

A British teacher in Sudan jailed over the naming of a teddy bear has been released from police custody, the British Embassy in Khartoum said, several hours after Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir pardoned her.

Gillian Gibbons, freed after Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir granted her a presidential pardon earlier Monday, apologized […]

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