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This is still our country

In 1981, I took a break from journalism to work as press secretary to then Illinois Congressman Paul Findley. I wanted to spend a few years learning how government worked from the inside. It didn't take long to destroy the few illusions I held about government "of the people, for the people and by the people."
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Imus in the mourning

In February 1999 Washington shock jock Doug Tracht brought his radio career crashing down when he commented about a song by black singer Lauryn Hill by saying "no wonder they drag them behind trucks," a reference to the brutal murder of James Byrd by two white supremacists who killed the black man by dragging him behind a pickup. Within 48 hours, Tracht - known as The Greaseman - found himself off the air, fired from endorsement gigs and an relieved of his duties as a voluntary deputy sheriff in Falls Church, VA.
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Missing the ‘real’ war story

According to Arizona Senator John McCain, life in Baghdad is pretty safe these days - so safe, he says, that he walked freely in an open air market without any fear for his safety.

On his "safe" walk through the Shorja market where 137 Iraqis died from a truck bomb in February, hundreds of combat-ready American soldiers surrounded McCain and his party while Blackhawk helicopters provided air cover. The Senator, and others, wore flak vests.


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Time to reclaim our birthright

There are three sides to every story. My side, your side, and the truth. And no one is lying.
--Robert Evans


Politicians - those we elect to office and those we throw out of office - expend a lot of rhetoric on what it means to be an American.

So do pundits - this reporter included.

But I wonder in all this heated debate over Americanism, patriotism, totalitarianism, socialism and whatever-else-ism if we haven't forgot that America was founded by people from diverse cultures with diverse opinions and differing viewpoints.


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Some of our readers have met the enemy and it is them

I got sick to my stomach twice Tuesday. The first wave of nausea hit when I heard Presidential press secretary Tony Snow's cancer had returned. The second came when I read some of the comments on our web site and others from those who rejoiced in his illness.

Like many Americans, I don't much care for Tony's political views. I didn't like them when he pontificated on Fox News and I sure as hell don't care for his posturing for the Bush administration.


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George W. Bush and the looming shadow of Richard M. Nixon

With each passing day George W. Bush's actions more closely mirror those of another monumentally failed President: Richard M. Nixon.

Bush's performance Tuesday night trying to wiggle out of the escalating controversy over the politically-motivated firings of eight U.S. attorneys is just another example of Nixon reborn and a corrupt President trapped by his own lies and malfeasance.


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Tim Russert should be ashamed

I'm trying, and failing, to understand why Meet the Press gave an indicted former member of Congress, a corrupt politician who resigned in disgrace, a forum upon which to espouse hate and division Sunday as President George W. Bush's illegal and immoral Iraq war enters its fifth year.


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No longer serving at anyone’s pleasure

The Bush administration, trying to extricate itself from yet another scandal, tries to dismiss the firing of eight U.S. attorneys who failed the White House loyalty test as a legal move because the attorneys "serve at the pleasure of the President."
OK. Fair enough. But let's remember that under our system of government, George W. Bush serves as President at the pleasure of the American people.

And we've got a newsflash for you Mr. Bush. We, the American people no longer believe you should be serving at our pleasure.

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