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Larry Craig should stay and fight

When you get past the hyperbole, the political posturing and the blatant partisanship you can’t escape the feeling that Sen. Larry Craig was railroaded. Abandoned by his party, vilified by his critics and slammed by the right, Craig hinted Tuesday he may stay and fight. He should. Larry Craig may be a hypocrite when it comes to gay issues but the rush to banish him from the halls of power says more about the homophobia of others.
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When politics gets personal, everyone loses

Here at Capitol Hill Blue we've noticed a disturbing increase in hatred in comments posted by readers. Hatred towards President George W. Bush, hatred towards Senator Hillary Clinton, hatred towards former President Bill Clinton and even hatred towards this country. This disturbs us. It disturbs us a great deal. While we agree with many of our readers that this country is in great trouble, we cannot agree with the level of vitriol that is directed at those who serve in or seek public office.
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On vacation

Following the lead of Congress, which in itself is an oxy-moron, I'm taking at least the month of August off from the day-to-day grind at Capitol Hill Blue. It will be a working vacation. I have a full schedule of events relating to citizen journalism and the future of online journalism, starting with the Media Giraffe Conference in Washington next week and continuing with involvement in a number of citizen's journalism organizations.
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The USA Unpatriotic Act

I wish I could say an incident last week was the first time the rights-robbing USA Patriot Act has been used to prohibit me, as a working journalist, from doing my job. Unfortunately, the Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger who threatened me with arrest if I photographed him subjecting attendees of FloydFest to unreasonable search and seizure is only the latest time the Act has been thrown in my face and used to cover up the acts of a government that's out of control.
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American gestapo

The last place you expect to run into a federal government goon squad is the Blue Ridge Parkway, the scenic highway that runs through Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. But the abuse of power spawned by the Bush administration and the rights robbing USA Patriot Act runs rampant throughout the federal bureaucracy, as I learned this week while traveling the Parkway to get to an assignment photographing a summer music festival for my newspaper.
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The tyrannical reign of King George

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales returned to Capitol Hill Tuesday and did what he always does when he testifies before Congress. He lied. Gonzales lies so often that reporting the fact that he lied is no longer news. If the attorney general's lips are moving, you can bet he's lying. His latest around of lies, claiming he didn't brief lawmakers about a terrorist surveillance program directly contradicts a four-page memo from the office of the national intelligence director's office shows Gonzales did, in fact, discuss the program with eight Congressional leaders.
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Angry words over an emotional issue

Ordinarily, Sunday's news talk shows bore the hell out of me. Most of the time we get nothing but partisans from each side spouting carefully-rehearsed talking points in monotone. Sunday's Meet the Press, however, broke out of the ordinary with an incredible display of anger between opposing sides on the Iraq war, reflecting in large part the anger that has split this country because of a despotic President who send American men and women off to die for a war based on lies.
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A Congress of co-conspirators

The stage is set for a showdown between President George W. Bush and Congress. In the end, we might see who has the biggest balls…or perhaps if anyone has any at all. At issue is whether or not two former White House aides will be allowed to testify before Congress in the probe of the politically-motivated firings of U.S. attorneys. Bush, as expected, claimed executive privilege but said the aides could meet, behind closed doors, in "off the record" sessions on the Hill.
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Who you know, who you blow

Official Washington is holding its collective breath once again. George W. Bush didn't issue any new pardons or signing statements. We haven't thwarted another terrorist attack (assuming, of course, that we've ever thwarted any in the first place) and the bombers are not headed for Iran…yet. No, the whispers in the cloakrooms of Capitol Hill and over drinks in the bar at The Willard Hotel concern who's name may or may not be on Deborah Jeane Palfrey's phone list - the list that shows who did or did not use her ring of high price prostitutes.
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