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Seduced by a domineering mistress called politics

I arrived in Washington on March 1, 1981 on what I thought then would be a two-year sabbatical from journalism. I wanted to spend a couple of years learning government and the political system from the inside. Such knowledge, I thought, would help me become a better journalist.

At least that was the plan.

Bush lies about levels of violence in Iraq

The Bush administration is concealing the level of violence against U.S. troops in Iraq and the situation there is growing worse despite White House and Pentagon claims of progress, journalist Bob Woodward said in advance of a new book.

It’s the gas prices, stupid

By DAN K. THOMASSON

Amidst all the election season Sturm und Drang about who is responsible for the failure to eliminate Osama bin Laden and the continuing sectarian violence in Iraq, one salient fact is emerging: Americans are more likely to consider gas prices when they enter the polling booth this November.

Time to return American elections to American citizens

By DEROY MURDOCK

Before the 108th Congress expires, the Senate should pass, and President Bush should sign, the Federal Election Integrity Act. H.R. 4844, adopted 228-196 by the House on Sept. 20, would require Americans to present valid, government-issued photo identification to vote in the 2008 presidential election. By the 2010 mid-term congressional elections, voters must show a photo ID that demonstrates American citizenship.

More political trouble brewing for Republicans

Talk to voters in the traditional Republican strongholds of the heartland and you hear the same manta: The GOP has sold out their party, their principles and their country.

The real determining factor in this year’s midterm Congressional anger may be the anger of Republicans toward their own party and that anger could help Democrats on election day.

The House votes to strip away another freedom

As part of their continuing assault on freedom and the Constitution, the Republican-led House of Representatives Thursday approved President George W. Bush’s rights-robbing warrantless wiretapping program.

Republicans, in yet another blatant political move, called the legislation a test on whether or not Democrats "want to fight or coddle terrorists." In reality, the legislation is a election-year ploy to use the manufactured war on terrorism as a campaign theme.

As a result, another freedom that used to be protected by the Constitution is stripped away, destroyed forever by a Congress controlled by power-mad despots with no concern for basic rights.

The day freedom died in the United States of America

Freedom died in the halls of the United States Congress Thursday as the U.S. Senate passed White House-sponsored legislation that gives President Bush virtually unlimited power to approve torture of detainees and allows the U.S. military to hold, without due course or Constitutional protections, anyone it considers a terrorist or threat to this country.