In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

A Lott of corruption

When Republicans lost control of Congress in the 2006 mid-term election and scandal-scarred Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist went back home to Tennessee, the party of the elephant had a chance to prove it could learn from its mistakes and correct the corrupt abuses of the past.

Instead, the party turned to one of its most corrupt, disgraced former majority leader Trent Lott, as its new minority whip in the Senate.

Lott’s re-emergence as a power broker in the GOP showcases how Republicans still believe in the old-boy system and couldn’t care less about reform, decency or rule of law.

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Cheney insisted on torture of prisoners

Dick Cheney is, without question, the most powerful American Vice President in history. His power within the Bush Administration is, for the most part, unchecked and his rule is absolute.

More than anyone else in the White House, Cheney has promoted the notion that the Administration is above the law and does not have to answer to the Constitution, Congress or the Supreme Court.

Nowhere is that abuse of power and law more evident than in Cheney’s belief that torture is an accepted form of interrogation of prisoners and the terms of the Geneva Convention can, and should, be ignored in Bush’s so-called “war on terror.”

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Obama: Close Gitmo now!

Barack Obama told a Texas crowd on Sunday that he wants the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee facility closed — a step the Bush administration is considering.

The Democratic presidential hopeful pledged to work side-by-side with the rest of the world on issues like nuclear proliferation, poverty, economic development in Latin America and the violence in Darfur.

“While we’re at it,” he said, “we’re going to close Guantanamo. And we’re going to restore habeas corpus. … We’re going to lead by example — by not just word but by deed. That’s our vision for the future.”

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Mrs. Edwards supports gay marriage

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, kicked off San Francisco’s annual gay pride parade Sunday by splitting with her husband over support for legalized gay marriage.

“I don’t know why someone else’s marriage has anything to do with me,” Mrs. Edwards said at a news conference before the parade started. “I’m completely comfortable with gay marriage.”

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NBC News losing more viewers than CBS

One of the small indignities of a high-paying television job is rising after getting home from Texas at 3:05 a.m. for a conversation about why your ratings are going south.

Brian Williams dutifully does it, weary voice and all, even if he and NBC can’t fully explain why after two years on top his “Nightly News” broadcast has suddenly been eclipsed by ABC and Charles Gibson.

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