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

Why Obama Disappoints

A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both. – – – James Madison

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference. – – – Thomas Jefferson

Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide. – – – John Adams

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Maybe it is just his style. Maybe he is so much smarter than the rest of us, that he bides his time and surprises people with his chess-like end game.

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Lobbyists’ contributions

I have a question about PACs making contributions to Candidates. This is legal under the U.S. Constitution. I think the difference in our wanting them made illegal, is that the Congress waits for money from the Lobbyists before making their legislative decisions.
I belong to several organizations that stand up firmly for individual rights. We do not assume any Congress member would be influenced by our contributions but we want those who are in our corner to win.

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Unresolved disputes threaten health care reform

Just a few unsolved problems — and one final sales job — stand between House Democratic leaders and a landmark vote on President Barack Obama’s promised remake of the nation’s health care system.

Unfortunately for the Democrats, the unresolved issues are among the most vexing out there: abortion and immigration.

And although they’re confident they’ll succeed, Democratic leaders have yet to nail down the votes they’ll need to pass their sweeping bill. They’re aiming for floor action to begin as early as Friday and finish before Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Or, as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer put it when asked when the House would take up the health care bill, “Friday or Saturday or Monday or Tuesday.”

“We want to make sure it’s correct,” Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters Monday.

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GOP right-wing determined to split, marginalize party

The rabid right-wing of the Republican Party senses a chance to seize even more power and may challenge more than a dozen current GOP candidates in key House and Senate races next year.

Conservatives see no room in the GOP for moderates or those who don’t fall lockstep into line for hard-core right-wing issues, a stance that scares the hell out of Republican party officials who see expanding the base as the only hope for Republicans in 2010.

“What you’re going to see,” former GOP House majoirty leader Dick Armey tells Politico, is moderates and conservatives across the country in primaries.”

In other words, a party ripped apart from within.

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Now that’s weird

Like anyone who works regularly with computers, I’m used to glitches that defy explanation. Since Capitol Hill Blue is a dynamic web site driven by a database-oriented content management system (CMS), the unexplained becomes the norm.

But the problem that kept us from posting new news stories Monday is still puzzling.

Every attempt to post a news entry Monday resulted in a timeout error. At first I thought it might be a memory problem with the server or perhaps a problem because our database contains more than 20,000 articles.

But we could still post blogs and comments, just not news articles. I was contemplating moving the site to new servers when I decided to try posting from a different computer.

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