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"Cheney is Longtime Bad News for U.S.," by John Nichols, by the Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 16, 2007

"Bush administration provokes open war on Iran: Irbil raid, and other operations, authorized "several months ago," by Larry Chin, Global Research, Jan. 15, 2007

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"Iraq On The Record," U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman report, March 16, 2004

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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending July 27, 2007

  • Bush and GOP Resist Pressure
    to End Iraq War

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  • Flood of White House Scandals
    Provoke Wider Discussion
    of Impeachment Option

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  • 97-Year-Old Activist Granny D
    Reacts to Supreme Court Decision
    Weakening Campaign Finance Reform Law

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:

Bush and GOP Resist Pressure
to End Iraq War

Interview with Dahr Jamail,
independent journalist,
conducted by Scott Harris

Iraqi child

As the violence and bloodletting continue unabated in Iraq, President Bush maintains that progress is being made and that his escalation of the war through the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops needs more time to work. Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate have initiated a new debate on three amendments to a Pentagon funding bill, one of which would require withdrawal of U.S. troops by the end of April 2008. But with an expected Republican filibuster and a presidential veto, legislative measures to bring the war to an end are likely to fail.

However, as public opinion polls show approval for the president hovering around 25 percent, Republican members of Congress, especially those facing the voters in November 2008, are attempting to distance themselves from Bush and his war. The White House has responded by pressuring those wavering members of the GOP not to abandon the war surge strategy until a progress report is completed in mid-September. Further, the president and other officials in the administration are playing the fear card by warning that if the U.S. abandons the fight in Iraq, al Qaeda terrorists there will follow with renewed attacks on America.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with independent journalist Dahr Jamail, who reported from the streets of Iraq for eight months beginning in 2003. He assesses the deteriorating situation in Iraq and the Washington debate over the future of the failed U.S. occupation.

Read Dahr Jamail's articles online at A new book by Dahr Jamail, titled "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq," will be published this fall.

Flood of White House Scandals
Provoke Wider Discussion
of Impeachment Option

Interview with John Nichols,
Washington correspondent
with the Nation magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris


President Bush's second term has been plagued by the deepening quagmire of the Iraq occupation and a flood of scandals involving allegations of abuse of power. The latest controversies over executive misconduct to hit Washington involve the president's decision to commute the prison sentence of vice presidential aide Lewis Libby and his order to former White House Counsel Harriet Miers forbidding her from complying with a subpoena to testify before Congress.

The failure of Miers to appear before Congress may result in the House holding the one-time Supreme Court nominee in contempt. The subpoena issued to her was part of an investigation into the possible political motivations behind the firing last year of nine U.S. attorneys. The president's rescue of Lewis Libby from 2 1/2 years in prison is connected with the administration's illegal leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to the press as part of a campaign to discredit her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a critic of the president's reasons for launching the Iraq war.

Through these and other scandals -- related to official lies about the Iraq war, warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens, torture of prisoners and the administration's deadly mishandling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster -- the remedy of Impeachment has been discussed, but not taken seriously by Washington insiders and the corporate media. Things could be changing. Public television's Bill Moyers recently hosted a sober one-hour discussion of impeachment with two guests: Bruce Fein, a conservative attorney who worked in President Reagan's Department of Justice and John Nichols, Washington correspondent with the Nation magazine. Although politically polar opposites, Nichols and Fein both agreed that impeachment may be the only way Congress can hold this president accountable for his numerous violations of the U. S. constitution and Bill of Rights. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Nichols, who assesses the latest Bush administration scandals and increasing discussion of the impeachment option.

John Nichols is Washington correspondent with the Nation Magazine. Nichols is author of the book, The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders Cure for Royalism." Read Nichols' columns online at

97-Year-Old Activist Granny D
Reacts to Supreme Court Decision
Weakening Campaign Finance Reform Law

Interview with
Doris "Granny D" Haddock,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow at the nation's campaign finance reform law, known as McCain-Feingold. The Court upheld, 5-4, the right of corporations, unions and other big spenders to run so-called "issue ads" in the weeks before an election as a form of free speech as long as they don't explicitly urge a vote for or against a particular candidate. Chief Justice John Roberts said, "Where the First Amendment is implicated, the tie goes to the speaker, not the censor."

Equating money with speech is like selling democracy to the highest bidder, in the opinion of those who have worked for meaningful campaign finance reform. They have achieved some success, as Maine and Arizona have established public financing for statewide races, with Connecticut joining them next year. Four other states -- New Mexico, New Jersey, Vermont and North Carolina - also have public funding in place for some offices, and a few cities run municipal elections with public funding.

Bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate to provide public funding for congressional races. The Senate bill has nine co-sponsors, while the House bill has 52. One supporter of public financing says it would cost $2 billion a year to publicly fund races for Congress and the White House, or $6 per citizen. Meanwhile, the war in Iraq has averaged $111 billion per year over the past four years. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Doris Haddock, who, better known by her nickname, "Granny D," left her home state of New Hampshire and walked across the country in 2000, the year she turned 90, to support campaign finance reform. Here, she expresses her feelings about the recent Supreme Court decision, but also explains how she's continuing to work for reform.

Learn more about Granny D's views and projects by visiting her website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • A new push is on in Congress to create a permanent United Nations peacekeeping force that can quickly respond to emergencies. ("U.S. Congress Urged to Support Permanent U.N. Force,", June 11, 2007; "Shortfall Will Hit U.N. Missions, Say Campaigners," Financial Times, June 20, 2007; "Senate Panel OKs Boost in U.N. Peacekeeping Funds," Reuters, June 28, 2007)
  • The family of slain Palestinian rights activist Rachel Corrie was in a federal appeals court seeking to reinstate a lawsuit against Caterpillar, the U.S. company that built the armored bulldozer that killed her. ("Corrie Family Asks Court to Reinstate Case Against Caterpillar," Rachel Corrie Foundation, July 9, 2007; "Statement of Corrie family on the Caterpillar Appeal")
  • The National Labor Committee has announced a labor law compliance agreement with the owner of a Guatemalen clothing factory that makes the Daisy Fuentes brand line of clothing for Kohl's. ("Guatemalen Kohl's Apparel-Maker Signs Labor Pledge," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 5, 2007; "Guatemalen Factory Making Daisy Fuentes Clothing," Associated Press, July 5, 2007)

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 7/20/07

U.S. Politics

"Senate Tied in Knots by Filibusters," by Margaret Talev, McClatchy Newspapers, July 20, 2007

"A Washington Tryst? Questions from the Iraq Vigil," by Glenn Hurowitz,Huffington Post, July 18, 2007

"Harry Reid Finally Starts to Fight Smart,"by John Nichols, The Nation, July 17, 2007

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Bush Regime

"Impeach George Bush to Stop War Lies, Deaths," by Jimmy Breslin,, July 22, 2007

"DeFazio asks, but he's denied access: Classified info - The congressman wanted to see government plans for after a terror attack," Jeff Kosseff, The Oregonian, July 20, 2007

"Inspector General Confirms Probe of Rogue FBI Anti-Terror Office," by Ryan Singel,, July 19, 2007

"DOJ All But "Operating on Autopilot," by Brooke Masters, The Financial Times UK, July 19, 2007

"Reining In an Out-of-Control Executive," by Marjorie Cohn, Huffington Post, July 17, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Iraq War Debate: The Great Denier," The New York Times | Editorial, July 21, 2007

"Bribery Network to Bloat War Costs Is Alleged,"by James Glanz, The New York Times, July 21, 2007

"Watchdog Group: Government Awards Contracts Despite Firms' Misconduct," by Roxana Tiron, The Hill, July 19, 2007

"The Rest Is Marketing," by Sidney Blumenthal, The Guardian UK, July 19, 2007

"Slick Connections: U.S. Influence on Iraqi Oil," by Erik Leaver & Greg Muttitt, Foreign Policy In Focus, July 18, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"A Really Bad Case of 'Reality,'" by Rosa Brooks, The Los Angeles Times," July 20, 2007

"Iraqi Jails in "Appalling" Condition," by Molly Hennessy-Fiske, The Los Angeles Times, July 21, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Destabilizing Iraq, Broadly Defined," by Walter Pincus, Washington Post, July 23, 2007

"Jewish Inmates Say Torah Now Banned," by Stewart Ain, The Jewish Week, July 20, 2007

"Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq," Office of the Press Secretary, July 17, 2007

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"A Bloody Mirror For the Media," by Norman Solomon,, July 6, 2007

"A Memo For David Brooks," by David Corn,, July 3, 2007

More newswire ...


"Peace Activist Sheehan Arrested at Congress," by Thomas Ferraro, Reuters, July 23, 2007

"Reflections on the US Social Forum: Three Cautions for the Future of the Left," by Sally Kohn,, July 18, 2007

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