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December 22, 2005

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today about the unfinished business that remains at the end of the first session of the 109th Congress: “Congress is adjourning without addressing the urgent needs of everyday Americans, including skyrocketing home heating costs and the confusing Medicare prescription drug benefit. “In the [...]
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December 20, 2005

The Associated Press Tuesday 20 December 2005 Atlanta - U.S. Representative John Lewis said in a radio interview on Monday that President Bush should be impeached if he broke the law in authorizing spying on Americans. The Democratic congressman from Georgia told WAOK-AM that [...]
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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today asked four presidential scholars for their opinion on former White House Counsel John Dean's statement that President Bush admitted to an "impeachable offense" when he said he authorized the National Security Agency to spy on Americans without getting a warrant from a [...]
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[Original Link] The grassroots group Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), which has had a good deal of success organizing activists who want the Democrats to take a more aggressive stance in challenging the administration, will play a critical role in the effort to mobilize support for the Conyers resolutions, as part of a new Censure Bush [...]
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December 19, 2005

By Larisa Alexandrovna and John Byrne, House Judiciary Committee Democrats, spearheaded by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), are set to release possibly the sharpest congressional critique to date surrounding Iraq, RAW STORY has learned. The report, titled "The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution and Coverups in [...]
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Washington, DC - Seventeen Members of the House Judiciary Committee today called on House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner to convene hearings to investigate the President ordering the National Security Agency (NSA) to engage in espionage of persons inside the United States without obtaining court-ordered warrants. Below is the text of the letter: [...]
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December 16, 2005

"Americans and Iraqis continue to die while House Republicans play political games," said Rep. Woolsey. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) led 17 Members of Congress in protesting today's Republican measure, H.Res.612, because it calls for a continued, open-ended presence of American troops in Iraq. "I congratulate the Iraqis for their successful election, but we [...]
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Skelton Motion to Instruct on H.R. 1815 - Defense Authorization Conference Report Insists on a Senate-passed provision that requires the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to report any clandestine prison or detention facilities currently or formerly operated by the U.S. government, regardless of location. APPROVED 228 - 187 PREVIOUS QUESTION Defeating the previous question [...]
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Washington, DC, Friday, December 16, 2005 - Congressman John Murtha, Ranking Member on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today distributed a "Dear Colleague" letter to other Members of the House opposing the latest resolution on Iraq, which calls for "complete victory" without defining what that means or qualifying how long that might take. The text [...]
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Kucinich Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Allow Iraqi Parliament-Not US House of Representatives- To Vote On The Future Of US Occupation Irony defined. On the same day the United States House of Representatives debates a bill to have the House of Representatives decided the length of the US occupation of Iraq, Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich [...]
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Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), today, introduced legislation to abolish the federal death penalty. The Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act of 2005, currently co-sponsored by 39 Members of Congress, will put an immediate halt to executions and forbid the imposition of the death penalty as a sentence for violations of federal law. "The death penalty [...]
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BY LYNN SWEET SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST With a campaign totally packaged by some of the nation's leading Democratic strategists in Washington and Illinois, wounded Iraq war vet Tammy Duckworth will announce a Democratic congressional primary bid Sunday. Duckworth was released from active Army duty Wednesday, a necessary step for her being eligible to [...]
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From: Rules Democrats Sent: Friday, December 16, 2005 8:18 AM Subject: Rules for HRes 612 - Iraq Resolution FOR MEMBER’S PERSONAL ATTENTION December 16, 2005 Dear Colleague: On Thursday, December 16th (legislative day of December 15th), at around 6:15 A.M., the House Rules Committee reported a closed rule providing for the consideration of H. Res. 612, “a [...]
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December 15, 2005

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 -- The New Jersey Senate voted 30-6 today to suspend all executions in the state and examine flaws in the death penalty system. The bill now moves to the Assembly for a scheduled January vote, where it is expected to pass. Once the bill becomes law, New Jersey will become the [...]
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December 14, 2005

Join Wednesday's National Actions by Phone or by Foot DON'T ALLOW ANY KATRINA SURVIVOR TO BE HOMELESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Washington, D.C. Protest When: Wednesday, December 14 at 11 a.m. EST Where: FEMA head office, 500 C Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. (or meet at 10 a.m. at L'Enfant Plaza Station) Then at noon, join the march to Congress Solidarity Phone-In/Lobbying Blitz Telephone calls [...]
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December 13, 2005

Phoenix, AZ- Coming out of running the only youth focused peer-to-peer field program during the Virginia 2005 election, members of Young Democrats of America (YDA) successfully pushed the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to unanimously create a “Youth Coordinating Council” at the DNC’s Meeting, December 2nd-3rd. The Youth Coordinating Council will continue building off YDA’s [...]
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By Norman Solomon No buzzards were gliding overhead, but several helicopters circled, under black sky tinged blue. On the shore of a stunning bay at a placid moment, the state prepared to kill. Outside the gates of San Quentin, people gathered to protest the impending execution of [...]
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December 12, 2005

I have stayed out of this debate on a variety of web forums for one basic reason: My mind simply cannot be changed about the death penalty. The circumstances of Tookie cannot change it. The circumstances of anyone on death row cannot change it. Nothing, but nothing, can change it. Taking this individual [...]
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[About Tookie] Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) today condemned Governor Haley Barbour's denial of clemency to John Nixon, a 77- year-old man who is scheduled to be executed in Mississippi on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court on Nixon's behalf are currently pending. Nixon would be the oldest person to be executed in the United States in [...]
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Ohio Senate Rules Committee Ignores all Citizen Input in Passing ID Requirement in H.B. 3: CASE Warns of Increased Voter Disenfranchisement, the Dangers of Privately Run Elections, and the Unconstitutionality of Denying the Right to Challenge Election Results. COLUMBUS, OH - The Rules Committee of the Ohio Senate approved H.B. 3 December 7, 2005, despite two [...]
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