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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

So why is Dianne Feinstein going to vote for Mukasey as Attorney General after he gave responses on waterboarding, torture and unitary authority that were right out of the White House Q and A response book?

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

BuzzFlash is extremely proud to post its second weekly “Rockridge Responds” column.

In this useful and vitally needed feature, members of the Rockridge Institute (including many experts, but most closely associated with George Lakoff) will offer suggestions on how to positively “frame” progressive issues, responding to questions from readers like you.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Even as one faction of the American government, the military and the corporatocracy grow collectively more alarmed about the possibility of a U.S. attack on Iran, the Bush/Cheney Administration and its allies seem increasingly moving towards just such a new war.

Okay, so Sen. James Webb (D-VA) and 29 other U.S. Senators who oppose such a mad plan have done what? They've written a letter to the president telling him that he cannot attack Iran without express approval in advance from the Congress.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
by Chad Rubel

Hey did you know Tuesday is a holiday? What, it's not?

Sadly, Election Day is not a holiday. But hey, it's the United States. We hardly get any holidays. And most of the holidays that are holidays, the vast majority of us still have to go to work.

Holidays are special because they are rare, and they are days that are important to our lives. And Election Day should be one of those days. After all, what is more important than participating in our democracy?

So will Tuesday, November 6, be a holiday for you? In most areas, this Election Day won't be that significant. Then again, having spent a few days in Cincinnati, I saw quite a few election ads, and if I didn't know there was a governor's race across the Ohio River in Kentucky, I certainly found out by watching TV.

But we need to start treating every first Tuesday (that is followed by the first Monday) in November as a holiday. We need to start the trend to make Election Day important enough to spare a day at work.

Friday, 02 November 2007 06:11

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 2, 2007

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Subject: Mukasey AG nomination. Mutiny at the State Dept.

Buzzers -

Here's a letter I sent to the NYTimes yesterday. It wasn't published, although several others expressing the same sentiments were.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Oh, my God, all the death and destruction, all the horror of “shock and awe,” penalty of stupidity boils down to “the law of unintended consequences”!

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Can you think of a bipartisan way
To frame these events? I can:

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. 

1//Asia Times Online, Hong Kong
MUSHARRAF FACES UP TO AN EMERGENCY
 

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Eric Haas
Senior Fellow
Rockridge Institute

Last April, President Bush told members of American Legion Post 177 that "we owe the families and the soldiers the best health care possible."

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