Archive for March, 2007

According to Matthew Down, President Bush’s former top aide and pollster, his disappointment in Mr. Bush’s presidency is so great that he feels a sense of duty to go public given his role in helping Mr. Bush gain and keep power.
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The Interior Department’s investigation of Julie A. MacDonald, deputy assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks revealed her to be a bureaucratic “attack dog” who has been terrorizing scientific employees for years, trying to get them to alter scientific conclusions, soften recommendations, and give breaks to industry and land developers.
Ms. MacDonald has resisted […]

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Ten Marine reservists from Maine are among the 1,800 who have been called to active duty by the Marine Corps this week because of a shortage of volunteers to fill some jobs in Iraq.
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25 year old Sgt. Edmund Wayne McDonald, of Casco, died Wednesday in a vehicle accident. McDonald was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.
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The Live Earth concert will not be in Washington, D.C. Concert organizers pulled the plug on Washington as a venue for raising money and awareness on climate change, thanks in part to global warming skeptic James M. Inhofe.
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Maine ranked 33rd in the nation for average teacher salaries in an annual survey released Thursday. The average teacher in Maine made $40,935 for the 2004-2005 school year, up 2.7 percent from the year before, according to the American Federation of Teachers. The average teacher salary nationally was $47,602.
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First, you get a Republican elected President. With that home field advantage, you shore up the outfield with as many Republican appointments to the Supreme Court as possible. U.S. Attorneys are the infield. Weed out any that aren’t “loyal Bushies.” Attorney General? Head of FEMA? Virtually any other job? […]

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President Bush chose a meeting of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to have an all out hissy-fit over Democratic demands that he come up with something that resembles a plan for Iraq within eighteen months… that’s roughly $250 billion dollars and 1,700 American deaths from now.
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Eight federal prosecutors were fired last year because they did not sufficiently support President Bush’s priorities, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ former chief of staff says in remarks prepared for delivery Thursday to Congress:
“The distinction between ‘political’ and ‘performance-related’ reasons for removing a United States attorney is, in my view, largely artificial…A U.S. attorney who […]

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Maine’s minimum wage would be increased and automatically adjusted every year based on inflation under legislation that is being sponsored by Sen. Ethan Strimling, D-Portland.
“It’s too much, too soon and it goes too far,” said Dana Connors, president of the Maine Chamber of Commerce.
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The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is holding a hearing: “Allegations of Misconduct at the General Services Administration.” At issue are delicious allegations that GSA Administrator Lurita Doan “failed to follow proper procedures” in awarding federal contracts, manipulated contract negotiations, and engaged pure politics - including a Karl Rove-approved series of Powerpoint slides […]

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24 year old Army Sgt. Jason Swiger, another second South Portland High graduate from the Army’s 82d Airborne Division was killed in Iraq, reportedly while passing out candy to children when he and three other soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber in Diyala province. Swiger was on his third tour in Iraq with […]

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To quote California Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer: “For the first time, the Senate has passed binding legislation to begin the redeployment of American troops out of Iraq and to change their mission from a combat mission to a support mission, as recommended by the Iraq Study Group.”
By a vote of 50-48, the Senate defeated an […]

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An aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will plead the 5th — and refuse to testify before a Senate panel investigating the firings of eight U.S. attorneys according to her lawyer.
In the meantime, three Republican senators have voiced fresh concerns about how Attorney General Alberto Gonzales handled the dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys…
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