Saturday Afternoon Thread

With the topics of national security and America's place in the world still in mind, a story Elana Schor wrote for The Hill earlier this week sticks out.

Schumer and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have parlayed their bid for a steep new tariff on imported Chinese goods into political leverage since the bill won support in a Senate test vote a year ago. But while Schumer and Graham have met with high-ranking Bush administration officials, Beijing's initial steps to loosen its artificially depressed currency, the yuan, have had little impact on the massive U.S.-China trade deficit.


Lobbyists tend to unite against the Schumer-Graham bill, which would levy a 27.5 percent tariff on all Chinese imports if the yuan is not revalued after 180 days of trade talks. But lobbyists do agree with the senators that the current policy is not working. Imports from China account for nearly a quarter of the record $723 billion U.S. trade deficit, and the Chinese have made sluggish progress in cracking down on widespread intellectual-property violations.

Will the Bush administration come down on the side of American interests by supporting a show of force against China or the desires of corporate lobbyists by opposing the Schumer-Graham legislation? Hmm...

Also in the news:

  • George W. Bush's Justice Department says it's kosher to spy on attorney-client and doctor-patient conversations.
  • Katherine Harris realizes she ain't gonna win this fall and decides against sinking her large inheritance on a futile bid against Bill Nelson. Still, let's make her spend it all.
  • Even in a poll that finds Congress' approval rating about five to ten points higher than any other recent poll, Dems nevertheless hold a nine-point lead in the generic congressional ballot question says Time.
  • A progressive pundit on a Sunday show?
  • The investigation into the bribery of Randy "Duke" Cunningham continues with a Pentagon probe into MZM earmarks.
  • Congress still hasn't passed asbestos legislation.
What's on your mind this afternoon?

Tags: Open Thread (all tags)



Re: Saturday Afternoon Thread

Yesterday I posted my suggestion for how we can bring about the end of America's occupation of Iraq.  I'd welcome comments.

by carlmanaster 2006-03-25 10:44AM | 0 recs

She was on This Week few weeks ago...or maybe it was a couple months, can't remember.

She seems to have worked on her image, smiling a lot and better dressed than usual.

by LiberalFromPA 2006-03-25 12:41PM | 0 recs
Actblue has a Harry Mitchell

page up now.  I hate JD Hayworth so much that I gave MItchell a hundred bucks.  If you all can, please do the same to get that pompous Rush Limbaugh wanna windbag the fuck out of office.

by jgarcia 2006-03-25 01:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Actblue has a Harry Mitchell

Please consider looking at Larry King's candidacy in the district. He has been busy organizing and campaigning for 2 years now (before the last election). He has the support of many of the activist, he is a well respected judge here in AZ and an active member of just about every local civic group in the district. Larry King is also a very active Democrat and one of the most prominent African Americans in Arizona.

Progressive activists have been working for a while to get Larry King in and many of us are very very angry at Rahm Emanuel and the Dem Congressional Campaign Committee for ignoring him and selecting their own candidate.

Harry Mitchell is a good guy, but he was recruited to prevent the progressive Larry King from taking on Hayworth.

Larry also has a contribution page up on ActBlue and I'd encourage progressives to donate to his campaign.

by denniswine 2006-03-26 07:01AM | 0 recs

The Chinese trade defecit and our low trade barriers have annoyed me for years... it's ABOUT TIME something has been done about it, and a 29% tarriff will likely fix the problem and/or give us a lot more money... I actually have to thank Lindsey Graham, because, despite being a Republican, he still shows that he's not entirely devilish like Jim DeMint, which is both good and bad. Good in the sense that we've got a sane Republican in a pretty red state, bad in the sense that the seat's his as long as he lives (we need to give DeMint hell in 4 years).

by KainIIIC 2006-03-25 02:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Saturday Afternoon Thread

Any domestic or foreign policy statement by anyone other than the current administration.  Oh yeah, and not reading "Bush" in any headline on any "progressive" blog for the next freaking week.  

by rba 2006-03-25 03:38PM | 0 recs
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by Blue387 2006-03-25 09:55PM | 0 recs


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