War Supporters Ready to Vote for "Stay the Course"

The House Republican leadership has an exquisite sense of timing.  First, our air force drops a 500-lb bomb, killing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.  Next, Nuri al-Maliki completes his cabinet appointments.  Then, President Bush and his senior advisors convene at Camp David to talk about Iraq. Drum roll, please...
House Majority Leader Boehner announces a debate on the Iraq War for this Thursday.  Could there be a better time for an aye-vote on "Stay the Course"?  

Boehner's response to the groundswell of grass roots support for a full and open debate about Iraq is H. Res. 861, which provides unconditional support for the Iraq War and equates it with the "Global War on Terror." Ignoring the calls of American citizens across the country for a Congressional debate where all alternatives to the "Stay the Course" strategy can be presented and debated, Boehner is using the power of the Majority Party to propose a resolution that he hopes will embarrass those Democrats and Republicans calling for open and honest debate.   Read the full resolution here.

Do not be fooled by Boehner and his gang! The Democrats have been and ARE active on this issue.  They've been pushing since December for H Res 543, which would get  the war a fair hearing. But Boehner and the majority of the GOP are afraid of that, and so are throwing  H Res 861 out there as a red herring.  

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It's Half-time for the "Open Iraq Debate"!

Yesterday, Steve Rothman of New Jersey became the 110th signer of the discharge petition for H. Res. 543, taking us beyond the half-way point towards our goal of 218 signatures, which will win us a full and open debate on the Iraq War.

We hear that the phones are ringing off the hook in the halls of Congress with angry constituents asking their Representatives why they don't support at least an honest debate -- because without it, alternatives that are superior to the President's failed policies don't even have a chance to be heard.  Alternatives ARE being debated vigorously and heatedly in op-ed pages and TV shows and even around water coolers, but not in Congress.  Isn't that a bit ridiculous?  Don't we pay these people to talk?

Some people are doing more than talking...

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Chuck Pennacchio - Rabid defender of Democatic Ideals

So I watched the Democratic Pennsylvania senate primary debate last night and it was definitely interesting. Both Sals and Pennacchio were taking chunks of flesh out of Casey with direct attacks on the issues including gay marriage, the alito nomination, and the right to choose.

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Carly Fiorina vs Barbara Boxer Debate: Live Coverage and AnalysisCarly Fiorina vs Barbara Boxer Debate: Live Coverage and Analysis

Moraga, California is the scene the first U.S. Senate debate between Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer. The one hour debate begins at 7 PM Pacific and will be aired live in every media market in California and nationally on C-SPAN. The stakes are high, according to the two most recent public polls, Senator Boxer is either winning by five points or losing by five points. The focus tonight should be on jobs. In fact, it would make sense for the debate to only focus on jobs and leave everything else for other debates. California is in a serious jobs crisis. Today's July numbers, showed that 12 of the 17 metro areas with unemployment over 15% are in California. The metro area with highest unemployment is in California, scoring over 30%. When it comes to voting this fall, Californians especially need to know where the candidates stand on jobs. The live-blog after the jump. Tune in via KTVU or C-SPAN

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