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Stop Lying About Barbara Lee

Memo to contrarians & conspiracy theorists: you don't help your cause by trampling on the truth.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is a progressive champion, and a smart legislator. Unfortunately, some of the people trumpeting her work are trying to manipulate her behavior into some sort of "proof" that progressive Democrats sold out the antiwar movement.

During the debate over the Iraq bill, Lee crafted a tougher antiwar bill that she said she was considering trying to amend to the Iraq supplemental. Some contrairians who seem more interested in protesting than ending the war claim that Lee was "not permitted to offer for a vote her amendment." This is flat-out untrue.

David Sirota is a veteran political strategist and author of Hostile Takeover , a New York Times bestseller about the corruption of both political parties.