Matthew Duss

Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney Fearmonger in a Desperate Neocon Plot to Take Over Washington

I'm sure not many fathers think about whether their children will defend them one day from accusations that they ordered torture. Dick Cheney would probably be one of the few who has--and how nice that he got that lucky. Since her father left office, Liz Cheney has been his most visible and effective advocate. She's given speeches at conservative gatherings, written op-eds for publications like the Wall Street Journal and made dozens of television appearances, all aimed at defending her father's record and carrying his standard. And occasionally she finds herself having to claim that a technique developed by torturers as a method of torture (waterboarding) was not really torture when her father approved it.

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Congress Is Rushing to Pass Iran Sanctions That No One Thinks Will Work

The House is expected to take up and pass “a bill imposing tough new sanctions on Iran before the holiday recess.” Americans for Peace Now’s Lara Friedman reports that the bill maybe also pass the Senate quickly:

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Huckabee Rejects Two-State Solution

On a visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories this week, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee supported Israel’s right to build settlements on Palestinian land. He also stated his opposition to a two-state solution, saying that there is no room for a Palestinian state “in the middle of the Jewish homeland”:

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Foreclosures in Military Towns Quadruple US Rate

Bloomberg reports today that “in the midst of the worst surge in mortgage defaults in seven decades, foreclosures in U.S. towns where soldiers live are increasing at a pace almost four times the national average“:

Foreclosure filings in 10 towns and cities within 10 miles of military facilities, including Norfolk, Virginia, home of the Navy’s largest base, rose by an average 217 percent from January through April from a year earlier. Nationally, the rate was 59 percent in the same period, according to RealtyTrac, which tallies bank seizures, auctions and default notices.

The biggest surge was in Columbia, South Carolina, home to Fort Jackson, where the Army trains recruits for combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. Properties in some stage of foreclosure rose 492 percent from a year earlier, RealtyTrac said. The second-biggest increase was 414 percent in Woodbridge, Virginia, next to the Marine Corps Base Quantico.
We’ve never faced a situation like this, not in the Vietnam War, World War II, or the Korean War, where so many military are in danger of losing their homes,” Paul Sullivan, the executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, told Bloomerg.

Hagee Reneges On Retraction Of His Katrina Comments

Two weeks ago, controversial Pastor John Hagee reiterated his prior belief that Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans because it was "planning a sinful," "homosexual rally." Asked about the comments, McCain - who sought Hagee's endorsement for more than a year - was forced to distance himself, calling them "nonsense" nine times.

After McCain was put on the spot over Hagee, the ultra-conservative pastor put out a statement seemingly retracting his comments on the cause of Hurricane Katrina:

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Bush Foreign Policy Has Been a Huge Disaster

On Friday, the Atlantic’s Matthew Yglesias sat down with ThinkProgress to discuss his new book, “Heads In The Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats.� Among other topics, Yglesias shared his view on a liberal paradigm for the appropriate use of military force � suggesting that it’s essential, first of all, “to have a recognition of what it is possible to achieve with military force� � and discussing how this view differs from the Bush administration’s reckless and radical doctrine of preventive war:

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