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It's hard to figure why blowing up the Middle East hasn't had the intended effect of lowering gas prices.


How it really works?

Karl Rove calls President Bush in for a meeting.

Half a year ago, I cataloged what was then Ken Mehlman's most recent batch of lies and then wrote this ...

This hurricane of lies scarcely covers all the false or misleading statements he made in just that one little video clip. So please take a look at the clip and send in any more examples you find of clearly false or intentionally misleading statements.

What this country will end up needing is something like a Truth and Reconciliation Commission because what the country needs is not so much for particular people to go to jail but for the lies and the lies to cover up earlier lies to stop. The country can't get past what has happened or move forward until we can get the truth on the table, deal with it and move on.

Just now I got this email from TPM Reader DF in regard to the post below ...

Here's a suggestion, for what it's worth. Many voters are smart enough to distinguish partisan revenge from genuine reform of broken systems. The Democrats should promise that if they regain control of Congress, they will establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, similar to the one formed in South Africa after the end of apartheid. It's purpose would not be punishment or vindictiveness - in fact, the Democrats should make clear that they don't seek the prosecution of any current member of the administration. But they should make it clear that we need to know what has happened, why it's happened, and how to prevent similar mistakes from happening again.

I don't believe voters want Congress to score partisan points. They want Congress to identify and solve problems. A Truth and Reconciliation Commission, or similar body, could send that message. I think it would be a powerful idea in the upcoming election.

There are a hundred reasons why this won't happen, and more than a few why it probably shouldn't happen. Should the Democrats return wholly or partly to power this November it would be stupid to get bogged down in a lot of Kumbaya bipartisanship talk that the other side will be immediately plotting against. But what the country needs is a cold shower of the truth and a clearing of the webs of lies that have cluttered and fettered our public life. Sending crooks to the slammer is by far a secondary concern.

Bright side for the White House: it can only get worse.

I wrote my column about this this week and I've been giving it a fair amount of thought.

The president is unpopular for a lot of reasons. The biggest reason is probably Iraq -- in all its many manifestations. But a very big reason -- and one that suffuses many of the other reasons -- is a growing sense that the president and his chief advisors are dishonest, incompetent, cynical and possibly corrupt.

That's not great. But when you think about this coming election, and the stakes for the White House, you need to figure that that's all come about without any independent, let alone antagonistic or hostile, investigations into the key issues that have led to this souring view of the president.

Would the president look better after a new look at the Iraq intel bamboozlement that wasn't controlled by Sen. Roberts? How about an investigation into the executive branch side of the Abramoff scandal? What about a look into the Plame affair? What about the folks in Rumsfeld's office who knew about Duke's corruption but looked the other way?

Aggrieved opposition parties can go overboard when they come back into power and damage themselves -- the Republicans in 1946 and 1994 are good examples. But the Bush administration has built up a very big backlog of bad acts.

Get ready for a rough summer and fall. The White House can't afford to lose either house of Congress.

It's hard to know quite how to riff on the Tony Snow appointment since the joke sort of tells itself and it's hard to improve on that. But as TPM Reader JE asks, does Tony have to quit his job at Fox? Or can it be a joint appointment?

And going back to the on-going debate about Valerie Plame, was Tony really a covert at Fox or was he just under light cover?

Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) says he has evidence that proves he did nothing wrong when he allowed himself and his wife to bag 15% of his campaign contributions. But he won't reveal the evidence.

Sometimes I like passing on headlines because for all their randomness they seem to hint at some broader truth.

Here on the front page of the CNN website we have: "Terror Case Against Ice Cream Salesman Collapses."