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Josh Marshall

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Frist: Senate GOP polls sagging because CNN not living up to role as GOP mouthpiece.

Rep. Curt Weldon wanted to make a secret trip to Iraq to oversee a dig to uncover hidden WMD. Eventually even the guy with the alleged WMD treasure map decided Weldon was too whacked.

Senate Committee on the Environment and dingbat media watchdogs too.

Sen. James Inhofe's Senate Environment and Public Works Committee put out this press release slamming an AP article that reported there is a scientific consensus that the claims Al Gore makes in his movie are correct.

This is what they spend their time on.

Late Update: Good Catch! Until a couple months ago, the press release writer, Marc Marono, worked for CNSnews.com where he distinguished himself by using disgraced NASA crony George Deutsch to attack NASA scientist James Hansen. Deutsch, you'll remember, was the young Bush campaign flack who was sent over to NASA to censor scientific publications, made a splash when he instructed NASA scientists not to discuss the Big Bang without considering the topic from a religious perspective and then got bounced when it emerged that he'd lied about having a college degree. Earlier, Marono wrote this beaut questioning whether Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) may have faked the wounds for which he received two Purple Hearts.

So on exporting democracy ...

1. President encourages supporters to accuse newspaper reporters of treason: check.

2. President mandates systematic use of torture: check.

3. President routinely asserts right to ignore laws passed by Congress: check.

What am I missing?

Actually, I think it's more one of those trick questions. Like, we're not exporting 'democracy' but our democracy. So, as we send it to them, we lose ours.

Last week I linked to a post by Paul Begala about what Dems should be saying on Iraq. But it was on a day when we were having some server issues at TPMCafe. So a number of people wrote in to say they hadn't been able to read it. Here it is. If you missed it, definitely give it a read.

Following up on the post immediately below, I think we're likely going to start tracking some positions here on Social Security, now that the president has announced he's going to take another stab at phasing out Social Security next year. So, for starters, if you live in Rep. Chocola's (R-IN) district, let us know the latest about what he's saying his position is on phasing out Social Security.

And if you're not in Indiana's second district, let us know the latest you've heard from your member of Congress.

Here's Rep. Chocola's current position on Social Security from his congressional website: "Social Security has long been, and continues to be, a critical resource for millions of Americans entering retirement. While the system can be maintained in the short-term, it is clear that reforms must be made without jeopardizing the payments that current and future retirees need and deserve. The President recognizes the undeniable challenges created by the pending retirement of the baby boom generation and is leading necessary debate. I look forward to participating in this debate while working towards a bi-partisan solution."

I think that means he's pro-phase-out. But he's trying to keep it fuzzy.

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