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Friday, September 29, 2006

All Politics Is Local 

On Thursday, September 28, 2006, the U.S. Congress passed a law suspending habeas corpus, authorizing torture, and installing George W. Bush as de facto dictator (making his job much easier, as he had long desired). On Friday, September 29, 2006, these were the headlines on the front page of our local paper, the San Francisco Chronicle:
2 CHRISTIAN FILMS GET THE ATTENTION OF HOLLYWOOD

HP'S TOUGH DAY IN CONGRESS

CAMPAIGN 2006: 40 DAYS TO GO, AND BOTH PARTIES ARE REVVING UP

WILL HE STAY OR WILL HE GO? BONDS' FUTURE IS A HOT TOPIC
Front page "teaser" headlines, for stories covered elsewhere in the paper:
GALA OPENING FOR DOWNTOWN MALL

COSTNER, KUTCHER GET ON SWIMMINGLY IN 'THE GUARDIAN'

GRAPE GLUT COULD LEAD TO BETTER WINES, CHEAPER PRICES

IN IRAQ, POOR CONSTRUCTION AND OIL INDUSTRY SABOTAGE
On page A2:
IN HER OWN WORDS: 250 BOXES OF ROSE KENNEDY'S WRITINGS AND PHOTOS OPEN TO PUBLIC AT JFK LIBRARY IN BOSTON
On page A3, under the section heading "Nation and World":
GUNMAN ON THE RUN AFTER KILLING DEPUTY

1 CLEARED, 2 CHARGED IN DUQUESNE SHOOTING

CANADA APOLOGIZES TO TORTURE VICTIM

RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS PULLED FROM GEORGIA

SENATE OK'S DETAINEE BILL -- HOUSE APPROVES WIRETAPS; VOTES BOOST BUSH, GOP GOING INTO NOV. 7 ELECTION
Suppose they had a coup and nobody noticed?

UPDATE: On the bright side . . . .
With President Bush poised to sign the White House-backed detainee treatment bill into law, groups are promising to challenge it in court "in days."

“I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in ‘H’ that this will be found constitutional,” Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, told Congressional Quarterly (sub. req.). CCR represents a number of Guantanamo prisoners.

Strangely, some senators who voted for the bill weren't convinced of its constitutionality.
UPDATE: Our righteous colleague Chris Floyd, jus' sayin' what everyone else is thinkin'. Or should be.

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