The IRS seems to be targeting a number of progressive churches for investigation regarding their possible involvement in politics. At least one church is fighting back; not only have they gone public, they've hired the lawyer who used to head the IRS exempt organization division.
Sneaky? Communities on the US borders have been complaining about the Bush administration's plans to require a passport of anyone crossing the border. It costs nearly $100 to get a passport. Currently, people have to show proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate, and a picture id, like a driver's license. So now the government is proposing a special Travel Card for this purpose; it'll probably 'only' cost around $50. But the description of the card is making is sound to me very much line a national ID card. I deeply resent that this administration makes me feel like a nutbar conspiracy theorist.
The TSA doesn't harass only you; now they're harassing the airlines as well! Of course, they only want money from the airlines...
The White House is stonewalling press requests for information about which White House aides met with indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Be nice if somebody asked formally; like with a subpoena. The fact that Scotty originally said he'd seek out more information and then told the press he wouldn't get into staff-level meetings suggests to me that some high-level staff may be involved.
Avedon makes a pretty convincing case for Al Gore for the Democratic nomination in 2008. If only they'd hire her as a speechwriter or something.