On News Unfiltered: Kucinich on Impeaching Cheney, Pelosi on Musharaff, new voter confidence study

There are a few releases of note posted on News Unfiltered. The Kucinich campaign is planning a new nationwide conference call to discuss impeaching Dick Cheney.
Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is planning to re-schedule a nationwide conference call to discuss Articles of Impeachment against Vice President Richard B. Cheney after tonight's planned event encountered technical problems stemming largely from the overwhelming volume of calls from interested citizens.
Nancy Pelosi's statement on the Pakistan situation:

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Sick of Obstructionist, Timid Centrists

Could our "liberal" political leaders finally STAND FOR SOMETHING?  With Democrats like these, who needs Republicans???  

When the country is desperate for change, isn't it time for leaders who will... er... LEAD US there?  From the War in Iraq to universal health care to SCHIP to immigrant rights --- why can't we have leaders who believe in something and help persuade the nation, rather than pandering.  

Check out this great cartoon about the spineless pessimists and pragmatists standing in the way of a better future.  

Brought to you from the folks at the Movement Vision Lab

Someone once told me, "We have to meet people where they're at --- but we don't have to leave them there." Same with the country.

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Pelosi on Last Night's S-CHIP vote

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders held a news conference in the Capitol last night following the vote on the revised bipartisan SCHIP bill, which passed by a vote of 265 to 142. Below are the Speaker's opening remarks:
"Today we took another step forward in providing health insurance for 10 million children. It's an interesting vote. Although we had a number of absences on both sides, we had a situation where on the motion to recommit, the Republicans who all day railed against the increase in taxes in the package, in their motion to recommit, had the same 61-cent tax on cigarettes."
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My Letter to Pelosi: How Will You Fulfill Your Oath, If Not Impeachment?

If you were to somehow become President, Mrs. Pelosi, would you use the unConstitutional powers Bush/Cheney have amassed for the Unitary Executive Branch?

Would you torture? Illegally spy? Lie to get the US to occupy more countries to steal their resources? Kill hundreds of thousands of people for no right reason? Retain the right to martial law for no real reason? Imprison and seize the possessions of those who disagree with your policies? Declare yourself the only Definer of a National Emergency wherein you could take totalitarian power?

Would you keep Bush's recent Executive Orders in place? Refuse all subpoenas and accountability to the American people? Fire government employees for political gain and get away with it? Keep corrupt and incompetent "leaders" at the highest level of government?

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Pelosi Still Popular According to Rasmussen

So there was some talk a while back about how Pelosi's approval rating had dropped significantly below her post-election levels to be pretty much on par with the rest of congress. I always found this somewhat hard to believe, and I jsut happened upon a poll over at Rasmussen which puts her at 40%:

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Nancy Pelosi?

Very Favorable - 11%

Somewhat Favorable -29%

Somewhat Unfavorable - 21%

Very Unfavorable -26%

I will point out that Rasmussen is somewhat unreliable because they oversample conservatives(for example, they usually have Bush's approval at about 8 or 9 points higher levels than anyone else), but I don't think that bias would throw off numbers on Pelosi - if anything they make high positives even more striking. What is really interesting is that Harry Reid is not as liked, despite being much more prominent in his fight against the war lately:

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Harry Reid?

Very Favorable - 7%

Somewhat Favorable - 27%

Somewhat Unfavorable - 23%

Very Unfavorable - 20%

I think Pelosi is a stronger speaker than she is given credit for.

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