Elizabeth Kucinich on Dennis’ Presidential Campaign (videos)

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Elizabeth gives impressive answers to questions about the essential motivations of Dennis and herself, and discusses campaign issues at the Oriental Theater in Denver, Colorado. Added: December 18, 2007

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Dennis Kucinich Can Win by Lo

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Kucinich Votes Against Afghan War Fund: Our Troops Are At Risk, Occupying A Narco-State In Which Heroin Production Is At Record Levels

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by Dennis Kucinich

Washington, Dec 17 – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) released the following statement in opposition to the 2008 omnibus appropriations bill presently before the House of Representatives:

“The dangerous bill contains three items that I feel compelled to bring to the attention of my Colleagues and the American people: more funding for the war in Afghanistan, more funding for nuclear energy, and funding that would support dirty coal.

“The omnibus bill provides another $31 billion for Afghanistan. The House continues to fund a fruitless war in Afghanistan,” Kucinich said.

“Just as we must get out of Iraq, we must leave Afghanistan as well. I have proposed legislation – HR 1234 – to provide for the stability of Iraq as we exit. We must change our direction in this region. The longer we stay, the greater the disaster.”

Kucinich noted that violence in Afghanistan has increased 30 percent over last year. There is no indication that the violence is ending. He also noted that heroin production has drastically increased since 2001. Afghanistan now provides 92 percent of the world’s opium, the main source of heroin.

“What in the world are American troops doing occupying a country while at the same time opium production is going through the roof? We know why the Bush Administration went into Iraq – oil. What is the reason we are staying in Afghanistan? Our troops are at risk, occupying a narco-state while heroin production is at record levels,” Kucinich said.

The counterproductive nature of the U.S. influence in Afghanistan and the corruption that has followed is clearly exemplified by the opium trade. Afghani government officials warn that, within the Afghan central government, former warlords now work as district and local police chiefs, as well as government officials.

“Instead of suppressing opium production in Afghanistan the trade is increasingly in the hands of warlords while eliminating smaller agents trying to make a living through this illicit trade,” Kucinich said.

“The Congress has condemned poppy cultivation for its financial support of insurgents, militias, and terrorist organizations operating in Afghanistan. Yet under our watch this chaos and corruption has ensued. Additionally our troops are at risk of drug addiction from the easy availability of heroin in Afghanistan.

“As the United States seeks to abate terrorism we must also learn from the consequences related to our foreign policy. After six years of destruction and death the United States should discontinue this immoral policy and immediately begin high-level diplomatic negotiations with the countries of the Middle East in an effort to establish true stability and peace in the region,” Kucinich said.

This omnibus appropriations bill also contains $20.5 billion for subsidies for nuclear energy, which is an attempt to prop up an energy source that is not financially viable without extreme government largesse. It creates toxic waste that lasts thousands of years or longer, even when the United States can’t deal with the waste that has already been generated.

Finally, in this time of heightened awareness of the challenges posed by global warming, this bill provides $8 billion in loan guarantees for dirty coal.

“The urgency of global warming requires that we avoid taking a step backward for every step we take forward. At a minimum, this bill should direct the $28.5 billion for these unsustainable energy sources toward energy sources on which we will come to rely, whether we want to or not, like solar, wind, and geothermal technologies.”

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APN Endorses Kucinich, McKinney for US Presidential Primaries By Matthew Cardinale

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By Matthew Cardinale,
on behalf of the Board of Directors,
The Atlanta Progressive News
December 17, 2007

(APN) ATLANTA – Atlanta Progressive News is pleased to issue two endorsements in the upcoming Primary Elections for President of the United States.

This year, the Board of Directors is making endorsements in both the Democratic and Green Party Primaries, even though in the State of Georgia the Green Party is currently not on the Primary ballot.

For the Democratic Party, APN endorses US Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). He may have been a latecomer to the impeachment issue, but has made up for it by introducing Articles of Impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney, a bill currently with 24 total co-sponsors, and by forcing a vote on debating them on the US House floor.

In addition, Kucinich has led the way on single payer universal health care, while most other candidates [aside from former US Sen. Mike Gravel (D-AK)] want to keep private insurance company profits in the system. On just about every issue, Kucinich takes a strong progressive position.

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December152007.com – Recap (Kucinich)

Kucinich: Impeachment and Peace (video; over 18 only)

Kucinich Praises Vote By The New Jersey Assembly To Abolish The State’s Death Penalty

Kucinich Campaign Weekly Update 12-17-07 (video)

Faux & Friends: Interviews Dennis Kucinich Again (video)

Kucinich would push peace, health care By Greta Cuyler

Sean Penn Endorses Dennis Kucinich (short version; video)

Countdown: Chris Dodd & the FISA Debate + Bushed! + When Clintons Attack + Luck ‘O The Huck (videos)

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Dec. 17, 2007

Chris Dodd and the FISA Debate

Filling in for Keith Olbermann Alison Stewart gives her report on the battle that occurred on the floor of the Senate today which thankfully for now resulted in Harry Reid pulling the bill off of the floor. Sam Seder from Air America weighs in on what happened and why.

Bushed!

Countdown’s list of the top three Bush scandals you may have forgotten about because of all of the new Bush scandals. Tonight’s: Waterboarding-Gate, Visitor Log-Gate and Gonzo-Gate. Can we find out how many times Jeff Gannon was visiting the White House now?

When Clintons Attack

Alison Stewart talks with Howard Fineman.

Luck ‘O The Huck

Alison Stewart speaks with Pat Buchanan.