Archive for the ‘Bush administration’ Category

10 Republicans Who Should Go Away

December 15, 2008

Ben Cohen Mon Nov 24, 10:04 am ET

With a new political era looming, veterans of the old political arena will scramble to redefine themselves in order to make a living. Politicians, media commentators and analysts may be ill equipt to deal with the changing electorate, increased power of the blogosphere and massive discontent with the status quo. Who will survive in the modern epoch? Here are 10 who should really think about calling it quits: (more…)

So Little Time, So Much Damage

November 5, 2008
November 4, 2008

While Americans eagerly vote for the next president, here’s a sobering reminder: As of Tuesday, George W. Bush still has 77 days left in the White House — and he’s not wasting a minute.

President Bush’s aides have been scrambling to change rules and regulations on the environment, civil liberties and abortion rights, among others — few for the good. Most presidents put on a last-minute policy stamp, but in Mr. Bush’s case it is more like a wrecking ball. We fear it could take months, or years, for the next president to identify and then undo all of the damage. (more…)

Anchorage Daily News Endorses Obama

October 28, 2008

Obama for president
Palin’s rise captivates us but nation needs a steady hand

(10/25/08 19:37:58)

Alaska enters its 50th-anniversary year in the glow of an improbable and highly memorable event: the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate. For the first time ever, an Alaskan is making a serious bid for national office, and in doing so she brings broad attention and recognition not only to herself, but also to the state she leads. (more…)

The Internet and the Death of Rovian Politics

October 23, 2008

October 23, 2008

Age has finally become an issue for John McCain. But the problem isn’t the candidate’s 72 years; it’s the antediluvian approach of his campaign.

McCain is running a textbook Rovian race: fear-based, smear-based, anything goes. But it isn’t working. The glitch in the well-oiled machine? The Internet. (more…)

Expert: Rove executive privilege claim won’t stand up in court

August 6, 2008

07/17/2008 @ 10:08 am

Filed by David Edwards and Nick Juliano

NYU professor says Bush power claims ‘wider than Nixon’

In the waning days of George W. Bush’s presidency, it seems that every week brings a new showdown with Congress over the president’s refusal to let his aides testify in the investigation of the US Attorney firing scandal.

MSNBC host Dan Abrams discussed the latest subpoena showdowns involving former Bush aide Karl Rove and Attorney General Michael Mukasey Wednesday night. Rove ignored a subpoena to testify a a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing, and Mukasey is refusing an Oversight Committee subpoena to hand over transcripts of the FBI’s interview with Vice President Dick Cheney during its Valerie Plame investigation. So far neither committee has voted to hold the officials in contempt of Congress.

New York University law professor Michael Waldman told Abrams Congress’ threats were becoming “hard to believe” and he worried about the extent to which Congress was willing to recognize Bush’s claims of executive privilege. Abrams qualified the restrictions as “no one is allowed to testify if they work for the president.”

“It’s much wider than previous administrations have claimed, even than Nixon claimed,” Waldman said. “And the fact of the matter is I think something like that will not stand up in court.”

“If I was the president I wouldn’t be too worried about this Congress either,” Abrams scoffed. “The fact that they have taken no action against Karl Rove — almost a week after he refused to even show up to assert his privilege — sure makes it seem like they’re willing to take it on the chin and avoid taking any action to enforce these subpoenas.”


The 25 Most Vicious Iraq War Profiteers

July 23, 2008

The Iraq war is many things to different people. It is called a strategic blunder and a monstrous injustice and sometimes even a patriotic mission, much to the chagrin of rational human beings. For many big companies, however, the war is something far different: a lucrative cash-cow. The years-long, ongoing military effort has resurrected fears of the so-called “military-industrial complex.” Media pundits are outraged at private companies scooping up huge, no-questions-asked contracts to manufacture weapons, rebuild infrastructure, or anything else the government deems necessary to win (or plant its flag in Iraq). No matter what your stance on the war, it pays to know where your tax dollars are being spent.

Following is a detailed rundown of the 25 companies squeezing the most profit from this controversial conflict. (more…)

Dick Cheney’s error: It’s government by the people

July 9, 2008

By Mickey Edwards
Saturday, March 22, 2008; A13

For at least six years, as I’ve become increasingly frustrated by the Bush administration’s repeated betrayal of constitutional — and conservative — principles, I have defended Vice President Cheney, a man I’ve known for decades and with whom I served and made common cause in Congress. No longer. (more…)

4,000 needless deaths . . .

June 30, 2008

Team McClellan!

June 2, 2008