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Shoot first, take questions later

By MARTIN SCHRAM No doubt you are as sick and tired as I am at having to listen to the whining of the White House press corps. Just because they are…

Dick Cheney’s legacy

By DALE McFEATTERS In politics, certain unplanned moments can suddenly _ and often unfairly _ crystallize a vague and unformed public impression into a lasting stereotype. President Bush senior's perplexity at a…

Political animals

By MICHAEL COLLINS Jimmy Carter fought off a killer bunny. Ronald Reagan was almost flogged by a turkey. And Andrew Jackson's potty-mouthed parrot was barred from his funeral. Vice President Dick Cheney…

The Cheney factor

By TOM RAUM At the start of the Bush presidency, Dick Cheney was viewed as the grown-up, the seasoned hand to guide an inexperienced president. Now, he's the center of controversy. His…

A lesson in old-fashioned politics

By DAVID HAMMER With a shove from party leaders, Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett abruptly quit a key Senate race in Ohio and further exposed a disconnect between the Democratic establishment…

Questions about project Able Danger

Pre-Sept. 11 intelligence conducted by a secret military unit identified terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta 13 different times, a congressman said Tuesday. During a Capitol Hill news conference, Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa.,…

Abramoff claimed close ties to Bush’s political guru

By JOHN SOLOMON and PETE YOST Three former associates of Jack Abramoff say the now-convicted lobbyist frequently told them he had strong ties to the White House through presidential confidant Karl…

The blame game: Lots of hype, no results

By DAN K. THOMASSON As always, Congress is focusing on the sins of the past and not the present. From that standpoint, the current investigations into the Katrina disaster are a familiar…

Campaign reform frenzy overlooks leadership PACs

By MARGARET TALEV McClatchy Newspapers Alaska Rep. Don Young gained infamy last year as the chairman of the House Transportation Committee who secured more than $200 million for a "bridge to nowhere"…

Texas authorities find Cheney at fault in shooting, cite him for failing to have valid hunting stamp

Vice President Dick Cheney violated Texas hunting law by not having a valid hunting stamp on his license and has been given a warning citation by the Texas Parks and…