Unfiled

Why didn’t Bush retaliate for the bombing of the USS Cole?

By MARTIN SCHRAM

Ever since 9/11, the Bush-Cheney mantra, uttered most frequently in campaign seasons, was that Osama bin Laden was emboldened to attack America due to the failure of President Bill Clinton’s administration to forcefully and fully respond to earlier terror strikes — especially the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.

The politics of polling

By JOHN J. MONAGHAN
The Providence Journal

Have the disciples of the evil Karl Rove lost their minds?

Has all the hype that identifies today’s political P.R. people as in-charge geniuses loosened the strings of the current crop of spin-doctors?

Maybe it’s blissful ignorance or plain old arrogance.

But come on, guys. Think about it.

A fatal flaw?

By DALE McFEATTERS

The compromise between President Bush and Senate Republicans on detainee treatment has one gaping flaw. It carves out an open-ended exception to the great legal principle of habeas corpus.

Consultants got rich in 2004 elections

Almost half the nearly $4 billion spent on the U.S. presidential and congressional election campaigns two years ago went to consultants offering media advice and other services, a public interest watchdog group said on Tuesday.