White House

Bush’s ratings at all-time low

Less than one-quarter of Americans think President George W. Bush is doing a good job, giving him the worst marks of his two-term presidency, a poll showed Tuesday.

The poll also showed 80 percent think the United States is on the wrong track.

Only 24 percent of those surveyed gave Bush a positive rating, a score "worse than that of any president, except for Jimmy Carter (22 percent in July 1980) since Harris first started measuring them," the Harris polling agency, which conducted the survey, said.

Rumsfeld ignored torture warnings

This Pentagon file photo, obtained by The Associated Press, shows Sgt. Michael Smith, left, with his dog Marco, menacing a detainee at an unspecified date in 2003 at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq.

Military psychologists were enlisted to help develop more aggressive interrogation methods, including snarling dogs, forced nudity and long periods of standing, against terrorism suspects, according to a Senate investigation.

Protests mark Bush’s Europe tour

Protesters scuffled with riot police in central London Sunday as US President George W. Bush held talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, nearly at the end of a farewell European tour.

Iran and Iraq were expected to on the menu over dinner in Downing Street, whilst the two men meet for more formal talks on Monday, before Bush heads for Northern Ireland and then home.

Protecting Dick Cheney

The House has just passed a bill that would give Vice President Dick Cheney and his successors up to six months of Secret Service protection after leaving office. The secretary of Homeland Security could extend it if warranted.

Bush: ‘Sorry I said that’

President George W Bush admitted on Wednesday that his tough rhetoric had given the world the impression was a "guy really anxious for war" and said he now wished he had used a different tone on the global stage.

Cheney’s WVa joke crashes & burns

Vice President Dick Cheney threw a verbal insult at West Virginians on Monday, but quickly apologized.

Talking about his family roots and how he’s distantly related to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the vice president noted that he had Cheneys on both sides of his family.

“And we don’t even live in West Virginia,” Cheney quipped.

So many pardons, so little time

President Bush has not been shy about exercising the powers of the presidency, even claiming some that don’t exist, but there is one presidential prerogative of which he has been unusually chary — the power to pardon.

Bush’s incredible culture of secrecy

The Bush White House is known for secrecy and strict message control, and a new book by its former press secretary details extraordinary measures it has used to manage what information gets out.

Just another Bush administration lie?

CIA director Michael Hayden has come under stiff challenge for portraying Al-Qaeda as on the defensive after global setbacks, even in its safe havens along the Afghan-Pakistani border.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, Jay Rockefeller, said Friday that Hayden’s upbeat appraisal was not consistent with intelligence assessments provided to his committee over the past year.

Bush faces death row decision

It is growing increasingly likely that a decision not faced by any president in nearly 50 years will fall to the next occupant of the Oval Office.

Since 2006, President Bush has had on his desk a recommendation from the Army that two soldiers on the U.S. military’s death row be executed for the crimes they committed while in the service.