The House approved an intelligence bill Thursday that would prohibit the CIA from using waterboarding, mock executions and other harsh interrogation methods.
The 222-199 vote sent the measure to the Senate, which still must act before it can go to President Bush. The White House has threatened a veto.
President Bush vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have expanded government-provided health insurance for children, his second slap-down of a bipartisan effort in Congress to dramatically increase funding for the popular program.
It was Bush's seventh veto in seven years — all but one coming since Democrats took control of Congress in January. Wednesday was the deadline for Bush to act or let the bill become law. The president also vetoed an earlier, similar bill expanding the health insurance program.
Bush vetoed the bill in private.
Military families, long a source of support for wartime Presidents, have had it with George W. Bush's illegal and immoral war in Iraq and want their husbands, wives, sons and daughters brought home before any more die in vain.
A new poll by The Los Angeles Times shows nearly sixty percent of military families don't support Bush's war, believe invading Iraq was a mistake, and want the conflict ended now.
Opposition to the war among families of military personnel is only slightly less than the overwhelming public anger towards Bush's war, the poll found.
President Bush has now firmly established his credentials as an incredible world leader.
But this is no occasion for celebration. Because in an age of Islamic terrorism and nuclear uncertainty, when the world needs to trust the words of the leader of the planet's only superpower, President Bush has demonstrated that his words are indeed incredible. As in: not credible. Or as Merriam-Webster Online defines it: "implausible, inconceivable, unbelievable, unconvincing" and "too ... improbable to be believed."
President Bush and congressional Democrats are locked in a struggle over Iraq spending, with neither side budging and each calculating that their argument will be the one to resonate with voters.
For both sides, this rhetorical tug-of-war has become a question of leadership on national security issues and who is more committed to the troops.
"It's unconscionable to deny funds to our troops in harm's way because some in Congress want to force a self-defeating policy, especially when we're seeing the benefits of success," Bush said in a Rose Garden speech on Monday.
If nothing else comes of it, the Annapolis initiative for Middle East peace has dramatically demonstrated that even a politically wounded president of the United States still has huge influence in world affairs.
Around 5,000 American troops will head home later this month as part of a withdrawal plan announced by President George W. Bush, US military spokesman Rear Admiral Gregory Smith said Saturday.
"Current conditions allow for a withdrawal of the first unit, the Grey Wolf Brigade, starting on November 27th," Smith told reporters at a press conference in Baghdad.
The brigade will not be replaced, he said, adding the drawdown is an indication of "overall improved security within Iraq as well as the improved capabilities of the Iraqi security forces."
White House press secretaries, who speak for the president and appear before the nation on his behalf, have traditionally kept their secrets while their bosses are in office.
That unwritten rule has faded in the face of big advances for political tell-all books.
A former White House press secretary has accused President George W. Bush of misleading the public over a CIA leak which blew the cover of one of their spies and rocked the US administration.
Scott McClellan, who was Bush's chief spokesman between 2003-2006, says in an excerpt from his upcoming book that he unknowingly gave wrong information about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame in 2003.
He told reporters in October 2003 that top White House aides Karl Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby were not involved in leaking her name to the media.
Fran Townsend, the leading White House-based terrorism adviser who gave public updates on the extent of the threat to U.S. security, is stepping down after 4 1/2 years.
President Bush said in a statement Monday morning that Townsend, 45, "has ably guided the Homeland Security Council. She has played an integral role in the formation of the key strategies and policies my administration has used to combat terror and protect Americans."