White House

The end of days?

Paul Wolfowitz
Paul Wolfowitz (AP)

Paul Wolfowitz's future as World Bank president rests with the 24 board members who are trying to resolve conflict of interest charges that have roiled the poverty fighting institution.

The board planned to resume deliberations Thursday.

Wolfowitz wants a face-saving deal that would allow him to resign under his own terms and escape some blame for the furor involving his girlfriend's compensation.

Bush ignored the law and Justice Department to continue domestic spying

James Comey
James Comey testifies (AP)

Call it another classic example of an out-of-control Presidential administration trampling the Constitution into the dust. It took the personal intervention of President George W. Bush in 2004 to circumvent the law, ignore the protests of his own Attorney General, and continue an illegal eavesdropping program that spied on Americans.

Even then Attorney General John Ashcroft knew what the President wanted to do was illegal and threatened to resign over the White House actions.

But Bush, as he has done so many times before and enabled by administration yes man Alberto Gonzales, put himself and his agenda above the law and proceeded, knowing that he could ride roughshod over the Constitution, stare down a cowardly Congress and ignore the inevitable court decisions that would fact his acts unconstitutional.

Turn out the lights, the Wolfowitz party is over

Looks like embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz is the latest casualty of the George W. Bush "Brownie you're doing a heck of a job" syndrome.

After weeks of "unqualified" support, White House officials are now backing away from Wolfie faster than a champion horse at The Kentucky Derby.

Clearly, Wolfowitz's days are numbered.

McNulty out at Justice Department

Paul McNulty (AP)
 Paul McMulty (AP)

Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said Monday he will resign, becoming the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys.

Politics played major role in attorney firings

Alberto Gonzales (AP)
Alberto Gonzales (AP)

Politics played a major role in the firings of at least half of the U.S. attorneys targeted for removal by the Bush Administration last year.

Despite claims by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the White House that the lawyers were removed "for cause," newly-discovered documents show complaints by Republican lawmakers resulted in removal of at least six of the attorneys and possibly more.

Government of the few, for the few & by the few

Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized President Bush on Saturday as running a "government of the few, for the few and by the few."

"For six long years the hardworking families of our middle class have been invisible to this president," she said, promising to be a president who again sets goals for the country.

American casualties mount as Bush’s surge falters

Troops hunt for missing soldiers (AP)
Troops hunt for missing soldiers (AP)

When President George W. Bush first proposed his latest "troop surge" as another ploy to rescue his failed Iraq war strategy, Pentagon planners warned him the plan would increase American casualties in the civil-war torn country.

One estimate said the American death toll could top 10,000 by the end of 2008 and troop deaths have surged in recent weeks — the latest an attack on a military patrol that left five dead and three missing.

Although the "official" line out of both the Pentagon and the White House claims the surge is showing progress, the facts from soldiers on the ground says Baghdad and Iraq are becoming more and more dangerous and American casualties will continue to rise at alarming rates.

Gonzales grilled on Capitol Hill

AG Alberto Gonzales
Gonzales testifies (AP)

A confident Attorney General Alberto Gonzales endured another congressional grilling on the botched firings of federal prosecutors Thursday, seeming secure enough to call it a "somewhat liberating" experience.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee fired tough questions at him — as their Senate counterparts had last month. But Gonzales seemed to weather the interrogation better this time around, and he didn't hear any more calls for his resignation.

Bush agrees to ‘negotiate’ with Democrats on Iraq war funding

Bush meets with reporters
Bush meets with press (AP)

President Bush, under growing political pressure, agreed Thursday to negotiate with Congress on a war-spending bill that sets benchmarks for progress in Iraq.

The turnabout in Bush's position came as Republicans expressed anxieties about the war and the House was expected to pass legislation that would cut off funding for U.S. troops as early as July.

Bush said he would veto the measure. "We reject that idea. It won't work," the president said, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon after a briefing on Iraq and Afghanistan.