White House

Bush lowers expectations on failed war


President George W. Bush is quietly back pedaling on his failed Iraq war strategy as the White House works to scale back expectations and lower the threshold for measurable results.

White House admits holding political briefings

In yet another flagrant example of the Bush Administration’s blatant ignorance of the law, the White House has admitted it conducted some 20 briefings for federal employees on the election prospects of Republican candidates.

Such actions violate both the Hatch act and other specific federal laws that prohibit White House officials from conducted political business on official time.

Lawmakers vote to subpoena Condi Rice

U.S. Democratic lawmakers voted on Wednesday to subpoena Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to testify about administration justifications for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

On a party-line vote of 21-10, the House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee directed Rice to appear before the panel next month.

Cheney attacks Reid

Vice President Dick Cheney accused Democratic leader Harry Reid on Tuesday of personally pursuing a defeatist strategy in Iraq to win votes at home — a charge Reid dismissed as President Bush’s “attack dog” lashing out.

Gonzales to critics: ‘I’m staying on the job’

Bolstered by a fresh show of support from President Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales sought Monday to move beyond calls for his resignation and lingering questions about his credibility after the firings of federal prosecutors.

Many, many scandals define Bush administration

Campaigning in 2000, Texas Gov. George W. Bush would repeatedly raise his right hand as if taking an oath and vow to “restore honor and integrity” to the White House. He pledged to usher in a new era of bipartisanship.

Bush avoids comedy at media dinner

President Bush, deferring to the tragedy at Virginia Tech, passed up any attempt to be funny at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Saturday, leaving those efforts to impersonator Rich Little.

Returning to the podium at the annual dinner after 23 years, Little made good on his promise to be gentle.

Gonzales scrambles to find support

Desperate for support among fellow Republicans, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced grim prospects Friday after a bruising Senate hearing that produced one outright call for resignation and a fistful of invitations and hints to quit.

What the heck is he talking about?

Strange things sometimes come out of President Bush’s mouth. “Polls just go poof.” “Remember the rug?”

When Bush went to Ohio on Thursday to talk about terrorism, he ended up musing about marriage and chicken-plucking plants, the agony of death and his Oval Office rug, which resembles a sunburst.