White House

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.

McClellan: Turn coat or truth seeker?

Presidential spokesmen traditionally have worn cloaks of loyalty to their graves. But are they really honor-bound to toe the party line after they leave the White House?

Some former White House spokesmen think Bush’s one-time press secretary, Scott McClellan, should have stepped down if he really believed, as he says in his new book, that Bush “signed off on a strategy for selling the war that was less than candid and honest.”

Did McClellan hurt Bush or himself?

Scott McClellan, a failed, former press secretary for President Bush, has written a book detailing various outrages the administration supposedly committed and that he helped facilitate, and in the process has badly smirched someone’s reputation. His own.

The selling out of the President

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has given new meaning to the word loyalty. Actually, the longtime Texas ally of George W. Bush has redefined it to stand for something entirely the opposite of Webster’s version.

A peek inside Bush’s house of lies

Scott McClellan, President Bush’s famously loyal and tight-lipped press secretary, recalled that “I promised reporters and the public that I would someday tell the whole story of what I knew.” Did he ever. He was not just blowing smoke.

Bush intentionally lied about Iraq

President Bush’s former press secretary says President George W. Bush intentionally lied about the reasons for invading Iraq and about so-called “progress” in that war-torn country.

Scott McClellan says Bush relied on “propaganda” instead of fact to mislead the American public about his failed Iraq war.

The White House fired back Wednesday by claiming McClellan is “disgruntled.”

The Texas (White House) two-step

When presidents begin their lame-duck lap, top advisers are often the first to flee. And lo, it came to pass last week that President Bush found himself in the Holy Land without his Karl Rove.

Which may be why the president wound up doing his own political dirty work.