George W Bush

Angry? Get over it. Finish the tea. Get to work

The always bombastic former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich predicted this week that the Tea Party will become the “militant wing” of the Republican Party. That didn’t sit too well with the Tea Party faithful who see themselves their own party. Gingrich, who embraced the Tea Party on tax day, now angers them with […]

Return of the Republican has-beens?

Return of the Republican has-beens?

Republicans once saddled with the burden of President George W. Bush‘s unpopularity are now experiencing a boon from another struggling president: Barack Obama. The GOP senses rising fortunes from coast to coast, as one-time lawmakers such as Richard Pombo in California and Charlie Bass in New Hampshire look to capitalize on voter frustration that booted […]

Americans just don’t trust government

Americans just don’t trust government

America’s “Great Compromiser” Henry Clay called government “the great trust,” but most Americans today have little faith in Washington’s ability to deal with the nation’s problems. Public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans […]

E-mails document destruction of CIA torture tapes

E-mails document destruction of CIA torture tapes

Internal CIA e-mails show the former agency head, Porter Goss, agreed with a top aide’s 2005 decision to destroy videotapes of the harsh interrogation of a terror suspect, a controversial action that remains the focus of an FBI investigation. The documents show that, despite Goss’ apparent agreement, CIA officials almost immediately began worrying they’d done […]

Republicans promise fight to keep libs off Supreme Court

Republicans promise fight to keep libs off Supreme Court

Republicans are promising a “whale of a fight” during the congressional election campaign if President Barack Obama picks too liberal a nominee to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Eleven days before his 90th birthday, Stevens said Friday he would step down when the court finishes its work for the summer, in hopes […]

Stevens retirement sets up new political battle

Stevens retirement sets up new political battle

The capital on Saturday faced another tough political battle after venerable Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the bench. President Barack Obama vowed to quickly name a replacement for Stevens, the court’s liberal standard-bearer, and said he would select an advocate for “ordinary” Americans, in comments which put his conservative foes […]

Obama pushes tax breaks

Obama pushes tax breaks

Just ahead of Tax Day, President Barack Obama is urging Americans to take advantage of tax credits for first-time homebuyers, college students and others. Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to promote some of the tax benefits in last year’s stimulus bill, saying they could save people hundreds or even thousands of […]

Obama looks to tone down ‘terrorist’ rhetoric

Obama looks to tone down ‘terrorist’ rhetoric

President Barack Obama’s advisers plan to remove terms such as “Islamic radicalism” from a document outlining national security strategy and will use the new version to emphasize that the U.S. does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism, counterterrorism officials say. The change would be a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, […]

White House propaganda shades truth on slow job recovery

White House propaganda shades truth on slow job recovery

White House propagandists hit the talk show circuit Sunday to claim success in reversing the longest recession since the Great Recession but the glowing claims downplayed the economic reality of a slow recovery that will do little to help the millions of Americans who remain unemployed and have little hope of finding jobs in the […]

Judge: Bush broke law with illegal wiretaps

Judge: Bush broke law with illegal wiretaps

In a repudiation of the Bush administration‘s now-defunct Terrorist Surveillance Program, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that government investigators illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of an Islamic charity and two American lawyers without a search warrant. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker said the plaintiffs provided enough evidence to show “they were subjected to warrantless […]