George W Bush

Medicare hike may hurt the middle class

Medicare hike may hurt the middle class

Retired as a city worker, Sheila Pugach lives in a modest home on a quiet street in Albuquerque, N.M., and drives an 18-year-old Subaru. Pugach doesn’t see herself as upper-income by any stretch, but President Barack Obama’s budget would raise her Medicare premiums and those of other comfortably retired seniors, adding to a surcharge that […]

Dire budget warnings from two former federal fiscal chiefs

Dire budget warnings from two former federal fiscal chiefs

Two former budget chiefs who worked for presidents from opposing political parties said on Monday that the government should reduce military spending, scale back Social Security payments and end decade-old income tax cuts to reduce the federal deficit. David Stockman, who was Republican Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981 to 1985 and a key architect […]

Ex-Presidents cost American taxpayers at least $3.7 million a year

Ex-Presidents cost American taxpayers at least $3.7 million a year

Former President Bill Clinton’s 8,300-square-foot Harlem office near the Apollo Theater costs taxpayers nearly $450,000. George W. Bush spends $85,000 on telephone fees, and another $60,000 on travel. Jimmy Carter sends $15,000 worth of postage — all on the government’s dime. The most exclusive club in the world has a similarly exclusive price tag — […]

Time to bury the homophobia and support gay marriage

Time to bury the homophobia and support gay marriage

Marriage, if you believe the overwrought hyperbole of the rabid right-wing that controls the Republican Party and wants to send America deeper into the dark ages, is a sacred institution limited only to the coupling of a man and woman — a doctrine, they claim, blessed by the Bible and worthy of ratification by the […]

Jeb Bush calls political reporters ‘crack addicts’

Jeb Bush calls political reporters ‘crack addicts’

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday likened political reporters to “crack addicts” and “heroin addicts” during a tour of morning talk shows that drew repeated questions about the still-distant 2016 presidential election. Bush, capping a media-heavy week that sparked chatter about a presidential campaign for a third member of his family, tried to keep […]

Politics: Black and white labels in a shades of gray reality

Politics: Black and white labels in a shades of gray reality

From an early age, Americans are conditioned to see the world in sharp contrast — black-and-white labels in a society where the reality is many shades of gray. The details, the subtleties? Well, those be damned. Look at Walt Disney World, which attracts visitors by reducing a complex national heritage to its most basic elements.There’s […]

The Disunited States of America: Abandon hope all who enter here

The Disunited States of America: Abandon hope all who enter here

The monumental failures who occupy both the White House and Congress came up with sequestration as a “doomsday” scenario so onerous that it would force both sides to work out necessary budget compromises to avoid financial disaster within the federal government. Unfortunately, that plan depended on both sides realizing that at some point they had […]

Divided Senate confirms Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

Divided Senate confirms Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

A deeply divided Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Republican Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s next defense secretary, handing President Barack Obama’s pick the top Pentagon job just days before billions of dollars in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts hit the military. The vote was 58-41, with four Republicans joining the Democrats in backing the […]

Use of drones to target Americans raises questions in Congress

Use of drones to target Americans raises questions in Congress

President Barack Obama’s choice to head the CIA faces a Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing just hours after lawmakers are expected to receive a classified report providing the rationale for drone strikes targeting Americans working with al-Qaida overseas. John Brennan, the White House counterterrorism chief and Obama’s nominee to run the nation’s spy agency, helped […]

CIA Director nominee flip-flops on agency torture

CIA Director nominee flip-flops on agency torture

John Brennan, now President Barack Obama’s nominee to be CIA director, sat quietly around a conference table at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va., during briefings about the capture and waterboarding of key al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah. Former and current U.S. intelligence officials who were part of those briefings say Brennan, then deputy executive director […]

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