Rather’s escape hardly does him credit. The report notes that he was overworked and distracted by other stories, but the CBS News Web site describes him as “immersed” in the details of his news show. The defense, in sum, is that he pretty much read what was put in front of him.
Quietly but decisively, President Bush’s top White House national-security and budget officials took a major step forward in the name of America’s homeland security. They did it by just saying no to the Pentagon neo-cons who – with costs of the un-won Iraq peace still soaring – had recommended a step backward in funding the program to secure Russia’s nuclear-weapons materials that remain vulnerable to terrorists.
President Bush warned younger workers on Tuesday of a grim future for their Social Security benefits but critics accused him of exaggerating the retirement system’s problems to try and sell his plan to change it.