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Report: Bush’s Incorrect Forecasts Wrecking his Credibility

Three years of falsely upbeat predictions about the Iraq war are harming the president’s ability to restore confidence in his military operation and his presidency, according to GOP pollsters and strategists, reports the Washington Post.

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


Congressman: Bush Signed Bill That Didn’t Pass Congress

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has asked the White House why the president signed a version of the Budget Reconciliation Act that apparently did not pass the House.
Also, check out a lawsuit on the issue, and an earlier news report.

Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


White House Jumps the Shark

Satirist Borowitz serves up another penetrating political report: According to shark-jumping expert Jace Monteith, “The Bush administration is beginning to look like the fourth season of ‘Saved by the Bell.’ ”

Posted on Mar 17, 2006 READ MORE


Iran Agrees to Talks With U.S.

An Iranian security official announced today that Iran has accepted our request to engage in a discussion of Iraq’s political future. It seems that the White House has turned, hat in hand,  to its latest “boogeyman” to save our bacon in Iraq.

  • See Juan Cole’s “Fishing for a Pretext to Squeeze Iran”

  • Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


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    Mike Hoover / CBS via The New York Times

    Yale Both Stonewalls and Attacks on Taliban Student Issue

    In the wake of The New York Times Magazine’s cover story on the former Taliban official attending Yale, alumni are setting up protest websites designed to hurt fundraising efforts. Yale mostly won’t talk, but one university official responded by calling the critics “retarded.” (Hat tip: Huff Po)

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Staff May Be Wearing Down

    Unlike the president, who gets to bed around 10 p.m. and has spent a record amount of time on vacation, Bush’s staffers are apparently exhausted beyond belief—which may account for oversights like the botched Dubai Ports deal.

    Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Congress Declares War on Ports Deal

    The House committee votes 62-2 to block the White House from allowing the UAE to acquire six major U.S. ports.
    At the same time, however, Senate Republicans handed the president a victory by approving a plan to allow Bush to spy without warrants.
    The New York Times says “rebellion” is in the air, but that’s mostly because of the ports. The spying program, although under some Senate control, is basically a win for Bush.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Panel Blocks Spy Probe

    Senate Republicans shut down a Democratic-led proposal to investigate Bush’s eavesdropping program. Instead, a White House-approved seven-member panel will oversee the effort.
    White House-approved? You gotta be kidding.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Dubai May Partner With U.S. Firm—Halliburton’s Name Pops Up

    It’s little more than an unconfirmed report in the N.Y. Daily News right now, but the White House is said to be pushing the UAE company to partner with a U.S. firm to ease the acquisition of those six major U.S. ports. The candidate best equipped for the job: Dick Cheney’s old company.

    Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


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    From Peter Heaco / The Coloradoan

    Troops Used as Props at GOP Functions

    The White House is using active-duty U.S. service personnel for partisan political purposes, a direct violation of military regulations, claims blogger Josh Marshall (here and here).
    Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) is pictured here introducing a soldier at a rally. AMERICAblog connects more dots.

    Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush: Torture Ban Not Valid at Gitmo

    Truly shocking: White House lawyers are arguing that the new law banning cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees does not apply to people held at Guantanamo.
    Of course, we should have seen this coming when Bush, upon signing the law, brushed off Congress and America by reserving the right to ignore the law under his powers as commander in chief.

    Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Tony Blair: Shut Down Guantanamo Prison

    The British prime minister becomes the latest to urge the closure of the infamous detention center in Cuba. Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan and Sen. Joe Biden, among others, have all made similar pleas, which the White House has brushed off.

    Posted on Mar 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Committee Head Wary of Arab Control Over U.S. Ports

    With a company owned by the United Arab Emirates set to take control over six U.S. ports, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is urging the White House to reconsider approval of a sale.
    It was news to us at Truthdig that a foreign power could even do such a thing in the first place.

    Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Congressional Probe of NSA Spying Is in Doubt

    An all-out White House lobbying campaign has dramatically slowed an investigation into Bush’s spying program and may eventually kill it.
    The White House may have botched Cheney’s response to the hunting incident, but the administration sure hasn’t lost its touch when it comes to leaning on moderate Republicans (and even Democrats) to rally around the president. Call your senators—especially Olympia Snowe of Maine—and urge them not to cave in to political pressure.

    Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


    President Bush shaking hands in 2001 with Chief Raul Garza of the Kickapoo tribe of Texas. The arrow in the photo points to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, in background; Karl Rove, the president's top advisor, is at the right.
    From the White House via The New York Times

    Abramoff-Bush Photo Surfaces

    The New York Times publishes a 2001 picture of Jack Abramoff in a White House room with the president—along with an Indian tribal leader whom the now-indicted lobbyist was trying to sign up as a client. | story

    Posted on Feb 11, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Role as Iran’s Nuclear Midwife Is Noted

    A Brown University professor writes: “Every aspect of Iran’s current nuclear development was approved and encouraged by Washington in the 1970s.” | column

    Posted on Jan 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Rice Admits U.S. Underestimated Hamas Threat

    Quick, someone bring out the smelling salts! A White House official just admitted a mistake. | story

    Posted on Jan 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Strong Majority Says Bush Should Release Abramoff Records

    Three-quarters of the country isn’t buying White House claims that the media’s requests amount to a “fishing expedition.” | story

    Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Guess Who Was Shopping Abramoff-Bush Pix? Abramoff!

    Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff confirms it, and he speculates: “Maybe [Abramoff] wants something from somebody at the White House, or he wants someone at the White House not to do something.” | story

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    NBC's David Gregory and White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
    MSNBC via Crooks and Liars

    NBC’s Gregory Bashes McClellan Over Abramoff

    Watch David Gregory catching the White House spokesman in a lie about his policy of not disclosing participants of Bush’s staff-level meetings. | Crooks and Liars has the video.
    Think Progress proves that McClellan is lying.

    Posted on Jan 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq War Could Cost $2 Trillion, Study Finds

    Long-term costs like healthcare for vets could push the war’s cost far above White House projections. | story

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran’s Victory in Iraq

    For the Bush White House, the good news from Iraq just never stops. But the joy that President Bush has expressed over the country’s latest election, though more restrained than his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, will similarly come back to haunt him.

    Posted on Dec 20, 2005 READ MORE


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