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President Obama Can Redeem the White House

The first African-American elected president of the United States recently visited his soon-to-be residence, a house built by slaves. Alice Walker told me: “Even when they were building it, you know, in chains or in desperation and in sadness, they were building it for him.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE



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Bush and Obama Hang at the White House

Barack and Michelle Obama exchanged warm greetings with George and Laura Bush when they visited the White House Monday. Continuing a tradition, No. 43 and No. 44 held a private meeting, with only the two of them present. The public holds the two men in opposite regard, according to a Gallup poll released the day of their meeting.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Alice Walker’s Message to Obama

Author and activist Alice Walker took a moment last week to write a note to Barack Obama, relaying a few requests and offering some advice, such as to find time to relax amid the challenges and changes that await him and his family.

Posted on Nov 9, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Paying for Eight Years of Bush’s Delusions

How is Barack Obama going to repair the titanic damage which his vicious, lying predecessor has perpetrated around the globe and within the U.S. itself?

Posted on Nov 8, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama: The Movie

You’ve seen the buttons, the T-shirts, the Fridge for Change—now get ready for the definitive Barack Obama campaign documentary, brought to you (in part) by liberal thespian Edward Norton.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Barney Goes Rogue

Perhaps the heightened emotion and tension of this election season got to First Dog Barney Bush on Thursday: The president’s wee Scottie, clearly out of sorts, munched down on a Reuters reporter’s finger.

Posted on Nov 6, 2008 READ MORE


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All’s Quiet at the Bush White House

Following his paradigm-shifting endorsement of Barack Obama on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” which also inevitably represented a slap to the Bush administration he once served, Colin Powell’s announcement has (thus far) been met with resounding silence from his former White House colleagues.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


Sarah and Todd Palin
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Keep This ‘First Dude’ Out of the White House

Todd Palin seated behind a White House desk and shaping national policy could be one of the most dangerous aspects of a potential Sarah Palin presidency.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE


Bush at the White House
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

A Plague Upon the White House

I am not a conventionally religious man, or even a very superstitious one, but I do wish George Bush would stop asking God to bless America. Every time he does, we seem to be visited with another plague, suggesting divine wrath over our president’s evil ways. How else to explain the persistent calamity that has marked this administration?

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE



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Bailout Plan Misses Out on Photo Op

“This meeting is an attempt to move the process forward,” President Bush declared Thursday, but it seems the White House gathering of congressional leaders and presidential candidates might have achieved the opposite effect. Lawmakers had agreed to a bailout outline earlier in the day, but the afternoon’s “political theater,” as Christopher Dodd put it, has raised doubts about the deal.

Posted on Sep 25, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bush Makes Cameo Appearance at White House

President Bush had been laying low over recent days, but it seems his inner circle considered it prudent to trot him out for a brief appearance at the White House. He surfaced on Thursday to speak vaguely about the snowballing economic crisis on Wall Street before disappearing once again.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE


Did Bush Put a Hit Out on Fannie, Freddy?

From madcap marketeer Jim Cramer to wired alt-blogger Scott Thill, there are more than a few braniacs who believe the Bush White House did not just watch the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac but actually engineered it as yet another sortie in the long GOP war against the New Deal. Never fear, though, as The Onion has already written a satirical report on efforts to build a better bubble.

Posted on Jul 21, 2008 READ MORE


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The ‘Send Karl Rove to Jail’ Campaign

The busy folks at Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films outfit have kicked off a Web-based campaign to send Karl Rove to the clinker for refusing to honor the subpoena sent by the House Judiciary Committee calling him to testify about his alleged involvement in the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE


Tony Snow’s Funeral

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Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE    


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Pinpointing Racism at the Texas Republican Convention

Some challenges to Sen. Barack Obama’s potential presidential authority might be considered covertly racist, but here’s one that baldly revels in its ignorance: At last weekend’s Republican state convention in Texas, a vendor booth hosted by Republicanmarket pushed a pin that brought racial politics to the fore in the most blatant and unproductive possible way.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


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McClellan to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee

Scott McClellan is making an important stop on Capitol Hill as he continues his book tour to tout that obscure memoir he wrote about being Bush’s press secretary. According to The Huffington Post, McClellan has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the Valerie Plame identity leak case and possibly other entries in the list of Bush’s Greatest Hits during McClellan’s time as presidential spokesman.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Stewart to McClellan: ‘You Talked About Fight Club’

Scott McClellan, the man voted least likely to spend his summer vacation at Bush’s Crawford ranch, paid a visit to “The Daily Show” on Monday night to revel in his newfound infamy among certain White House denizens—oh, and to promote some book he wrote called, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception.” Heard of it?

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
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Clinton Considers VP Slot

Once again, the topic of the vice presidency has come up for Hillary Clinton and, this time, she’s apparently responded receptively to the idea—if it would help the Democrats win the White House in November. Clinton reportedly said she was “open” to the idea during a conference call Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Scott McClellan, Minister of Misinformation

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Report finds some startling parallels between former White House spokesman Scott McClellan’s statements about the Bush administration’s machinations during the early days of the Iraq war and those of Saddam Hussein’s erstwhile minister of information, Mohammad Saeed al-Sahhaf.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Dubya Meets ‘Legs Benedict’

In this “Daily Show” special feature, “Blessed Week Ever,” Jon Stewart surveys the American media’s scintillating coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit, from brilliant observations about the pope’s “gentle” ways to the glory of his White House visit, and offers his own take on just what President Bush might have said upon first meeting the pontiff. Popemania!

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Scooter Libby Takes Another One for the Team

Poor I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.  First, he was tossed under the bus in the kerfuffle over Valerie Plame’s identity leak.  Now, as a result of same, Libby’s been stripped of his legal license in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Documents Land With a Thud

Journalists have been poring over the 11,000 or so pages of Hillary Clinton’s White House public schedules, just released by the National Archives and the Clinton Library. So far, they haven’t found much worth reporting.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


Bush and McCain
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Bush Backs McCain

Republicans are starting to line up behind their nominee, including the president, who officially gave his blessing at the White House on Wednesday, along with an offer to help John McCain campaign. That couldn’t make Democrats happier, who long to depict McCain as what Howard Dean called “another out-of-touch Bush Republican.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Bush Becomes Entertaining

Fist-pounding tantrums? Slide shows of his presidential visit to Africa? Sputtering at the podium? Suddenly, George W. Bush’s antics are strangely amusing for Jon Stewart, who speculates that the president may be afflicted with senioritis in his twilight days in the White House.

Posted on Feb 29, 2008 READ MORE


The Case of the Missing E-Mails

The mystery of the missing White House e-mails is likely never to be solved, its plot so convoluted that even Henry Waxman, the dogged House investigator who has brought to light such unseemliness as contracting scandals in Iraq reconstruction, seems to be flummoxed.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


And the Paperboy Stays the Same

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Obama Presents Top 10 List on ... Obama

The current crop of presidential candidates are keenly aware of the value of impressing America’s youth with a little ironic self-parody, ideally showcased on the Internet and/or late-night TV shows. Here’s Barack Obama doing his part to make the youngsters laugh by gamely delivering David Letterman’s signature Top 10 list about himself.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008 READ MORE


How Much Is That Superpower in the Window?

The satirist reports that New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is still trying to decide whether to buy the U.S. presidency, with the sticking point being the steep price.

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE


White House Held Torture Tape Discussions

A new report by The New York Times suggests that the White House was a lot closer to those secret CIA torture tapes than has been previously suggested. “At least four top White House lawyers took part in discussions ... between 2003 and 2005 about whether to destroy videotapes,” according to the Gray Lady.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


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Ex-CIA Agent: White House Authorized Torture

Former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who witnessed the waterboarding of top al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaida, has said that the practice is indeed torture and “a policy made at the White House, with concurrence from the National Security Council and the Justice Department.” Kiriakou added during an interview with NBC that the destruction of video evidence of the technique was “a terrible mistake.”

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


The Grown-Ups Never Showed Up

The ascension of George W., according to many Bush loyalists, was a return of mature and wise foreign policy.  Tell that to the ailing Middle East, whose future is now being pondered in a U.S. meeting that seems destined to fail.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Obama: Being Married to a President Doesn’t Make You One

With the Iowa caucus fast approaching, the candidates are getting less shy about flinging a little mud. Take this jab from Barack Obama, for example: “There is no doubt that Bill Clinton had faith in [Hillary] and consulted with her on issues, in the same way that I would consult with Michelle. ... On the other hand, I don’t think Michelle would claim that she is the best qualified person to be a United States senator by virtue of me talking to her on occasion about the work I’ve done.”

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Dana Perino
cnn.com

Perino: Bush Didn’t Lie to McClellan

Turns out that the current White House press secretary, Dana Perino (pictured), has broached the uncomfortable topic (considering her position) of Scott McClellan’s upcoming book.  Unsurprisingly, Perino reported in an off-camera moment during Monday’s White House press briefing that Bush never knowingly misinformed McClellan.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


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whitehouse.gov

McClellan’s Publisher Does Damage Control

Since the news broke about former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s new book, there has been a curious lack of commentary on the topic in certain mainstream U.S. news outlets and only a vague official reaction from the White House.  Meanwhile, his publisher is attempting to do some damage control.

Posted on Nov 21, 2007 READ MORE


McClellan
defectiveyeti.com

Ex-Press Secretary Claims Team Bush Deceived Him in Plame Case

There has been no shortage of tell-all books from former Bushies (paging George Tenet), but the latest one, by former White House spokesman Scott McClellan, is a real bombshell—primarily because McClellan alleges that the president, the vice president and three other high-ranking officials allowed him to pass “false information” about the Valerie Plame CIA identity leak case to the press.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


White House, Musharraf at Odds Over Emergency Rule

As Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf struggles to maintain power in his country, The Washington Post goes behind the scenes to look at the Bush administration’s wobbly relations with Musharraf, whom Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was unable to dissuade from imposing emergency rule.

Posted on Nov 3, 2007 READ MORE


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White House Explores Global Warming’s Health Benefits

The White House should hand out pamphlets featuring stock photos of squealing, happy children and serene-looking seniors entitled “Global Warming And You!” after spokeswoman Dana Perino’s startling musings about possible “health benefits” of global warming.  Perino made the comments, with a disclaimer, in speaking with reporters Wednesday at the White House.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Cheney Power-Naps as Calif. Burns

Instead of being alert in Wednesday’s Cabinet session about California’s wildfire crisis and perhaps offering some helpful action items for the team, Vice President Dick Cheney apparently decided it was snooze o’clock and got a little shuteye at the meeting table, although a White House flack insisted he was simply “meditating.” 

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush Rocks Out

President Bush pays tribute to Hispanic heritage month by headbanging along with a live performance of “Guantanamera.” Interestingly, the song’s name means “girl from Guantánamo,” a reference the president would probably rather avoid.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


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White House ‘Eviscerated’ Climate Report

When Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control, went before Congress to testify on the effects of global warming on Americans’ health, she was about 10 pages lighter than planned. According to a source within the CDC, the White House “eviscerated” Gerberding’s prepared remarks, slashing 10 of the original 14 pages.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Castro:  Bush Could Start WWIII

Joining in the exciting game of apocalyptic Mad Libs that President Bush kicked off with his recent pronouncement that a nuclear-equipped Iran could start World War III, Cuban leader Fidel Castro has swapped out “Iran” for “Bush” and turned Bush’s accusation back at him in this latest round of doomsday fun.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Sinking Ship

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Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Nixon: Thompson ‘Dumb as Hell’

President Richard Nixon’s White House tapes have truly become the political gift that keeps on giving, even after all these years.  Take this latest timely treat, for example, that ABC News’ indefatigable research team rooted out like keen-nosed truffle pigs.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Secret Torture Memos Shame Justice Dept.

In 2005, the Justice Department issued two secret opinions on torture that endorsed and protected the administration’s desire to use physically and psychologically traumatizing interrogation techniques. Then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey reportedly warned his colleagues that they would be “ashamed” when their work became public.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


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boston.com

Pope Disses Rice

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may be persona non grata at the Vatican.  When Rice swung through Italy in August, she gave notice ahead of time about her hopes to meet with Pope Benedict XVI, but the pontiff’s camp politely rebuffed her request, explaining that he was on holiday.

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


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iraqfact.com

Checkbook Imperialism:  The Blackwater Fiasco

The latest Blackwater USA scandal, in which privately contracted American security troops gunned down innocent bystanders in Baghdad, might cause the Iraqi government to finally give firms like Blackwater their marching orders—if only it could command the power to order these mercenary operations out of the country.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


Bernard Kouchner
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France Puts On the War Paint

France’s foreign minister has issued an alarming warning over Iran’s nuclear program: “We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war,” Bernard Kouchner said. Those are troubling words coming from a recently elected conservative French government that has tried to buddy up to the White House. It makes us wonder what he knows that we don’t.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq by the Numbers with Petraeus

Opening his testimony before Congress on Monday with the insistence, “I wrote this testimony myself,” and adding that his Iraq progress report hadn’t been vetted in advance, Gen. David Petraeus trotted out figures and charts to argue that “the military objectives of the surge are, in large measure, being met.”

Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE


Goldsmith
law.harvard.edu

Truthdigger of the Week: Jack Goldsmith

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Jack Goldsmith, who speaks out about his experiences during his nine-month tenure as head of the Office of Legal Counsel during a crucial phase of the Bush presidency in 2003-4 in his troubling and illuminating new book, “The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration.”

Posted on Sep 8, 2007 READ MORE


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