The next president of the United States will have the power to reshape the nation’s ultimate judicial body—and redefine the meaning and application of the Constitution for a generation or more.
The Trump phenomenon is terrible, but now is no time for lesser-evil voting. A dictatorship is not knocking at the door in the United States.
"Surely this time," the Republican establishment chorus cries with joy, "Donald Trump has gone too far!" Don't bet on it.
The president began his address to the nation on the end of combat operations in Iraq by acknowledging that "this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans."The president began his address by acknowledging that "this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans."
The president-elect is a notorious gadget hound who has been known to carry multiple cell phones, but he faces a looming downgrade. Because the public has a right to presidential records, Barack Obama will probably give up his precious Blackberry -- and quit e-mailing altogether. However, he is likely to be the first president with a laptop on his desk.
By all accounts it was an awkward meeting between two men who've clearly disliked each other since the 2000 election: Al Gore and George W. Bush, grinning uncomfortably for the cameras. Gore, who was invited by tradition because of his Nobel win, offered a tension-breaking comment during the photo op, but the president just kept smiling in silence.
President Bush capped off his administration's weeklong campaign to convince America that the "surge" is working with a televised address on Thursday. Nestled among assorted pseudo-announcements and stale slogans was a telling pitch from a president who has repeatedly revised his motive for war: "Our mission in Iraq will evolve."
Saddam Hussein may be gone, but President Bush still has a souvenir he uses to titillate special guests: the pistol Saddam was carrying when he was captured. Like a child showing off his favorite toy, the president has been known to beam with delight when guests view the mounted weapon, which is held in the Oval Office.
Andrew Card, who has held the position since the president first took office, will be replaced with Joshua Bolten, a longtime Bush aide and current budget director. Card had come under pressure to step down in recent months as the president's poll numbers continued their free fall.