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  • Another Agency Goes IRS (FEC also targeted conservative groups)

    08/03/2013 7:13:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 3, 2013 | WSJ
    One big question raised by IRS political targeting is whether Obama officials or their bureaucratic allies unleashed the power of the administrative state for partisan ends. Now evidence is emerging that officials at another agency, the Federal Election Commission, used their enforcement power as an anti-conservative sword. The House Ways and Means Committee this week released emails showing that, in 2008 and 2009, the FEC's general counsel staff sought tax information about conservative political groups from Lois Lerner of the IRS. Ms. Lerner is the IRS official who took the Fifth before Congress rather than tell her side of the...
  • The Deafness Before the Storm (suggests Bush White House ignored pre-9/11 warnings)

    09/11/2012 7:20:38 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 10, 2012 | Kurt Eichenwald
    On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal... [T]he administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it...
  • Q&A with Palin Advisor-Turned-Novelist Nicolle Wallace

    10/06/2011 10:41:36 AM PDT · by Baladas · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Tume entertainment ^ | October 5, 2011 | Claire Suddath
    Nicolle Wallace knows her politics. She served as White House communications chief under George W. Bush and also worked as a senior advisor on the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign. Her second novel, It's Classified, explores what would happen if a woman were plucked from relative obscurity and elected Vice President of the United States — only to find herself completely unprepared for the job. Wallace talked to TIME about the problem with likable politicians, why everyone in the White House eats constantly and her character's obvious similarity to Sarah Palin. This novel reads like a lighthearted novel for people interested in...
  • Bush Solicitor General 'Proud' of Lady Gaga’s Support for Same-Sex Marriage

    06/07/2011 4:43:16 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 44 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/5/2011 | Nicholas Ballasy
    (CNSNews.com) – Ted Olson, former Solicitor General under President George W. Bush said he is “proud” of Lady Gaga’s support for same sex marriage and credited celebrities for raising public awareness of the issue. “Lady Gaga – I’m very proud that she announced last week that one of the songs on her album – I have no idea which, I don’t – was inspired by the Proposition 8 case – she really said that so I accept her,” said Olson on Monday during a keynote address at a U.S. Justice Department Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) ceremony called “Moving...
  • Obama and the Third Bush Administration

    01/03/2011 4:52:48 PM PST · by kathsua · 6 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 01/03/11 | reasonmclucus
    They told me in 2008 that if I voted for Sen. John McCain we would get the third Bush administration. They were right. I voted for McCain and now we have the third Bush administration under Barack Obama. Obama continued bailouts, stimulus payments, high deficits and presidential vacations. He convinced Congress to continue all the Bush tax cuts. Obama is carrying on Bush's efforts to weaken the Social Security system by reducing Social Security taxes in spite of the fact that many have had to delay retirement because the economic collapse damaged their private pension programs. If Obama were a...
  • Say ‘thank you, George Bush,' Cheney tells Biden

    02/14/2010 1:34:14 PM PST · by tobyhill · 30 replies · 1,002+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 2/14/2010 | AP
    When Vice-President Joe Biden says the Iraq war may turn out to be one of President Barack Obama's greatest achievements, Dick Cheney wants credit where he says it's due: the Bush administration. “If they're going to take credit for it, fair enough, for what they've done while they're there,” Mr. Cheney said Sunday. “But it ought to go with a healthy dose of 'thank you, George Bush' up front and a recognition that some of their early recommendations, with respect to prosecuting that war, were just dead wrong.” Obama opposed the war in 2003 and, as an Illinois senator, the...
  • Amid Scrutiny, Yoo Pushes Back

    07/27/2009 1:58:52 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 4 replies · 669+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 7-27-2009 | Carrie Johnson
    Some public figures, if their judgment and ethics come under fire, retreat into solitude. Then there is John C. Yoo. The former Justice Department official, whose memos blessed the waterboarding of terrorism suspects and wiretapping of American citizens, has come out fighting, even as negative assessments of his government service pile up. Last month, a federal judge in California refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses Yoo of violating a detainee's constitutional rights.
  • One Year that Tony Snow Has Beeen Gone (Vanity)

    07/12/2009 4:13:48 AM PDT · by Buddygirl · 91 replies · 1,953+ views
    self | July 12, 2009 | Self
    It has been one year since Tony Snow died. How I miss this man! Just wanted to put up a thread to remember a very good man who kept the press people on their toes in the White House. How I wish we could see another Tony Snow there!
  • Obama's Enemies List Grows

    06/08/2009 4:37:26 AM PDT · by Scanian · 44 replies · 3,073+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | June 8, 2009 | Mark Hyman
    Just having the appearance of someone who might possibly vote for an opponent of Barack Obama could land them on the President's enemies list where proxies do the dirty work. Political appointees in the Justice Department killed a six-month investigation by career DOJ lawyers into the most blatant voter intimidation case in 40 years. Last November, jack-booted, uniformed, baton-wielding thugs from the New Black Panther Party calling themselves "security" obstructed a Philadelphia polling location and behaved in an intimidating manner toward white voters. Days after dismissing charges against the menacing thugs, the Justice Department moved in the opposite direction by...
  • Republicans turn on Dick Cheney over Barack Obama attack

    05/23/2009 11:27:00 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 352 replies · 5,187+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 5/23/09 | Leonard Doyle
    n his audacious attack on a sitting president last week, Mr Cheney declared that America was less safe from terrorism after Mr Obama's decision to abandon violent interrogation methods and close Guantanamo. But once the cheering had died down on talk radio and cable television, discordant voices emerged from the Right to challenge Mr Cheney's defence of the Bush-era legacy. "Yeah, I disagree with Dick Cheney," said Tom Ridge, who was appointed by the Bush-Cheney administration to set up and run the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks on America. Mr Ridge spoke out...
  • Dennis Prager: Nine Questions the Left Needs to Answer About Torture

    04/28/2009 6:20:48 AM PDT · by kellynla · 37 replies · 1,602+ views
    townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2009 | Dennis Prager
    Any human being with a functioning conscience or a decent heart loathes torture. Its exercise has been a blight on humanity. With this in mind, those who oppose what the Bush administration did to some terror suspects may be justified. But in order to ascertain whether they are, they need to respond to some questions: 1. Given how much you rightly hate torture, why did you oppose the removal of Saddam Hussein, whose prisons engaged in far more hideous tortures, on thousands of times more people, than America did -- all of whom, moreover, were individuals and families who either...
  • Bush Aide Perino to Join Firm Led by Clinton Adviser

    04/13/2009 6:55:36 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 12 replies · 944+ views
    WSJ ^ | Apr 14, 2009 | JOHN D. MCKINNON
    Dana Perino, President George W. Bush's last White House press secretary, will join Clinton administration adviser Mark Penn at public-relations firm Burson-Marsteller, where she will be "chief issues counselor." Mr. Penn, the firm's CEO, said Ms. Perino's experiences in Mr. Bush's second term make her a valuable addition to the team of battle-tested public-relations veterans he is assembling. . . . Ms. Perino, 36 years old, likely will focus on communications strategies for clients in the looming Washington policy debates over issues such as energy, climate change and health care. She may also develop business among newer defense and technology...
  • Obama's war on terror may resemble Bush's

    02/18/2009 3:46:37 AM PST · by bergmeid · 13 replies · 499+ views
    New York Times ^ | Feb 18, 2009 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON - Even as it pulls back from harsh interrogations and other sharply debated aspects of George W. Bush ’s “war on terrorism,” the Obama administration is quietly signaling continued support for other major elements of its predecessor’s approach to fighting Al Qaeda.
  • Rove now cooperating with Justice Dept.

    02/03/2009 6:27:34 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 47 replies · 1,888+ views
    Rove now cooperating with Justice Dept. Karl Rove is still stiff-arming Congress by refusing to testify in the U.S. Attorneys firing scandal -- but he has suddenly changed his tune about cooperating with federal prosecutors, TPMMuckraker's Murray Waas reports: Rove will cooperate with a federal criminal inquiry underway into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys and has already spoken to investigators in a separate, internal DOJ investigation into the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, his attorney said in an interview. Rove previously refused to cooperate with an earlier Justice Department inquiry into the firings. The Justice Department's Inspector...
  • Biden: We've Inherited A Real Mess

    01/25/2009 3:23:06 PM PST · by Baladas · 85 replies · 2,146+ views
    CBS News ^ | Jan. 25, 2009 | David Morgan
    CBS) Vice President Joe Biden said that the Obama administration and Congress are "off and running" in getting an economic stimulus package completed and approved with bipartisan support, saying that the goal is to "get money out of the door as rapidly as possible" to speed job growth. However, Biden said he did not want to mislead Americans about the severity of the economic landscape the U.S. is facing: "It is worse, quite frankly, than everyone thought it was, and it's getting worse every day," he said on CBS' Face The Nation Sunday morning - his 53rd appearance on the...
  • Border Patrol advocates uncover U.S. Government Compromises & Corruption (Ramos & Compean)

    11/19/2008 9:02:51 AM PST · by flattorney · 9 replies · 950+ views
    Friends Of The Border Patrol Report offers Change #1 to newly elected administration and Congress Chino, CA – Friends of the Border Patrol has released a report uncovering corruption and security compromises within the government titled “Unjustifiable and Impeachable: The FOBP Report on DHS, DOJ, and the Courts. Andy Ramirez has authored this report with a section featuring 50 Exhibits documenting compromises, corruption and unconscionable incidents that go back 15 years in some cases. The report contains two volumes, with Volume I authored by Andy Ramirez, and Volume II written by Attorney John Cavicchi, which primarily addresses the court system....
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush...10/26/08 and 10/27/08

    10/25/2008 5:39:16 PM PDT · by daisyscarlett · 71 replies · 1,246+ views
    various | daisyscarlett
    President Bush delivered his weekly radio address today from Washington. The subject; The economy.
  • Obama Pal Ayers Abets Blogger Threats of Murderous Violence against US Elected Officials

    10/05/2008 11:45:12 AM PDT · by Molnar · 10 replies · 1,008+ views
    Bill Ayers Blogspot ^ | September 25, 2008 | Bill Ayers
    From an approved blogsite post of Obama's terrorist pal, Bill Ayers: "Poilu Says: September 30, 2008 at 2:11 am Well, well. It now emerges that ALL of the Bush Regime’s proclaimed 'justifications' for war have been nothing but bald-faced lies. (Why am I not surprised?) It’s long past time these loathesome [sic] war criminals were dragged kicking and screaming to the gallows, along with their quisling enablers! [ . . . ]"
  • How will the Bush administration be remembered?

    08/16/2008 5:38:38 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 131 replies · 209+ views
    08/16/2008 | WesternCulture
    With all due respect, I'm pretty sure Dubya & Co will continue being the laughing stock of international affairs over here in Europe for a long time (- Hey, I'm aware you Americans have invested him with the highest of US offices, but I wrote "With all due respect" initially, so I won't drone on about how much many of us Europeans actually admire America, our common interests etc, out of sheer courtesy:D). Europe and the US will remain best friends and just like my (personal) best friend since 30 years and I squabble from time to time (I'm 39),...
  • Economy on Edge: What Government Needs to Do

    07/15/2008 9:09:19 PM PDT · by daniel885 · 4 replies · 53+ views
    SpeakYourMind.net ^ | 7/15/2008 | Daniel Encarnacion
    http://www.speakyourmind.net/drupal/node/82 President Bush today met with reporters who were asking about the seemingly troubled American economy. He tried to reassure the American people that its government will do all it can. But is that what we really want? More government interference? The economic stimulus package did nothing but provide a short term spending spree that fizzled away. Businesses did not expand production or add new jobs because they knew it would be short term. To worsen things, it inflated our deficit and added to the national debt essentially inflating our currency also. Lower interest rates have poured money into our...
  • White House Fires Back at Media on Timing of Climate Report

    06/03/2008 12:44:08 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 23 replies · 72+ views
    businessandmedia.org ^ | June 3, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    After the Bush administration released a report warning of the potential dangers of global warming, you would think the media, which propagate much of the modern alarmism over climate, would be thrilled. That wasn’t the case. The May 29 ABC “World News” used the release of the report as an opportunity to indict the Bush administration for conspiring to hide science about global warming. “For the first time, the Bush administration is conceding what most scientists have said for years – that global warming is having an impact on just about every aspect of the way we live,” ABC “World...
  • May shows the lowest casualty rates of US soldiers in Iraq

    06/02/2008 8:46:56 AM PDT · by KatyLoraleyVidales · 11 replies · 327+ views
    Right Up Front ^ | 06/02/2008 | Katy L Vidales
    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates states that the low casualty rates are a sign of "real progress" in Iraq. Additionally, and equally as important, the number of Iraqi casualties has dropped significantly during the month of May as well. The drop in casualties on both sides is largely accredited to the heightened security measures taken in and around the country. The increase of 30,000 troops as requested by President Bush as well as the resistance al-Qaeda faced by Sunni tribal leaders are among the reasons for the low casualty rates. My question is why is the bloody-thirsty liberal media not...
  • Bush Administration wants to move infectious disease lab. Hoof and Mouth Disease.

    04/11/2008 9:39:49 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 16 replies · 198+ views
    Assoicated Content ^ | 4/11/2008 | Bobby Tall Horse
    f 1 cow shows symptoms, the government plan is to shut down all exports and livestock movement..all. Herds would start to be quarantined. And finally, herds would start to be slaughtered. The government will come in and kill herds within a certain radius of miles. The cattle may be perfectly healthy, but they will not test them, they will slaughter them.
  • NATO Backs Bush's Missile Defense System (Breaking)

    04/03/2008 6:03:30 AM PDT · by tlb · 87 replies · 117+ views
    AP ^ | Apr 3, 2008 | MATTHEW LEE
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - President Bush won NATO's endorsement Thursday for his plan to build a missile defense system in Europe over Russian objections. The proposal also advanced with Czech officials announcing an agreement to install a missile tracking site for the system in their country. NATO leaders were adopting a communique stating that "ballistic missile proliferation poses an increasing threat to allied forces, territory and populations." It also will recognize "the substantial contribution to the protection of allies ... to be provided by the U.S.-led system," according to senior American officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of...
  • The Democrat Burrowers Inside The Bush Presidency

    02/15/2008 1:35:03 PM PST · by Starman417 · 7 replies · 152+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-15-08 | Curt
    A great section of author Kenneth Timmerman's new book Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender is the section about a supposed failing of the Bush administration. That failing being the fact that Bush didn't purge the CIA and other segments of the government of liberal influences as Clinton did of conservative influences when he came in. Who was at fault for this? Carl Levin understood that no president could govern effectively without putting his own highly skilled political appointees into key government positions. Although their numbers were small - the congressional "Plum Book"...
  • Bush Administration’s Amicus Brief in D.C. Gun Case

    01/14/2008 7:32:42 AM PST · by jdm · 105 replies · 174+ views
    The Bush Administration has filed an amicus brief in the D.C. gun case, which you can read here. The Administration agrees that gun ownership is an individual right, but says it is subject to reasonable restrictions. Here is a representative paragraph: Although the court of appeals correctly held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right, it did not apply the correct standard for evaluating respondent’s Second Amendment claim. Like other provisions of the Constitution that secure individual rights, the Second Amendment’s protection of individual rights does not render all laws limiting gun ownership automatically invalid. To the contrary, the...
  • Global warming pact set for 2009 after US backs down (Pres Bush caves to PC crowd again)

    12/15/2007 9:22:53 AM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 115 replies · 313+ views
    AFP ^ | December 15, 2007
    NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AFP) — World climate negotiators set a 2009 deadline Saturday for a landmark treaty to fight global warming after two weeks of intense haggling led to a climbdown by an isolated United States. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who flew to the Indonesian island of Bali for a late appeal for flexibility, praised the deal as a "pivotal first step" to confront climate change, "the defining challenge of our time." Following gruelling all-night talks, the conference of 190 nations finally launched a process to negotiate a new treaty for when the UN Kyoto Protocol's commitments expire in...
  • Niagara Falls a Canadian Landmark? Not in New U.S. Video

    10/28/2007 3:54:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 54 replies · 148+ views
    AP - Fox News ^ | October 28, 2007
    The Bush administration appears to have annexed a major Canadian landmark as part of a slick new campaign to promote U.S. tourism and welcome foreign visitors to America... About four minutes into the seven-minute production, viewers are treated to the impressive sight and sound of water roaring over Niagara Falls before the screen shifts to the Lincoln Memorial. In showing the natural wonder, Disney's filmmakers, however, chose the Horseshoe Falls, the only one of Niagara's three waterfalls to lie almost entirely on the Canadian side of the border...
  • Bush adviser: Humans caused climate change

    09/19/2007 3:16:34 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 46 replies · 95+ views
    UPI Via ScienceDaily ^ | September 14, 2007
    LONDON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- John Marburger, one of U.S. President George Bush's scientific advisers, said climate change is real and was likely caused by humanity. The presidential science adviser said that he was more than 90 percent certain that the current state of climate change was the direct result of greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans, the BBC reported Friday. The Office of Science and Technology Policy director also said that without significant cuts in the output of carbon dioxide worldwide, the Earth may one day become "unlivable." "The CO2 accumulates in the atmosphere and there's no end point,...
  • NAFTA Superhighway plans advance south

    09/10/2007 3:41:24 AM PDT · by Man50D · 54 replies · 975+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | September 10, 2007 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Official Mexican government reports reveal Mexico has entered discussions with the state of Texas and top officials in the Bush administration to extend the Trans-Texas Corridor into Mexico, with a plan to connect through Monterrey to the deep-water Mexican ports on the Pacific, including Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas. The official website of the Mexican northeastern state of Nuevo León contain multiple reports that José Natividad Gonzáles Parás, governor of the Mexican state of Nuevo León, has actively discussed with numerous U.S. government officials, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the...
  • After Hazleton Ruling, What Would SCOTUS Do?

    07/27/2007 12:57:27 PM PDT · by Delacon · 39 replies · 801+ views
    Federal inaction has spurred states and municipalities to forge ahead on matters like global warming and immigration. In April, the Supreme Court seemed to boost efforts by states like California to exceed federal regulations on greenhouse gases. But it's not clear whether the justices would do the same for U.S. towns leading the charge on illegal immigration. Yesterday's decision [PDF] by a U.S. District Court judge declaring Hazleton, Pa.'s housing and employment ordinance on illegal immigrants unconstitutional will be appealed, the town's mayor promised. The decision will affect the dozens of U.S. cities and counties weighing similar measures to crack...
  • Official: Iraq gov't missed all targets ( Yahoo biased media alert)

    07/09/2007 7:15:45 PM PDT · by zeller the zealot · 19 replies · 679+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/9/07 | AP
    progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reform, speeding up the Bush administration's reckoning on what to do next, a U.S. official said Monday. One likely result of the report will be a vastly accelerated debate among President Bush's top aides on withdrawing troops and scaling back the U.S. presence in Iraq.
  • Chertoff rebukes Congress over bill

    07/02/2007 6:30:46 AM PDT · by JKrive · 65 replies · 1,261+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | July 2, 2007 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff yesterday scolded senators for failing to pass an immigration bill with new border and interior enforcement tools, refused to commit to spending the $4.4 billion in border security President Bush said is needed, and said the onus is now on Congress to pass something. "We're going to say to the members of Congress who think they have a better way that they should produce legislation and pass legislation, which they have not done for the past two years," Mr. Chertoff said on "Fox News Sunday." "They've tried 'enforcement-only.' That didn't pass. We've tried 'comprehensive.' That's...
  • Bush's Monica Problem (another media's load of crap)

    05/29/2007 1:49:51 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 5 replies · 1,086+ views
    Newsweak ^ | 5/29/2007 | Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas
    June 4, 2007 issue - The United States Department of Justice has not always been above politics. John F. Kennedy, after all, appointed his brother and consigliere Robert to be attorney general. But the Justice Department is supposed to stand for the rule of law—to be the enforcer of the laws of the United States, not the place presidents go to get around the law. Independence is an important tradition in the columned limestone building on Constitution Avenue. It is worth remembering that before Richard Nixon could find someone at the Justice Department willing to fire the Watergate special prosecutor...
  • Chertoff Warns of 'Silent Amnesty' on Immigration

    05/25/2007 5:14:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 149 replies · 2,677+ views
    Newsmax ^ | May 24, 2007 | Reuters
    Conservative Republicans working to block a compromise immigration bill risk endorsing a "silent amnesty" by insisting on unfeasible mass deportations, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in an interview published on Thursday. In remarks to USA Today, Chertoff also criticized liberal immigrant rights advocates, saying they could prolong the anguish of immigrant families by withholding support for legislation that could give them legal status. Chertoff spoke to the newspaper's editorial board in a preview of a Bush administration media campaign to build support of broad immigration legislation being debated by the U.S. Senate, USA Today said. The compromise bill...
  • Cheney says House doesn't support troops

    03/24/2007 7:40:58 PM PDT · by jern · 120 replies · 5,123+ views
    AP ^ | March 24, 2007 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    Cheney says House doesn't support troops By BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press Writer 35 minutes ago Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday accused the Democrat-led House of not supporting troops in Iraq and of sending a message to terrorists that America will retreat in the face danger. "They're not supporting the troops. They're undermining them," Cheney told a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition at the oceanside Ritz-Carlton hotel in Manalapan, Fla., about 60 miles north of Miami. On Friday, the House voted to clamp a cutoff deadline on the Iraq war, agreeing by a thin margin to pull combat troops...
  • Bush administration picks Lawrence Livermore warhead design

    03/02/2007 10:39:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 571+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 3/2/07 | Scott Lindlaw - ap
    The Bush administration selected Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's design for a new generation of atomic warheads, two officials familiar with the decision said Friday. The decision, to be announced later in the day, came a year after the administration ordered a competition between Lawrence Livermore near San Francisco and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been formally announced. The administration decided the design submitted by Lawrence Livermore, with engineering assistance from Sandia National Laboratories, could be built with greater confidence without underground testing because it was more closely...
  • Social Security belongs to working Americans

    01/09/2007 12:23:39 PM PST · by WatchingInAmazement · 36 replies · 1,331+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | Jan. 8, 2007 | GINNY BROWN-WAITE
    For years, the trustees of Social Security have warned Congress and the president about the fiscal crisis that the Social Security program faces in the not-too-distant future. As the representative with the largest number of Social Security beneficiaries in Congress, it is my goal to listen to all ideas and seek solutions that ensure the long-term stability of the program. Over the years, modifications have been made to Social Security that protect a worker's right to a safe and secure retirement. One of these modifications, called a totalization agreement between two nations, allows people who spend significant portions of their...
  • Administration dumps nuke chief

    01/08/2007 3:40:16 PM PST · by nukeable · 5 replies · 393+ views
    Slate ^ | Jan. 8, 2006 | Nathan Hodge
    Unfortunately for [Linton] Brooks, Los Alamos was unable to shed its image as the problem child of the nuclear labs family. In late October 2006, police stumbled upon thumb drives containing classified information from Los Alamos during a meth bust in a trailer park. On Jan. 4, Brooks finally took the fall. While news of his dismissal was overshadowed by a major shake-up in the top echelons of the military and the intelligence community, it came at a critical time for the future of the nuclear weapons complex. With very little public attention, the NNSA is embarking on a project...
  • The Need for the Iraq War (Spelled Out Plain and Simple)

    12/10/2006 12:42:07 PM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 24 replies · 1,011+ views
    Myth Debunker | 12/10/06 | Yomin Postelnik
    The Necessity of the War in Iraq - Unfortunate But Needed With all the uproar about the war the reasons why we're there have been all but forgotten. Unfortunately, even a cursory view of the situation, the way it is and without the hype, shows the necessity of the operation, not only because we're there, but mainly because this operation was needed all along. This is proven by a rudimentary analysis of cold hard facts, something missing in almost all discussions. To begin with, UN weapons reports documented every weapon owned by Saddam in the 90s as well as as...
  • L'Chayim! Boston Globe's Short-Term Memory Loss On Direct Talks With North Korea

    10/11/2006 6:01:13 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies · 512+ views
    Boston Globe/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein October 11, 2006 - 08:45. To judge by its political cartoon of this morning, the Boston Globe apparently believes that if only the Bush administration had engaged in direct talks with North Korea, it could have prevented Kim from building his bomb. Let's leave aside the fact that the Bush administration has been talking to North Korea. Indeed, the president was proceeding in precisely the way the MSM usually implores him to do - multilaterally, via the Six Party talks. Isn't the Globe forgetting a teeny little thing? That the Clinton administration famously engaged in direct talks...
  • Hitler & Ahmadinejad

    10/04/2006 6:27:39 PM PDT · by MassCornellian · 10 replies · 316+ views
    Cornell Daily Sun ^ | Ben Birnbaum
    "History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes." - Mark Twain
  • Did Clinton Really Give Bush A “Comprehensive Anti-Terror Strategy?”

    09/26/2006 6:33:07 AM PDT · by Quilla · 69 replies · 2,333+ views
    National Review Online ^ | September 26, 2006 | Byron York
    The country never had a comprehensive anti-terror operation until I came to office,” former president Bill Clinton told Fox News on Sunday. “I left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy.” “We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight al Qaeda,” says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a new interview with the New York Post. “The notion somehow for eight months the Bush administration sat there and didn’t [fight al Qaeda] is just flatly false.” Well, which is it? The argument over whether, in January 2001, the Clinton administration left the incoming Bush administration a blueprint to destroy Osama bin Laden...
  • A Taxing Agenda

    08/17/2006 8:42:25 AM PDT · by Jane2005 · 99+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 8/17/2006 | Pejman Yousefzadeh
    To paraphrase Marx and Engels: a specter is haunting the Bush Administration, the specter of a nonexistent popular domestic agenda. Given the Administration's dramatic failure to push for Social Security reform last year, it would seem that it has shied away from dreaming big dreams when it comes to fashioning a general domestic policy agenda or a specific initiative that might give its domestic policy program some definition. But there exists an initiative to be pursued that would significantly improve policy while at the same time allowing the Administration and Congressional Republicans to gain popularity with the electorate: tax reform....
  • Andrea Agrees - Cubans Support Fidel, Roker's Fresh Air on Global Warming

    08/02/2006 5:58:10 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies · 1,173+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein August 2, 2006 - 08:17 The uniformed Cuban military officer pictured here barks commands at a smallish crowd in Havana that responds with pro-Fidel chants. Imagine you're an objective journalist. How would you report it? "The Castro regime orchestrates a public show of support," perhaps? Not Andrea Mitchell. Appearing on this morning's Today show, here's how she characterized what you have to imagine was a less-than-spontaneous event: "In Havana, Cubans turn out to show support for their long-time leader." No surprise. I did ask you to imagine how an 'objective' journalist would report it. Andrea managed to...
  • Globe: Restrain Israel, Cease-Fire at Any Price

    08/01/2006 4:11:15 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies · 564+ views
    Boston Globe/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein August 1, 2006 - 07:00 When the Allies faced fascist foes in WWII, they called for unconditional surrender. Confronted today by the new face of facism, the Boston Globe calls for 'unconditional, immediate cease-fire.' In its editorial of this morning, the Globe would reward Hezbollah for its barbarous use of human shields. On the one hand, it acknowledges that the terror group 'has placed its rocket-launchers . . . unconscionably close to settled areas.' But since the result are the very civilian casualties that Hezbollah was looking to provoke, the Globe criticizes the Bush administration for its...
  • So Much for O'Reilly's Theory: NY Times Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire

    07/25/2006 4:09:26 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies · 1,665+ views
    New York Times/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 25, 2006 - 07:01 Back to the drawing board for Bill O'Reilly. As noted here, on his radio and TV shows yesterday, BOR propounded the theory that the big-city newspapers have tread lightly in the current Middle East conflict for fear of alienating their liberal Jewish readers. As Bill put it, liberal Jews "are all the papers have left" when it comes to significant market niches. BOR particularly singled out the New York Times as a paper that hesitant to take any positions that could be construed as contrary to Israel's interests. As of this morning's...
  • Chris Close to Claiming Anti-Semitism Key to WH Criticism of NY Times

    06/29/2006 8:01:43 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 134 replies · 2,070+ views
    Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein June 29, 2006 As fellow NewsBuster Mithridate Ombud noted today, a San Francisco Chronicle columnist has flatly accused the Bush administration of anti-Semitism in its criticism of The New York Times for its latest leak of an anti-terror program. That this might be an emerging MSM theme is evidenced by a similar suggestion coming from Chris Matthews on this evening's Hardball. The Times rose to prominence under the ownership of, Arthur Ochs, a Jew. His descendants, notably including the Times' current publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, continue to play a dominant role in the Times' affairs. So when...
  • Mexican trucks to enter U.S. freely?

    06/26/2006 11:55:29 PM PDT · by Anita1 · 15 replies · 524+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Posted: June 27, 2006 | By Jerome R. Corsi
    A U.S. government agency has begun a new audit to determine if the Bush administration has resolved inspection issues that would allow Mexican trucks to enter the U.S. freely...Since before the passage of NAFTA, a decision to allow Mexican trucks into the U.S. on a non-restricted basis has been hotly contested. On June 7, 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court reached a unanimous decision in Department of Transportation v. Public Citizen, ruling that Mexican trucks under NAFTA could enter the U.S. freely, even if the Mexican trucks failed to meet environmental standards as set by state and federal law. The decision...
  • Pentagon eyes ways to use military for border security

    05/12/2006 2:23:32 AM PDT · by Sharks · 17 replies · 515+ views
    cnn ^ | Friday, May 12, 2006
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Faced with growing pressure from Southern states, the Bush administration wants the military to come up with ideas to help solve security problems along the U.S. border with Mexico. In back-to-back moves this week, the Pentagon began exploring ways to lend support at the Southern border, while the House on Thursday voted to allow the Homeland Security Department in limited cases to use soldiers in that region. At the Pentagon, Paul McHale, the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense, asked officials to offer options for the use of military resources and troops -- particularly the National...