Buckley questions GOP survival

30 April 2007 |permalink | email article

The political problem of the Bush administration “is grave, possibly beyond the point of rescue,” William F. Buckley Jr. writes April 28 in the National Review Online.

Buckley, founder of the magazine and editor at large, is the patron… read full story

Tenet denies torture on 60 Minutes

29 April 2007 |permalink | email article

The former CIA director settles many scores but downplays the post-9/11 issue of torture in his sometimes interesting memoir, “At the Center of the Storm.” The 549-page book, for which he was paid a $4 million in advance after… read full story

Yeltsin, B41 and C42

28 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Former U.S. presidents George H.W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton left New York on Tuesday night and traveled together to Moscow to attend the state funeral of Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin, 76, Russia’s first post-Soviet leader, on Wednesday.

Bush 41… read full story

Democrats court San Diego delegates

27 April 2007 |permalink | email article

This weekend’s Democratic conclave, beginning today, will attract a record crowd to hear all but Joe Biden among the eight candidates seeking the 2008 presidential nomination.

(I thought last night’s first Democratic debate in South Carolina, with the… read full story

Bedtime for Gonzo: Day 7

26 April 2007 |permalink | email article

How long can delusional Alberto Gonzales twist in the wind as criticism over the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys continues to mount?

The answer is not much longer.

Gonzales will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee again on May… read full story

Military lies: did Bush know?

25 April 2007 |permalink | email article

The Bush administration, in its brassy zeal to foster positive wartime propaganda, lied about the real histories of Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch and Cpl. Pat Tillman who fought for their country in Iraq and in Afghanistan, respectively.

The truth,… read full story

Halberstam: witness to war and history

24 April 2007 |permalink | email article

David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who wrote about the Washington press corps, American newspaper dynasties, the Vietnam War generation and baseball. died in a car crash yesterday near San Francisco. He was 73.

“Few reporters of the last… read full story

Buy one, get one free

23 April 2007 |permalink | email article

When Bill Clinton first ran for president in 1992 he touted the slogan, “buy one, get one free” – a reference to his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The leading Democrat presidential candidate effectively repeated that slogan on Saturday in… read full story

Bedtime for Gonzo

22 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Day 3

“GOP support for Gonzales continues to deteriorate”
Los Angeles Times headline

“If he and the president decide that he cannot be an effective leader moving forward, he should resign.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.),… read full story

Imus: media hypocrisy

21 April 2007 |permalink | email article

A Thursday column by David Broder in The Washington Post definitively exposed the troubling role of establishment journalism in two messy stories that have come to dominate recent news – the firing of Don Imus and the phony Duke… read full story

Gonzales as Humpty Dumpty

20 April 2007 |permalink | email article

All the cramming by Alberto Gonzales for his “reconfirmation hearing” before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday did almost nothing to justify the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last Dec. 7, a “legal day of infamy” in the Department of… read full story

Pre-war questions for Condi Rice

19 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Rep. Henry Waxman, the diminutive new chairman of the powerful Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has emerged as Capitol Hill’s chief investigator. He wants to ask the secretary of state about the discredited claim that Iraq sought uranium… read full story

Gonzales: amnesia or cover up?

18 April 2007 |permalink | email article

The attorney general’s credibility will be severely tested tomorrow when he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee and tries to defend the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys last December. 

Committee questions will probe a White House political plan… read full story

Virginia Tech Massacre

17 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Dana Perino, the White House spokeswoman, said that President Bush was horrified by the Virginia Tech massacre, the deadliest shooting rampage in modern American history, and offered his prayers to the victims and people of Virginia.

Then she blew… read full story

Prosecutor firings, possible White House role

16 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Sunday’s op-ed article by Attorney General Albert Gonzales in The Washington Post was a prepared statement he will make before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow before answering questions in a make or break effort to save his job.

The… read full story

Kurdish Iraq, the next battleground?

15 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Today’s interview with John McCain in The New York Times discusses what he would do if he became president in dealing with Iraq. It’s almost surreal, considering his shaky start and already throwing around possible cabinet names.

“I… read full story

Gonzales: Done in by e-mails?

14 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Alberto Gonzales crams for his crucial Senate Judiciary hearing on Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee after his inarticulate first appearance. But a widening personnel scandal involving millions of missing e-mails underscores bipartisan doubts about the attorney general’s survival.

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Up Periscope: Right & Left

13 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Moment conservatives consider the current top tier candidates for the Republican presidential nomination – Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney - akin to ideological imposters.

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore told The Politico he fears the possibility… read full story

McCain-Obama Face Off, Kissinger Opines

12 April 2007 |permalink | email article

John McCain, addressing cadets at the Virginia Military Institute yesterday, predictably defended the Iraq war and said W. and the conflict’s supporters are on the right side of history in fighting terrorism and extremism.

He flayed his potential… read full story

Yes, Obama has a right hook

11 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama was asked on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” Monday night whether he’s thought about sharing the ticket with Hillary Clinton.

“No, you don’t run for second…I don’t believe in that,” Obama answered in making clear that… read full story

McCain’s misleading op-ed

10 April 2007 |permalink | email article

The “60 Minutes” interview Sunday with John McCain in Iraq revealed more than the advance transcript indicated. Scott Pelley’s sharp questioning elicited surprising responses about the senator’s past flip-flops and his driving ambition.

McCain’s appearance coincided with his redundant… read full story

New questions for Rudy

09 April 2007 |permalink | email article

The media and Democratic National Committee ask more pointed questions about Rudy Giuliani as he introduces himself to Republican primary voters as tough on crime and an expert on fighting terrorism.

But the scandal involving Bernard Keric, whom the… read full story

Doubts about McCain

08 April 2007 |permalink | email article

The conventional wisdom was straight-talking John McCain would be the clear favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination. But he’s lost his early lead in the polls and already some name journalists are talking about a “death watch” as… read full story

Cheney’s state of deceit

07 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Dick Cheney is a manipulative, burned out politician with a bunker mentality.

The vice president’s obsession with justifying the invasion of Iraq to avenge 9/11 by falsely linking Saddam Hussein to Al-Qaeda will rank as one of the major… read full story

Arnold’s anti-war ballot decision

06 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Arnold Schwarzenegger strongly supported a bill moving California’s primary up to Feb. 5 to give the state more clout in deciding who the Democratic and Republican nominees will be.

Recently the Republican governor, anxious to become a national player… read full story

Obama Raises More Primary Cash

05 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama’s ability to raise at least $25 million for his presidential campaign in the first quarter of the year has stunned the U.S. political world. 

His dramatic announcement puts the first term senator just shy of Hillary… read full story

California Democrats Favor Gore

04 April 2007 |permalink | email article

New public opinion sampling of likely California Democratic voters in the 2008 presidential race by the respected Field Poll is not really surprising.

Among the announced candidates Hillary Clinton leads with 41% of likely voters. She’s followed by Barack… read full story

Diplomacy: W. Again Eclipsed

03 April 2007 |permalink | email article

A tower of jelly may be the best way to describe the Bush administration’s obtuse foreign policy in the Middle East.

The meltdown began with the president’s invasion of Iraq, which unlike the victorious Gulf War led by his… read full story

McCain Spins Surge

02 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Vietnam war hero John McCain, now a presidential candidate, is a desperate hawk running out of time. He’s trying to convince a majority of dubious Americans that the U.S.-Iraqi crackdown in Baghdad is working.

The senator, heading a… read full story

Giuliani’s Keric Problem

01 April 2007 |permalink | email article

Rudy Giuliani’s quest for the Republican presidential nomination has hit a speed bump, and his past associations raise questions about the former U.S. attorney’s judgment.

“America’s Mayor,” with his post-9/11 law-and-order image had been able, as I posted 3/8,… read full story

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