Thompson Almost Official

31 May 2007 |permalink | email article

As expected, Fred Thompson, the former Tennessee senator and star of “Law and Order,” has taken the first step in entering the race for the Republican presidential nomination. He will file Federal Election Commission papers on June 4 disclosing… read full story

Clinton Endorsed by L.A. Mayor

30 May 2007 |permalink | email article

It’s no surprise that Antonio Villaraigosa will endorse Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton for president this afternoon at a UCLA rally to unveil her California campaign focusing initially on women and Latinos.

Villaraigosa is viewed as a rising star in… read full story

White House Dynasty

29 May 2007 |permalink | email article

How much presidential power should be concentrated in just two American families?

The question, recently explored by columnist Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times, may be relevant about the 2008 election.

Before Kristof got to the “but”… read full story

Memorial Day 2007

28 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Over 3,443 American troops have been killed in Iraq since March, 2003, and the toll raises serious questions about presidential accountability.

At his Thursday news conference, W. was asked about the impending release of an intelligence report raising warnings… read full story

A very bloody August?

25 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Time is running out on President Bush’s credibility and his delusional Iraq war policy.

In ordering an evaluation of troop strength to be delivered by Gen. David Petraeus in September and a progress report by then, the president uncharacteriscally… read full story

Bush Replays Terror Card

24 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Osama bin Laden, according to President Bush, is trying to turn Iraq into a “terrorist sanctuary” from which Al Qaeda can plot against the American homeland.

Yesterday the president brushed past a civil war that U.S. troops police,… read full story

Iowa Poll Surprises, Rudy Query

23 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Just 235 days before both party caucuses a new Des Moines Register poll offers some interesting match ups among the presidential candidates.

Among Democrats, the big news is that Hillary Clinton finished third and Bill Richardson, who announced Monday,… read full story

Tennessee Waltz: Gore and Thompson

22 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Al Gore, in an interview with ABC News which aired in full on “Nightline” last night, was harshly critical of President Bush in his new book, “The Assault on Reason,” accusing the current White House of a “sustained campaign… read full story

Ron Paul Baits Guiliani

21 May 2007 |permalink | email article

The Texas congressman and 1988 libertarian presidential candidate is under strong attack from fellow Republicans because of his stunning remarks in their recent debate in South Carolina.

Paul suggested that U.S. actions in the Middle East, and especially Iraq,… read full story

Thompson begins to move

20 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Fred Thompson, the former Tennessee senator and star of TV’s “Law and Order,” is taking his first positive steps to win the Republican presidential nomination. He won’t return as District Attorney Arthur Branch next season.

But the real news… read full story

Wolfowitz out, Gonzales still dodger

18 May 2007 |permalink | email article

A horrible week best describes the mood in the Bush White House. The band still plays on the Truman balcony but the deck chairs tilt to starboard.

First, the president virtually admitted to a British reporter that his… read full story

Homegrown Terrorism

17 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Years too late, new partnerships are now developing between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and both the Arab and Muslim communities.

An FBI news release Wednesday said the agency is trying to strengthen its ties with these communities… read full story

GOP Debate: 9/11 and Torture

16 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Snap observations about the second Republican presidential televised debate in South Carolina last night where Rudy Giuliani and John McCain each showed command presence, ahead of Mitt Romney and a hapless second tier of dwarf contenders.

Both scored in… read full story

Schwarzengger’s Flawed Budget

15 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can’t run for president. But he intends to play a big role in deciding whom he will endorse by interviewing every candidate campaigning in California about key issues before Feb. 5, 2008.

The media fawns… read full story

CBS News Axed Ex-General Over Ad

14 May 2007 |permalink | email article

John Batiste, a retired major general who commanded the First Infantry Division in Iraq and is challenging President Bush along with two other retired generals in a series of television ads over his management of the war, was profiled… read full story

Cheney in Mideast: Darkness at Noon

13 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Battleships once were the metaphor to define the U.S. as a superpower. Under President Bush aircraft carriers are the new metaphor.

Remember Bush landing on the U.S.S. Lincoln in a flight suit on April 9, 2003 to declare, before… read full story

Firings Probe Key Witness to Testify

12 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Does Alberto Gonzales really believe he’s weathered the storm and that, as a Bush crony, his job remains safe at the Department of Justice?

I mean, why would the nation’s chief law enforcement officer allow so many U.S.… read full story

Gonzo: Follow the Bread Crumbs

11 May 2007 |permalink | email article

House testimony yesterday by Alberto Gonzales on the U.S. attorney firings did nothing to clear up the scandal, as the attorney general’s remarks were virtually the same as he delivered last month in the Senate.

Gonzales has finally got… read full story

Bush vs. the Generals

10 May 2007 |permalink | email article

The Iraq funding bill aside, a major story continues to unfold: a serious crisis confronting the president over the failure of the Iraqi government to resolve its political and security problems, and blow back by three retired generals on… read full story

Fred Thompson: Reluctant Warrior

09 May 2007 |permalink | email article

The serious expectation before the annual dinner of the Lincoln Club of Orange County last week, which famously propelled the gubernatorial candidacy of Ronald Reagan, was that former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson would declare his candidacy for the Republican… read full story

Bedtime for Gonzo: Day 18

08 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Embattled Alberto Gonzales still twists in the wind. What began as an inquiry about his role in the dismissal of eight United States attorneys has now metastasized into a stonewalling major scandal with no resignation imminent.

The attorney general’s… read full story

Dean Baquet

07 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Integrity matters in journalism. It was illustrated again in a New York Observer banner headline, ‘Times Withdraws from Chummy Galas, Leaving Rove Dateless,’ in reference to the April 21 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

The story focuses on Dean… read full story

Clinton’s war vote switch

06 May 2007 |permalink | email article

The political repositioning of Hillary Clinton is fascinating to observe. She voted to give the authority to President Bush in 2002 to invade Iraq. Alone among her Democratic Senate colleagues running for president, she has never apologized.

But late… read full story

W: not the commander guy?

05 May 2007 |permalink | email article

President Bush criticized Congressional Democrats in a speech to an annual construction trade group on Wednesday and the official White House transcript explained why he vetoed an Iraq war spending bill that dictated a timeline for troop withdrawal.

“The… read full story

GOP debate: top tier intact

04 May 2007 |permalink | email article

Iran and social issues like abortion rights and immigration stood out in last night’s TV debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. But the event did little to change the perception that Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney… read full story

Fiasco Guy

03 May 2007 |permalink | email article

George W. Bush continues to update us as he redefines himself.

After being re-elected president in 2004, Bush boasted he had “political capital” and intended to spend it. He proved it by spending billions to fund the war in… read full story

Thompson edges closer to run

02 May 2007 |permalink | email article

As ten Republican presidential hopefuls prepare for their first TV debate tomorrow night at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. after being invited by Nancy Reagan only 53% of the party faithful say they are satisfied with… read full story

Clinton’s commander in chief ploy

01 May 2007 |permalink | email article

While the first Democratic presidential debate last week failed to reshape the 2008 race it produced a nasty little post-debate skirmish between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over who’s tougher in fighting terrorism which foreshadows her camp’s concern about… read full story

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