|The latest on GW: a 21 century crusade
Feb. 2003. Egads - Sounds like GW! Even by the standards of the Nixon White House, a plan to blow up Washington's preeminent think tank seemed crazy, presidential counselor John Dean recalled.
Bush Abolishes Medical Privacy. "Its now OK to reveal personal medical info, but when the oil companies meet with policy makers to ask for special favors, that's guarded like a state secret."
Special Report: Election 2000
Gore got 537,179 more popular votes, and only lost the Electoral College thanks to a lot of well-documented funny business.
Bush Spent More on Fla. Recount. The Bush campaign spent $13.8 million to win the Florida recount vote, roughly four more times than the Gore's $3.2 million the IRS shows.In addition to paying for lawyers, phones and campaign staff salaries, the Bush campaign paid $13,000 to Enron Corp. and $2,400 to Halliburton Co. for the use of their jets.
GW - Bush Job Approval Dips.
Bush gave plum jobs to supporters who worked Florida recount. 13 July 2002, Miami Herald
Hot Wired Penis Ordered by Court in Jeb Bush's Florida
Bush brothers have crucial lapses. "We're talking about civilians who shouldn't be dead, and children who shouldn't be missing. No leader deserves a courtesy pass on such matters."
Also read in Jeb Bush's Florida, Governor Rigs Child Abuse Panel.
More politics. Right -Winger's get the Bush team to prove its anti-abortion credentials by permanently denying money to the United Nations Population Fund.
Debate on Court Nominee Centers on Abortion. Nominee over another candidate explicitly because of her anti-abortion views and her closeness to Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's chief political adviser, who engineered her 1994 election to the Texas court.
Affirmative Action Foe Picked for Rights Post. New York Times.
The Mask Comes Off. Did Americans really want a president who would smile in the faces of poor children even as he was scheming to cut their benefits? New York Times.
The Wimps of War. Bush's unwillingness to take responsibility for solving difficult problems is a large factor in the rift between Europe and the United States. America the Invulnerable? The World Looks Again. American contempt for a weak Europe is producing pressure for more unity, more independence to shock over the way Washington works.
Report Says Key Assertions Leading to War Were Wrong
New York Times
WASHINGTON, July 9 The Central Intelligence Agency greatly overestimated the danger presented by deadly unconventional weapons in Iraq because of runaway assumptions that were never sufficiently challenged, the Senate Intelligence Committee said today. ... In a long-awaited report that goes to the heart of President Bush's rationale for going to war and is certain to intensify political debate on Iraq, the committee said that prewar assessments of Saddam Hussein's supposed arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, and his desire to have nuclear weapons, were wildly off the mark. (more)
Pass the Duct Tape. New York Times. The Bush administration's fixation on Saddam seems to have blinded it to the possibility that Osama might be perversely encouraging America in this war.
Bush's Pick: The Ashcroft Tit
Ashcroft's Words Clash With Staff on Check on Gun Laws. Congressional testimony by Ashcroft last December that the F.B.I. could not legally use records of gun background checks to investigate terrorism suspects conflicted with a formal opinion by his own legal staff.
Say What? Bush needs a history lesson.
20 July 2002. "We still don't know the full extent of our Enron governance because we still don't have a complete list of former Enron employees hired by the Bush administration. (It hardly inspires confidence to know that one of them is its chief economic adviser, Lawrence Lindsey, who also offered such valuable wisdom to Ken Lay.) Nor, of course, do we know the full details of the president's past history at Harken Energy or the vice president's at Halliburton. Those details matter not so much because of any criminality they might reveal we are rapidly learning that there is no such thing as a prosecutable corporate crime anyway but because of what they may add to our knowledge of the ethics, policies and personnel of a secretive administration to which we've entrusted both our domestic and economic security.
The head of President Bush's new corporate-crime task force served as a director at a credit-card company that paid more than $400 million to settle allegations of unfair and deceptive business practices.
Tight Lipped Bush. Concerned that the United States is rushing headlong toward a full-scale military confrontation with Iraq, many in Congress are urging Bush to provide a public accounting of its plans.
More Lip Service Bush Unveils Post - Enron Crackdown on CEOs
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush announced on Thursday he was cracking down on corporate and accounting misconduct but stopped short of tougher reforms advocated by lawmakers and his own treasury secretary after Enron Corp. collapse.New York Times
JOINED AT THE HIP: Enron's corporate treachery has top Republicans trembling in their penny loafers. New York Times.
White House Acknowledges More Contacts With Enron. New York Times
G.A.O. Expected to Sue Over Cheney Panel's Records.
The General Accounting Office is expected to announce today that it intends to file suit against the White House to obtain access to documents from an energy task force headed by Vice President Dick Cheney. New York Times.
Cover-up? Rifts Plentiful as 9/11 Inquiry Begins. Also, Public Demands Answers.
Enron showdown between the accounting office an investigative arm of Congress and the Bush team. New York Times
Truth, Sex, Lies & Videotape. New York Times.
Social Security Tricks
Bush Uses Own Brand of Math on Social Security. Adopting an example that few financial planners would be likely to embrace, Bush ignores recommendations of his own commission on Social Security. New York Times
Fahrenheit 9/11's indictment of the president is sprawling. Mr. Moore suggests that Mr. Bush and his administration jeopardized national security in an effort to placate Bush family cronies in Saudi Arabia, that the White House helped members of Mr. bin Laden's family to flee the United States after Sept. 11 and that the administration manipulated terrorism alert levels in order to scare Americans into supporting the invasion of Iraq.
New York Times: Panel asks Cheney for reportd to justify. ...
New York Times: "In 17 preliminary staff reports, that panel has called into question nearly every aspect of the administration's response to terror, including the idea that Iraq and Al Qaeda were somehow the same foe."
Patterns of Corruption
US Deficit Reaches $445 Billion in 2004
Why are George W. Bush's business dealings relevant? The public deserves to know that he became wealthy entirely through patronage and connections. New York Times.
Also, Bush and the Texas Land Grab
Fleeing Bush. G.O.P. Lawmakers Bolt Bush's Herd. Questioning Bush stances, Republicans are going their own way. New York Times
DUH! A New York Times/CBS News Poll shows that Americans worry that President Bush and cronies are too heavily influenced by big business.
Is Uncertainty the Only Thing That Is Certain? "You can't even trust the earnings reports. When you find the auditors in bed with the managers, there is nobody to believe."
Watchdog Group Is Suing Cheney and Halliburton.
Under Cheney, Halliburton Altered Accounting Policy. New York Times
How Enron Got California to Buy Power It Didn't Need and how Bush ignored the facts.
Electricity traders at Enron drove up prices during the California power crisis through questionable techniques that company lawyers said "may have contributed" to severe power shortages. New York Times.
On Social Security.
The Binge Mentality in the Federal Budget. President Bush and Congress are sacrificing the public's long-term welfare for their own short-term political gains. Enron was sacrificed for inflated stock prices ... the federal budget sacrifices the health of Social Security and other programs for unaffordable tax cuts. The motivation for both is the same: the decision makers don't believe they should be accountable for the long-run problems. Kenneth Lay walked away from Enron with millions. And the president and most lawmakers in Congress will be gone from office before the effects of the budget policies are fully felt. New York Times
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something," wrote Upton Sinclair, "when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." New York Times.
June 2001. Justice Clarence Thomas Author Says He Lied in His Attacks on Anita Hill. The author of a best-selling book that attacked thecredibility of Anita F. Hill now says that he lied in print. New York Times.