The Stewart- Miller Interview

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People wonder if The Daily Show will be as funny when Jon Stewart moves on.  Maybe,  Maybe not.  But comedy aside, I wonder if the new host will have the same journalistic chops as Stewart. Judith Miller is making her rounds with a new memoir titled “The Story: A Reporter’s Journey.” She reportedly got a $1.2 million dollar advance for the book … Read More

Pundit Quote Of The Week

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WaPo columnist, Jennifer Rubin: It took less than 4 1/2 years of the Obama presidency for President George W. Bush to mount his comeback. While doing absolutely nothing on his own behalf (he’s been the most silent ex-president in my lifetime), his approval is up to 47 percent according to The Post/ABC poll. That’s up 14 points from his final poll in office. … Read More

Hearsay Quote of the Day

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George Bush, on the subject of John McCain, back in 2008: “I probably won’t even vote for the guy,” Bush told the group, according to two people present. “I had to endorse him. But I’d have endorsed Obama if they’d asked me.” Wow.


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Former President Bush says the worst moment of his presidency was when Kanye West implied that he was a "racist". You might have thought the "worst moment" would be, say, having to watch the bodies of dead U.S. soldiers come back from overseas. Or 9/11 maybe. But nope: it's when Kanye called him a bad name.

Bush: The Worst President In Modern History

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Every eight years, a couple hundred president scholars are asked to rank the presidents on various scales, including communication, honesty, intelligence, foreign policy achievements, economic achievements, etc. The 2010 assessment is out — you can read the PDF here – but the "headline" results are: In overall rankings, Obama comes in at 15th In overall rankings, Bush 44 dropped from 23rd … Read More

Then and Now

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February, 2004: Elizabeth Blackburn, an outspoken advocate of human embryonic stem cell research and therapeutic cloning is fired by the Bush administration from the President's Council on Bioethics because of her dissenting views. This week: Elizabeth Blackburn wins the Nobel Prize for Medicine for her pioneering work on cancer and aging.

Another Quote Of The Day

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“In 2007 I finally made it to the Bush White House as a presidential speechwriter. But it was not at all what I envisioned. It was less like Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing and more like The Office.” This comes from Matt Latimer, who worked as one of Bush’s speechwriters during the president’s final twenty-two months in office.  He’s got … Read More

The Chris Wallace-Dick Cheney Interview

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"Tell me, Mr. Cheney.  Are you and everyone in the Bush Administration totally awesome, or just somewhat awesome?" That's the kind of interview it was.  Or, as Sully quips, it was not unlike a teenage girl interfiewing the Jonas Brothers. I'm talking, of course, about the hour-long interview of Dick Cheney by Chris Wallace on (where else?) Fox News this … Read More

Terror Politics

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I've largely refrained from posting about the Bush White House ever since Obama became president, but sometimes my self-imposed ban is hard to maintain. Now that Bush is out of office, we're finding that the actual illegalities are just as bad, if not worse, than imagined.  The firings of the U.S. attorneys, for example, were politically motivated and were orchestrated … Read More