George W. Bush

5 Reasons Why America Is Still a Strong Liberal Democracy

In 1997, Fareed Zakaria wrote an important article for <i>Foreign Affairs</i> detailing the rise of “illiberal democracy” around the world. He contrasted the …

Democracy

Can Trump Destroy Obama’s Legacy?

WASHINGTON — When the judgment of history comes, former President Barack Obama might have figured he would have plenty to talk about. Among other things, he assumed he could point to his health care program, his sweeping trade deal with Asia, his global climate change accord and his diplomatic …

Opinion

The health bill might pass because Trump has launched the era of Nothing Matters politics

When in doubt, lie and distract.<p>The health care bill unveiled by Senate Republicans Thursday morning should, by the standards of the normal laws of politics, have approximately a snowball’s chance in hell of passing.<p>One well-known fact of American politics is that it is extremely hard, in general, …

Politics

Report: Trump's Paris announcement boosts sales of electric buses

Even before Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, corporations, states, cities and individual citizens were …

Sustainability

Al-Jazeera becomes a target amid Qatar diplomatic crisis

Amid a worsening diplomatic crisis, four Arab states boycotting Qatar are demanding that the country shut down its state-owned media company, …

Middle East

On Fox News, the first rule of the Senate health care bill is not to talk about it

There’s a real chance Trump voters won’t understand anything about this until it’s too late.<p>How do you defend an effort like the Senate’s new health care bill, which neither repeals nor replaces Obamacare, but merely loots it to deliver tax breaks to the rich? By the president’s own standards, the …

Health Care

Depp’s ‘Assassin’ Comments The Latest In Celebrity Anger

<i>By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer</i><b>NEW YORK (AP)</b> — Johnny Depp has sparked controversy for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an …

Entertainment

Layoffs start next month at the Carrier plant Trump “saved” last winter

And the Ford Focus is moving to China rather than Mexico. Oops.<p>The Carrier plant in Indianapolis that Donald Trump mentioned frequently on the campaign trail and famously returned to during the transition is preparing to lay off 600 manufacturing workers next month, according to CNBC’s Scott Cohn, …

Politics

This imam from Louisiana survived the Dallas shooting. He doesn't think America can wait to deal with race.

Imam Omar Suleiman was invited to help lead prayers at Tuesday’s memorial service in Dallas for five police officers shot and killed in the Texas city last week.<p>But he had a few reservations. <br>Apart from the anxiousness anyone would have about stepping into the national spotlight, Suleiman found out …

Dallas

George W. Bush to Vets: We Can Defeat the Stigma of Post-Traumatic Stress

Former President George W. Bush shares veterans’ stories and lessons through paintings in his new book, “Portraits of Courage.” He discusses a section on post-traumatic stress, saying, “It was courageous to volunteer in the face of danger, and it’s just as courageous to talk about the invisible …

News

George W. Bush touts ways to help a 'tremendous national asset': America's veterans | Texas Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former President George W. Bush on Friday emphasized the need to help veterans "if they need help," convening a major policy summit to …

Veterans

Trump reshapes the lower federal courts with little progressive scrutiny

With controversy seemingly engulfing the Trump administration on a daily basis, it is noteworthy that the president earlier this month announced a …

Judiciary

Why Hasn’t Trump Actually Nominated an FBI Director?

Weeks ago, President Trump announced his choice to lead the FBI—but he seems to have stalled on the actual nomination part of the process.<p>Attorney Christopher Wray is on deck to become the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, if the president ever gets around to nominating …

Government

#TBT: George W. Bush loves birthdays more than anyone

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Of all the men who have served as President, it seems unlikely that any of them loved birthdays more than former President George W. Bush. To mark President Donald Trump's June birthday, our #TBT series has been highlighting other moments from previous presidential birthdays.<p>The …

Republicans

Study Shows People Are Hotter On 'Climate Change' Than 'Global Warming'

For Republicans in particular, it seems to matter what you call it.<p>A new study finds that language matters when it comes to people’s perceptions of climate science: More people said they believe in “climate change” than in “global warming.”<p>The study from researchers at Cornell University …

Climate Change

The Emerging Republican Majority

Now that the Democrats lost all four of the special House elections (or maybe three given the sketchy trustworthiness of voting machines in Georgia) we now know that Trump’s “disapproval” rating that MSNBC commentators have been flogging for months is politically meaningless. Republican voters hate …

Democracy

Why cutting even wasteful spending is so hard

Uncle Sam overpaysWhy cutting even wasteful spending is so hard<p>Donald Trump is repeating promises made, and not kept, by Barack Obama and George W. …

Republicans

Soon, Trump Will Have to Handle a Real Disaster

Extreme weather reveals presidential ineptitude, as we've seen.<p>As New Orleans learned 12 years ago, it is just about impossible to prepare for your own government's lack of preparedness. Hurricane season began on June 1, a couple weeks after President Trump finally nominated someone for the FEMA …

New Orleans

“Meanness at the core”: Obama jumps back into political fray to slam Trump, GOP on health care

<b>By David Nakamura</b>,<i> The Washington Post</i>WASHINGTON – The text of the Senate’s 142-page Obamacare repeal bill had been public for just a few hours …

Health Care

MSNBC analyst: Defending Trump 'like hugging a suicide bomber'

"He wasted the country's collective time speculating over whether these tapes existed."

Donald Trump

Trump's Iowa speech was extremely entertaining. It was also an admission of failure.

President Trump's speech in Iowa on Wednesday night was fantastic, in the way that an Eddie Money concert at a county fair in Kentucky is fantastic.<p>I …

Elections

Nearly halfway through 2017, who is your Texan of the Year? | Editorials

Admit it. You're dreaming about summertime fun, whether it's escaping to snow-topped mountains or giving into the heat surfside<i>.</i><p>Most everyone slows …

Texas

Obama and Trump both promised peace. They delivered war.

There's an old political joke that goes like this: "They told me that if I voted for Goldwater, we'd be at war in Vietnam within a year. Well sure …

Foreign Policy

Former Bush aide: Trump is a ‘cyberbully’ who destroyed GOP

Nicole Wallace, MSNBC anchor and former aide to President George W. Bush, said President’s Trump’s tweets about his former officials amounts to …

Elections

Meet the Lawyers Defending Trump and His Associates in Russia Probes: Ongoing

Trump, Vice President Pence, Attorney General Sessions and others have retained lawyers, some of whom are controversial.

Marc Kasowitz

Trump and Bush Ordered Russia to Interfere With Georgia 6th Election

Hugh Jass, reporting. (Special to the <i>New York Review</i>.)<p><b>BREAKING NEWS:</b><p><i>The New York Review</i> can now confirm that Russia interfered with the Georgia 6th …

Conservative POV

Trump is in no position to solve North Korea but the fear is that he'll try | Commentary

Like his father and grandfather who sat on the throne before him, Kim well understands China's strategic interest in his survival and ably plays the …

North Korea

The Buy Pile: Daredevil, Deities & More

SIsters are doing it for themselves in <i>Odyssey Of The Amazons</i> #6.<p><b>WHAT IS THE BUY PILE?</b><p><i>Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent</i> …

Comics

How Can Trump Get Anything Done With All Those Empty Seats? - Bloomberg

During Workforce Development Week at the White House in mid-June, President Trump and his top advisers spoke urgently about the need to fill millions …

The White House

How Trump's Afghan Policy Is Different From Obama's

A new approach would aim to empower the government without telegraphing a withdrawal date for U.S. troops.<p>Every disclosure about the Trump administration's forthcoming Afghanistan strategy triggers a chorus like a Passover seder: Why is this strategy different from all other strategies?<p>The goal is …

Afghanistan