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by / on October 1, 2005 at 9:55 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Media, National Security

Apology Accepted?

…what went wrong with the relief effort after the hurricane.” “Polls indicate that public opinion of Bush was low before Hurricane Katrina, and it’s low now,” Bowman observes. “The public judges the performance of an incumbent and they have many opportunities in public opinion polls to say they don’t like the way Bush is doing his job. He has a strong disapproval rating right now, and they’re rendering a…

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by / on December 2, 2003 at 3:23 pm / in Congress, Domestic, Election

Ready To Serve?

…ommunity in charge of the major programs—most notably Leslie Lenkowsky, an expert on philanthropic policies whom Bush appointed as head of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the organization that administers AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.At the same time, Bush’s philosophy on service more or less echoed his father’s notion of “a thousand points of light”—that is, service as local, nongovernmental, nonpolitical volunteerism….

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by / on October 19, 2003 at 4:44 pm / in Domestic, Election

Poll Bearers

by The Onion recently ran an article headlined “85 Percent of Public Believes Bush’s Approval Rating Fell Last Month.” The story discussed a made-up Gallup poll that measured how many Americans “strongly believe that the American people no longer strongly believe that Bush” is doing a good job. The Onion’s satire demonstrates the tenuous position polls hold in our society: simultaneously mocked and worshipped. Yet opinion polls, despit…

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by / on February 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm / in Opinion, World

When Barry Became…George?

by A great deal has been written on President Obama’s continuation of many of the Bush administration’s policies in regards to terrorism. Growth in the size and operational tempo of special warfare units, the extensive use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against terrorist targets worldwide, and the National Security Agency’s (NSA) ongoing warrantless surveillance programs – all of these began with President Bush. That Obama ha…

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by / on December 5, 2004 at 2:11 pm / in Blast from the Past, Domestic, Election, National Security

A Question of Vision

…e-fifth of the American population said that terrorism was the deciding factor in their vote, and they voted for Bush by a margin of 86-14. Despite a 55 percent disapproval rating of his handling of Iraq, the November 18-21 CBS/NYT poll still had Bush garnering approval ratings of nearly 60 percent for his prosecution of the war on terror. 73 percent said he would make the right decisions in protecting the US from terrorist attacks. The growing p…

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by / on December 1, 2004 at 10:41 am / in Business, Domestic

Can America Stomach the Consumption Tax?

…Jefferson envisioned a country full of independent yeoman farmers. It was therefore unsurprising that President Bush made an “ownership society” the domestic centerpiece of his reelection campaign. In his convention speech, he said that such a society would inspire “greater opportunity, more freedom, and more control over your own life.” No one would argue with those goals, but many commentators have pointed out that when Bush says “control,” he…

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by / on December 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm / in Current Issue, World

Obama’s Stick: Big Enough?

…culate what the country’s foreign policy amounts to other than avoiding misfortune. For all his faults, at least Bush could claim to be working in the Wilsonian tradition of American foreign policy—fighting so that the world might “be made safe for democracy.” Whether he was aiming for the right goal or not, Bush’s foreign policy had form. Going forward, Obama must develop a coherent foreign policy, consistent with the exigencies of the 21st cent…

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by / on May 27, 2008 at 9:27 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

The Critical Language Gap

by A little problem with language in the past In 2006, President Bush delivered a speech unveiling the National Security Language Initiative. Delivering the speech to a crowd that included then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, and Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, President Bush began in a lighthearted manner. “I’ve had a little problem with the language in the past,” he…

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by / on May 1, 2006 at 9:58 am / in Domestic, National Security

The New Spy in Town

…o leak a the claim that Iraq had tried to acquire nuclear weapons. Indeed, Goss was ostensibly appointed to help Bush rid the agency of “soft leakers and liberal Democrats,” according to remarks of a former CIA official widely quoted at the time of Goss’s nomination. Yet while the leaks are being plugged, their original impetus remains—the Bush White House’s rejection of CIA’s analysts’ conclusions about Saddam’s weapons capabilities. From the mo…

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by / on April 3, 2004 at 7:51 am / in Domestic, Election

Unshackling The DNC

…2002 midterm elections. They watched Tom Daschle, the Senate Minority Leader, vote in favor of the much-loathed Bush energy bill even as the rest of his delegation fought to block it (Daschle felt he had to support the bill to ensure his own upcoming reelection in South Dakota). And, to top it all off, Democrats have seen their congressional delegations dwindle even further in the years since Bush was elected. Still, congressional Democrats have…

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