Posts Tagged 'George W. Bush'

Pratap Chatterjee – Tomgram: Pratap Chatterjee, Obama’s Last Chance

Imagine this scenario: you’ve occupied an office for eight years and now you’re about to move out. You know who’s going to move in and, by reputation, he’s a fellow with a minimal ability to control himself who might conceivably be a danger to others. So here’s one thing you undoubtedly wouldn’t do: leave a loaded revolver in the top desk drawer and a stash of extra ammunition in the closet.

However — if you’ll excuse the analogy — that seems ...

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Andrew Rudalevige – Trump says he’ll cancel Obama’s ‘unconstitutional’ executive actions. It’s not that easy.

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.” The good news was that Trump did not simply use the phrase “executive order” to describe every administrative tool presidents can use. As regular Monkey Cage readers know, that simplification is inaccurate.

The bad news was that it wasn’t clear, then or now, which particular ...

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MPs reject move to investigate Tony Blair over Iraq by 369 votes

Labour MPs turned out in force on Wednesday to help defeat a parliamentary motion calling for Tony Blair to be held to account for allegedly misleading parliament over the Iraq war by 439 votes to 70, after a sometimes angry debate.

It said the Chilcot inquiry “provided substantial evidence of misleading information being presented by the then prime minister and others on the development of the then government’s policy towards the invasion ...

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You Were Born for This Time: 12 Post-Election Ideas From Front-Line Organizers

BILL QUIGLEY FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

When you find yourself in a suddenly darkened room, what do you do?   Some rush blindly to where they think the door might be.  Others stand still, let their eyes get adjusted to the different environment, re-orient themselves, then cautiously and sensitively, move forward.  Some search out people who might be able to show the way.  Post-election, a lot of people are re-assessing and searching for the best way forward.  Here are some ideas on ...

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MELVIN GOODMAN – Trump’s Campaign of Militarization

President-elect Donald Trump’s authoritarian style and personality, which attracted an overwhelmingly authoritarian following, is manifesting itself in the selection of his national security team.  The appointment of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as the national security adviser is particularly worrisome because of the general’s lack of experience in strategic policy and his controversial stewardship as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  More recently, we have learned that general officers are being given consideration as secretaries of state, defense, and homeland ...

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LAUREN FOX – Rep. Tom Price Reveals Republicans Eyeing Medicare Overhaul In 2017

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), the chairman of the budget committee, told reporters on Thursday that Republicans are eyeing major changes to Medicare in 2017.

Price, who is being floated as a possible Health and Human Services Secretary in the next administration, said that he expects Republican in the House to move on Medicare reforms “six to eight months” into the Trump administration.

Privatization of Medicare has been a central feature of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s budget ...

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Lauren McCauley – Meet the Islamophobic Black-Ops Master Likely to Head Trump’s National Security Team

Amid the many rumored reports of President-elect Donald Trump’s likely cabinet picks, one name that has risen to the surface is seriously concerning observers of the foreign policy arena.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is the “leading contender” to become Trump’s national security advisor, one of the top posts in the White House, MSNBC reported Thursday.

“A source familiar with the Trump transition says that all signs point to Lt. General Michael Flynn,” reported Kristen Welker, though “nothing is finalized.”

The ...

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Trump will deport 3 million Mexican “criminals” but only 173,000 exist: WTF?

Trump said a lot of things that will never happen. Here are my favorite lies: 1. I can be trusted because I cannot be bought; I am self-funded: Fact: 99% of his general race was funded by wealthy donors, such as Adleson, who got a reversal on Trump’s “neutrality” towards Israel/Palestine for a mere $25 million. 2. I opposed the War on Iraq before the invasion. Fact: he is on record on the Howard Stern show saying he supported the ...

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Politics Philip Weiss – Neoconservatives warm up to Trump (maybe they have an agenda)

The word has gone out that Donald Trump’s foreign policy is up for grabs, and the neoconservatives are humming with pleasure over this news, and lobbying quietly and not so quietly. You can hardly blame them for sucking up to Trump: neoconservatives are hawks who care about Israel more than anything, and it is vital to them to secure Israel’s interests in the next administration.

Last night Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin– between railing against evangelical Christians ...

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When The Shouting Stops

I’ve been trying for some time now to understand the reaction of Hillary Clinton’s supporters to her defeat in last week’s election. At first, I simply dismissed it as another round of the amateur theatrics both parties indulge in whenever they lose the White House. Back in 2008, as most of my readers will doubtless recall, Barack Obama’s victory was followed by months of shrieking from Republicans, who insisted—just as a good many Democrats are insisting today—that the election of ...

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