A Capital View


June 2006


Next on Bush's chopping block: the First Amendment

The Bush administration and its top officials have a new target – the First Amendment.

That is the essence of the attacks on the New York Times by the president, vice president, secretary of defense, secretary of the treasury, and Republican allies in Congress.

The Times, these officials charge,

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An all-star public servant probes drugs in baseball

When Bud Selig, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, named George Mitchell to investigate drug use among players, he had to know he was appointing a tiger.

Mitchell isn't your usual politician. He's been a federal prosecutor, a federal judge, a senator from Maine, a Senate majority leader, and ...

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Memo to Karen Hughes: It ain't just photo ops and pleas

Karen Hughes, President Bush's alter ego in Texas and then during the early years in the White House, is trying to improve America's image in a State Department post for which she has few credentials except for her close relationship with Bush.

Hughes is articulate and well intentioned on spreading ...

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Congressional GOP's cynical ploy

Members of Congress should not be surprised when poll after poll ranks them low in the opinion of the nation's voters. Citizens mayadmire their own member, but, as an institution, the survey numbers are dismal.

No wonder. When it comes to wasting time, posturing, and working to gain political points ...

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Rove, unleashed again

Political guru Karl Rove has escaped indictment, and the hallelujah choir at the White House is singing his praises and rejoicing over the decision of the special prosecutor.

For what? It demonstrates only that he won't face a criminal trial or potential jail time or fine. Perhaps that is good news ...

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How are we going to pay for it?

Back in the '50s and '60s in the House of Representatives, there was an irascible conservative Republican from Iowa named Rep. H.R. Gross.

Gross enjoyed being a cantankerous, even obnoxious figure, to the majority Democrats and even to the moderate Republicans. As my colleague David Broder of the

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The Hammer's party may take a pounding

To no one's surprise, Tom DeLay left Washington with a roar of defiance and confrontation. He has always been a politician who sticks his chin out and dares any foe, or even friend, to hit it.

This may be the time. DeLay may have left a legacy those cheering Republicans on June 8 could regret as ...

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Bush makes mischief on "activist judges"

When President Bush rails against "activist judges" these days in support of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the word mischief-maker comes to mind.

The president is fully aware that the issue has no chance of clearing Congress, let alone winning approval of three fourths of ...

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Mad as hell

Remember those memorable words from the crazed anchor in the movie Network? "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."

That same anger is building against the current cast running the nation's affairs in Washington.

• President Bush. The office of the president is one we all should ...

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Bush the nondiscloser

When they hand out gold medals in history for secrecy in government, the Bush White House and its upper echelon have made their pitch for the award.

This reporter has covered or watched closely every administration since John F. Kennedy was elected in 1960. That would be nine administrations–five ...

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Unruffled by GOP's scare tactics

Republican strategists are playing a strange game in using Democrats Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, and John Conyers, the Judiciary Committee ranking Democrat, to scare the wits out of voters.

The GOP logic is that voters from Vermont to California will back Republican candidates for ...

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