April 2013

Apr 25, 2013

What We’ve Learned About George W. Bush Since He Left Town

By John F. Harris and James Hohmann, Politico

The one duty we owe to history, said Oscar Wilde, is to rewrite it.

Four years after leaving office, the history of George W. Bush’s presidency is being rewritten — ever-so-slowly, and not yet in ways that fundamentally challenge popular understandings of the man and his tenure.

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Obama’s Delicate Task at Bush Library Event

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

President Obama has left little mystery about how he views his predecessor. “The failed policies of George W. Bush” wiped away a budget surplus and “squandered the legacy” of bipartisan foreign policy. Mr. Bush put two wars “on a credit card,” led the country away “from our values” and “crashed the economy.”

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Bush Library in Dallas Opens with Rare Presidents Club Reunion

By Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs, TIME

Presidential libraries are the workshops where legacies can be polished and memories can be modified, and so the living members of The Presidents Club take them very seriously. Which is why five presidents will meet for only the second time today at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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Apr 24, 2013

Baucus Retirement Opens Way for Sweeping Legislative Changes

By Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane, The Washington Post

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of the most influential congressional figures of his era, announced his intention Tuesday to retire, a move that could produce sweeping changes in the political and legislative landscape over the next two years.

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Sen. Baucus Retirement Reverberates in Montana and D.C.

By Susan Davis and Martha T. Moore, USA Today

A surprise retirement announcement Tuesday by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who faced a potentially tough re-election next year, has started a succession scramble in both Montana and on Capitol Hill.

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As Manager-in-Chief, Obama Blamed for FAA Woes

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

The White House predicted last year that frustrations spawned by airline traffic delays would grab the public’s attention and force Congress to correct the misshapen results of lopping through federal budgets with a guillotine.

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How Republicans Can Win Over Their Party on Immigration

By Fawn Johnson, National Journal

It’s a combination of charm and fear tactics. Republican defenders of an immigration overhaul are talking up their ability to write into law a tough enforcement strategy.

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Napolitano: Immigration Reforms Would Have Helped Track Boston Bombing Suspect

By Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post

Proposed changes to the nation’s immigration laws would have made it easier to track one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings before the attack, the nation’s homeland security chief said Tuesday.

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Clues Suggest Boston Suspects Took A Do-It-Yourself Approach

By Tom Gjelten, NPR

As investigators look into the Boston Marathon bombings, one crucial question is whether the suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, acted alone or had help. The clues might be found in the bombs used.

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Boston Bombing Raises Intelligence Failure Concern

With Pete Williams, NBC News

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Apr 23, 2013

As Bush Library Opening Puts His Presidency Back in the Spotlight, His Approval Rating is Up

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post

George W. Bush will return to the spotlight this week for the dedication of his presidential library, an event likely to trigger fresh public debate about his eight fateful years in office. But he reemerges with a better public image than when he left Washington more than four years ago.

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In Gun Bill Defeat, a President Who Hesitates to Twist Arms

By Peter Baker and Michael D. Shear, The New York Times

Senator Mark Begich, Democrat of Alaska, asked President Obama’s administration for a little favor last month. Send your new interior secretary this spring to discuss a long-simmering dispute over construction of a road through a wildlife refuge, Mr. Begich asked in a letter. The administration said yes.

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