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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Bush commutes Libby’s prison sentence

Just when things looked darkest for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, when prison seemed all but certain, President Bush wiped away the former White House aide’s 2 1/2-year sentence in the CIA leak case.

Bush’s move came Monday, just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term. His prospects for an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court seemed bleak. The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, Libby was just waiting for a date to surrender.

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Dick Cheney’s Polaroids

Over lunch last week, a friend speculated that Vice President Dick Cheney must have some interesting Polaroid photos of President George W. Bush.

“Nothing else explains why Cheney has so much power,” she said. “He’s got something to hold over Bush.”

Interesting thought. Like most politicians, Bush has a closet full of skeletons, although most have been thoroughly vetted by now: Avoiding the Vietnam War by hiding out in the Texas Air Guard, hard drinking, rumors of cocaine use, etc.

So what’s left for Cheney to know? What could the Polaroid shots show?

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The prospect of Wampanoag resort casino in Middleboro exposes the underbelly of racism.

March, 2009 Addendum: This article had an unexpected and unintended effect in my hometown. Please read an explanation here.

I’ve been so immersed in trying to fight a virulent minority in my town consisting of people who are against having a Mashpee Wampanoag Native American Resort Casino here that I have barely attended to the national news. I have learned a lot about how well organized people with a good playbook like the one posted on the website of a national anti-Indian sovernity organization called Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA)* can rally narrow-minded, prejudiced, and fearful people to a cause that won’t benefit them at all.

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Can Hillary control Bill’s ego?

Love him or hate him, anybody who’s followed Bill Clinton’s career knows it’s always been about him – as in No. 1 or “me,” “my” and “I.”

Now it’s about her.

Considered by friends to be as self-absorbed as he is brilliant, the former president checks his ego at the curb this week to fly to Iowa and take a surrogate’s role in the presidential campaign of his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

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A Presidency gone horribly wrong

George W. Bush has never really grasped the reality of his failures but, as his doomed Presidency draws to a close, he is uncharacteristically seeking advice from others, trying at least to understand where it all went wrong.

The President is hosting a series of private meetings with authors, historians, philosophers and others in what many see as a too-late attempt to understand his many failures in office.

Yet even in defeat Bush remains typically arrogant and upbeat, convinced that his decisions are the right ones even when the rest of the world — and even those in his own party — disagree.

Bush remains what he has always been — arrogant, delusional and unbowed.

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Lugar: Time to pull troops out

Pressure on the US administration to start pulling out of Iraq deepened Sunday with one of the Senate’s most respected Republicans calling for an “orderly” withdrawal of troops in the months ahead.

Richard Lugar, the most senior Republican yet to break ranks with President George W. Bush over the war, said Bush should embrace moderates from both sides in Congress to chart a new strategy focused on diplomacy.

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Obama sets money record: $32.5 million

Sen. Barack Obama outraised Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton by $10 million in second-quarter contributions that can be spent on the Democratic presidential primary contest, aided by the contributions of 154,000 individual donors.

Obama’s campaign on Sunday reported raising at least $31 million for the primary contest and an extra $1.5 million for the general election from April through June, a record for a Democratic candidate.

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