Hillary vs. the un-Obama in November?

    The results of yesterday’s primaries and caucuses in more than a dozen states make it ever more likely that the outcome of this year’s general election will pivot to a certain extent on competing views of Barack Obama’s presidency. This is going to make more than a few Republicans squirm uncomfortably. Lots of rank-and-file GOPers have eagerly swallowed the party line that Obama has been a failure as president. But, of course, that’s a false judgment if you consider the terrible situation Obama inherited...

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Just asking: Was George W. Bush president during the attacks of 9/11?

  One of the oddest aspects of the current presidential campaign is the penchant among all but one of the Republican candidates to pretend that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 did not occur when George W. Bush was the nation’s chief executive. This curious mindset was first exposed when Jeb Bush declared at one of the early campaign debates that his brother kept America safe from terrorism during his two terms as president. Yes, he did keep us safe  — except for that one day when thousands of Americans were killed in...

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The most blatant falsehood in the GOP debate came from Jeb Bush

In some political debates, the misreprentations don’t jump out at you right away. Sometimes you have to wait until the fact-checkers pore over the transcript looking for claims that got fudged in one way or another. Such was not the case, however, at last night’s Republican presidential debate — at least not in the case of a first-class whopper offered by Jeb Bush. It came during a discussion of Jeb’s brother George W. Bush, whose failures as president seem to have faded somewhat from the national consciousness....

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If CIA torture was morally defensible, why was it kept a secret from President Bush?

George W. Bush is not entirely faultless in the CIA torture scandal, but neither is he as culpable as other officials in his administration. More to the point, Bush and the American public in general have a right to ask in retrospect why the CIA torture regimen was kept a secret from him. If there was nothing immoral or illegal about the program, why wasn’t the commander-in-chief told about it? THIS was the situation: President George W. Bush was never briefed by the Central Intelligence Agency on the details of harsh interrogation...

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Suddenly, it’s time to revisit our collection of priceless Bushisms

The release of the Senate committee report on torture has brought the presidency of George W. Bush back into the national spotlight. To mark the occasion, I’ve dredged up a few of the man’s more memorable comments: “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” “Our most abundant energy source is coal. We have enough coal to last for 250 years, yet coal also prevents an environmental challenge.”...

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