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A shoe flies, a leader ducks… a trend is born?

The shoe heard round the world: Footwear taking flight becomes an escalating global trend For a few days, he was famous the world over — an Iraqi TV journalist who became an instant hero for millions when he hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush’s head and called him…

DOJ: No charges for Bush-era US attorney firings

The Bush administration’s Justice Department’s actions were inappropriately political, but not criminal, when it fired a U.S. attorney in 2006, prosecutors said Wednesday in closing a two-year investigation without filing charges. The decision closes the books on one of the lingering political disputes of the Bush administration, one that Democrats…

President of the Council on Foreign Relations on Afghanistan: ‘It’s not worth it’

The president of the Council of Foreign Relations is telling President Barack Obama that he needs to drastically scale down his ambitions in Afghanistan. In an article published in the most recent edition of Newsweek, Richard Haass called Afghanistan “very much Barack Obama’s war of choice.” Haass seemed to be…

Bush ally: Black Panther story a ‘fantasy’ to ‘topple Obama’

A Bush administration civil rights appointee says the conservative media uproar over allegations the Justice Department is protecting the New Black Panther Party from voter-intimidation prosecution is a “fantasy” designed to oust Attorney General Eric Holder and harm the Obama administration. “This doesn’t have to do with the Black Panthers;…

Lawyer: Some CIA interrogation tactics not OK’d

One of the key Bush administration lawyers in the evolution of the CIA’s interrogation program cast doubt on whether the Justice Department approved some of the harsh steps the agency took to get terrorist suspects to talk. Former Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee’s remarks were contained in a transcript sent…

Rep. Nadler: Investigate torture or face road to ‘tyranny’

WASHINGTON – A New York Democrat argued that failing to prosecute former Bush administration officials complicit in the use of torture would create a dangerous precedent and place America on a path to “tyranny.” In an interview with Raw Story, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) invoked a “supremacy of laws” when…

Lawsuit: BP’s ‘manipulation’ of Bush administration led to spill

Lawsuit seeks damages under organized crime laws Oil firm BP “manipulated” the Bush administration into softening regulation of oil drilling, leading to the environmental disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, a lawsuit filed in a Florida courtroom alleges. The suit, which describes the Gulf spill as “an ecological Armageddon…

Doctors group says Bush Administration conducted medical experiments on detainees

A new report by the watchdog group Physicians for Human Rights alleges Monday that the Bush Administration experimented on terrorism suspects during their enhanced interrogation program put in force starting in 2002. The group’s review, which examined Bush-era documentation, asserts that the administration violated laws set up in the wake…

Bush on waterboarding: ‘I’d do it again’

Speaking to a crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday, former president George W. Bush told onlookers that his administration did in fact waterboard alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and suggested that his action saved American lives. “Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,” Bush said, according to a local…

Jay Leno: Muslim Miss USA hopes to get ‘off the no-fly list’

Ex-Bush official: My ‘affirmative action’ theory wasn’t to imply contest was ‘rigged’ Newly-crowned Miss USA Rima Fakih is the pride of her native village, with residents saying the Lebanese-American not only brought honor to southern Lebanon but also offered a different image of Shiite Muslims often stereotyped as radicals. Meanwhile,…

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