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Blair says no secret deal with Bush to invade Iraq

LONDON — Former prime minister Tony Blair said Friday there had been no “covert” deal with then US president George W. Bush to invade Iraq in 2003, and robustly defended his decision to take Britain to war. Giving eagerly awaited evidence to a public inquiry into the conflict, he insisted…

Bush warns: Watch out for ‘shysters’

President George W. Bush is warning Americans not to fall for scams trying to raise money off the disaster in Haiti. “I need to put a pitch in for the clintonbushhaitifund.org,” Bush told NBC’s David Gregory. “One of my concerns around any crisis is that shysters show up and take…

Court rules Obama’s detention powers not limited by laws of war

The Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Tuesday that upholds the Bush administration’s broad claims of executive power to detain non-citizens. The case, Al-Bihani v. Obama, “was the first by the Circuit Court to directly apply the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in Boumediene v. Bush creating a…

Maddow: Conservatives using ‘sadistic torture fantasies’ to politicize terror plot

WASHINGTON — MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday accused conservatives and Republicans of exploiting the foiled Christmas terror bombing for political gain and to promote torture. “Conservatives have been racing for the nearest TV camera to try to score political points off of this failed terrorist attack,” Maddow said. Maddow…

‘Traditional marriage’ defender Rove mocked for getting divorced

The progressive blogosphere is having a good laugh at self-professed “traditional marriage” defender Karl Rove, after a Texas court granted the former Bush White House political mastermind his second divorce. The man referred to as “Bush’s brain” ended his 24-year marriage to Darby Rove last week, said Dana Perino, the…

WSJ Poll: 12% of Americans judge the Bush decade ‘good’ or ‘great’

Are we supposed to feel better that the figure isn’t any higher? (Think Progress): According to the poll, a combined 58% said the decade was either “awful” or “not so good,” 29% said it was fair, and just 12% said it was either “good” or “great.” [...] Asked what they…

Bush Administration relied on ‘Al Jazeera decoder’ for 2003 terror alert

The Bush administration raised the terror alert level to “high” during the 2003 winter holidays on the basis of a fake claim that Al Qaeda was passing messages to agents through a secret code embedded in TV broadcasts, says an investigative report at Playboy magazine. Aram Roston reports that Homeland…

Baucus kept relationship from Justice Department when recommending girlfriend

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) did not disclose to the Justice Department anything about his personal relationship with a woman he recommended to be a United States Attorney, according to a Department official involved in the selection of federal prosecutors. Baucus has acknowledged that he recommended his girlfriend, Melodee Hanes, to…

Rep. Hinchey: Bush ‘intentionally let Bin Laden get away’

The Bush administration permitted the world’s most notorious terrorist mastermind to escape because it needed additional justification to invade Iraq, according to a Democratic lawmaker from New York. Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) leveled the allegation during an interview with MSNBC host David Shuster on Monday afternoon. “Look what happened with…

Siegelman: Bush lawyers still running Justice Department

President Barack Obama’s Justice Department has changed little from the Bush Justice Department because the same people are still running the show, says former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Siegelman is fighting a 2006 corruption conviction he and many observers say was politically motivated and may have even been orchestrated from…

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