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June 16, 2013 |
I thought I might weigh in on Rush Limbaugh's overheated critique of Jeb Bush's accusation Friday that the GOP brand has become tarnished because the party is perceived as “reactionary.” Instead, I got distracted by Bush's accidental detour into reproductive terminology. On Friday, in his speech to conservatives at the Freedom and Faith Coalition's hopefully named “Road to Majority” in Washington, D.C., the former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate used the wrong word for the right idea.
May 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Twenty years ago, James B. Comey was a young federal prosecutor in New York trying to put two Gambino brothers away for life. They were charged with murder, selling drugs, money laundering, racketeering - "the whole kitchen sink," recalled Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Comey's partner on the case. Fitzgerald was a young prosecutor back then too, and, like Comey, he also would make a name for himself in the years ahead as a crusading attorney in the Justice Department. But in 1993 they were just a pair of rather green prosecutors taking on two top "capos" in one of the nation's most notorious Mafia families.
May 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a former senior Justice Department official who famously challenged warrantless eavesdropping under President George W. Bush, to replace Robert S. Mueller III as director of the FBI, officials said Wednesday. For the Obama White House, Comey's Republican credentials and record as a federal prosecutor made him an appealing candidate for the nation's top law enforcement job. By tradition, the FBI director is considered nonpartisan.
May 25, 2013 |
WACO, Texas - On a recent afternoon, as McLennan County Republicans polished off their barbecue, the head of the local GOP worked his way through the group's luncheon agenda. A plaque was presented. A local judge spotlighted. The fertilizer plant explosion in nearby West, Texas, was discussed. Only then, after 30 minutes or so, did the featured speaker take his brief turn at the microphone. If it seemed a comedown after a lifetime spent near the pinnacle of politics, bunking at the White House and growing up a prince amid Republican royalty, George P. Bush never let on. He is the fourth generation to enter the family business: Great-grandpa was a U.S. senator, grandpa and an uncle were presidents, dad was a governor.
May 15, 2013 |
News Corp. has hired a D.C. heavyweight to handle its lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill after it becomes primarily a newspaper publishing company. Antoniette "Toni" Cook Bush will join News Corp. next month as its executive vice president and global head of government affairs. Her hiring is in anticipation of the split of News Corp. into two separate companies. The entertainment assets are being spun off into a new entity called 21st Century Fox while the print operations will remain in News Corp.
May 2, 2013 |
A man shot himself at Bush Intercontinental Airport in north Houston early Thursday afternoon, the Houston Police Department said. The unidentified armed man approached a ticket counter in Terminal B, where he shot himself, inflicting “life-threatening injuries,” Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon told the Los Angeles Times. Police are investigating unconfirmed reports that the man exchanged shots with an air marshal before turning a gun on himself, Canon said in a telephone interview.
May 2, 2013 |
Most of Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport was open to travelers Thursday except for one terminal that remained closed as officials investigated a shooting that left a gunman seriously wounded. Police and other officers were still at the scene trying to sort through the events that began about 1:30 p.m., John Cannon, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department, said by telephone. A lone gunman was taken to a hospital with “life-threatening injuries,” he said. Dale Howard, who told reporters that he was at the airport to pick up his sister for a family funeral, said he was on the lower level of the terminal when the incident began.
May 1, 2013 |
When the doors of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas open to the public today, it will mark the launch of what is expected to be among the top five tourist spots in the Texas city. "It's a beautiful museum on a beautiful campus," Phillip J. Jones, head of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau , said Tuesday. He said he expects 300,000 to 400,000 travelers will be drawn to the center at Southern Methodist University . But it's not the only new tourism generator in town.
April 30, 2013 |
Some tickets are still available for Wednesday's public opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum , on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Tickets are time-stamped for hour of entry, and the 9 a.m. opening hour has sold out, spokesman John Orrell said Monday. However, some times are still available for those who want to be among the first to tour the 14,000-square-foot exhibit space, which is expected to draw at least 400,000 visitors a year.
April 26, 2013 |
The opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas on Thursday may serve as the latest milestone for the former president, but it offered Jon Stewart an opportunity to again lower the boom on one of his favorite targets. The host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" took obvious glee in noting the return of the spotlight to Bush 4½ years after he left office. "Heeeee's back," Stewart said with a wide smile. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments He wondered if Bush during those years had devoted himself to dedicated public service in the tradition of other recent presidents such as Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.