December 28, 1986
The Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief wants American car manufacturers relieved of all energy-efficiency rules on the ground that there is no other way to assure a competitive position for the industry. Not so. Worse, it is a dangerous idea. In fact, the commission is talking only about the two largest American manufacturers, General Motors and Ford, which have required exemptions from the fuel-efficiency standards for each of the last two model years in order to escape heavy fines.
March 31, 2006 |
Microsoft Corp. is getting U.S. government support for its complaint that European Union antitrust regulators have denied access to evidence needed for the company's defense. Microsoft's complaint raises "substantial concerns," U.S. diplomats in Brussels said in a memo sent to the European Commission this week. The U.S.' EU mission is led by C. Boyden Gray, a former White House counsel who lobbied on behalf of Microsoft during its battle with the U.S. Justice Department.
February 2, 1989 |
The FBI is questioning officials at Morehouse University School of Medicine about Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Louis Sullivan's connection to a former Georgia official convicted of extortion. The FBI is inquiring about former Fulton County Commissioner Reginald Eaves, who was involved in a financial conflict-of-interest scandal at the Atlanta school, where Sullivan is president. Dr.
February 14, 1989 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker III announced today that he is selling his controversial holdings in a New York bank and all other publicly traded stock that has been held in a blind trust. Baker announced the decision through a spokeswoman while on a tour of Western European capitals. His wife, Susan, is disposing of her stock as well.
March 22, 1985 |
In a major staff shake-up, Vice President George Bush on Thursday named a new press secretary and appointed five new assistants. Bush, considered a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, named Marlin M. Fitzwater, now a White House deputy press secretary, to succeed Peter Teeley as press secretary. Teeley opened a private consulting firm last month. Frederick N.
November 12, 1991 |
For congressional watchdogs assigned to keep tabs on the executive branch, an order to look into something at the Justice Department used to ruin their day. When Dick Thornburgh was attorney general, he routinely refused to meet with them at all, and his aides continually challenged their authority to investigate sensitive subjects.
December 22, 1986 |
A task force on governmental regulations chaired by Vice President George Bush today proposed abolishing U.S. fuel economy standards, saying they are crimping the ability of domestic auto makers to respond to market demands. The Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief, re-established by President Reagan on Dec.
April 28, 1989 |
President and Mrs. Bush met last week with Vice President Dan Quayle and his wife, Marilyn, to discuss the terms of the transfer of presidential power if Bush should become disabled, the White House confirmed today. Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater called it a "routine meeting" at which letters were signed by Bush and Quayle. Fitzwater said the meeting was held "to discuss the 25th Amendment" dealing with presidential disability and the "implementation of the statute . . . , how it works . . . the paper work."
January 31, 2012 |
By midnight Tuesday, we'll have our first glimpse inside the machinery of the so-called “super PACs,” a new breed of independent political organizations that have metastasized during this campaign. That's when all active political committees have to file reports with the Federal Election Commission disclosing their donors and expenses. Many reports are expected to land late Tuesday night, while the political class is busy digesting the results of Florida's primaries. But the filings by the early birds are already underscoring the close ties between the putatively independent organizations and the candidates they back.
August 31, 1989 |
A Washington seminar this fall entitled "Scandals, Scoundrels & Saints" will feature plenty of each, its sponsors promise. Under the auspices of the Senior Executives Assn., 200 senior career government officials will pay fees of up to $445 to hear, from the horse's mouth, why scandals keep happening "despite a vigilant press . . . despite ever more restrictive laws and legislation." Speakers include Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.