April 21, 2002 |
President Bush has come face to face with the limits of the American presidency. Last week, the Senate dealt him a major energy policy defeat when it thwarted his plan to drill for oil in the Arctic wilderness. He was defied in the Middle East as Secretary of State Colin L. Powell returned from a lengthy, much-touted mission unable to win a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians.
March 2, 2002 |
In the midst of the American heartland, far from the feared target of an attack, President Bush said Friday that concerns about a nuclear strike by terrorists were behind the continuing operation of a "shadow government" ready to take over if Washington is destroyed. "Until this country has routed out terrorists wherever they try to hide, we're not safe," Bush said on a trip to Iowa that mixed policy and politics.
January 14, 2002 |
Senior Bush administration officials defended themselves Sunday for not alerting the president and the public that thousands of employees and investors were likely to lose large amounts of money in the failing Enron Corp., arguing that the giant energy company already was doomed by the time its executives began to seek help from Washington last fall. In addition, Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill said that "in the broad scheme of things," he was not necessarily surprised that Enron sought U.S.
January 12, 2002 |
The Enron Corp. scandal is approaching a stage where questions about the investigative process may threaten the White House as much as revelations about its substantive dealings with the bankrupt energy giant. In the next several days, the most pointed questions confronting the administration may not be whether officials provided favored treatment for Enron as it slid toward ruin.
December 24, 2001 |
A little over a week ago, District of Columbia Health Director Ivan Walks flew to Atlanta for a series of meetings with federal officials billed as "lessons learned in the anthrax attacks." His message was characteristically blunt: We don't need another Brentwood--referring to the confusion, resentment and racial tensions sparked by the government's early handling of the outbreak.
December 10, 2001 |
The message from the Senate Democrats to the Bush White House last week was: Let's be partners in the war against terrorism. "That's how the founders and our Constitution intended it. Under our system, none of us has a monopoly on authority," Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) told Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft.