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"In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

"The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality- based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'

Ron Suskind, Without a Doubt, New York Times Magazine, October 17, 2004)
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The tradition of the costumed Easter Bunny began with a Pat Nixon staff member in 1969, per the White House Historical Association. Former Trump administration press secretary Sean Spicer has a history with the Egg Roll himself: as a staffer in the George W. Bush administration, he was the man ... President Trump

Many Republicans came to equate compassionate conservatism with more government spending: Compassionate conservatism equals big government; compassionate conservatism is a left-wing thing; phooey on compassionate conservatism.” On this point, Olasky partially blames the Bush administration ...
So why resurrect the ancient history of George W. Bush in the brave new age of Donald Trump? The answer is simple enough: because the Trump administration is already happily recycling some of those Bush-era war crimes along with some of the criminals who committed them. And its top officials, ...
“We're going to have people going to the slammer over this, the question is who, and how high up this is going to reach...the notion there's no collusion is just ridiculous” - Richard Painter, former White House Ethics Lawyer for President George W. Bush https://t.co/luUz3puvor pic.twitter.com/VYobsvkOoA.
The Bolton appointment makes me think, again, that the fact that we never reckoned with the Bush years and the Iraq war properly has in many ways warped our democracy. Do you agree? Trump is sui generis, but it feels like, in all sorts of different ways, the Bush administration laid some groundwork, and ...

In the George W. Bush administration, Bolton did a lot more than talk. He twisted arms at the UN trying to oust arms control diplomats like Jose Bustani and Mohamed elBaradei, who (correctly) cast doubt on the administration's false claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Bolton also persuaded ...
As David correctly recalls, Bolton (with whom I worked in the Bush administration from 2001–2006) spearheaded the Bush administration's efforts in its first term to strangle the fledgling ICC, including by “unsigning” the Rome Statute and strong-arming U.S. allies into signing over one hundred so-called ...
In the George W. Bush administration, Bolton did a lot more than talk. He twisted arms at the UN trying to oust arms control diplomats like Jose Bustani and Mohamed elBaradei, who (correctly) cast doubt on the administration's false claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Bolton also persuaded ...
James Mitchell, a psychologist who helped the CIA develop the enhanced interrogation program, told BuzzFeed News that Rodriguez “did the right thing.” But in Congress and upper levels of the CIA and the Bush administration, officials were outraged, according to interviews and declassified CIA records.
But Paul Bremer, who also goes by Jerry, is best remembered for the 14 months he spent in Iraq following the 2003 invasion, when he served as the administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Before he ran moguls, he ran Mosul. And Ramadi, Tikrit and Baghdad. And on a recent morning in ...
Well, Mr. Bolton was a major proponent of the invasion of Iraq for — because, you know — supporting the Bush administration's contention that the late dictator Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. That case was based on bogus and exaggerated intelligence, something I did extensive ...
George W. Bush later appeared to regret his choice of Bolton, reportedly saying he didn't “consider Bolton credible.” Those remarks, made in the final days of his administration, came after Bolton wrote a column in the Journal, criticizing the Bush administration: “Nothing can erase the ineffable sadness of ...
Among the policy moves Bolton counted as victories, he worked to ensure that the United States would not participate in the International Criminal Court - something he later called "my happiest moment at State" - and the Bush administration's withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.
Bolton, who takes over his new job next month, pushed for the initial invasion during his time, post-9/11, as President George W. Bush's under secretary of state for arms control and international security. After leaving the administration, he advocated for expanding the war into Iran and, in a 2015 interview, ...
Bolton was one of the staunchest advocates for the war within the George W. Bush administration, and, as under secretary of state for Arms Control and International Security, one of the most prominent voices making the case that Saddam Hussein's government possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Bolton was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security in the Bush administration from 2002-2004, during which time he promoted the weapons of mass destruction myth to bring about the Iraq invasion, and later said he had “no regrets,” about doing so. Bolton pushed the weapons ...

President Donald Trump has just ousted his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, and replaced him with former George W. Bush administration official John Bolton. People who've been intently watching the comings and goings of people from the White House might have expected the change.
Trump Hires Bush Administration Demon John Bolton as New National Security Advisor · Paul Blest ... The New York Times reports that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is resigning, and his replacement is going to be one of the very worst people from the administration of George W. Bush. The Iran ...
President Donald Trump has appointed John Bolton, the former US envoy to the UN, as his national security adviser, politically reanimating a strident Bush administration neo-conservative. The decision comes as a surprise, not least because Mr Trump was reported to have decided against naming Mr ...
A longtime veteran of the CIA, Haspel is the former chief of a secret detention facility, or “black site,” in Thailand that played a prominent role in the Bush administration's torture program. Before Haspel's arrival in 2002, one prisoner at the facility, Zayn al-Abidin Muhammed Hussein, better known as Abu ...
Soon enough, the Bush administration became obsessed with promoting the idea that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, despite the absence of any conclusive evidence. In September 2002, Rumsfeld received a now-declassified intelligence report stating that, “We don't know with any precision how ...
In major respects, Trump's presidency is following outlines chalked out by Bush, the cowboy-in-chief whose populist appeal was enhanced by his belligerent foreign policy. On issues ranging from torture to immigration to abortion, Trump is reviving the bad old days of the Bush administration. (Bush even ...
In 2002, the George W. Bush Administration placed tariffs on imports of certain steel products in an attempt to protect the domestic U.S. steel industry from foreign dumping. The failure of these tariffs to work as designed and the economic harm they caused provide a foreboding tale of what we should ...
The subsequent Bush administration, including hawks like Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney scotched efforts by Colin Powell's State Department to follow up the Clinton diplomacy. Then the discovery of a North Korean highly enriched uranium program, that flouted the ...
The Bush administration withdrew the tariffs in December 2003, about 21 months after they were imposed, but not without a cost. The Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition found that 200,000 workers in U.S. manufacturing lost their jobs as a result of the tariffs. For comparison, the entire U.S. steel ...
Richard Painter, the chief ethics lawyer during the George W. Bush administration, may throw his hat into the Minnesota special election for the Senate seat once held by Al Franken. Painter announced Wednesday that he was starting an exploratory committee to weigh his options for the seat, which is now ...
Despite promising a free trade agenda and stocking his administration with supporters of free trade, Bush enacted a tariff of 8% to 30% on foreign steel arguing that the U.S. steel industry was hurt by a surge in imports from overseas. The Bush Administration knew the move would draw sharp critiques with ...
Richard Painter, the former chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, blasted the prospect of former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton replacing General H. R. McMaster as President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor. "John Bolton was by far the most dangerous ...
As the historian Gabriel Glickman declared in the Washington Post, “There is no chance this Republican administration will share the moral imperative of the last Republican administration, led by George W. Bush, that emphasized the maintenance and expansion of a liberal world order.” Story Continued ...
The former Republican president regularly knocks the current administration, a source close to the Trump administration told National Journal, unable to understand why the White House often seems to be in chaos. "Bush is often heard to remark, unable to stifle his trademark smirk: 'Sorta makes me look ...
A former assistant secretary of education in the George W. Bush administration will join the U.S. Department of Education again after a brief stint at the Department of Labor. Diane Auer Jones will serve as senior adviser to the assistant secretary for postsecondary education, the post she previously held.
Daniel S Markey, who worked on South Asia policy for the State Department during the George W Bush administration, said he was surprised by the involvement of Mr Trump Jr in an Indian business deal. "The idea that the president's son would be going and shilling the president's brand at same time ...
The decision also likely will affect the Trump administration's efforts to put in place an implementation rule for the 2015 ozone standard, which the Obama administration lowered even further than the 2008 Bush-era level. EPA proposed a rule in 2016 that was partly based on the rule that the court today tore ...
Over the next few weeks, I want to take a look back at February-March 2003, to those fateful days leading up to the administration of former United States president George W. Bush's disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq. I remember all too well the lies that were told, the hysteria that was created, the ...
States initiated and maintained momentum on climate leadership during the Bush Administration, when the federal government did little to address the issue, and are having to take up the mantle again as Trump and Pruitt seek to undermine the progress made during the Obama administration. Of course ...
Selnick, 57, is a retired Air Force captain from California who worked in the VA under the George W. Bush administration. At CVA, he not only ran the policy task force, he testified before Congress and appeared on TV. In 2015, House Speaker John Boehner appointed Selnick to the Commission on Care, ...
Tim DeChristopher, who in 2008 derailed the Bush Administration's last-minute Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oil and Gas Lease Auction by bidding 1.8 million dollars for 22,000 acres in Utah, spoke to the screening of the award-winning documentary "Bidder 70." It will be shown at the Westminster ...
"You now open up the door for anybody to do anything as long as they say 'national security,'" said Phil Levy, a trade expert at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a former economist in the Bush administration. "That could open the door for a global trade war." One of Commerce's findings from the ...
Bush is being exalted as if he is the second coming of George Washington thanks to his implied slams against the Trump administration. But Bush's actions during his eight year reign did far more to ravage democracy at home and abroad than most people realize. Thanks to gushing media coverage, Bush ...
The Trump administration has issued three waivers since August, two to build barriers in parts of California and one in part of New Mexico. President George W. Bush's administration issued the previous five waivers, clearing the way for the government to extend barriers to its current 654 miles (1,046 ...
As Latinos became the largest minority in the U.S., President George W. Bush's administration added Spanish-language content to the White House website for the first time. Luis Miranda, director of Hispanic media at the White House under President Barack Obama, said the Spanish-language site during ...
Trump cited national security concerns as his reason not to release the Democratic memo, with White House counsel Don McGahn explaining in a letter to Nunes that while Trump "is inclined to declassify” the memo, the administration believes it would create “especially significant concerns” for “national ...
"Emory Rounds is a good and decent man who has devoted his life to public service," said Shaub, who clashed with Trump repeatedly over his administration's ethical entanglements. "He was Richard Painter's right hand in the Bush White House. Emory will lead OGE ably. I hope the Senate confirms him quickly.".
Painter, a vice chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, is one of a growing number of lawmakers, former administration officials and other figures weighing in against Trump's proposed parade. His Putin comment refers to Moscow's 2016 election meddling, which the intelligence ...
(ABU DHABI) — Former President George W. Bush said on Thursday that “there's pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 American ... Bush also criticized Trump's decision to scrap a program implemented by former President Barack Obama's administration that allows young ...
(A recent “Saturday Night Live” spoof of Bush imitated by Will Ferrell, who impersonated the former president in the early Bush years, reminded viewers he was “like, historically bad.”) But Bush's administration also had an anti-gay agenda that compares, if not surpasses, the anti-LGBT policies under the ...
After more than a year of President Trump, the administration of George W. Bush is looking better to many Democrats in retrospect — but that might be the result of collective amnesia given the policies of the previous Republican president. A CNN poll published late month found 61 percent of Americans ...
When the prison was established, the Bush administration argued that it was a vital tool in combating terrorism. The Guantanamo prison is “a necessary part of protecting the American people,” Bush said in 2006. But Dixon and other critics have also claimed that Guantanamo serves as a recruiting tool for ...
And the Bush administration thought Texas was gaming the system by putting too many struggling learners in special education — resulting in most of those students' standardized test scores being excluded from their schools' overall results, which counted toward crucial federal school ratings. Then-Texas ...


 

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