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  • Slaughterhouse Politics

    published December 30, 2003

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—When it comes to politics you just can't beat the cattlemen for bellyaching. They are forever running around... More >>

  • Dean Calls 9-11

    published December 30, 2003

    WASHINGTON—Setting aside Sunday's puerile attacks on Howard Dean by a desperate John Kerry and the by now embarrassing Joe Lieberman,... More >>

  • Slaughterhouse Jive

    published December 30, 2003

    The beef industry, along with its representatives in the Bush administration, is temporarily off the hook on mad cow after promising not to make... More >>

  • Flying Blind

    published December 30, 2003

    The much heralded crackdown on terrorism over the holidays, which forced delayed or canceled flights from Paris, London, and Mexico to the U.S.,... More >>

  • And the Saddam-Capture Conspiracy Theories Begin

    published December 23, 2003

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The whole Saddam saga dribbles out in bits and pieces. It now appears that Bush claimed Saddam possessed not only... More >>

  • The Martial Plan

    published December 23, 2003

    WASHINGTON—Every day the U.S. looks more like a police state. An internal Justice Department probe, based on surveillance videos... More >>

  • Uncle Sam Wants You, Eh?

    published December 23, 2003

    As Bush was ramping up the Iraq war last winter, Canadian military officials were startled to discover Pentagon recruiters roaming through their... More >>

  • Bush-League Censorship

    published December 23, 2003

    Even when John Ashcroft is beaten back, as he was in Congress in his attempts to set up neighborhood watches to rat out suspected terrorists, he... More >>

  • Rumsfeld Watch

    published December 16, 2003

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. military has now killed Afghan children on two separate occasions: six in one town last Friday and nine in... More >>

  • You Got Him? Get Out!

    published December 16, 2003

    The capture of Saddam Hussein looked like one more reason for Bush sweeping the 2004 presidential election. Led by the happy and feisty Joe... More >>

  • Rumsfeld Watch

    published December 9, 2003

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—If Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has his way, the vaunted U.S. military of the future will be transformed into... More >>

  • Settling Some Debts

    published December 9, 2003

    The appointment of James Baker, a senior partner at Baker Botts, the big Houston law firm, ought to be a reassuring sign to Big Oil and other... More >>

  • Attack? What Attack?

    published December 9, 2003

    Last week, Howard Dean raised the question whether Bush had foreknowledge of a 9-11 attack. "The most interesting theory that I've heard so... More >>

  • Tortured Explanations

    published December 9, 2003

    At this point just about everyone knows that while the U.S. itself doesn't officially sanction torture, it is more than ready to ship suspects out... More >>

  • Hearts & Mines

    published December 9, 2003

    "With a heavy dose of fear and violence, and a lot of money for projects, I think we can convince these people that we are here to help... More >>

  • Leftover Democracy

    published December 2, 2003

    When asked for his long-term plan for Iraq, President Bush recently said, "In terms of security we will do whatever it takes. . . . We will find... More >>

  • Neil Finally Makes It

    published December 2, 2003

    While former president George Bush's sons Dubya and Jeb are hanging in there as pols and son Marvin is a low-public-profile financier, son Neil is... More >>

  • Intrigue in Gaza

    published December 2, 2003

    Against a background of terror attacks on Israelis at Mombasa, Kenya, and on Jerba Island, off the Tunisian coast, Ariel Sharon and Israeli... More >>

  • Rumsfeld Watch

    published November 25, 2003

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—With the military's ranks stretched thin and faced with a prolonged guerrilla war, there is sudden speculation about... More >>

  • Rummy's Kids

    published November 25, 2003

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—It's well known that Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense, is running a not so little government across the... More >>

  • One Unusually Scared Turkey

    published November 25, 2003

    With Turkey now the new "frontier" in the war against terror, the Bush administration is fighting Al Qaeda all over the place. The world is... More >>

  • Royal George as Honest Abe?

    published November 25, 2003

    Pressured as they are under the weight of public opinion to come up with a rationale for the situation in Iraq, top dogs in the Bush... More >>

  • A New Colonial War

    published November 25, 2003

    Confronted with Bush tariffs on British steel, Stephen Byers, a former Blair minister, is proposing to strike back by using tariffs to attack the... More >>

  • Bush: The Reality Show

    published November 25, 2003

    Following is the script of a Republican National Committee TV ad, released November 21, titled "Reality." The role of "Bush" is played by George... More >>

  • John Edwards's Mudslinging Ways

    published November 18, 2003

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Southern politics can be mudslinging at its best. And John Edwards, North Carolina's candidate for the Democratic... More >>

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