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Jeb Bush Is Morally Absent On Torture

Jeb Bush is planning to begin his campaign for the 2016 Republican party presidential nomination, but as he does so, his political organizing is remarkably unbalanced.

Jeb Bush is laying the groundwork for gathering huge amounts of money. He’s hitting up family friends, and calling in the debts of corporate executives who profited from […]

Americans Still Think Barack Obama Is Doing Better Than George W. Bush Did

Republicans are crowing about the latest approval ratings of Barack Obama, gathered by Gallup. They show Barack Obama with an approval rate of just 43 percent. That’s bad. Heck. I don’t approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as President.

However, I disapproved of the job George W. Bush did even more than I […]

I Finally Agree With George W. Bush

The headline reads, “George W. Bush says Jeb Bush 2016 Presidential Run is “A Toss Up”.

So, I find that after all these years, I finally agree with George W. Bush about something.

The idea of Jeb Bush running for President in 2016 makes me want to toss up, too.

[…]

Joe Biden’s Bring Them On

When George W. Bush responded to Iraqi rebel leaders who were attacking American soldiers by telling them to, “Bring ‘em on”, it was a sign that Bush’s war in Iraq had swerved into reckless aggression without a plan.

Today, the American have been given another ssign, this time that the Obama Administration is taking our […]

Old War Powers Concerns Prove Justified With Obama And Iraq

Back in 2002, when Congress was debating giving George W. Bush expansive authorization to go to war in Iraq, one of the main concerns of skeptics was that the authorization could be used by the White House to engage in acts of war in the future that had only a tangential relation to the supposed […]

Barack Obama Less Transparent As President Than George W. Bush

Back in 2008, Barack Obama promised he would be the most transparent President ever.

In 2013, the Obama Administration went opaque:

– Set a new record for delays of requests from journalists for documents – Set a new record for refusals to share information with the American public – Set a new record for the […]

Presidential Baby Names: Barack Missing, George Sinking

The Social Security Administration keeps track of the 1000 most popular boys’ and 1000 most popular girls’ baby names in the United States each year. For kicks this evening, I looked up the last name of each president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, plus the big three of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. I’ve collected data on […]

Barack W. Bush

This handmade sign at today’s DC protest against mass surveillance just about sums up the last five years.

NSA Spying On Normal Lawful Communications Just In Case We Might Do Evil

The genius of the NSA spying system is that it’s never in plain sight, though it’s something that we all may reasonably suspect is watching us at any moment. […]

Obama Collected Email Data On Americans For Two Years – And More

After 200 years, Americans say that they are willing to sacrifice the Bill of Rights, in order to establish the security of the Homeland – whatever the Homeland is. We’re shrugging our democracy away. […]

No, Pelosi, The Real Problem Is NOT Outsourcing National Security

Netroots Nation was this weekend, and many attendees there grasped the historical moment and engaged in just the sort of talking back to Democratic politicians that I had hoped for. […]