Read our articles on President Barack Obama and you’ll know that we don’t hold back in our criticisms. But there’s one aspect of his presidency that I admire. As Obama has appeared across the country over the past few weeks, he’s faced Americans who ask him difficult and critical questions. These questions aren’t scripted, and [...]
I am so excited.
I got a letter in the mail today, a letter containing a very special card and a very special message just for me:
The next time some conservative comes up to me and tells me I’m not a Real American, I’ll just pull this card out of my wallet and [...]
When Barack Obama gave a speech in Columbus, Ohio last year, I turned out to protest Barack Obama’s surveillance practices. The other protesters who I met outside the speech, part of a small grassroots Tea Party presence, didn’t care so much about Barack Obama’s big brother spying powers; they’d supported George W. Bush after all. [...]
What’s the PCLOB and why should you care?
In the election year of 2004, President George W. Bush quieted down anger at his constitutional record by signing a law creating a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to protect Americans’ rights during his War on Terror. Under the law this board is to be housed [...]
While the nation fusses and frets about the moral appropriateness of some guy holding a religious ceremony at his church and burning a few books that (let’s face it) won’t feel a thing, news is breaking that:
* The CIA operated secret “black site” detention and interrogation centers in Afghanistan, Poland, Thailand and possibly elsewhere [...]
“There are reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like that; there never is.” — White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, September 26, 2001
White House Press Secretary’s Briefing, September 7 2010:
Question: Good afternoon. Robert, there’s a [...]
In 2005, Irregular Times responded to the Bush administration’s plans for lifetime detention without criminal charges or trial, writing an essay calling George W. Bush “The Quiet Dictator”:
It was revealed this week that the Bush Administration is planning to keep people as prisoners for their entire lives, even though there is no evidence that [...]
Back during the oh-so repressive era of George W. Bush, Ben Metcalf was driven to write in Harper’s to ask whether, for having the audacity to declare “I would like to hunt down George W. Bush, the president of the United States, and kill him with my bare hands” he could be imprisoned.
Now, during [...]
Last night I stumbled upon this political cartoon Irregular Times whipped up in criticism of the policies of the Bush administration back in 2001:
With a little updating, it’ll be as good as new:
In a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois noted a small piece of history that is nevertheless important for understanding the path history has taken. Regarding the confirmation hearing of Jay Bybee in 2001, Dick Durbin noted:
We saw what happened when Mr. Bybee was head of the Office [...]
The Executive Order Integrity Act, S. 2929, isn’t the sort of bill that a member of Congress just up and decides to write on the spur of the moment. The bill, sponsored by Senator Russell Feingold and cosponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, requires the president to make formal notifications of executive orders and changes to [...]