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White House Watch: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Bush Is the Wrong Role Model

Bush giving a speech in 2007. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (I'm off until Monday morning.) There's going to be an awful lot of assessing going on in the next week as we close in on the 100-day mark of the...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 23, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Focusing on the Big Stuff

There's so much movement on the torture front these days that it's hard to keep track. It also can be hard to distinguish between what has long-term significance and what doesn't. A big media focus today is on whether President...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 23, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Looking Backward , Torture  
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Quick Takes

Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports for the New York Times on Obama's trip to an Iowa town yesterday: "Maytag is gone, its old factory replaced by a wind energy plant, which is why President Obama came to Newton, population 16,000, on...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 23, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Late Night Humor

Jon Stewart declares that Dick Cheney and Karl Rove "are now suffering from Balzheimers Disease. Why didn't I see it before? Balzheimers is a terrible illness that attacks the memory -- and gives its victims the balls to attack others...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 23, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Cartoon Watch

Editorial cartoonists take a brutal look at the torture issue. Click on them all. Jim Morin on Cheneyboarding, Ann Telnaes on Cheney's defense, Stuart Carlson on Cheney's rationalizations, Tony Auth on Cheney's thinking, Matt Davies on Cheney's nightmare, Scott Stantis...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 23, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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Torturing for Propaganda Purposes

Despite what you've seen on TV, torture is really only good at one thing: eliciting false confessions. Indeed, Bush-era torture techniques, we now know, were cold-bloodedly modeled after methods used by Chinese Communists to extract confessions from captured U.S....

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 22, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Looking Backward , Torture  
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Fox News Watch

Former vice president Dick Cheney and former Bush political guru Karl Rove could both be found on Fox News last night, preaching doom and spreading bile. Fox last night aired the second half of an interview Cheney conducted with...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 22, 2009; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Quick Takes

Ann Sanner writes for the Associated Press: "Calling on Americans to volunteer, President Barack Obama signed a $5.7 billion national service bill Tuesday that triples the size of the AmeriCorps service program over the next eight years and expands ways...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 22, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Let's Talk White House

I'm Live Online today at 1 p.m. ET, responding to your questions and comments about the White House. Please stop by....

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 22, 2009; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Late Night Humor

Stephen Colbert mocks President Obama for his reluctance to seek justice for torture. Colbert: "Well, today the president stood up and boldly answered the question: Will those who perpetrated these acts be punished?" Obama (from his remarks yesterday): "I would...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 22, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Cartoon Watch

RJ Matson on the torture memos, Steve Artley on Bush's character witnesses, Peter Brookes on Cheney's torture argument, David Horsey on the bank bailout, Jimmy Margulies on change you can believe in, and Pat Bagley on the quack and the...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 22, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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Obama Lets Loose the Hounds

In a move sure to accelerate the push for a wide-ranging investigation of Bush administration misdeeds, President Obama today said he is not opposed to some sort of "further accounting of what took place during this period," as long...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 21, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Looking Backward , Torture  
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Call Cheney's Bluff

Cheney on Fox News last night. Former vice president Dick Cheney, widely suspected to have been the prime mover behind the Bush administration's adoption of torture as an interrogation technique, last night dared President Obama to release more memos, these...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 21, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Torture  
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Quick Takes

I've gotten out of the habit of reading Maureen Dowd's opinion column in the New York Times, but yesterday she wrote about how George Lucas, the creator of "Star Wars," doesn't see former vice president Dick Cheney as Darth Vader....

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 21, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Late Night Humor

Jon Stewart shows a clip of Karl Rove on Fox News, whining to Bill O'Reilly about the release of the latest torture memos: "All of these techniques have now been ruined." Stewart's response: "Don't worry, honey, they're not ruined. Those...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 21, 2009; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Cartoon Watch

Pat Oliphant and Nick Anderson on torture, Stuart Carlson on impeachable lies, Rex Babin, Jeff Darcy, Jim Morin, Scott Stantis, Steve Breen and Randy Bish on Obama and Chavez, and Tom Toles on piles of sand....

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 21, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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Separating Truths From Lies

Time and again, George W. Bush's White House constructed and occupied its own alternate realities to suit its political needs. Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Then "Mission Accomplished" and, for nearly four years, the insurgency was "in its...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 20, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Torture  
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Quick Takes

Congressional Quarterly's Jeff Stein writes in his SpyTalk column that "Rep. Jane Harman, the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on [a court-ordered] NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 20, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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The Obama Doctrine

Can you lead without being a jerk? Can you advance your nation's interests without being a bully? Can you strengthen your hand by reaching out to your enemies? Can you claim success without a trophy? Can your actions speak louder...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 20, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Cartoon Watch

Tony Auth on torture by the book, Joel Pett, Dwane Powell and Jeff Danziger on insects, John Cole, Jimmy Margulies and Dave Granlund on Obama's torture position, Mike Luckovich on Captain Obama, Kal and Stuart Carlson on anti-Obama extremism, David...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 20, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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