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White House Watch: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Cheney's Desperate Defense

Cheney at AEI. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) Former vice president Dick Cheney's snarling, duplicitous speech contrasting Bush and Obama administration counter-terrorism policies yesterday is best seen in the context of his understandably strong desire to avoid investigation or prosecution...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 22, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Quick Takes

Jeff Zeleny writes on the Supreme Court vacancy in the New York Times: "President Obama has met with at least one other finalist for the job, an official confirmed Thursday, bringing the number of face-to-face interviews to at least two....

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 22, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Problems With Preventive Detention

There is one big difference between how George W. Bush indefinitely detained suspected terrorists without charges and the way Barack Obama endorsed yesterday: Obama wouldn't go it alone. "In our constitutional system, prolonged detention should not be the decision of...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 22, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Looking Backward  
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Late Night Humor

Jon Stewart responds to the dueling speeches -- and the media overkill. On Obama: "I love it when he does the Bush covers....The trick is to use cowboy's words -- in a lawyer's voice." And he gets into an argument...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 22, 2009; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Cartoon Watch

Jeff Danziger and Mike Keefe on Cheney's scare tactic, Tony Auth on Cheney's appreciation for the Constitution, Tom Toles and Walt Handelsman and Nick Anderson on Obama's Gitmo plans, J.D. Crowe on turning the page, Daryl Cagle on the Republican...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 22, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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The Highs and Lows of Obama's Big Speech

Obama at the Archives today. (Charles Dharapak/AP) President Obama's rousing speech on national security today served as an important reminder of how far the country strayed after 9/11 from its core values and how important it is for us to...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 21, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Looking Backward , Torture , Transparency  
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Quick Takes

Alicia Mundy and Brent Kendall write in the Wall Street Journal: "In a sweeping order Wednesday, President Barack Obama called for a rollback of Bush administration regulations designed to protect companies from product-liability lawsuits in state courts. The memo didn't...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 21, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The Meeting Before the Gitmo Speech

Here's something to chew on while we listen to and digest the president's big speech: Obama and several top aides met yesterday at the White House with leaders of about a dozen human and civil rights organizations, as well as...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 21, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Torture Watch

Here's something new for the torture timeline. Many of us have long wondered what sort of legal guidance the CIA got for the abusive measures it used on Abu Zubaydah before getting the verbal go-ahead from the White House and...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 21, 2009; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Torture  
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Signing Statements Watch

Kate Phillips writes for the New York Times: "President Obama on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at curbing financial fraud in the mortgage and other industries, including a provision that created an independent panel to investigate the root causes of the...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 21, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Late Night Humor

Via U.S. News, Jimmy Fallon: "Both President Obama and Dick Cheney will give competing speeches tomorrow on national security and terrorism. It's kind of like 'American Idol' except one of them got voted off months ago." Jay Leno: "Hey, President...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 21, 2009; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Cartoon Watch

Pat Oliphant on Cheney's last crusade, Dan Wasserman on the Cheney precedent, Lee Judge and David Fitzsimmons on the GOP and torture, Tom Toles on the GOP's empathy, Mike Luckovich on the Gitmo bogeymen, Pat Bagley and Matt Davies on...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 21, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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With Friends Like These

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (Brendan Smialowski - Bloomberg) Here's one thing that hasn't changed in the Obama era: Republicans are still able to come up with scare tactics that turn Senate Democrats into a terrified and incoherent bunch of...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 20, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Middle East Watch

In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Oval Office visit, I wrote yesterday about what appears to be President Obama's stealth Middle East peace plan. What I'm seeing today suggests that the plan may put Netanyahu under more...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 20, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Middle East  
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Quick Takes

John M. Broder and Micheline Maynard write in the New York Times: "Why, after decades of battling, complaining and maneuvering over fuel economy standards, did carmakers fall in line behind the tough new nationwide mileage standard President Obama announced Tuesday?...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 20, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Late Night Humor

Jon Stewart mocks members of Congress for not wanting terrorists held in Supermax facilities in their states: "The United States is really good at imprisoning people. Why can't we handle this?" The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 20, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Cartoon Watch

Dan Wasserman on the Democrats' dilemma, Jimmy Margulies and Tom Toles on the Obama-Netanyahu talks, Mike Keefe and Mike Luckovich on the new auto emissions standards....

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 20, 2009; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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Politics, Obama-Style

Watching President Obama speak today, I got the sense that this was what he went into politics for. It wasn't just that it was a gorgeous sunny day in the Rose Garden and he was president of the United States...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 19, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Let's Talk White House

I'll be Live Online tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET taking your questions and comments. Tell me what's on your mind....

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 19, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Obama's Stealth Middle East Peace Plan

Netanyahu and Obama in the Oval Office yesterday. (Marvin Joseph/The Post) Yesterday's public exchange of remarks between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered no indication of progress towards peace in the Middle East -- maybe even the...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 19, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Middle East  
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Torture Watch

What's the latest torture news? Scott Shane writes in the New York Times: "A coalition of left-wing advocacy groups filed legal ethics complaints on Monday against 12 former Bush administration lawyers, including three United States attorneys general, whom the groups...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 19, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Torture  
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Quick Takes

Spencer S. Hsu writes for The Washington Post: "The Obama administration is expanding a program initiated by President George W. Bush aimed at checking the immigration status of virtually every person booked into local jails. In four years, the measure...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 19, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Anatomy of a Myth

Here's a classic example of an inaccurate story instantly gaining mythological status. As Mark Silva blogs for Tribune, Washington yesterday was "abuzz with word that Vice President Joe Biden reportedly had disclosed the location of the undisclosed location that his...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 19, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Late Night Humor

Stephen Colbert celebrates: "Barack Obama has finally seen the light! He is not going to release photos of detainee abuse -- and he's reinstituting military tribunals for detainees down in Guantanamo. I knew he was going to be transformative. But...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 19, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Cartoon Watch

Pat Oliphant on Obama's slam dunk, Jim Morin on mutual respect in the culture wars, John Branch on the GOP's new face and Ann Telnaes on Daughter of Cheney....

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 19, 2009; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quick Takes

Frank Rich writes in his New York Times opinion column: "No matter how hard President Obama tries to turn the page on the previous administration, he can't. Until there is true transparency and true accountability, revelations of that unresolved eight-year...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 18, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Obama's Subversive Critique of Certainty

Obama at Notre Dame. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP) President Obama's commencement address at Notre Dame yesterday is appropriately being recognized as a powerful attempt to de-escalate the nation's culture wars. Obama took advantage of an opportunity that abortion opponents had hoped...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 18, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Obama's Sin of Commission?

I've been quick to point out when I thought President Obama was violating his own stated principles, whether it was by joining in the torture cover-up, invoking spurious executive powers, blinking on the banking crisis, overreaching in Aghanistan, or being...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 18, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Late Night Humor

Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond reprised their impressions of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for Saturday Night Live's season finale. Commenting on Cheney's sudden media visibility, Bush says: "I mean, I spent eight years with my face out...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 18, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Torture Is Not for the Fallible

In his Washington Post opinion column on Friday, Charles Krauthammer continues his defense of torture, calling my critique of his May 1 column "stupid". I had taken issue with, among other things, Krauthammer's assertion that a "ticking time bomb" scenario...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 18, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
Categories:  Torture  
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Cartoon Watch

David Horsey on the argument for torture, John Cole and Tom Toles on the return of Bushism, MStreeter and Rex Babin on the torture photos, Stuart Carlson on the Pelosi diversion, Jeff Danziger's definition of hell, John Sherffius on GOP...

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 18, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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