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David Corn

Boxer's Match

On one morning, in one Capitol Hill hearing room, two senators from one state displayed starkly different approaches to handling the powerful of Washington. The occasion was the confirmation hearing of Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush's pick to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state. Senator Barbara Boxer confronted her;......

Bush’s Kingmaker

AP/Wideworld Does the fellow picked by George W. Bush to be the country’s top law enforcer believe the president is above the law? Toward the end of the confirmation hearing of Alberto Gonzales, Bush’s choice to replace John Ashcroft as attorney general, a rather telling exchange occurred. Senator Russell Feingold,......

6 Bush Scandals To Come

Photo by Joeff Davis The curse of the second term — it’s been around for decades. Clinton had Monica. Reagan had Iran-Contra. Nixon had Watergate. So what will be the "best" scandals of the Bush administration in the coming year or so? Here’s a look ahead. Carlyle-gate. The Al Jazeera......

All the President’s Problems

It’s back to the problems. Recent events have once again proved the truism that it’s easy to run for office, it’s hard to govern — especially when you’re an arrogant fellow pursuing bad policies. For George W. Bush, knocking off John Kerry was a swagger on the beach compared to......

Spies on Ice

Is the CIA out in the cold — or warming up? On George W. Bush’s watch, the CIA has become a mess. But it is hard to tell if the current chaos at the agency is a prelude to a better intelligence service that will be capable of handling the......

The Grownup in the Room

I WAS ABOUT TO WRITE a column titled "Powell, Stay" when the news arrived: Secretary of State Colin Powell had submitted his resignation. For more than a year I had suggested — from time to time — that he resign. Now I was disappointed. Powell, often held up as a......

Stop Your Whining

WE’RE ALREADY A WEEK into the post-11/02 world, and the liberals and moderates of the Democratic Party are grieving but have not yet begun their customary civil war. You know, that old, never-ending argument: The-party-must-go-left versus the-party-is-too-left. Is that because the Dems are shell-shocked? Or is it because they realize......

Reign of Terror

Whether or not George W. Bush is elected on November 2 (or selected in a post-election legal scuffle), the defining sin of his administration will remain unchanged: He launched a war of choice on the basis of an inaccurate and misleading threat assessment. It is now beyond question that the......

Indicting the Media

Is it time yet to start blaming the media? Actually, this is an opportune moment for anyone with a left-of-center sensibility to whack mainstream news outlets for once again blowing the coverage of a presidential campaign. John Kerry has had a good stretch. He was deemed the winner of the......

The Resurrection

YOU ARE SAFER. No, you’re not. Yes, you are. No, you’re not. At last, the 2004 campaign is getting down to the essentials. At the GOP convention, George W. Bush declared he was so strong and so committed to the defense of the United States that he even launched a......
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