Hayes on Cheney's role in the Ford White House: "Rockefeller would periodically produce these big proposals and he'd go in for his weekly meeting for the president and often-times give him these proposals. At the end of the day I'd go down for the wrap-up session and the president would say, 'Here, what are we going to do with this?' And I'd say, 'Well, we'll staff it out.' So I would take it and put it into the system. It would go to OMB and go to the Treausury and all the other places that had a say in his Council of Economic Advisers.
The Center for American Progress warns liberals not to fall for the Iraq Study Group renaissance now underway in Congress: There are growing signs that the White House and Republican legislators, having previously rejected the ISG report late last year, will now seek to co-opt the ISG recommendations this summer and fall to provide a bipartisan veneer to their efforts to pretend they are shifting course in Iraq. We acknowledge the important contributions made by the ISG and its co-chairmen James Baker and Lee Hamilton, but progressives need to point out that some of the ISG's recommendations a
Via TPMmuckraker, this is a devastating one-minute exchange between Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and former White House political director Sara Taylor. In a way I think it explains quite a lot about the past six-and-a-half years: Even one NRO writer says of Taylor's performance today: It's a total disaster. Leahy is just schooling her. She is dissheveled, inarticulate, bumbling - lots of "uhs" and "ums," and at times answers that appear to open the door to more questions unnecessarily.... Keith Olbermann is going to have a field day with this footage.
It is with great sadness and great pride that the staff here at The New Republic says goodbye to our very own Ryan Lizza. Ryan is moving to The New Yorker, where he will be the magazine's Washington correspondent. A fantastic opportunity for him, and a treat for New Yorker readers, we wish Ryan nothing but the best in his new endeavor. A brilliant and insightful journalist, Ryan has reported for TNR on everything from the corrupt reign of Liberia's Charles Taylor to the Senate campaign of George Allen.
More Richard Nixon tapes were released yesterday, and, as usual, there are some goodies: In the document, written in December 1970 to H. R. Haldeman, a top aide, Nixon expresses both anger and pain that his aides have not been able to establish an image of him as a warm and caring person.
I haven't said this before. But Hillary Clinton has it absolutely right: "There are not many good options" for U.S. policy on Palestine. Yes, "the security of Israel is best served by helping to create a Palestinian Authority that can provide tangible benefits for its people, in contrast to the violence and isolation offered by Hamas." The real question, however, is whether the P.A.
Today's NYTimes front-pager on the Bush administration's growing acquiescence to reality in Iraq has an interesting tidbit after the jump. As much as LugarDomeniciVoinovich have forced the White House's hand on the issue of withdrawal "post-surge redeployment," it's McCain that the Bushies are most nervous about: "Everyone's particularly worried about what happens when McCain gets back from Iraq," one official said, a reference to the latest trip to Baghdad by Senator John McCain, who has been a stalwart supporter of the "surge" strategy. Mr.
Via Ramesh Ponnuru, Robert Novak has an interesting report on a recent meeting between Stephen Hadley and "a half-dozen senior Republican senators:" Hadley called his expedition a "scouting trip," leading one senator to ask what he was seeking. It was not advice on how to escape from Iraq. Instead, Hadley appeared interested in how previous supporters had drifted from Bush's course. In the process, he planted seeds of concern. Some senators were left with the impression that the White House still does not recognize the scope of the Iraq dilemma.
A big scoop in the Los Angeles Times: It seems that in the early 1990s, Fred Thompson accepted lobbying work on behalf of a family-planning group. At the time, the organization was urging the Bush 41 White House to loosen a rule that forbade abortion counseling at federally funded clinics. More: Thompson spokesman Mark Corallo adamantly denied that Thompson worked for the family planning group.
In the current TNR, Eve has a fantastic article about how John Dingell, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, became the bête noire of greens everywhere. Unexpectedly, though, Dingell just pledged to craft a bill by the fall that would require an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. He's also made vague, very vague, noises about a carbon tax.