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George W. Bush

  1. 2020 presidential election
    Looks Like the 2020 Democratic Presidential Field Could Be the Largest EverIn the past, very large presidential fields have produced unusual results, and more often than not, defeat.
  2. the national interest
    Trump Is Doing the Same Thing on Iran That George W. Bush Did on IraqPresident insists regional Middle East power is developing weapons of mass destruction, denies intelligence to the contrary.
  3. health care
    Trump May Try to Kill Medicaid As We Know It by Executive FiatHaving failed for decades to pass legislation ending Medicaid as an entitlement program, Republicans may now try to get there by state waivers.
  4. donald trump
    Trump Reaches for Gravitas in His First Prime-Time Oval Office SpeechPerhaps the venue, which Americans associate with big, consequential issues, can help convince a skeptical public that Trump needs his border wall.
  5. voting rights
    House Democrats Aim to Make Voting Rights a National PriorityTheir bill isn’t an immediate fix, but treating voting as a national issue rather than a state-level problem could pay dividends down the road.
  6. u.s. military
    Trump Makes Surprise Trip to Iraq, One Spot Where He Isn’t Withdrawing TroopsAmid the uproar over his decision to pull troops from Afghanistan and Syria, President Trump made his first appearance in a combat zone.
  7. politics
    Democrats Finally Splitting With Republicans on Terrorism-Focused Foreign PolicyDemocrats are abandoning the war in Yemen that Obama supported. The 2020 presidential race could spur a real Democratic foreign policy debate.
  8. george h.w. bush
    The Bush Family’s Struggle to Keep Up With the Conservative MovementGeorge H.W. Bush and his sons George W. and Jeb tried to stay in step with the ever-rightward drift of the conservative movement. They failed.
  9. dynasties
    Beware the Bush Family Image-Rehab MachineLiberals developed a sweet spot for two presidents they once viewed as villains. Why?
  10. the national interest
    The Good BushUnlike his son, “H.W.” was not a bad president. Why didn’t he get more respect in his time?
  11. power
    Why Do Black Celebrities Cover for the Sins of Powerful White Politicians?Michelle Obama’s friendship with George W. Bush and Kanye West’s bond with Donald Trump are the latest in a trend.
  12. the kavanaugh hearings
    George W. Bush Is Whipping Votes for Brett KavanaughThe former president is reaching out to Republican senators who would rather hear from him than Trump.
  13. foreign policy
    Bolton Warns Iran There ‘Will Be Hell to Pay’In a bellicose speech in New York on the same day as Trump’s unilateralist address to the U.N., Bolton expressed his hatred of diplomacy.
  14. the kavanaugh confirmation
    Meet Brett Kavanaugh’s Alleged Accomplice, Mark JudgeKavanaugh’s accuser alleges that his high-school buddy, who has since become a writer, was in the room during the assault.
  15. the national interest
    George W. Bush Raising Money to Maintain Trump Cover-upDubya working hard to ensure Congress quashes any investigation of Trump’s many scandals.
  16. foreign relations
    The Trump Administration Declares War on International War Crimes CourtIn a fiery speech before the conservative Federalist Society, Trump’s national security adviser takes “America First” to new lengths.
  17. Why Kavanaugh Stayed in the Middle of the Road in His Opening StatementTo hear the SCOTUS nominee, he’s a centrist who is zealously protective of the independence of the judiciary and devoted to women’s rights.
  18. Democrats Come Out With Guns Blazing at Kavanaugh HearingMaybe Senate Democrats will roll over eventually, but they aren’t going quietly along with the Kavanaugh confirmation initially.
  19. John McCain Tried to Save the Republican Party From Itself, and Was CrushedTwo decades ago, McCain made the only serious attempt to arrest the party’s long rightward lurch. His defeat still lingers.
  20. That Time McCain Almost Switched Parties to Become the Democratic VP CandidateMcCain thought about breaking with his party twice, and defying its orthodoxies a third time, but was never that maverick-y.
  21. Tributes and Remembrances Roll In for John McCainThe Arizona senator left a complex legacy, but was personally beloved by fellow lawmakers, colleagues, and reporters.
  22. These Trends Suggest the Democratic Midterm Wave Will Get BiggerIn the past, the party controlling the White House found itself with a lot more vulnerable House seats than expected late in the cycle.
  23. Nobody’s Neutral About Trump’s Job PerformanceTrump’s approval ratings are normally high among Republicans and abnormally low among Democrats, with hardly anyone being unsure about him.
  24. Kavanaugh: A Safe Supreme Court Pick Who Will Carry Out the GOP’s Extreme AgendaHe’s a careful jurist whose murky abortion stance will make it easier for pro-choice GOP senators to pretend that the future of Roe v. Wade is secure.
  25. Maybe Republicans Just Don’t Do PolicyFor all their differences, the Bush and Trump White Houses share an indifference toward policy development as opposed to politics and ideology.
  26. The Republican Court and the Era of Minority RuleThe retirement of Anthony Kennedy is another way the party that has lost the vote is consolidating power anyway.
  27. Trump Is the Most Substantively Anti-Abortion President EverOther Republican presidents have talked a good game against abortion. But Trump has delivered.
  28. Red State Republicans Are Trying to Trump Each Other’s TrumpinessGOP candidates for governor of Georgia are tripping over each other to sound like Trump on “the swamp” and sanctuary cities.
  29. DHS Secretary Nielsen is Not MAGA Enough for Trump’s White HouseApparently minding her own business in 2016 makes Nielsen a member of Never Trump.
  30. Trump’s Faith-Based PR StrategyThe president announced a faith-based initiative that seems more aggressive and politically important than those of his predecessors.
  31. Behind That Viral Photo of 4 Presidents and 4 First LadiesThe photographer of that shot of the Obamas, Bushes, Clintons, and Melania Trump tells us how he got the instantly iconic image.
  32. Bush Family, Crowd of Dignitaries Remember Barbara Bush“The First Lady of the greatest generation.”
  33. Trump Can Win in 2020. But History Tells Us It Won’t Be Easy.Yes, incumbents usually have an advantage. They usually are more popular than Donald J. Trump though.
  34. Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s Health Is FailingShe is rejecting further medical treatment and will now “focus on comfort care” at home surrounded by her family.
  35. Trump’s EPA Declares War on California’s Fuel-Efficiency and Emissions StandardsThe battle between the Trump administration and the state of California expands to public land sales and an old fight over fuel-economy goals.
  36. second acts
    George W. Bush Dances Like Nobody’s WatchingBreaking: War criminal filmed cutting loose at nephew’s wedding.
  37. Paul Bremer Is Alive and Well and Teaching Skiing in VermontOne of the chief architects of the Iraq disaster doesn’t seem to have any regrets.
  38. The Remarkable, Maddening Career of Zell MillerA remembrance of my former boss, a man who zig-zagged through political history.
  39. politics
    George W. Bush Reportedly Thinks He Looks ‘Pretty Good’ in Comparison to TrumpHow nice.
  40. Billy Graham Lived at the Crossroads of Faith and PowerAfter getting too close to Richard Nixon, Billy Graham stayed away from partisan politics. But his son Franklin Graham is up to his ears in it.
  41. Trump Now Trails Only Reagan Among Recent Presidents in GOP EsteemIt’s Trump’s party now for sure.
  42. last night on late night
    George W. Bush Swings by SNL to Remind Us He Was a Lot Worse Than Donald Trump“What has two thumbs and created ISIS? This guy.”
  43. Kerry 2020 and the Reign of the GerontocratsKerry is definitely a blast from the past, but deserves a hearing as much as any other septuagenarian.
  44. An Initiative to Give Ex-Felons Voting Rights Could Remake F.L. Politics in 2020More than a million Floridians can’t vote because of felony criminal records. That could all change this November.
  45. Global Poll Shows U.S. Prestige Plummeting Under TrumpThe disdain our “America First” president has for the rest of the world is being reciprocated.
  46. The GOP’s Biggest Problem Is Not Its Candidates, But Its PresidentTrump can’t accept that he is damaging his party down-ballot. And that could send his party off in search of illusory “fixes.”
  47. The Blue Dog That Didn’t Bark: House Dems Hang Tough on Tax BillDuring the last big tax-cut debate in 2001, plenty of Democrats defected to the GOP on crucial votes. It’s not happening this year, so far.
  48. George H.W. Bush on Trump: ‘I Don’t Like Him’Tell us what you really think.
  49. Trump’s Approval Ratings: How Low Can They Go?The answer could swing the midterm election.
  50. Obama, Bush Both Blast Trump Without Saying His NameIn separate speeches on Thursday, the two former presidents aired their grievances about the current occupant of the White House.
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