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The Decider

Friday, December 08, 2006

Through much of George Bush's tenure, a common narrative has suggested that the president surrounds himself with smart advisors who really make the tough decisions. Recently, a new press narrative has emerged. Ron Suskind, Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer discuss Bush’s changing image.

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Don’t Wanna Be Your Dog

Friday, November 24, 2006

One constituency that will benefit from the Democratic takeover of Congress is journalists. At least that’s what National Journal columnist William Powers says. It’s not that Dems appeal to journalists’ own sympathies exactly, but that they’re prone to infighting and hijinks, both of which make for good ...

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Foley Artistry

Friday, October 06, 2006

Lawyers aren’t the only ones whose livelihoods are helped along by public scandals. There are also crisis management firms, who trade on their ability to work the media and influence public perceptions. Richard Levick runs one such firm, and has been called in to finesse such P.R. nightmares as the ...

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Page Setup

Friday, October 06, 2006

By now we know that former Congressman Mark Foley had been sending icky emails to underage congressional pages for some time. We also know that at least two Florida newspapers had tips about the emails almost a year ago. Bob talks with Neil Brown, executive editor of the St. Petersburg ...

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One Man’s Insurgency …

Friday, September 29, 2006

We revisit the question with Larry Diamond, a former advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority, argues to Bob that the term insurgency misrepresents the reality in Iraq. And Peter Galbraith, an American advisor to the Kurdish government, maintains that Iraq will never be a stable, unified country.

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Slapped Down…or Slipped Up?

Friday, September 01, 2006

Yet another shoe dropped in the Valerie Plame saga this week. It seems the original source for columnist Bob Novak’s scoop wasn’t Karl Rove or Scooter Libby. According to a new book by two beltway reporting vets, it was Richard Armitage, erstwhile Deputy Secretary of State and early critic of ...

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…And The Law Won

Friday, August 18, 2006

On Thursday, one of the legal challenges to the NSA warrantless surveillance program scored a significant victory when a federal judge in Detroit deemed it unconstitutional. Bob speaks with law professor Jonathan Turley, who is spearheading a separate federal case against the program, about the implications of the decision.

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Arlen's Specter

Friday, July 28, 2006

The legal landscape is still feeling the aftershocks of the disclosure, last December, of a vast NSA domestic wiretapping program. But a bill sponsored by Senator Arlen Specter would take all of the pending cases against the NSA and move them to a secret court, off limits to media and ...

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White House Stem Sell

Friday, July 21, 2006

The president made his first-ever veto this week, sending back a bill that would have loosened restraints on government funding for embryonic stem cell research. But ABC’s Jake Tapper tells Brooke that while the veto itself sent one message, press releases from the White House were sending another.

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Cut and Run

Friday, June 23, 2006

Sticks and stones, among other things, continue to break bones in Iraq. But this week’s best-covered (if not bloodiest) battle took place on Capitol Hill, and was all about names. Republicans seized on Dems’ disagreement about troop withdrawals, accused their opponents of defeatism, and taunted them for wanting to “cut ...

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And the Word Was Good

Friday, June 23, 2006

Last week, presidential speechwriter Michael Gerson announced he was moving on to greener pastures. And thus, the White House lost the man who did perhaps the most to fill the president’s famous eloquence gap. Guest host Mike Pesca speaks with New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Goldberg, who profiled Gerson earlier ...

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Friday, May 05, 2006

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert emceed the White House Correspondent Dinner, giving a 20 minute irony-drenched jab at the president (who happened to be sitting next to him). Bob gives his take on Colbert sticking it to both the president and the press corps.

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Fox in the Whitehouse

Friday, April 28, 2006

It used to be quite common for presidents to reach into the ranks of the press corps to find their spokesmen. But for almost three decades now, press secretaries have come with P.R. bona fides – not journalistic ones. Bush’s appointment this week of Fox News TV and radio personality ...

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Un-De-DeClassification

Friday, April 28, 2006

Two months ago, a historian in Washington discovered that intelligence operatives were secretly re-classifying documents in the National Archives. This week, an internal investigation at the Archives concluded that about a third of the records pulled from the shelves should not have been reclassified. Brooke speaks with J. William Leonard, ...

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Civics Lesson

Friday, April 21, 2006

These days, partisan politics are everywhere – dinner parties, the editorial pages, movie previews, and even children’s literature. But can simple prose and bright illustrations help explain the confusing world of politics? Or is it just colorful propaganda? Are children developmentally equipped to understand politics? Bob talks to Katherine DeBrecht, ...

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Give Back the Muck

Friday, April 21, 2006

Over the course of several decades, investigative reporter Jack Anderson managed to break some of the era’s biggest political stories, and to alienate some of Washington’s most powerful men, among them J. Edgar Hoover. Now, it appears that Anderson’s antagonism with the Feds has followed him to the grave. The ...

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With All Due Respect

Friday, April 21, 2006

This week, White House press secretary Scott McClellan told reporters something they didn’t know. To wit: he will soon be stepping down, for good, from the podium. Reporters might have seldom gotten what they wanted from his daily briefings. But taken as a whole, his tenure speaks volumes about the ...

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A Winning Style

Friday, April 21, 2006

This week, the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced. Almost immediately, some slammed the awards as showing an anti-Bush bias. Escaping the controversy was Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan, winner of the prize for criticism. But a closer look at her writing shows that in Washington, even getting dressed ...

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Regrets Only

Friday, March 31, 2006

You are a White House reporter, invited for a rare sit-down meeting with the President. The only condition is that the conversation, whatever it covers, will be strictly off-the-record. Do you agree to talk with the President on the President’s terms? Knight Ridder White House correspondent Ron Hutcheson weighs the ...

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A Look South at the Look North

Friday, March 31, 2006

There’s a gulf not only between Latino and Anglo coverage of the U.S. immigration debate, but also between American and Mexican treatment of the question. North of the border, the issue percolates to the surface from time to time in the national media, but in Mexico, it is a constant ...

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