George W. Bush

The Takeaway

Neighbor Day, Hunger Strike at GITMO, Flooding in the Midwest

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hunger Strike Grows at Guantanamo | Midwestern Farmer on this Year's Record Floods | Should Corporations be Required to Disclose Political Spending to Shareholders? | Knowing Your Neighbors: Boston Bombers Lived 200 Yards Away | George W. Bush Library Dedicated in Dallas

The Takeaway

As Brits Mourn Thatcher, Americans Reflect on Boston Bombings

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Stephen Sackur has spent most of his professional career reporting on the biggest news events, based both in the United States working as a Washington correspondent for the BBC and abroad, reporting for many years in the Middle East. He joins us to reflect both on the bombings in Boston and the funeral scheduled today for the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Joe Hagan on George W. Bush's National Guard Record

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Joe Hagan, contributing editor at New York Magazine, Rolling Stone and Men's Journal, talks about his exclusive investigation into President George W. Bush's Air National guard service in the latest issue of Texas Monthly.

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The Empire

Destroying the Electoral College System

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tom Golisano aims at the electoral college, something people like Hillary Clinton once embraced.

The electoral college system came under fire after the 2000 presidential vote - Gore won the popular vote; Bush won the electoral college, and thus, the presidency.

"We are already at 25% at the votes we need to aprove this bill," Golisano says. "If a majority of states adopt this policy, the candidate with the most votes will always win."

In 2008, the electoral college system was also one of the major hurdles facing Michael Bloomberg's almost-official third party run for the White House.

[h/t Celeste]

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Transportation Nation

The Near Death of Reagan National Airport After 9/11

Friday, September 10, 2010

(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) This week on WAMU, we aired a story about the closure of Reagan National Airport after the 9/11 attacks.

Some background: all U.S. airports shut down the day of the attacks. All but one reopened a few days later. That one was Washington D.C.'s Reagan National, which stayed closed for three more weeks.

In the terrifying days and weeks following 9/11, it didn't require much of a leap to imagine Reagan National - located just a few miles from the Capitol and the White House - being used as a launching pad for terrorism. So the Bush Administration, acting at the behest of the Secret Service, shut it down indefinitely.

For the details on what happened next,

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