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The Brian Lehrer Show

Seven (New) Things We Learned from Robert Gates

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Robert Gates, former CIA chief and Secretary of Defense under Bush and Obama, discusses his new book Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary At Work. Here: seven things we learned from Gates, from Hillary Clinton's "surprising" hawkishness to whether the Obama administration is being too aggressive in going after leakers.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bush and Cheney in the White House

Monday, November 11, 2013

Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, discusses the eight years of the Bush Administration, the most consequential presidency in modern times, and the elusive and shifting alliance of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. In Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, he brings to life the drama of an era marked by devastating terror attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, and financial collapse, and he paints a portrait of a partnership that evolved dramatically over time.

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It's A Free Country ®

That's My Issue: Ending Voter Apathy

Monday, August 20, 2012

We - a group of liberal-minded New Yorkers in our mid-20s - couldn't simply end America's folly in Iraq. So what could we accomplish?

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: George H.W. Bush Doc Puts Family, Not Politics, at the Fore for 41

Friday, June 15, 2012

A new documentary on George H.W. Bush shows a sense of civility – nobility, even – in his pride in and dedication to public service.

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The Takeaway

Dan Rather and Why Bush's "Lost Year" Still Matters

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Eight years ago, Dan Rather broadcast an explosive report on the Air National Guard service of President George W. Bush. It was supposed to be the legendary newsman’s finest hour. Instead, it blew up in his face, tarnishing his career forever and casting a dark cloud of doubt and suspicion over his reporting — and that of every other journalist on the case. This month, as Rather returns with a new memoir, Joe Hagan finally gets to the bottom of the greatest untold story in modern Texas politics, with exclusive, never-before-seen details that shed fresh light on who was right, who was wrong, and what really happened.

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It's A Free Country ®

Party Undisciplined: Where are the GOP's Elders?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

If we’ve learned one thing about the Republicans in the Obama era, the GOP is no longer the party of party loyalty.

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It's A Free Country ®

Why We're Withdrawing From Iraq

Monday, October 24, 2011

About 95 percent of American troops there are waiting to leave. They're twiddling their thumbs; there isn't much to do. Right now we have the lowest number of U.S. and Iraqi civilian fatalities and of armed attacks in Iraq—all three of those statistics—since the war began.

Fred Kaplan, writer of the War Stories column for Slate and author of 1959: the Year Everything Changed, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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9/11 Politicos: Where Are They Now?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ten years after the towers fell, where are the leaders and policymakers who shaped our response to the tragedy?

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The Takeaway

The Man Who Told Bush, 'America Is Under Attack'

Friday, September 09, 2011

Of the many stunning images taken on September 11, 2001 that have become permanently seared into the American psyche, the image of President George W. Bush being told the nation was under attack while in front of a classroom full of children is among the most striking. The man who whispered "America is under attack" into the president's ear was his chief of staff, Andrew Card. Card spoke about his experience that day with the BBC's Mark Mandell.

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The Takeaway

America's Lost Decade

Friday, September 02, 2011

When America entered the new millennium, the Clinton Administration reported a budget surplus of around $559 billion and the world was in a state of relative peace. With dot-coms booming, real estate values rising and seemingly no end to the nation’s economic prosperity in sight, the American dream seemed to be a reality for more people. But in 2011 the picture is less rosy. What happened over the past ten years, and does it add up to a lost generation; one without hope of achieving the American Dream?

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It's A Free Country ®

Memoir, Nat Geo Sitdown Highlight the Early Diverging Paths of Bush and Cheney

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

On September 11th, 2001, all eyes were on George W. Bush while Dick Cheney remained active behind the scenes. With the release of Cheney's autobiography ten years later, that dynamic appears to have been turned on its head.

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Obama on Irene Invites Bush, Katrina Comparisons

Friday, August 26, 2011

“All indications point to this being a historic hurricane,” President Obama said in remarks about Hurricane Irene on Friday morning from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation.

He emphasized that coordination with local agencies has already begun. “Although we can’t predict with perfect certainty the impact of Irene over the next few days, the federal government has spent the better part of last week working closely with communities that could be affected by this storm to see to it that we are prepared.”

That’s what President Obama said publicly, and for a window into what the private briefings might look today and tomorrow, it’s worth looking back at video of President George W. Bush’s briefing with FEMA and National Hurricane Center officials less than a day before Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. The Associated Press obtained video of that briefing six months after Katrina.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: What's Really Behind the 'Bachmann is Stupid' Theme? The Usual Liberal Smugness

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gaffes by Republicans are spread far and wide as evidence by liberals that these people with whom they disagree are not just wrong on the issues, they're stupid.

-Karol MarkowiczIt's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

How History May Judge Obama in Crisis

Friday, August 19, 2011

Winston Churchill will always be remembered for his handling of the Axis powers in World War II; President George W. Bush and Rudy Giuliani are inextricably linked to their responses to 9/11. Many world leaders are known best for actions they took in times of great crises. For our nation's current leader, the history books are still being written, and a second presidential term is a possibility. We wanted to preview what history may say of President Obama’s handling of the social, economic and military crises that have so far marked his first term in office. How will future generations remember him?

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The Takeaway

Former CIA Officer: I Was Asked to Spy on War Critic

Monday, June 20, 2011

Since the days of Watergate, when President Richard Nixon's White House collected information on political enemies, the Central Intelligence Agency has been prohibited from spying on American citizens inside the country. But in a recent article in The New York Times, Glenn Carle—a former senior CIA official—said there were at least two occasions when the George W. Bush White House asked intelligence officers to gather sensitive information on Juan Cole. Cole is a fierce critic of the Iraq War and professor at the University of Michigan. We talk with Carle, who was also a top counterterrorism official, about these alleged spying attempts by the Bush administration.

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The Takeaway

Did Torture Help or Hinder Efforts to Find Bin Laden?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

There is growing debate among Democrats and Republicans over which president's tactic helped find and kill Osama bin Laden. Was it the harsh interrogation techniques under the Bush administration, that included waterboarding and sleep deprivation of detained al-Qaida members? Or was it old fashioned surveillance and intelligence gathering methods that got bin Laden? Scott Shane, national security reporter for The New York Times says that until all the documents are declassified, it may be difficult to know.

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It's A Free Country ®

The 2012 GOP Field: What's Going On?

Monday, April 25, 2011

The energy right now in the Republican party is over fiscal issues...this fear about America becoming more like Europe in terms of a social welfare state. That said, there are still a lot of conservatives who vote in primaries and participate in caucuses that are driven by a set of cultural issues. In a place like Iowa especially, we're talking about an electorate that is perhaps half or over half self-identified born again evangelical.

Jonathan Martin, senior political writer at Politico, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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It's A Free Blog

Credit to Bush for Pro-Democracy Movements? Not So Much.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

While America has a valuable role to play in supporting the cause of democracy around the world, it would be foolish to take credit for the events of the past two months. The months ahead will show us where this trajectory leads, and we can’t predict the future. But it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see the past and know that George W. Bush wasn’t the inspiration for Tahrir Square any more than the Beastie Boys.

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A Free Middle East? Blame George W. Bush!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

With protests sweeping the Middle East from Bahrain to Yemen to Jordan and, of course, to Libya, and with the departure of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak from Egypt, now seems like a good time to remind everyone: Bush was right.

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It's A Free Blog

Financial Crisis: Where's the Outrage?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

In 2008, the bubble popped. The financial crisis sent our economy swirling into chaos and pushed us into this Great Recession. Many Americans lost faith in our private institutions that caused this mess and in our public institutions that should have seen it coming. The fallout shined a light on the double-dealing shell game being played by our financial giants. Unfortunately, they weren’t playing with Monopoly money. The high stakes had high costs: a devastating spike in unemployment, a national foreclosure crisis based on mortgage fraud and depleted pensions and retirement accounts for working Americans.

At least those whose reckless — and potentially criminal — gambles drove us into this ditch got what they had coming…bonuses, a light reprimand and carte blanche to do it all again.

It’s enough to make you so angry you’d consider dumping tea in Boston Harbor.

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