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After Tom DeLay: The Corruption Eruption Continues

by WS Editors | Feb 1, 2006 | Media, National Security

At the beginning of January, Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX) announced that he would not attempt to return to his post as House majority leader. After being indicted by a Texas grand jury on money-laundering charges, DeLay had initially said he was stepping down only temporarily. Apparently his simultaneous involvement in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal […]

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The New Bush Doctrine: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—Just Do It

by WS Editors | Jan 15, 2006 | Media, National Security

In a 1977 interview with David Frost, Richard Nixon made a comment that became seared in the American psyche as a perfect example of how a president must not treat the office. Frost asked Nixon if he believed a president is entitled to act illegally if he believes it is in the best interest of the nation. […]

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Ben A. Franklin, 1927-2005

by WS Editors | Jan 1, 2006 | Culture, Media

With this issue of the Washington Spectator, we bid farewell to our longtime friend and colleague Ben A. Franklin, who died after a long illness on November 19. Ben was only the second editor in the Washington Spectator‘s history, following Tristram Coffin, the veteran Washington reporter who started this newsletter as Washington Watch back in 1971. Ben was a Timesman, […]

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Libby Gets His Comeuppance—But the Press Still Needs a Federal Shield Law

by WS Editors | Dec 1, 2005 | Legal Affairs, Media

One of the older conventional wisdoms in our nation’s capital is that any president who tries to plug leaks in the ship of state is engaged in a futile, self-defeating exercise. The leaker(s) can never be definitively identified, and any attempt to do so involves tactics more familiar to a police state and likely to […]

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Why George W. Bush Is Really Our King

by Ian Williams | Nov 15, 2005 | Books, Politics

No one could blame President Bush for wanting to get out of town after the end of October. He’d just experienced what non-partisan political observer Charles Cook dubbed “the worst week of the worst month of the worst year of the Bush presidency.” The president’s approval ratings sagged to an all-time low of less than […]

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