The dedication this week of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was more than an opportunity for the five living U.S. presidents to compare notes on what Stefan Lorant called “the glorious burden” of the office.
Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, voicing support for same-sex marriage with a personal note that his son is gay, joins a bipartisan movement toward a recognition of rights that many Americans are embracing.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he told his boss, George W. Bush, to keep military options against Iran “on the table,” stopping short of recommending a strike against the nation’s nuclear program.
The Obama administration released a list of 18 Russians who will be subject to financial sanctions and banned from entering the U.S. for playing a role in human rights abuses, prompting Russia to impose its own ban.
The vice presidential memoir is not a celebrated literary genre. Not a soul alive remembers Spiro Agnew’s crackpot assertions in “Go Quietly ... or Else” or even one passage from Dan Quayle’s “Standing Firm.” And despite all the hoopla around Dick Cheney’s memoir, including Condoleezza Rice’s assertion to Reuters that Cheney mounted an “attack on my integrity,” “In My Time” is a dud.
Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan would influence economic and tax policy if Mitt Romney wins the White House much the way former Vice President Dick Cheney helped guide national security matters during George W. Bush’s administration.