Richard Painter, Former Bush Ethics Lawyer, Epitomizes the New Democrat

Democrats seem happy conceding that the Republicans are going to be like Trump now and that they can become the Clinton-Bush center-right voice of sanity.

Former Republican White House lawyer in President George W. Bush's administration Richard Painter announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate as a Democrat in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, April 30, 2018. Explaining his party swap, Painter said it's clear to him there's no space for a Republican who opposes the president. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Democrat Al Franken agreed to resign from his post as a Minnesota Senator after eight women accused him of sexual harassment. When Franken was ousted I remarked that I would shed no tears for him, and that remains the case. But Franken was perhaps the target of a Republican smear campaign. Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Roger Stone tweeted

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How James Comey Helped Save Bush-Era CIA Torture

James Comey helped legally sanctify CIA torture including death via hypothermia, rape-like rectal feeding of detainees, compelling detainees to stand long periods on broken legs, and dozens of cases of innocent people pointlessly brutalized.

Former FBI director James Comey speaks during a stop on his book tour for "A Higher Loyalty" Monday, April 30, 2018, in Washington. ( AP/Jose Luis Magana)

“Here I stand, I can do no other,” James Comey told President George W. Bush in 2004 when Bush pressured Comey - who was then Deputy Attorney General - to approve an unlawful antiterrorist policy. Comey, who was FBI chief from 2013 to 2017, was quoting a line reputedly uttered by Martin Luther in 1521, when he told Holy Roman Emperor Charles V that

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Nasrallah: Bush Administration Tried to Bribe Hezbollah to Cease Resistance to Israel

In a recent speech, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the George W. Bush administration tried to cut a deal with the group, stating the idea was hatched by former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah speaks on a screen via a video link during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the death of Hezbollah leaders in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT, LEBANON – Speaking on Sunday, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah, told residents in the town of Nabatieh that the United States had previously attempted to bribe Hezbollah in an effort to stop its armed resistance in defense of Lebanese sovereignty. Hezbollah, formed in response to the Israeli

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Whitewashing Bush and Obama’s Anti-Muslim Policies to Attack Trump

In every instance that Trump target Muslims, the reanimated corpse of the Bush presidency is forced into the public arena again, and a parade of commentators tell a story that is pure fiction about an administration that only exists in their heads.

President Bush speaks to the press during his visit to the Mosque at the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C., on, September 17, 2001.

Opinion -- President Donald Trump’s fervent Islamophobia, which will likely surge again now that the Supreme Court has blessed the travel ban, is viewed as a kind of unique hostility towards Muslims. Jennifer Williams, Vox’s deputy foreign and national security editor, and a Muslim herself, published a widely shared piece which argued, in part,

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On the Rehabilitation of George W. Bush

So what if — after 16 years of fruitless war, 16 years of disintegrating American infrastructure, 16 years of almost unprecedented inequality — George W. Bush does find Trump’s rhetorical style distasteful? Is that really any reason to turn a presidential war criminal into a liberal hero?

A self-portrait by George W. Bush from the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy."(AP/Benny Snyder)

He received a prestigious award from the West Point Association of Graduates. He published a “runaway” bestselling autobiography. Last February, a lavishly produced book celebrating his paintings of Americans who served in the military was, as Time put it, “burning up the Amazon charts.” Still, the liberal media wasn’t ready to embrace George W.

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Bush Goes To Rehab: The Role Of The “Resistance” In Normalizing War Crimes

Trump is uniting those opposed to him on both sides of the aisle into what is essentially a single party that supports American exceptionalism and its license to wage endless war around the world. Ironically, this very precept is fervently embraced by Trump himself.

Former U.S. Presidents, from left, Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton greet spectators on the first tee before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017. (AP/Julio Cortez)

Analysis -- Over the course of the past year, something remarkable has happened to George W. Bush. The former president, once detested by many Americans for the numerous debacles that marked his presidency, seems to have shed most of his infamy – becoming reborn, as one paper put it, as the “internet’s favorite grandpa.” Bush has made several

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