Lame Duck Bush?

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In Washington last week, there was rumbling that President Bush might be turning into a "lame duck." Republican Senate leaders were forced to compromise on the so-called "nuclear option." Then, the Republican House passed an expansion of stem-cell research, despite the threat of a veto. Though neither vote was a clear defeat for Bush, taken together, the Philadelphia Inquirer called them "a reminder that [the second-term President] is racing against time" with his "ambitious agenda." At his news conference today, Bush denied that he is losing momentum. We hear more from journalists and scholars who cover the White House; then, two viewpoints on Amnesty International's 2005 human rights report that faults America's POW camps in the war on terror for becoming the "gulag of our times" and the scenes of "atrocious" human rights violations that diminish the moral authority of the US.
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President Bush's press conference

VP Dick Cheney about Iraqi insurgency on Larry King Live

Washington Post article on Bush political capital being spent

Recent TtP on Stem Cell Showdown

Recent TtP on President Bush, Social Security reform

Amnesty International 2005 Report

Tom Friedman's New York Times article on Guant-namo

Vanity Fair article on Deep Throat

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's book, All the President's Men

Alan Pakula's movie, All the President's Men



Warren Olney