Happy birthday, super PAC!

By Marcelo Rochabrun

Name for 'independent expenditure-only committee' turns 4 years old, but still not fully integrated into common language.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… arl Rove, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote: “Karl Rove: ‘Bush’s brain’ helped organize the super-PAC Crossroads GPS, a ‘nonprofit …"

IRS sets its sights on political 'dark money'

By Michael Beckel

The Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curb the ability of social welfare nonprofits to influence elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… from the Republican-aligned Crossroads GPS, which was co-founded by former Bush strategist Karl Rove, to the pro-Democratic Patriot Majority USA — as we …"

Nuclear Waste: Extremism in defense of federally-paid jobs is no vice in South Carolina

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART THREE IN A SERIES: Lawmakers shed their fiscal conservatism to keep a troubled nuclear plant alive at Washington’s expense.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… eal aims: It was a multi-billion dollar jobs program for South Carolina, a Bush White House political gift to then-Gov. Mark Sanford and the state’s mai …"

"… he plant, in the face of intense lobbying by the Department of Energy, the Bush administration, and fellow congressional Republicans. “It should never h …"

"… e. “I tried to kill it, but I was pressured not to.” Officials in the Bush administration, Hobson explained, said the project was vital to Sanford’ …"

"… ery important” to keeping MOX alive. Spencer Abraham, who was President Bush’s Energy Secretary when the department abandoned a major alternative to …"

Nuclear Waste: How a huge U.S. nonproliferation program became a major proliferation concern

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART ONE OF A SERIES: More than a decade of negotiations with Russia produced a clear winner, and it was not the United States.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… and asserting it was too costly to pursue both approaches. The George W. Bush administration subsequently embraced a plan to promote breeder reactors an …"

"… MOX plant construction were signed in August 2007 by a former chief of the Bush-Cheney energy policy transition team, according to an internal Energy Depa …"

"… 3 ½ months after construction began at the Savannah River MOX plant — Bush administration Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman and the director general of …"

"… ministry, Sergey Kiriyenko, announced the outlines of a revised deal. The Bush administration agreed — with little public notice — to let Russia rene …"

OPINION: the peril of Obamacare's promise

By Wendell Potter

President's pledge may not be kept, but consumers could still benefit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… e of the words speechwriters put in their mouths. The first President Bush paid a steep price for his ill-advised “Read my lips. No new taxes!” p …"

Canada buoyed by former U.S. ambassador

By Reity O'Brien

Former U.S. ambassador in Ottawa now representing Canadian governments, interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… etween the U.S. and its northern neighbor. But this time, Wilkins — the Bush Administration’s top diplomat in Canada from 2005 to 2009 — is working …"

"… of Canada in in 2009. The Republic of India hired Robert Blackwill — a Bush Administration ambassador to India — to lobby Congress and federal agenc …"

Secret US detention program had many foreign collaborators

By Douglas Birch

A new report details the involvement of dozens of countries in rough treatment, without accountability

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… icans can “review and judge the legality of these operations.” Former Bush administration officials and others who have defended the rendition and in …"

FACT CHECK: Facing facts on fiscal cliff

By FactCheck.Org

How did the U.S. reach a 'fiscal cliff' and what does it mean?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… ted by a series of actions by Congress, beginning with the approval of the Bush-era tax cuts in 2001 and 2003.The Bush tax cuts were extended by the Tax R …"

"… beginning with the approval of the Bush-era tax cuts in 2001 and 2003.The Bush tax cuts were extended by the Tax Relief Unemployment Insurance Reauthoriz …"

"… g in January. At the same time, the temporary tax cuts approved under both Bush and Obama are due to expire.Tax Increases LoomingIn an Oct. 1 report on th …"

"… , TPC lists six reasons why taxes are scheduled to increase by so much:The Bush-era tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 and extended for two years at the en …"

Daily Disclosure: Bauer-backed super PAC assails president

By Rachael Marcus

Evangelical activist Gary Bauer back in the political limelight.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… cally pro-family [and] pro-life” and a “staunch supporter of President Bush’s war on terrorism.” He ran for president in 2000 before dropping out …"

Senate report says national intelligence fusion centers have been useless

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Data gleaned from counter-terrorism centers has been mostly useless, says Senate report

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… ely scrutinized work produced by the centers in 2009 and 2010 and examined Bush and Obama administration policies through August of this year, had failed …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How honest has the president been on the campaign trail?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… n top of the world.It’s true that manufacturing jobs declined during the Bush administration, and they have rebounded since hitting bottom one yearafter …"

"… ever be lower than $476 billion, which is higher than any year of the Bush administration except for the $1.4 trillion shortfall for fiscal 2009 …"

"… as the rate that prevailed after Clinton’s 1993 tax increase, and before Bush’s tax cuts. The next-highest rate would go back to the Clinton-era 36 pe …"

"… ng with family income over $250,000 (or $200,000 for singles), up from the Bush rate of 33 percent.But Obama fails to note that his Affordable Care Act lo …"

FACT CHECK: Romney’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How accurate is the GOP nominee?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… four years,” which is true. But that also exaggerates, since it includes Bush’s last year plus Obama’s three years.Finally, there’s some reason to …"

How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

By Fred Schulte and David Donald

Center investigation suggests cost from upcoding and other abuses likely tops $11 billion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… Medicare pay scales during his White House days under the first President Bush, is now critical of the system. He said it was put in place in order to cu …"

Dissent among Republicans over defense spending

By Aaron Mehta

Grover Norquist opposes Romney plan to increase the military budget

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… epublicans, decried foreign interventions such as Iraq and Afghanistan. “Bush decided to be the mayor of Baghdad rather than the president of the United …"

Obama and Romney: Where they stand on the issues

By The Associated Press

Where Obama and Romney stand on the issues, from economy and education to taxes and terrorism

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… of spending cuts and revenue increases. Central to Obama's plan is to let Bush-era tax cuts expire for couples making more than $250,000. That would gene …"

"… ementation of Wall Street and auto industry bailouts begun under George W. Bush. Proposes tax breaks for U.S. manufacturers producing domestically or repa …"

"… approved waivers freeing states from the most onerous requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law with their agreement to improve how they prep …"

"… ensure they pay 30 percent of their income at minimum. Supports extending Bush-era tax cuts for everyone making under $200,000, or $250,000 for couples. …"

Bush EPA chief urges action on chemical hazards

By Alice Su

Former EPA administrator says agency should use Clean Air Act to impose stricter safety standards on chemical facilities.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… istine Todd Whitman, Environmental Protection Agency chief under George W. Bush, urged the EPA Tuesday to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to imp …"

"… that included representatives of labor and environmental groups.   As Bush’s EPA administrator, Whitman was prepared to unveil a pro …"

FACT CHECK: Soft glove, same GPS fist in attack ad

By FactCheck.Org

Crossroads GPS continues with false representation in ads attacking President Obama.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… ly has increased far more slowly under Obama’s budgets that it did under Bush’s, and more slowly than under any president in half a century. An a …"

"… ama rising at an average rate of just 1.4 percent per year. Spending under Bush rose 7.3 percent per year during his first term, and 8.1 percent per year …"

"… ue. But the bailout legislation was sought and signed in 2008 by President Bush, and 82 percent of all disbursed funds under that program have now been re …"

"… olinehasn’t been as high at any time under Obama as it was briefly under Bush, when it topped $4 a gallon for six weeks in the summer of 2008. That’s …"

FACT CHECK: Obama ‘Road’ film takes some detours

By FactCheck.Org

The president's 17-min. campaign film avoids truths on health care, auto bailout

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… the hook for half of the $80 billion in federal aid. It also suggests that Bush gave away $13 billion to auto companies without demanding action on their …"

"… n to auto companies without demanding action on their part, when, in fact, Bush required them to come up with the so-called economic viability plans by Ma …"

"… d economist Gail Wilensky, who was head of Medicare during the George H.W. Bush administration and is now a senior fellow at Project HOPE, a health traini …"

"… acks important context:The film leaves the false impression that President Bush had “given” away $13 billion to automakers without demanding anything …"

FACT CHECK: Santorum-boosting PAC slams Romney, Obama

By FactCheck.Org

Red, White and Blue PAC launches misleading TV ads in Illinois and Louisiana attacking Romney and Obama on debt, taxes and oil

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… e oil last year is not even a record high. That was set in 2008, President Bush’s last year in office, when the U.S. spent a record $342 billion.What’ …"

FACT CHECK: Obama White House ‘full of Wall Street executives’?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative super PAC runs ad on 'Obama's Wall Street Inner Circle'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… y other Wall Street firm.Two men who were appointed by President George W. Bush, and who left not long after Obama took office.Two men who never worked in …"

"… d real estate” sector. That’s up from the $35.9 million that Bush raised for reelection in 2004. Even when adjusted for inflation, Obam …"

"… 2004. Even when adjusted for inflation, Obama still raised more than Bush, although the gap is smaller: $42.2 million to $41 million.The ad also cor …"

"… onent in the 2008 presidential campaign. The ad also fails to mention that Bush proposed the bailout and his administration lobbied for it.The ad veers sh …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s trillion-dollar exaggeration

By FactCheck.Org

President Obama throws around a big number calling for an end to Bush tax cuts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… the “wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.” That’s simply not true. The Bush tax cuts — which Obama and Congress extended for two years — expire at …"

"… rring to the $968 billion that “we save” over 10 years by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire as scheduled for high-income wage earners and returning …"

"… ked about “shared responsibility” — referring to his belief that the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire, as planned, at the end of 2012 for t …"

"… nbsp;months of 2010, when he failed to convince Congress to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire as scheduled on Dec. 31, 2010, for “the wealthiest 2 …"

FACT CHECK: The Gingrich counterattack in Florida

By FactCheck.Org

The Gingrich side has finally begun to fight back with TV attack ads of its own in Florida

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… taxes” in Massachusetts.The ad says Romney “refused to support” the Bush tax cuts when he was governor, and that’s true. As we’ve reported …"

"… . As we’ve reported before, Romney pointedly refused to endorse the Bush tax cuts in 2003, although he never publicly opposed them, either. The&nbs …"

"… ee with. According to this account, Romney added that he wouldn’t oppose Bush’s cuts either, because he “has to keep a solid relationship with the W …"

"… ouse.” Romneynow advocates maintaining the current rates set by the Bush cuts, and an overhaul of the tax system to bring about even lower rates an …"

States slow to act against New England polluters

By Maggie Mulvihill, Alex Burris and James Robinson

Regulators in Maine and nearby states have taken months and even years to sanction facilities violating the Clean Air Act

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… ntrol in amendments to the federal law more than two decades ago.The first Bush administration promised that reductions in airborne emissions of nearly 20 …"

FACT CHECK: Foreign policy themed GOP debate full of falsehoods

By FactCheck.Org

Republican presidential candidates stretch the truth on international issues in South Carolina debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… y the Supreme Court, appears to the give the Obama administration what the Bush administration had long sought: a place where foreign prisoners can be hel …"

"… place to detain captured terrorists is simply false.National Journal: The Bush administration operated a network of secret prisons in Afghanistan and eas …"

"… eak publicly.Several factors are behind the change.Widespread criticism of Bush administration interrogation and detention policies as brutal and degradin …"

FACT CHECK: Rick Perry’s dubious tax promise

By FactCheck.Org

Texas Gov. and presidential contender's flat tax plan isn't quite flat for lower-income taxpayers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… ” And compared with “current law,” under which all the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts would expire, the loss in revenue would be close to $1 trillion i …"

"… or those who prefer it, the TPC said Perry’s plan seems to allow all the Bush cuts to expire on schedule, including lower marginal rates at the bottom.T …"

"… em or opt into the alternative system. And “current law” calls for the Bush cuts to expire before 2015.As a result, either the new Perry flat tax or t …"

"… t, either the new Perry flat tax or the “current” tax system (once the Bush cuts expire) would mean higher taxes for many, compared with what they wou …"

‘Nonpartisan’ youth movement has deep GOP roots

By John Dunbar

'Nonpartisan' grass roots youth group staffed by GOP partisans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… nization that “trains conservatives” and was chief of staff for former Bush Labor Secretary and current Heritage employee Elaine Chao.Kellyanne Elizab …"

"… among others. The Times noted Paul Conway’s former employment within the Bush administration.The Journal described it as a “nonpartisan, nonprofit you …"

"… as a “nonpartisan, nonprofit youth-outreach group” headed by a former Bush administration official. The Star-Telegram referred to a poll by the group …"

FACT CHECK: Fanciful ‘facts’ at Fox News debate

By FactCheck.Org

Candidates play fast and loose with facts about each other, history

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… id during a Republican debate on May 15, 2007, that he supported President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind.”Asked for an instance in which “learning …"

"… plan to expand settlements in June 2008 also received criticisms from the Bush White House and the United Nations.Perry vs. ‘Romneycare’Perry exagger …"

"… steady rise in the number of border security agents spanning the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.Congressional Research Service, March 3, 2010: B …"

"… edings in immigration court went from an average of 219,941 per year under Bush to 246,572 per year under Obama. Criminal prosecutions initiated by t …"

ANALYSIS: Don't turn your back on Ryan's Medicare plan

By Wendell Potter

Rep. Ryan's plan is shelved for the moment, but health insurers are sure to bring it back

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… ame into existence during the last part of the administration of the first Bush in the White House. The CEOs that formed the leadership council  were …"

FACT CHECK: Bachmann, Perry butt heads on STD vaccine

By FactCheck.Org

Republican candidates disagree on a wide range of topics: STD vaccines to Social Security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… Under Ann Richards, job growth was under 2.5 percent a year, under George Bush was 3 percent a year, under Rick Perry it's been 1 percent a year."True. T …"

"… lated as an average of yearly job growth, it's 2.6 percent per year. Under Bush, job growth was 20.3 percent over nearly six years, and 3 percent per year …"

"… ta from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, as we pointed out before, Bush’s tenure came during more prosperous times, so he, too, benefited from f …"

White House kept close tabs on Solyndra loan, internal emails show

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Top officials pushed for half-billion-dollar loan to troubled startup

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… e of intensifying scrutiny of the loan, the White House has noted that the Bush administration was the first to consider Solyndra’s application, and tha …"

"… d by congressional investigators notes that, in the weeks before President Bush left office, on January 9, a credit committee at the Energy Department, wh …"