Sunday, September 10, 2006

Journal #1
By: Zanda Boggs

Aug. 21, 2006
Today President Bush is holding a news conference over concerns about the cease-fire between Israel and the Hezbollah. President Bush is expected to open today’s news conference with a statement about giving Lebanon humanitarian aid. The International peacekeeping force for South Lebanon is another subject he is expected to speak on. This is to be Bush’s first big conference since July 7th.

Source: AOL News
Author: AP
Relates to: The President

Aug. 22, 2006
Iran offered to hold negotiations over its nuclear weapons, however it fell short of the U.N. demands because of Iran not wanting to halt enriching uranium. The Security Council stated that Iran had till the end of the month to respond to the suspension of all uranium-enrichment activity.

Source: USA Today
Author: AP
Relates to: United Nations, President, and National Security

Aug. 23, 2006
All non-Mexicans who were illegal immigrants trying to cross the border are being held till they are returned to their homeland. Michael Chertoff said this was the beginning of the end of the “catch-and-release” that helped immigrants into the U.S. He stated that the National Guard was to credit for the crackdown.

Source: USA Today
Author: AP
Relates to: Bush Administration, Homeland Security, National Guard

Aug. 24, 2006
A free-trade deal agreement with Columbia is what President Bush said he wanted on Thursday. If granted it would be Washington’s largest Western Hemisphere pact since the creation of NAFTA in 1994. The letter to Congress said that it would be of mutual benefit. It would give Columbian’s a chance to expand their economic opportunity and help them strengthen their democracy; while American farmers, ranchers, and companies would gain export opportunities also it would create jobs within the U.S. and give Americans more of a choice, and a chance to save money. The White House, however, refuses currently to push the deal ahead of the upcoming midterm elections for possible fear that it could hurt re-elections of Republicans.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP
Relates to: The President, and Congress

Aug. 25, 2006
In Dec. President Bush has made plans for speakers to educate the public about malaria at the White House summit. President Bush and first lady Laura Bush have invited many people to discuss ways to control this preventable disease. In June of 2005, Bush made a 5-year initiative worth $1.2 Billion in 15 African countries to halve malaria-related deaths. More the 1 million people are killed by malaria a year and many of them are young children. The goal is to eventually cover 175 million people in at least 15 countries most affected by the disease.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP
Relates to: the President

Aug. 26, 2006
Saturday was a hectic day for President Bush at his parents home called Walker’s Point. Instead of the planned relaxation and visiting family he got a rather loud reminder that his policies in Iraq were still very unpopular. Within a half a mile of Walker’s Point about 700 anti-war demonstrators marched, turning back only because of a security check point. Pippa Stanley a 15-year-old from Richmond, MA said “Bush is fiddling while the world burns, just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” However, in Bush’s mind American’s have the right to protest so he did not let the demonstration bother him or his vacation. On Thursday he was back to his duties and met with families of five fallen soldiers. Also on his mind was the crisis in Lebanon which he addressed by phone and the nuclear standoff with Iran. On Sunday he will be returning to Washington before a week of traveling and fundraising.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP
Relates to: the President

Aug. 27, 2006
A plan which some in Congress and the whole of Russia is opposed was discussed Sunday by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. In this plan some of the Navy long-range missiles would be converted from a nuclear to a conventional role for possible use against terrorist targets. Arguments against this is that is the possible threat that it could be mistaken for a nuclear launch instead of the conventional U.S Trident missile, causing a retaliation. However Rumsfeld didn’t seem worried and said that everyone would know it was not nuclear within 30 minutes.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP
Relates to: Congress, National Security, and War on Terrorism

Aug. 28, 2006
President Bush began the first of a two day Gulf Coast visit with a stop where he was at one year before in the middle of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina he declared a sense of “renewal” in the region. Last year the neighborhood was littered with debris of all sizes such as vehicles and trees. Today the neighborhood is only partially rebuilt. That point was demonstrated by a woman he had consoled last year when she said this year that the area had come far but not far enough.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP
Relates to: the President

Aug. 29, 2006
According to a CNN poll released Monday 34% of those polled approved of how the President handled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That is down 6 percentage points from a poll taken in September of last year. The new poll also found that 64% was unhappy with how the President handled it. A recent Republican Congressional report labeled response at all levels of the Government as “dismal.” Hurricane Katrina was a blow to the President because it undermined his reputation for confidence and compassion leaving him hesitant and halting.

Source: CNN
Author: AP
Relates to: the President, and the Government

Aug. 30, 2006
Speaking to several thousand veterans at the American Legion’s national convention Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the World faced a new type of fascism and warned against repeating the pre-WW2 mistake of appeasement. He quoted Winston Churchill who said that trying to accommodate Hitler was “a bit like feeding a crocodile, hoping it would eat you last.” Rumsfeld’s comments were part of a coordinated White House strategy to take the offense against the administration’s critics about the future of Iraq. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said “If we quit before the job is done the cost of failure will be severe, indeed immeasurable.” President was scheduled to speak here later in the week.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP and Diplomatic writer Anne Gearan
Relates to: Bush Administration and war in Iraq


Aug. 31, 2006
President Bush re-nominated Kenneth Tomlinson as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency which oversees The Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other U.S. government broadcasting. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee does not plan on acting on the President’s nomination because Tomlinson is accused of over-billing for his time and hiring a friend as a consultant. The nomination was made in 2005 while the investigation was underway. Republicans in a letter to President Bush urged him to immediately to remove Tomlinson from his position and take all necessary steps to restore then integrity of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The White House has not indicated what it might do about the situation.

Source: AOL News
Author: AP
Relates to: President Bush, and The Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Sept. 1, 2006
With the 5th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack upcoming President Bush is finding it increasingly hard to make good on foreign policy promises. The biggest source of frustration is the “axis of evil,” which includes Iran, North Korea, and Iraq. Shibley Telhami who is a Mideast scholar at the University of Maryland said, “Spreading democracy, eradicating terrorism, ending Iran’s nuclear potential are huge goals. When one makes an assessment and sees that none of these are close to being achieved it becomes a real problem for America’s credibility.” This is the third public relations offensive of the Bush Administration in less then a year to attempt to rally support for the war. One third of Americans think that the terrorists may be winning the war according to an AP poll. That poll showed half questioned if the cost of the anti-terror campaign are to great and even more admitted that thought crossed their mind.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP / Tom Raum
Relates to: Bush Administration, War on Terror, and President Bush

Sept. 2, 2006
“Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq, specifically in and around Baghdad, and concern about civil war within the Iraqi civilian population has increased in recent months,” according to Pentagon report. President Bush however painted a rosary picture. “Our commanders and diplomats on the ground believe that Iraq has not descended into civil war,” Bush said.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP
Relates to: the President and the Pentagon

Sept. 3, 2006
Bill and Hillary Clinton visited a famous sausage stand at the state fair in N.Y. shaking hands as they focused on Mrs. Clinton’s Senate re-election and tried to stay away from the question as to if she will be running for President in 2008 even though it was unavoidable. One supporter, a man, repeatedly yelled, “Clinton’s back in White House.” Mrs. Clinton has many supports in New York where she expected to be re-elected into a second senate term. Mrs. Clinton has walked a fine line about the issue of war in Iraq which many expects only to get worse as 2008 comes.

Source: The Washington Times
Author: Amy Fagen
Relates to: Hillary Clinton, Senate, and War in Iraq.

Sept. 4, 2006
On Monday at Maryland’s Paul Hall Center for Training and Education President Bush stated that our dependence on foreign oil jeopardizes our ability to grow and that the main problem was that we get our oil from countries that don’t like us. Thus President Bush is now interested in battery-operated cars and ethanol. He also had a message to the world, “Just treat us as we treat you.” He also asked Congress once again to make a permanent host of tax cuts.

Source: CNN
Author: AP
Relates to: the President

Sept. 5, 2006
On Monday President Bush nominated Montana’s U.S. attorney Bill Mercer for the No. 3 post at the Justice Department. The White House said on Tuesday that he will become acting associate attorney general pending confirmation by the Senate. Montana’s Chief U.S. District Judge however has criticized Mercer for the neglecting his work in the state by his double duty. However Mercer said that he was honored to be nominated for the post.

Source: CNN
Author: AP / Mary Clare Jalonick
Relates to: the President, Justice Department, and Senate.

Sept. 6, 2006
On Wednesday President Bush renewed his nomination for a Richard Stickler, a former mining executive to lead the Mine Safety Health Administration. However Robert Byrd who is a Democratic Sens. Of West Virginia said that Stickler had spent too many years as a coal mining executive and failed to demonstrate that safety was his main priority. Thus he put a legislative hold on the nomination which under Senate rules the nomination was sent back to the White House.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP
Relates to: the President, and Mine Safety Health Administration

Sept. 7, 2006
On Wednesday President Bush acknowledged the fact that the CIA was operating secret prisions abroad which were holding key suspects in the war on terror. “Alternative” interrogation methods not totures were used to gain information from then he said. A revised Army Field Manual that requires detainees to be “treated humanely and in accordance with U.S. law, the law of war and applicable U.S. policy” was issued also on Wednesday by the Pentagon.

Source: CNN
Author: AP
Relates to: the President, the Pentagon, the War on Terror, and the CIA

Sept. 8, 2006
On Friday the nation's homeland security chief pushed Congress to approve better plans to protect seaports and chemical plant from a terrorist attack. He has also rebuked many critics who have refused to step-up safeguards because they might be to costly or inconvenient. "That kind of backsliding runs directly contrary to the lessons of 9/11," Chertoff told hundreds at Georgetown University. By the end of the month lawmakers are hoping to have full congressional support for the port security legislation.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP / Lara Jakes Jordan
Relates to: Homeland Security

Sept. 9, 2006
Presidents Bush’s words on the possibility of House Democrat, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, could rise to House speaker was "That's not going to happen." He believe that Republicans with stay in control of the Congress after midterm elections. With the tax cuts and the understanding to nurture Iraq's fragile government Bush is confident that voters will believe Republicans are doing the right thing. Bush said also that he was not seeking any reforms in Egypt with his goal of spreading democracy.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP
Relates to: the President, midterm elections, and Congress

Sept 10, 2006
Tomorrow President Bush will be visiting the 3 sites of the terrorist attacks where 2, 973 people were killed five years ago. He plans to give an address telling Americans that while the United States is safer it is till not safe from attack. Bush and first lady Laura Bush will be laying a wreath and attending a church service tomorrow at ground zero.

Source: The Washington Times
Author: Joseph Curl
Relates to: the President and terrorism

Sept. 11, 2006
Today President Bush honored the memory of nearly 3,000 people whoo were killed five years ago today. The attack on Sept. 11, 2001 tossed the U.S. into a costly and unfinished war against terror. The President said "Our nation has endured trials, and we face a difficult road ahead." The prime-time adress from the Oval Office is not one to outline a new strategy officials from the White House said but rather an appeal for unity and a promise to win in the war against terror even though the war in Iraq is unpopular. The President also said, "winning this war will require the determined efforts of a unified country. So we must put aside our differences and work together to meet the test that history has given us. ... We will defeat our enemies."

Source: Newsday
Author: AP White House Correspondent TERENCE HUNT
Relates to: The President and the War on terror

Sept. 12, 2006
The ethics legislation has brought a sense of disagreement in the House this week This legislation would limit the donations to 527s which are independent political groups. These groups provide more finanicial support to Democrats last presidential election and thus Senate Democrats made it perfectly clear that there was no possible way they were going to support any lobbying bill that contained 527 restrictions. The House and senate have not be able to find a common ground as of ye for this "top priority" legislation.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP / JIM ABRAMS
Relates to: House of Representatives, Senate

Sept. 13, 2006
A terror attack in Syria, deteriorating situations in western Iraq, a deadly spike in violence in Afghanistan are just a few of the many security troubles that the Bush administration are confronting. Oddly enough in the middle of the "struggle for civilization" as President Bush called it the U.S. has found itself praising its usual terror-war villains: Damascus. Americans has aid from Syrian officials with foiling an attack on the U.S. Embassy there. This lead to Syria being invitied by White House spokesman Tony Snow "to become an ally" in the broader battle against terrorism.

Source: Newsday
Author: AP / Tom Raum
Relates to: Bush Administration, War on Terror, President Bush, and U.S. Embassy.