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Bushology Interactive:
2000 - 2004

The Bush II Administration

1.  The President


Bush II White House website

George W. Bush's official White House biography

The President's inaugural address

Archive of President Bush's radio addresses

A list of Presidential Directives and Executive Orders (From Truman to Bush II)

PR and public policies
Archive of White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer's press briefings

Bush's February 27, 2001, address to Congress  (Also see:  Bush's economic package, "A Blueprint for New Beginnings.")

     --The official Democratic response from Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt.

     --Thomas Oliphant, Boston Globe, "Bush forecasts are unraveling," July 1, 2001.

     --Jonathan Chait, New Republic, "Red Handed:  The Deficit Gets Worse, and So Does Bush," May 8, 2002.

     --Dana Milbank, Washington Post, "This Time a Bush Embraces 'Voodoo Economics' Theory," November 14, 2002.

     --Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post, "White House Foresees 5-Year Debt Increase Of $1.9 Trillion," July 16, 2003.

Report of the National Energy Policy Development Group  (Released on May 17, 2001).

Jonathan Chait, New Republic Online, "There he goes again," January 10, 2002.  (Bush II's economic fantasies).

Sebastian Mallaby, Washington Post, "Good, Bad and Bunkum," July 23, 2001.  (Hypocrisy among Bush fans/Clinton critics).

Dana Milbank, Washington Post, "Religious Right Finds Its Center in Oval Office," December 24, 2001.

2.  Early timelines of the Bush II Administration:
Bush Watch


Washington Post

3.  Analyses of Bush II's first 100 days:
Editorial, The Nation, "The Worst 100 Days, "May 14, 2001.

Editorial, Boston Globe, "Bush's first 100," April 29, 2001.

David E. Sangar & Marc Lacey, New York Times, "In Early Battles, Bush Learns Need for Compromises, " April 29, 2001.

John F. Harris & Dan Balz, Washington Post, "A Question of Capital," April 29, 2001.

Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, "At 100 Days and Counting, Bush's Star on Rise," April 28, 2001.

Susan Pinkus, Los Angeles Times, "Poll:  George W. Bush's First 100 Days," April 28, 2001.

Adam Clymer, New York Times, "Setting an Arbitrary Bar at 100 Days," April 28, 2001.

Michael Weisskopf & Adam Zagorin, Time, "Dick Cheney Interview," April 28, 2001.

Dotty Lynch, CBS News, "100 Down, 1,360 to Go," April 27, 2001.

David Corn,, "8,640,000 Seconds of Bush," April 27, 2001.

Steve Holland, Reuters, "Bush Hits 100-Day Mark with Mixed Record," April 27, 2001.

Al Kamen, Washington Post, "Benchmark Braggadocio," April 27, 2001.

Martha Brant, Newsweek, "'There's no question about where I want to lead,'" April 27, 2001.

Frank Pellegrini, Time, "As 100 Days Nears, Bush's Hard Line Softening," April 26, 2001.

Robert Parry, Consortium News, "Civility & Double Standards," April 25, 2001.

  Year One:  State of the Union and analyses
Text of President Bush's State of the Union address, January 29, 2002.
--Response from House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.).
Marc Sandalow, San Francisco Chronicle, "Popular Bush remains an enigma:
President's first year in office surprises many observers," January 20, 2002.

Dick Meyer, CBS News, "What A Difference A War Makes," January 29, 2002.

Tom Curry, MSNBC, "Bracing America for the war ahead," January 29, 2002.

Jacob Weisberg, Slate, "State of the Union:  Instant Analysis," January 29, 2002..

Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times, "Surer Voice, Wider Vision," January 30, 2002.

John W. Fountain, New York Times, "A Nation Yearns to Hope, and Some Find Solace," January 30, 2002.

Editorial, New York Times, "George W. Bush's Moment," January 30, 2002.

Dana Milbank, Washington Post, "Hitching Civic, Economic Goals To the War," January 30, 2002.

Peter G. Gosselin, Los Angeles Times, "Red Ink May Last a Decade," January 30, 2002.

Robert Kuttner, American Prospect, "Fool Me Twice," February 11, 2002.

David Corn, The Nation, "Bush's Untouchable State of the Union," February 11, 2002.

  Corporate dramas:  How far will they go?
Charles Murdock, Chicago Tribune, "Bush not waging war on corruption," June 15, 2003.

Also see:  Stephanie J. Burke,, "The Collapse of Enron: A Bibliography of Online Legal, Government and Legislative Resources."

Other online sources that deal specifically with the Enron situation:

Arthur Andersen  (Official corporate website)
--Indictment:  U.S. v. Arthur Andersen
Enron and Andersen:  Political contributions, (Open Secrets)

Poynter Institute:  Enron and the Media

Also see wall-to-wall coverage by:
Business Week

Houston Chronicle

--History of Enron
New York Times

Washington Post

--Timeline of Enron's collapse

--Key documents

Bush and Enron:
David Corn, The Nation, "W.'s First Enron Connection: Update on the Bush-Enron Oil Deal," March 4, 2002.

Jim Yardley, New York Times, "Bush Joined Unit of Enron in '86 Venture to Seek Oil," March 6, 2002.

Hanna Rosin, Washington Post, "Bush-Lay Ties Based on Shared Priorities,"March 24, 2002.

Additional documents:
FindLaw Investigations: Enron.

Report of Investigation by the Special Investigative Committee of the Board of Directors of Enron Corp (The Powers Report), February 1, 2002.

GAO's letter to Congress about decision to sue White House, January 30, 2002.

Mid-Term Election:  Mandate or what?
* Full election coverage:


Washington Post

* The bad news:  Like it or not, Bush is the big winner  (And here's one of the biggest consequences:  Jim VandeHei, Washington Post, "Officials See Bush Insulated From Hill Probes," December 15, 2002.
Dana Milbank and Mike Allen, Washington Post, "White House Claims Election Is Broad Mandate," November 7, 2002.

Todd S. Purdum and David E. Rosenbaum, New York Times, "Bush's Stumping for Candidates Is Seen as a Critical Factor in Republican Victories," November 7, 2002.

Janet Hook and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times, "Bush Gets Credit, Clout for Leading GOP Sweep," November 7, 2002.

Elisabeth Bumiller & David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Republicans Say Rove Was Mastermind of Big Victory," November 7, 2002.

--The Rove masterplan for the midterm elections, June 4, 2002.
Alison Mitchell, New York Times, "Shift in Power Emboldens Bush and G.O.P. Lawmakers," November 7, 2002.

Helen Dewar, Washington Post, "Takeover, but No Guarantee:  Rules May Ensure a Republican-Controlled Chamber's Legislative Wheels Still Grind Fairly Slowly," November 7, 2002.

Amy Goldstein and Charles Lane. Washington Post, "GOP Eyes Quick Approvals:  Judicial Nominees Focus of Plans," November 7, 2002.

David M. Halbfinger & Jim Yardley, New York Times, "Vote Solidifies Shift of South to the G.O.P.," November 7, 2002.

John Dean,, "After Election 2002, Bush plans to fill courts with right-wing judges," November 8, 2002.

* The self-destructing Democrats:  Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory--once again
Adam Nagourney, New York Times, "Democrats Catalog Mistakes," November 7, 2002.

Dan Balz, Washington Post, "The Democrats:  Challenges On Agenda, Leadership," November 7, 2002.

David Firestone, New York Times, "As Party Discontent Swirls, Gephardt Leaves a Top Spot," November 7, 2002.

Ceci Connolly, Washington Post, "Republican Win Puts Daschle at Crossroads," November 7, 2002.

Howard Kurtz, Washington Post, "The Democrats Get Trashed," November 7, 2002.

Editorial, Consortium News, "Election 2002's Exploded Myth," November 9, 2002.  (The remarkable success of the right-wing's media infrastructure.)

David Von Drehle, Washington Post, "Welcome to the Democrats' Misreading:  How the Liberal Elite Keep Losing Big Elections to the 'Regular' Guys Like Bush and Reagan," November 10, 2002.

Jim VandeHei, Washington Post, "After 'New Democrats' Era, Party Set to Take Left Turn:  Centrists Fear Alienating Swing Voters in 2004 Elections," November 14, 2002.

Phillip Matier & Andrew Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "Feinstein to Demos: Time to get tough," November 24, 2002.

Adam Nagourney, New York Times, "Clinton Says Party Failed Midterm Test Over Security Issue," December 4, 2002.

CBS Sixty Minutes:  "Gore Says He Won't Run In 2004," December 15, 2002.

--David S. Broder, Washington Post, "A Wide-Open Fight:  More Democrats Likely to Join Fray," December 16, 2002.

Year Two:  State of the Union and analyses
Text of President Bush's State of the Union address, January 28, 2003.
--Democratic response by Governor Gary Locke of Washington State.
Richard W. Stevenson and David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Bush Vows That He'll Disarm Iraq and Rebuild U.S. Economy," January 29, 2003.

Todd S. Purdum, New York Times, "Bush's Twin Challenges," January 29, 2003.

Dana Milbank and Mike Allen, Washington Post, "Bush Takes Nation to Edge of War," January 29, 2003.

Dan Balz, Washington Post, "One Topic Rules Bush's Thinking," January 29, 2003.

Ronald Brownstein, Los Angeles Times, "War Now Drives the Presidency," January 29, 2003.

Jonathan Alter, Newsweek, "The President Charts His Course:  The highlights, and lowlights, of George W. Bush’s State of the Union Message," January 29, 2003.

William Saletan, Slate, "A Reveille, Not a Record," January 29, 2003.

Richard Just, American Prospect, "Two Speeches," January 29, 2003.

David Corn, The Nation, "Bush:  Eager for Combat," January 29, 2003.

Bob Herbert, New York Times, "Bait and Switch," January 30, 2003.

Jonathan Weisman. Washington Post, "In 2003, It's Reagan Revolution Redux:  Embracing Big Tax Cuts and Deficits, Bush Moves Away From Compassionate Conservatism," February 4, 2003.

Stanley Hoffman, New York Review of Books, "America Goes Backward," June 12, 2003.

Year Three:  State of the Union and analyses
Text of President Bush's State of the Union address, January 20, 2004.
--Democratic response by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Elisabeth Bumiller & Richard W. Stevenson, New York Times, "In Speech, President Casts Himself as a Steady Commander in Chief," January 21, 2004.

Todd S. Purdum, New York Times, "In Position for the '04 Race," January 21, 2004.

Editorial, New York Times, "State of Union Abroad," January 21, 2004.

Editorial, New York Times, "State of Union at Home," January 21, 2004.

Dan Balz and Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "On Campaign Trail, Union Is Not So Rosy:  Democrats Bash Bush on Iraq, Taxes," January 21, 2004.

David Von Drehle, Washington Post, "A Reactive Tone Shows His Ears Have Been Burning," January 21, 2004.

Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, "Diplomacy Mixes With Partisanship," January 21, 2004.

David Corn, The Nation, "Bush's Defiant State of the Union," January 21, 2004.

Richard Cohen, Washington Post, "An Address Worthy of Enron," January 22, 2004.

Bob Herbert, New York Times, "The Other America," January 23, 2004.

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