There was a rare White House reunion today down in Dallas, TX, for the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and despite their intense political differences, all five living presidents in attendance kept the mood light and played nice for the big day, even Twitter's newest addition, Bill Clinton. We have all the details!
- Obama made a courtesy call to George W. Bush before announcing his plan to withdraw from Iraq. — The Washington Post
- Southern California mayor will resign after forwarding offensive email about Obama. — Wonkette
- Researches identify some of the oldest words in the English language. — Lemondrop
- San Francisco's school district wants kids to bike to school. — SFist
- Where to look for stimulus-driven jobs. — SavvySugar
- WIll your city be one of the ones that bounces back? — Good
- Ron Paul says the Federal Reserve is the culprit. — YouTube
Since W the movie failed to figure out George W. Bush, a psychiatrist who's studied him is giving it a go. Justin Frank, MD, the author of Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, says President Bush is not Dick Cheney's puppet nor is he a well-intentioned fool in over his head but a sadist who will revel in watching the world clean up his mess from his Crawford couch.
Dr. Frank believes the mess Bush has left is the result of giving a destructive personality extraordinary power. He shrinks Bush down to a wounded child, a boy who enjoyed killing frogs who grew into a man — to steal a phrase from everyone's favorite VP candidate — hellbent (unconsciously) on destroying the world. To see what he said, read more
Don't get jealous lil guy! Seems like Barney (one of the two Scotties belonging to George W. Bush) may sense that another pup – one that we haven't even seen yet! – is already at the top of everyone's list. This pup is still super-duper cute as is his terrier pal, Miss Beazley, both currently residing in the White House. See how Barney greeted an admiring fan, errr reporter, this morning in the video below.
- After weeks of rumors, it's official: Jennie Garth is reprising her role as Kelly Taylor for the new 90210 spinoff series. —Hollywood Reporter
- Iron Man maintained its top spot in the box office this weekend while What Happens in Vegas and a disappointing Speed Racer still battle it out for second place. — BuzzSugar
- Jenna Bush and Henry Hager got married this weekend at the presidential family's Crawford, TX, Ranch. Check out a slideshow of their wedding album! — CitizenSugar
- Contrary to previous reports, Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson are not engaged; the ring she was seen wearing was for her upcoming movie Bride Wars. — Us Weekly
- American Idol's producers have banned David Archuleta's father from being backstage due to his alleged meddling with David's performance. David's father convinced David to change song lyrics against the producer's wishes, and consequently the show had to pay a fine. — TMZ
- Charges against Anne Hathaway's boyfriend Raffaello Follieri for writing a bad check were dropped when he paid up the outstanding $215,000 in full. — People
- Dennis Farina was arrested this weekend after a loaded gun was found in his luggage. — AP
- A London judge granted Heather Mills and Paul McCartney a preliminary divorce today. If no objections arise, the divorce will be finalized in six weeks with Heather Mills retaining custody of their daughter Beatrice. — Reuters
Hollywood went to DC on Saturday night for the White House Correspondents Dinner and apparently left the color in Cali. Ben and Jen looked gorgeous as usual and brought some A-List acting clout to the reality TV infested event. Jenny McCarthy also looked pretty stunning, though that dress seems a bit risqué for the nature of the evening. Joy of joys, Heidi and Spencer made it after all though instead of black she's re-wearing the same exact outfit from her Kitson trip last weekend. Faux. Pas. I wonder what LC thought of that. Check out a slideshow of the night's highlights, including crowd surfing. Methinks it's gotta be one of the most random White House Correspondents Dinner guest lists ever, yes?
To see more from the party including Marcia Cross, Pamela Anderson, Pete Wentz, BJ Novak, Ed Westwick, Jonas Brothers and others just read more
- Pope Meets Victims: Pope Benedict XVI came face to face yesterday with a scandal that haunts the American Catholic Church by holding an unannounced meeting with several victims of sexual abuse by priests. The cardinal who organized and attended the meeting, gave the pope a list of about 1,000 boys and girls who had been abused in the Boston Archdiocese in the past several decades. The Pope requested the meeting, praying and speaking personally with each person in attendance. The cardinal said afterward, “it was a moving experience. It was very positive and very prayerful.”
- Brown in DC: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was in Washington DC yesterday to celebrate what he called the “special relationship” between his country and the United States. As a reminder of President Bush's waning time left, before Brown visited the White House, he met with all three candidates vying to succeed President Bush. After the meetings Brown said, “What I was convinced of, after talking to each of them and talking about the issues that concern them and concern the world, is that the relationship between America and Britain will remain strong, remain steadfast.” Not to leave Bush unrecognized, Brown said, “the world owes President George Bush a huge debt of gratitude for leading the world in our determination to root out terrorism.”
- Polygamy Hearing: The judge in the largest child welfare case in US history, that of the children removed from the polygamy compound in Texas, struggled to retain order in chaotic hearings that began yesterday. The 416 children and their lawyers were crammed into a courtroom and additional rooms. The judge said of the task ahead of her, "the court is not in the position and certainly does not intend to rule about someone's religious practices and their freedom of religion."
- Carter and Hamas: Former President Jimmy Carter met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad moments ago. The meeting comes ahead of planned talks with exiled leaders of Hamas, the Islamist group which Carter argues should be included in efforts for Israeli-Palestinian peace. According to a source, "Carter is very upbeat. The publicity put out by his detractors made him more determined to pursue a different way with Hamas."
So by now many of you have heard about evidence that top Bush Administration officials participated in explicit conversations in the White House regarding torture techniques to be used on suspected terrorists. Vice President Dick Cheney, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of State Colin Powell, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sat around — in a series of meetings of potential war-crime defendants — discussing specific methods of harsh interrogation, and issuing their approval.
The Associate Press reports that CIA officials demonstrated tactics to "make sure the small group of 'principals' fully understood what the al-Qaeda detainees would undergo. The principals eventually authorized physical abuse such as slaps and pushes, sleep deprivation, or waterboarding."
What recourse is left for an average American who wants to see the US uphold international law? Are you outraged that top US officials discussed and approved techniques widely considered torture in the White House?
Oh, man this has to be the hottest ticket in town. The special dinner where the press gets to roast the president? Especially one whose approval rating hit 28 percent today and it's his last year in office!? I'm dying, dying to go.
The whole tradition of the dinner started in 1924, when Calvin Coolidge became the first of 14 presidents to attend. Up until World War II, the dinner was an entertainment spectacle with singing between courses, a homemade movie (aw! how cute is that?!), and an hour-long, post dinner show with big-name performers.
This year is no exception. I suppose? Though the list this year doesn't feature Sinatra, (or Paula Jones and Matt Drudge like in this pic from 1998). Ben Affleck, Pamela Anderson, Eric Dane, Tim Daly, Hayden Panettiere, and Marcia Cross will all be there — and kind of inexplicably — Lauren Conrad from The Hills. Maybe LC and GWB are BFFs? Could happen.
The host this year is Scottish-born, now US citizen Craig Ferguson, who said of receiving the honor,
But I thought as soon as I become an American you know what is going to happen, I am going to get jury duty or the CIA. will get in touch and have me assassinate a foreign head of state. Anyway my first job as an American citizen I can exclusively reveal tonight is performing at the White House Correspondents Dinner weekend. I am doing it. I am doing it. I know! Anyway, I am not hosting it. President Bush is . . . I am thinking does he know I can't be kicked out now? Like it would be the
big thing have the dinner and my last act at president, you go home Ferguson. I am like I am home.
The shindig happens April 26. Will this year top Stephen Colbert's turn in 2006? To take a quick peek at the host heard round the world, read more
Congress just denied President Bush by voting to delay consideration of the controversial trade agreement with Colombia until after the November election.
President Bush wanted Congress to approve a not-too-expansive trade pact with Colombia. But, this being an election year, a simple trade issue has become a vehicle for back and forth about jobs, the economy, and national security. The agreement was also problematic for the Democratic presidential candidates, who rely on the support of organized labor and large corporations.
OK here's how all the major players played it:
Pelosi: The Speaker of the House preempted Bush's plan to force a vote, by unilaterally (and legally) changing the rules of the House. The existing rules required the House to vote on a bill submitted by the president within 90 days. But, Pelosi played her cards, saying that she would not allow a vote until the president agreed to increased economic aide for Americans. So today, the House voted to delay.
Condi Rice: The secretary of state played the national security card on this one. She said that it is imperative to relations with US ally Colombia, and other US interests in South America, that the bill be approved immediately. Oh, well.
To find out where the presidential candidates, an ex prez, and other high-profile surrogates stood on the deal, read more