Carl M. Cannon

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Midterm power shifts can breed overconfidence

November 6, 2006 Two weeks before the 1946 midterms, there wasn't much Harry Truman could do. Heeding the best advice he could find -- but still attempting to draw an inside straight -- Truman lifted unpopular federal price controls on meat, traveled to New York City to address the United Nations, and took...

Dual Hats

September 5, 2006 At the Aspen Ideas Festival earlier this summer, William Jefferson Clinton, as he is now introduced, held court under a tent one evening, basking in his post-presidency celebrity, dispensing political insight, and enjoying the adoration of a mostly liberal audience. As is often the case, two Clintons were present. Not...

Longest-serving Transportation secretary discusses career

July 21, 2006 Norman Mineta left the Transportation Department on July 7 as the longest-serving secretary in that department's 40 years. His introduction to the government began inauspiciously: As an 11-year-old boy, Mineta was interned in the World War II relocation camps, along with 120,000 other Americans of Japanese descent and Japanese immigrants...

Pointing Fingers

November 30, 2005 Former White House adviser George Stephanopoulos, once asked to account for a Bill Clinton gaffe, explained that the 42nd president had been "ill-staffed." If President Bush was a finger-pointing kind of guy, there are several candidates in his employ for such a description. Just a year after winning a second...

Lawmakers may fight for FEMA's freedom

September 9, 2005 President Bush's father took the blame when the Federal Emergency Management Agency was slow to respond to Hurricane Hugo in 1989. By 1992, when FEMA's initial response to Hurricane Andrew was perceived as bureaucratic, Bush dispatched then-Transportation Secretary Andy Card down to Florida to kick a few fannies, including the...

Solicitor general nominee likely to face questions about detainees

April 25, 2005 It's terrific theater, these hearings into President Bush's United Nations Ambassador-nominee John Bolton, but don't look for more of the same at the confirmation hearing for the solicitor general post. Paul Clement does not try to get recalcitrant bureaucrats fired, does not yell at subordinates, does not engender much odium...

National security appointments would loom large in Kerry administration

October 25, 2004 Jamie Rubin served as State Department spokesman during the Clinton administration, but that is not the last job in government he hopes to have. Rubin has been carrying water for John Kerry on foreign-policy issues, and during the Democratic convention this summer, he went so far as to tell reporters...

White House Web team hones president's e-message

March 8, 2004 Saturday, Feb. 21, was to be a quiet day at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and with the president taking the day off, most of the White House staff did, too. Even the ubiquitous White House Web site was taking a break -- or did, until the death of Spot, the female...

Bush administration faces performance pressure

November 11, 2002 Election Night 2002 fell on President Bush's silver wedding anniversary, which he and Laura celebrated in the White House residence by hosting dinner for five other prominent Republican couples, all the while keeping an eye on the televised election returns coming in from around the country. Mostly, the news for...

Bush's point man: Cheney stakes out new vice presidential territory

October 21, 2002 If the modern American presidency began during Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration, the same cannot be said for the modern vice presidency. In the 82 days he served as vice president under Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman had precisely three official meetings with FDR. Nor was there terribly much in the way...

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