Tom DeFrank

Tom DeFrank is a contributing editor at National Journal and was Washington bureau chief of the New York Daily News from 1996 to 2012.
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Why George W. Bush Won’t Go to the Republican National Convention

May 6, 2016 For the second elec­tion cycle in a row, former Pres­id­ent George W. Bush won’t at­tend this sum­mer’s Re­pub­lic­an con­ven­tion in Clev­e­land—but this time it’s per­son­al. Since leav­ing of­fice in 2009, the 43rd pres­id­ent has made it a point to keep a low pub­lic pro­file and re­frain from com­ment­ing about Pres­id­ent...

How Donald Rumsfeld Complicated Eric Shinseki's Last Administration Exit

June 2, 2014 Yes, Eric Shinseki had to go, and he probably knew it himself once the horror stories surfaced. As the retired four-star general learned at West Point, the commander is ultimately responsible. While the Veterans Administration has been a managerial bleeding sore for years, the chaos and perhaps criminality at subordinate...

How Did the White House Find Its Twitter Mole?

October 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The sting that helped furious White House plumbers unmask the National Security Council official driving them crazy with snarky Tweets is a time-honored device often employed at high levels of government to identify leakers. "It's an easy way to nail somebody who talks too much," laughed a former senior political...

Shutdown Puts Congress Between Soldiers and Their Groceries

October 3, 2013 America's soldiers may be earning their pay during the government-shutdown showdown, but they aren't able to buy groceries at military commissaries. All 175 commissaries in 46 states and the District of Columbia were closed indefinitely on Wednesday, a Defense Commissary Agency spokesman confirmed. "We are closed until the government shutdown...

George W. Bush's Reluctant Re-Emergence on the Political Scene

April 22, 2013 A few weeks into his post-presidential life, George W. Bush flew off with an old friend to launch the arduous task of raising a half-billion dollars to build his library and refurbish his tattered legacy. After a successful pitch to a wealthy prospective donor over dinner in Lexington, Ky., his...

George W. Bush Underwent Back Surgery, Spent January Recuperating

April 11, 2013 As it turns out, George H.W. Bush isn’t the only former president named Bush with medical problems. Two sources close to the Bush family have told National Journal that George W. Bush quietly underwent back surgery several months ago to deal with a nagging disc problem. The 43rd president and...

George W. Bush Hopes New Library Will Enhance Presidential Legacy

March 28, 2013 All four living members of the most exclusive men’s club in America will join George W. Bush to dedicate his $500 million presidential library next month in Dallas, but there may be a major no-show — the former president's daughter, Jenna Bush. The 31-year-old is scheduled to deliver George and...

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