Author: Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

Trump’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ tweet, and the premature declaration that haunted George W. Bush

President George W. Bush declares the end of major combat in Iraq on May 2, 2003, while a banner declaring “Mission Accomplished” hangs off the bridge of the USS Abraham Lincoln. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) If there was a new employee handbook for people who’d just obtained the position of “leader of the free world,” there would be some surefire entries in the section about presidential phrases to avoid: “I am not a crook,” would be an easy one, for reasons both obvious and historical. So would “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” New hires would...

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A felon pleaded his case on ‘Fox & Friends’ Days later, Trump pardoned him.

President Trump. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press Photo) Some 1.6 million people tune in to “Fox & Friends” every morning, but when Kristian Saucier told the network why he believed he should be pardoned for his national security-related felony conviction, he clearly had one very specific, very powerful fan of the show in mind: The viewer-in-chief. “Obviously, there’s two different sets of laws in this country, for the politically elite and for those lower-level individuals, Americans like myself,” he said on the network Sunday. “And I think that’s very upsetting on a basic level for most people. It should be. “I accepted responsibility....

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This GOP lawmaker told a woman his penis was a gun. His apology was no better.

Republican state Rep. Don Shooter apologized on the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives on Jan. 9, after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment. (Arizona House of Representatives) If Arizona state Rep. Don Shooter has learned anything over the past four months, it’s that the hugs he shared with female colleagues were “perceived as creepy and lecherous” and the raunchy jokes he doled out while conducting the people’s business weren’t all that funny to people not named Don Shooter. “If I’m going to be a comedian,” the Republican told colleagues on Tuesday, reflecting on his newfound understanding...

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