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David Corn is Mother Jones' Washington bureau chief. A regular on political talk shows, he has broken stories on George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, Colin Powell, Rush Limbaugh, Hillary Clinton, Enron, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon, and other Washington players. His best-selling books include Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (with Michael Isikoff) and The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception.

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Obama Not Using Cash To Grease Climate Deal

0 Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 9:11 AM

Special from Mother Jones by David Corn

"It's not about the money."

That's what an Obama administration official at the Copenhagen climate summit told me on Tuesday, as ministers and delegation heads were holding informal negotiating sessions on what have been dubbed the "crunch" issues. And his comment...

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What Bush Left Out of His Flat Farewell

0 Comments | Posted January 15, 2009 | 10:32 PM

George W. Bush gave his final speech to the nation on Thursday night. I skipped it to see my daughter, who has known no other president, perform with her school chorus. But when I later sat before my television to see how the speech was being punditized on the cable...

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Should Progressives Be Upset with Obama?

0 Comments | Posted December 6, 2008 | 9:50 AM

In the past few weeks, I've been repeatedly asked by friends and acquaintances, "Well, what do you think of Obama's first appointments?" These various inquisitions gave me a chance to organize conflicting thoughts--which was fortunate, for the Washington Post's "Outlook" section asked me to contribute a piece on this question....

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David Plouffe for DNC Chair?

0 Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 1:55 PM

UPDATE: Marc Ambinder reports that Plouffe sent him an email saying he won't be taking the DNC chair. But Plouffe wouldn't say what he might be doing post-election.

Howard Dean is stepping down as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. This is no surprise; it's been...

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Dems Wimp Out on Bush & Prewar Iraq Intelligence

0 Comments | Posted May 29, 2007 | 12:13 PM

As part of its much belated inquiry into the prewar intelligence, the Senate intelligence committee released a 229-page report on Friday on the intelligence produced by U.S. intelligence agencies on what could be expected to occur in Iraq following a U.S. invasion. No surprise: the intelligence community foresaw the likelihood...

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Bush on Hubris and the Other Iraq Books--Well, Almost

0 Comments | Posted October 11, 2006 | 8:01 PM

For some reason, I just don't think George W. Bush is going to read Hubris: The Inside Story, of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War, the new book I co-wrote with Newsweek's Michael Isikoff. Here's an exchange from today's press conference:

Q: Mr. President. You spoke...

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Woodward's Book and the CIA/Plame Leak Case

0 Comments | Posted October 3, 2006 | 12:14 PM

This was first posted at www.davidcorn.com....

Here's an interesting scene from Bob Woodward's new book. It's the summer of 2004 and George Tenet has resigned as CIA chief:

[White House chief of staff] Andy Card called [Deputy Secretary of State Richard] Armitage to see if he was interested in...

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Woodward (and Hubris) on Cheney's Desperate WMD Search

0 Comments | Posted September 30, 2006 | 5:50 PM

It was the middle of the night in Baghdad. There was a pounding on the door. David Kay got out of bed, A staff officer of the Iraq Survey Group was at the door. He had an important message for the man who had been sent to Iraq to find...

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This Is What Waterboarding Looks Like

0 Comments | Posted September 28, 2006 | 3:12 PM

This was first posted at www.davidcorn.com....

As Congress has debated legislation that would set up military tribunals and govern the questioning of suspected terrorists (whom the Bush administration would like to be able to detain indefinitely), at issue has been what interrogation techniques can be employed and whether information...

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Hitchens versus Me (on Niger, Plame and those MIA WMDs)

0 Comments | Posted September 26, 2006 | 10:07 AM

A version of this was first posted at my blog at www.davidcorn.com....

I told readers of my regular blog that I would eventually get to Christopher Hitchens and his claims that Iraq had indeed sought uranium in Niger and that the Plame leak was not connected to a White...

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Release the NIE on Iraq and Terrorism

0 Comments | Posted September 25, 2006 | 3:42 PM

No featured HuffPost blogs at the moment on the intelligence report that says the Iraq war has created more anti-American jihadists throughout the world? Here's what I posted on my own blog at www.davidcorn.com....

Reality intrudes again. President Bush and his allies keep insisting that the invasion of Iraq...

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At UN, Bush Cites Human Rights Declaration, But Did He Read It?

0 Comments | Posted September 19, 2006 | 5:23 PM

This was first posted at www.thenation.com....

When George W. Bush addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, he glowingly referred to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN in 1948. He said:

This morning, I want to speak about the more hopeful...

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WSJ and Toensing: I Outed Plame (Here We Go Again)

0 Comments | Posted September 15, 2006 | 9:31 PM

Throughout my years in Washington, I've debated a lot of conservatives and Republicans. There are some for which I have no regard. There are others whom--though I disagree with them on politics and policy--I've considered friendlies: not quite friends, but people who are smart and whose company I enjoy, who...

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Novak vs. Armitage: Was the Plame Leak Deliberate?

0 Comments | Posted September 13, 2006 | 11:52 PM

For all the HuffPosters who obsess over the Plame affair, here's a posting from my "Capital Games" column at www.thenation.com....

The book I co-wrote with Michael Isikoff, Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War, has set off a dispute between conservative...

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Cheney, 9/11 and the Truth about Iraq

0 Comments | Posted September 11, 2006 | 8:59 AM

Knowing how much, HuffPosters care about Dick Cheney, the war, 9/11, and Tim Russert, I'm posting here a web-column I posted at www.thenation.com....

Dick Cheney commemorated the fifth anniversary of 9/11 by sticking to the MO that he and his running-mate used to lead the nation into the...

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Armitage Confesses; Now What about Rove?

0 Comments | Posted September 7, 2006 | 11:46 PM

On Thursday, Richard Armitage went on CBS News and confessed: he was the original source for the Robert Novak column that outed Valerie Wilson as a CIA officer. He apologized to Valerie and Joseph Wilson. In an interview with The New York Times, Armitage said, "It was a...

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New Book (from Isikoff and Me) Reveals What Valerie Plame Did at the CIA

0 Comments | Posted September 5, 2006 | 2:11 PM

Please allow me to plug my new book in declaring that another Plamegate mystery has been solved.

Last week HUBRIS: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal and the Selling of the Iraq War, by Michael Isikoff and myself (and out this week), revealed that Richard Armitage was the...

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The Meaning of the Armitage Leak News (from the Book I Co-Wrote)

0 Comments | Posted August 27, 2006 | 10:06 AM

Knowing that many HuffPost bloggers and readers care much about the CIA leak case, I thought you might be interested in the below from my blog at www.davidcorn.com....

One mystery solved.

It was Richard Armitage, when he was deputy secretary of state in July 2003, who first disclosed to...

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The Cheney Conspiracy?

0 Comments | Posted April 11, 2006 | 8:52 PM

Did special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald come close to hitting the vice president of the United States with a conspiracy charge? Consider these facts.

* In the Scooter Libby indictment, Fitzgerald notes that Cheney informed Libby on June 12, 2003, that Valerie Wilson worked at the CIA's Counter-proliferation Division. The CPD...

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Woodward Replies to My Claim He Was Spun

0 Comments | Posted April 6, 2006 | 10:23 AM

On March 31, I posted a piece (that was cross-posted on this site) that compared two accounts of a January 31, 2003 meeting between George W. Bush and Tony Blair. During this Oval Office session, the American president and the British prime minister discussed various war-related subjects six weeks...

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