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Lou Dubose
Lou Dubose is the editor of the bimonthly newsletter The Washington Spectator. He is the former editor of the Texas Observer, where he followed the rise of George W. Bush. He has written several books, including three co-authored with Molly Ivins: Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush, Bushwacked: Life In George W. Bush's America, and, most recently, Bill of Wrongs: The Executive Branch's Assault on America's Fundamental Rights.

Entries by Lou Dubose

Second Canadian Company Completing Tar-Sands Pipeline into the U.S.

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Originally published by The Washington Spectator.

For six years, TransCanada has negotiated federal and state laws, and contended with the opposition of environmental organizations and landowners, to build the Keystone XL: a 36-inch-diameter, 1,700-mile pipeline that, if completed, would transport 830,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Canadian tar-sands...

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The Supreme Court and the Texas Gerrymander

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 2:04 PM

Missing in the coverage of the Supreme Court's January 20 decision on redistricting in Texas is one critical question: when the Court ruled in favor of the State of Texas and ordered a three-judge panel in San Antonio to redraw maps they had drawn in November, did nine justices vote...

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Nadler Grills The Torture Team With An Eye To Prosecute

(4) Comments | Posted May 13, 2008 | 5:20 PM

Prelude to a Prosecution?—Maybe the big news coming out of the May 6 hearing of Jerrold Nadler's House subcommittee is that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is responsible for waterboarding. That, at least, is what the committee's ranking minority member, Trent Franks (R-AZ), would have us believe.


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McCain Econ Advisor Phil Gramm: Recession Starter

(4) Comments | Posted April 10, 2008 | 8:14 AM

Wondering about the bespectacled old white guy on the campaign plane with Senator John McCain? Former Texas senator Phil Gramm is McCain's economic brain, doing much of the policy thinking in regard to that subject for the Republican presidential nominee, who admits that finance and the economy are weaknesses he...

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John Hagee: John McCain's Minister of War

(32) Comments | Posted March 24, 2008 | 5:31 PM

John McCain needed an evangelical to embrace and send a message to the Christian right that he will do their bidding, even if he's not quite one of them. He settled on San Antonio End-Timer John Hagee.

Hagee's bizarre theology would be harmless enough (perhaps) if confined to his multimillion-dollar...

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Big Republican Tent, Big Fight

(18) Comments | Posted February 6, 2008 | 11:33 AM

Conservatives are struggling to come to terms with a presidential candidate who doesn't share the nativism of Tom Tancredo, voted against tax cuts, sponsored campaign-finance reform law, and once demonstrated an indifference to abortion and an animus to the leaders of the Christian right.

The attacks on John McCain began...

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CNN Resurrects Ralph Reed And Softballs McCain

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2008 | 2:00 PM

CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper began his wrap-up of the New Hampshire presidential primary by observing that it was "a remarkable night." John McCain, who would refer to himself as "Lazarus," had risen from the dead. And Hillary Clinton, who let down her guard and showed genuine emotion, defied pollsters...

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Mike Huckabee Amps Up The Theocratic Rhetoric

(37) Comments | Posted January 23, 2008 | 5:01 PM

Mike Huckabee often mixes religion with politics. But the former Arkansas governor jumped the shark on the eve of the Michigan primary, when he told a crowd of cheering (and faithful) supporters that the Constitution needs a religious fix:

"I have opponents in this race," he said, "who do not...

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Judge Blocks White House From Destroying Rove Emails

(2) Comments | Posted December 21, 2007 | 6:28 AM

The following piece is published on The Washington Spectator as well as HuffPost's OffTheBus.

On Friday, August 31, the FOIA Handbook page of the White House website included the following information: "This handbook is intended to assist you in making a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to...

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