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Ridge: Waterboarding Was "Wrong"; America Shouldn't Have Done It

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Looks like Tom Ridge has joined the ranks of terrorist-sympathizers. In a throwaway comment in this interview with ABC News earlier today, the former...

Ridge Backpedals, Says There Was No Pressure To Raise Terror Alerts

AP/Huffington Post | Mimi Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday people "are hyperventilating" about his assertion that politics played a role ...

Johnny, Tommy, Rummy, and Ash

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maggie Van Ostrand

It seems every politician with a book and a real or imagined hot topic is hawking his or her too-little-too-late book on cable and network news shows.

Avoiding Defeat in Afghanistan

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Henne

In the absence of an apparently imminent threat, will the American public continue to support sending forces to Afghanistan, or will they punish Obama for taking ownership of this conflict?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Least surprising news item of the week: former Department of Homeland Security director Tom Ridge's admission that he was pressured to raise the terror alert at the end of the 2004 campaign to help Bush win re-election. In his new book, Ridge says he felt the politically motivated manipulation was worth resigning over. But, of course, he didn't, saying nothing and staying on until after Bush won. Ridge thus joins the long line of key Bush administration officials who only come clean when it's time to cash in on their "honesty." Elsewhere, Bernie Madoff's mistress warmed the hearts of Freudians everywhere with her revelation that the famous felon "had a very small penis. Not only was it on the short side, it was small in circumference." Is that why he needed to sport the biggest Ponzi in history?

Andy Card: A Tale Of Two Quotes

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

George Bush minions are doing quick damage control in the wake of Tom Ridge's revelation that he smelled a rat in White House efforts to raise the terror threat level on the weekend before Bush's '04 reelection.

Breaking! Transcript of 2004 Bush Cabinet Threat-Level Discussion!

Sean Carman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sean Carman

Mr. CHENEY: Fear is our strongest political currency. I think of the wires connected to my heart, and the cold metal case in my chest keeping me alive. How can we make people afraid?

Ridge Says Bushies Exploited Terror Threats for Political Purposes. No S**t, Sherlock

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The Ridge revelation is a huge story, but not a surprising one. Anyone with half a brain knew that the Bushies waged their own terror campaign for political advantage leading up to the 2004 election.

Jason Linkins

Ridge's Revelations Vindicate "Unserious" Terror Alert Skeptics | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday's revelation from former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge that he was pressured to raise the terror alert level to assist President ...

Friday Talking Points [90] -- Obama To Switch Parties

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ted Kennedy is putting both his legacy and his sense of entitlement to his office before the interests of his constituents.

Tom Ridge: I Was Pressured To Raise Terror Alert To Help Bush Win

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Former Bush administration officials are vehemently denying Ridge's statements. "We went over backwards repeatedly and with great discipline...

Ridge: Osama Terror Tape Was Actually Cheney in Beard

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

Mr. Ridge said that President George W. Bush "personally selected" the beard that Mr. Cheney went on to wear in the chilling video.

Where Are They Now?

Nick Turse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

While times are tough for most Americans, one group is doing remarkably well. For former members of the Bush administration, the economic outlook remains bright and jobs are seemingly plentiful.

Tom Ridge: Cheney Is Wrong About Obama (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Megan Slack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview airing this Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," former Bush Administration Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told John King that...

GOP 2010 Strategy Relies On Moderate Recruits

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics


Specter: Loyal Opportunists

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

There is little doubt that the country has made a political left-turn, leaving opportunistic moderates from both parties scrambling to find their cherished middle.

Tom Ridge On GOP: "We're Too Doggone Shrill" (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge went on MSNBC's "Hardball" Thursday evening to discuss his decision not to run for the Senate in 2010. He refus...

GOP's Shrinking Minority Status Causing Top Recruits To Decline Runs?

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

Tom Ridge is just the latest in a string of prominent Republican recruits to decline runs for the Senate and House next year -- a very ugly dynamic for the GOP.

Specter Backs Himself into the Corner Again -- This Time with Democrats

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

Until this weekend, I was generally supportive of Specter as the Democratic nominee next year. Now, after twice giving Democrats the finger in 48 hours, my feelings are rapidly evolving.

Ridge Vs. Specter: Ex-Gov. May Run For Senate In 2010

Washington Post | Chris Cillizza W | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge (R) is seriously considering a 2010 bid for the Senate seat held by Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter a...

Sam Stein

Specter Can Read A Poll: Democrat Trounces Toomey In Latest Survey | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Arlen Specter freely acknowledges that his switch from Republican to Democrat was driven by politics as much as principles. "I am unwilling to have my...

Tom Ridge: US Was Wrong Not To Give Terror Detainees Due Process

United Press International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says the United States was wrong not to give terror suspects due process protections. Speaking on t...

Obama's Team Needs to Drop Phobia Towards Arab-Americans and Muslims

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

America needs Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans in positions of responsibility in our government -- and not just dealing with Arab-American and Muslim issues.

Ridge: Race Would Be Different If I Was VP Pick

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge said today that John McCain can't become president without carrying Pennsylvania and that the race would be differe...

Seth Colter Walls

Second McCain Robocall Paints Obama As Terrorist Sympathizer | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The McCain campaign has launched a second robocall campaign painting Barack Obama as terrorist sympathizer and a potential threat to national security...