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Bush Pardons

BREAKING: Bush Pardons Osama bin Laden

David Rees | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
David Rees

In a stunning late-hour development, President George W. Bush has granted Osama bin Laden a pardon for the murder of more than 2,700 Americans in the fall of 2001. "This kinda came out of nowhere," said a White House aide who requested anonymity.

I Beg Your Pardon

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

What if Bush and company are held accountable for their grave offenses -- say, torture or the attorney general scandal?

Bush Punk'd Us Again

David Latt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Latt

On January 20th, when Obama was inaugurated as our 44th president, we took a collective breath and relaxed -- apparently George Bush really didn't believe in granting pardons. Think again.

Bush Denied Pardon Requests From George Ryan, Edwin Edwards, Randall ``Duke'' Cunningham, Mario Biaggi and Michael Milken

Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President George W. Bush, on his last full day in office, formally struck down the petitions for clemency of some high-profile politicians and busines...

Cheney: "I Disagree With President Bush's Decision" On Libby

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with his biographer Stephen Hayes, published by the Weekly Standard, former Vice President Cheney laments Bush's decision not to pardo...

Rejected Presidential Pardon Bids

Carolita Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carolita Johnson

No Pardon For Scooter Libby From Bush

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a move that has keenly disappointed some of his strongest conservative allies, President Bush has decided not to pardon Vice President Dick Cheney'...

Former Border Agents' Sentences Commuted By Outgoing Bush

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday granted early prison releases to two former U.S. Border Patrol ag...

Strange Bedfellows: Bush Bids Farewell to Ex-Con

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

Former drug-war prisoner Julio Medina opened Exodus Transitional Community in East Harlem, New York, to assist formerly incarcerated men and women as they integrated back into the community.

Bush Commutes Border Patrol Agents' Sentences

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday granted early prison releases to two former U.S. Border Patrol ag...

An Open Letter to George W. Bush

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

After conducting an investigation, I concluded that Jack Abramoff did not defraud his tribal clients, did not bribe any elected or appointed federal officials, and did not corrupt the political process.

10 Bush Pardons To Watch For

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

George W. Bush has shown few signs he plans to indulge in a frenzy of last-minute pardons. As the clock ticks down on his presidency, George W. Bush ...

Perino On Bush Pardons: "Talk To The Hand"

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There's been plenty of speculation about last-minute pardons from President Bush. But reporters won't be getting any solid information out of White Ho...

New Year, New Administration, More Clemency

Jason Flom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Flom

Obama ran on a campaign promise of change. He can begin by using the pardon power generously to correct as many individual cases of injustice as possible.

Scamming Developer Could Get Bush Pardon Back

WSJ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Bush giveth, and then he taketh away. And now the question is: Can Isaac Toussie get it back? The answer: At the very least, Toussie, the B...

Making His List: Presidential Pardons and Torture

Allen Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allen Keller

At their essence, human rights, including a ban on torture, are about respecting human dignity. They are guiding principles for how and what governments ought and ought not do.

Rove Fingerprints On Bush's Pardon Reversal?

1115 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I'm afraid the Toussie pardon reversal doesn't make any damn sense at all. Not as a straight story. The Bush White House openly admitting to an error,...

Jason Linkins

Wall Street Journal To Bush: Save Scooter Libby

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The WSJ editors are beseeching Bush to offer Libby a full pardon on the grounds that it would "[undo] a measure of the injustice inflicted" upon him. But didn't Scooter basically get off scot-free?

Bush Pardons 19 More After Questioning

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Think Progress reported Tuesday that a White House spokesman was disputing the notion that President George Bush would not issue a "batch of pardons" ...

Former Gov. George Ryan's Wife Pleads With Bush For Clemency

Chicago Tribune | Gary Marx and James Janega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As part of the battle to secure clemency for her husband, the wife of former Gov. George Ryan penned a short note to President George W. Bush that U.S...

Cheney Taunts Bush, Pardon Me or Else

David Latt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Latt

With his ABC interview, Dick Cheney put a smoking gun on the table. He admitted that he, along with other top administration officials, personally approved the CIA's waterboarding of prisoners.

John Walker Lindh, "American Taliban," Seeks Bush Pardon

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

SAN FRANCISCO — The parents of American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh are asking President George W. Bush to set their son free before ...

Blagojevich Hurts Ryan's Clemency Hopes: Former Gov. Thompson

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson says current Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest hurts the chances of a presidential pardon for another former governor, G...

Beg Your Pardon

Rachel Ben-Avi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Ben-Avi

I wonder if the whole custom of the presidential pardon should be sacked, or perhaps we ought to rethink our tradition of this heretofore unquestioned plenary amnesty and appoint a supreme Judicial Ethicist-in-Chief.

Dem Rep. Plans Constitutional Amendment To Block Bush Pardons

Talking Points Memo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) plans to introduce a Constitutional amendment in the coming months to impose limits on the president's near absolute pardon...