White House

Red ink, purple ink

State of the Union | President Bush outlines an ambitious but costly second-term agenda and celebrates a costly victory in the battle for democracy in Iraq
by Bob Jones
Posted 2/12/05, 12:00 am

"The state of our union is strong," President Bush declared barely a minute into his annual address before a joint session of Congress on Feb. 2-but he might have been referring to the state of his administration, as well. Emboldened by a decisive election at home and energized by democratic rumblings abroad, Mr. Bush laid out an ambitious agenda that would, if enacted, long outlive his own tenure in the White House.

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New term, new team

Inauguration | Nine new Cabinet members join six old-with roots in Asia, Africa, Cuba, and middle America-to lead the new administration
by Bob Jones
Posted 1/29/05, 12:00 am


Budget: $19.1 billion

Employees: 109,832

Secretary designate: Mike Johanns

The son of a small dairy farmer from Iowa who went on to become governor of Nebraska, Mr. Johanns will take over a department that has seen its budget decline as funds are shifted to homeland security.


Budget: $5.8 billion

Employees: 40,000

Secretary designate: Carlos Gutierrez

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Tactics, strategy, vision

White House | Bush aide Karl Rove looks to build a majority that will last
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/16/02, 12:00 am

Mediacrats on the morning after Election Day threw out praise for the tactical skills of President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove. The GOP had a good get-out-the-vote ground game, they said. Mr. Bush's coattails were spread out to perfection, they said. Etc.

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