George H.W. Bush – former president, vice-president, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, congressman, Texas oilman and patriarch of an American political dynasty – passed away at his home in Houston on Friday. Here is a photo gallery of mostly Texas moments from the former president's life. The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Become one. Disclosure: Bullock Texas State History Museum, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University have been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune's journalism. Find a complete list of them here. … [Read more...] about A look back in photos at George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States.
Director of the central intelligence agency
Trump had wavered in his support for Haspel, at times expressing doubt in private meetings about whether she had the support to win confirmation, according to people with knowledge of the matter.CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel walks to meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 7, 2018. They said the USA needs to close the book forever on the program that marred America's image with allies overseas.But McCaskill, demonstrating again a willingness to buck a president who won her state by 19 percentage points, was not among them.She also helped carry out an order that the Central Intelligence Agency destroy its waterboarding videos. Doug Jones of Alabama is opposing her and Sen.Among Democrats supporting Haspel are several who are up for re-election this fall in states where Trump is popular, including Sen.The nomination came under fire for Haspel's past ties to the CIA's former rendition, detention and interrogation activities, carried out in the years following the September … [Read more...] about The US Senate approved Gina was Haspel as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
President TrumpDonald John TrumpOregon governor to face state rep in November Ashford, Eastman neck and neck in Nebraska Dem primary Progressive pick Wild wins Dem primary for Pa. House seat MORE’s nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has come under fire for her role in the agency’s enhanced interrogation techniques which included waterboarding during the war on terror. However, Democrats’ outrage on the issue is ironic in light of their perennial disconnect with the American people as well as a review of American public opinion on the matter for the decade after the 9/11 terror attacks. Not only was the interrogation tactic approved at the time by the United States government, the CIA, the Department of Defense and the president of the United States but at that time, an overwhelming majority of Americans supported it. According to a Rasmussen poll , nearly two-thirds of Americans — 58 percent — agreed that … [Read more...] about Two-thirds of Americans support Trump’s CIA pick — let’s not ignore the will of the people
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced Saturday he will vote for President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA Director Gina Haspel.Others disagree two senators both from states that voted Trump, have backed Haspel's nomination.That may be enough to advance her nomination out of the committee, but it's not clear if it will win over a majority of senators when her confirmation moves to a vote of the full Senate. He is the second Democrat to announce his support for the President's pick to replace Mike Pompeo, who was confirmed as secretary of state last month.Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the committee, said Haspel has the knowledge and experience for the job, but "many people - and I include myself in that number - have questions about the message the Senate would be sending by confirming someone for this position who served as a supervisor in the counterterrorism center during the time of the rendition, detention and interrogation program".In a statement, Donnelly … [Read more...] about Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel should renounce torture
How could she? If it was not immoral, it would probably still be legal. The Junior Senator, Kamala Harris, lived down to my abysmal expectations for her. "I think the techniques we used were not torture". During his presidential election campaign in 2016, Trump said "torture works" and said he believed the US should "go much stronger than waterboarding". Haspel said she doesn't believe Trump would ask her to resume waterboarding. "I was an interrogator in that program during the most controversial time, and I know who my boss was". She supported the destruction of the waterboarding tapes, she explained, because of security concerns of agency officers. "And I'd go back and study them and learn". "Pleasantly surprised. Last time I saw him he had just come out of surgery really anxious, eating really healthy, we watched "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and he was running commentary", Graham said about McCain's health. That is why we have a confirmation process". 'The vast amount of her … [Read more...] about McCain urges Senate to reject Trump’s Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel