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Bush reaffirms his support for Gonzales

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 22, 2007


CRAWFORD, TEXAS - With Republican support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales eroding, President Bush offered renewed confidence in his longtime friend Monday and said the attacks on him were "pure political theater." But the president did not respond directly to a question about whether he expected Gonzales to serve until Bush's term ends Jan. 20, 2009. The heat on Gonzales stems from an investigation into the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year and his testimony about it to Congress.

 

Carter retreats from policy remark

ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday his remarks were "careless or misinterpreted" when he said the Bush administration has been the "worst in history" for its impact around the world. Speaking on NBC's Today, Carter appeared to retreat from a statement he made to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. In audio posted Saturday on the newspaper's Web site, an interviewer asked Carter, "Which president was worse, George W. Bush or Richard Nixon?" Carter gave the broader answer, calling the Bush administration "the worst in history."

Also

Banking bill: Legislation barring commercial companies like Wal-Mart from owning a special sort of bank cleared the House on Monday. The bill, which passed 371-16, would prohibit nonfinancial companies from setting up or owning industrial loan companies, federally insured institutions that can issue credit cards, make loans and take deposits. Similar legislation passed the House last year, but it stalled in the Senate.

World Bank: President Bush wants an American to run the World Bank, the White House said Monday, dismissing speculation that he might drop the tradition of having a U.S. citizen lead the poverty-fighting institution.

Pre-K: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed Monday a $10-billion federal program to provide voluntary prekindergarten for all 4-year-old children in the United States.