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With 75 days to go before The Greatest Administration Ever leaves the White House, Mr. Maddow insists on being nosey and making notes on what they do in their final throes.

2008Edit

NovemberEdit

75 days to go (November 6, 2008)

  • air strikes in Afghanistan kill 7 civilians
  • Julie Myers leaves Immigration Service soon after a leak from the office that an Obama relative is living in America illegally
    • there was no explanation given
  • Bush talked to staffers about the end of his Administration and their jobs
  • Barney bites Reuters reporter

74 days to go (November 7, 2008)

  • called off any further plans to create an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians
  • Bush Interior Dept mining for uranium within 3 miles of The Grand Canyon
  • Shiites are likely before the end of the year to agree on a status of forces agreement, Hadi Al-Ameri, Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq

70 days to go (November 11, 2008)

  • finalize 90 new regulations before the deadline, making them hard for the Obama Administration to reverse
    • GOP's DoJ allows law enforcement to collect info even if it has nothing to do with a criminal investigation

69 days to go (November 12, 2008)

  • Treasury Secretary Paulson speaks aloud about the bailout and who will and who won't get help in addition to some questionable and vague, open-to-interpretation language
    • auto industry may not get help like the banks did
    • GM stock below $4.00

68 days to go (November 13, 2008)

  • miscalculated deadline for last-minute regulations
    • Congressional Review Act of 1996 says that any laws passed after May 15, 2008 can be reversed
  • Exploiting an interpretation by Truman in 1953, Bush may claim Executive Privilege after leaving office

67 days to go (November 14, 2008)

  • during the G-20 economic summit,
    • offered a dinner of extravagantly luxurious dishes
  • Laura Bush denounced the attack on a girls' school in Afghanistan

64 days to go (November 17, 2008)

  • mayors of Atlanta, Phoenix Philadelphia asked Paulson for some help for their cities

63 days to go (November 18, 2008)

  • GOP wants to pay doctors for their religiously-influenced hatred for women, issuing rules allowing them to opt out of providing health care they deem "against" their "religion" such as abortions
  • GOP is also burrowing at least 20 civil service employees with last-minute promotions for partisan hires

62 days to go (November 19, 2008)

  • Bush Administration is planning on new air quality rules making it easy for polluters to build in National Parks
  • Bush Administration pushes responsibility for an auto industry bailout onto Congress instead of how the Treasury secretary bailed out the banks.

61 days to go (November 20, 2008)

  • Bush agrees to give the Iraqi government authority over U.S. troops (and mercenaries) for 3 years, including allowing their mail to be searched by Iraqi officials and being subject to Iraq law

60 days to go (November 21, 2008)

  • more than 2300 have asked for a pardon--more than any other year except 1900
    • Conrad Black is asking for a pardon
    • Ted Stevens says he is not looking for one

57 days to go (November 24, 2008)

  • Todd Harding Kentucky College Republican got burrowed in at NOAA
  • GOP's Bureau of Land Management leases out National Parks for drilling

56 days to go (November 25, 2008)

  • Carly Simon and Orrin Hatch lobby for the pardon of rapper John Forté
  • Wall Street Journal claims the GOP won't seek pardons for anyone involved in torture due to the strategic application of nixo facto and Yoo and Addington's legal interpretative memo

55 days to go (November 26, 2008)

  • the Bush Administration sent out an email instructing mayors to voice opposition to environmentally-friendly policies

DecemberEdit

49 days to go (December 1, 2008)

  • GAO says the Labor Department didn't investigate over time and minimum wage complaints, mine safety inspections were not performed
  • Bush aids rush to enact Labor Dept. rule Obama strongly opposes
  • Bush Administration has pushed 61 new regulations through in the past month
  • Bush Administration seeks to ease regulations in toxic chemicals in workplace
  • Bush Administration is selling oil and gas leases on 500 miles of public land in Utah

48 days to go (December 2, 2008)

  • new and broader "right of conscience" rule includes any employee working in any position for a health care provider

47 days to go (December 3, 2008)

  • GAO releases a report that says bailout lacks oversight
    • and asks for more details on use of bailout funds
    • bailout chair sees lack of coherent plan

46 days to go (December 4, 2008)

  • George and Laura Bush have purchased a new house outside Houston
  • Dubya has only seen a 4% bump (relatively small compared to other recent Presidents)

45 days to go (December 5, 2008)

  • Bush delivers a speech at the Brookings Institute, including that Saddam Hussein was not associated with the attacks on September 11, 2001

41 days to go (December 9, 2008)

  • White House and Dems reach agreement on $15 B bailout for US Automakers
    • Bush to name "car czar" to oversee auto bailout under agreement
  • Bush delivers speech at West Point revising his work while in office as "successes" or speech toppers[1], including:
    • Bush cut taxes after 2001, setting the stage for years of job growth.
    • Bush responded with bold measures to prevent an economic meltdown
    • Bush upholds the honor and the dignity of his office
    • Bush kept the American people safe
    • Bush curbed AIDS in Africa

40 days to go (December 10, 2008)

  • Bush under fire for last-minute environmental deregulation
    • EPA drops 8-year effort to ease air pollution rules using internet videos featuring animated lumps of coal singing to the tune of popular Christmas carols with altered lyrics that promote "clean coal"

39 days to go (December 11, 2008)

  • Bush Administration stages limited media tour of Gitmo, complete with presser featuring family members of victims of 9/11
  • Bush Administration is also stacking the military tribunal with the most complex cases

38 days to go (December 12, 2008)

  • Senate Arms Services report found Rumsfeld and senior officials solicited information and authorized use of torture in Iraq[2]

35 days to go (December 15, 2008)

  • Bush Administration puts Dimson on a tour to declare his bona fides
  • Dick Cheney consents to an interview
  • Bush Administration makes another Christmas video with "Barney"

34 days to go (December 16, 2008)

  • Interior Department meddled with Endangered Species Act
    • more than 12 Endangered Species rulings compromised by former Interior Department appointee Julie Macdonald
    • inspired a verb "getting Macdonalded"

33 days to go (December 17, 2008)

  • Senate investigation blames Bush Administration for prisoner abuse

32 days to go (December 18, 2008)

28 days to go (December 22, 2008)

  • Tim DeChristopher, a University of Utah student, made fake bids during a Bureau of Land Management auction for Utah wilderness for oil and gas leases, bumping up the prices by at least $500,000

27 days to go (December 23, 2008)

  • banks refuse to provide details about how they are spending TARP funds
  • Treasury Department failing to disclose amount it's paying bank to over see bailout, Bank of New York Mellon
  • Treasury Department awarded contract for overseeing disbursal of TARP fund to BONY Mellon over 69 other firms
  • Treasury Department redacted compensation being paid to the BONY Mellon

21 days to go (December 29, 2008)

  • Bush retracts pardon after granting one to a New York developer, Isaac Toussie

20 days to go (December 30, 2008)

  • RNC chairman candidates will debate at National Press Club
  • a small faction of the Republican National Committee may pass a resolution calling elected Republicans (Bush and assorted Congressmen, but not governors) "socialists"

2009Edit

JanuaryEdit

15 days to go (January 5, 2009)

  • Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne spent $235,000 to renovate a bathroom in his office, including a refrigerator and a freezer[3]

14 days to go (January 6, 2009)

  • Gaza truce proposed by France and Egypt, backed by U.S.

13 days to go (January 7, 2009)

  • Bush is giving former Australian Prime Minister John Howard use of Blair House
    • Howard was invited to the U.S. to receive the Medal of Freedom from Bush

12 days to go (January 8, 2009)

  • Dick Cheney calls the claim that he exceeded his authority beyond any other Vice President an "urban legend"
  • Richard Perle denies the existence of a prior desire to invade Iraq before the the attack on September 11th

11 days to go (January 9, 2009)

  • oversight panel criticizes handling of $700 billion banking bailout
    • a loophole added into GM's $17.4 billion bailout bars workers from striking[4]

8 days to go (January 12, 2009)

  • Guantanamo
    • Obama likely to close Gitmo with an Executive Order
    • Obama also likely to end Military Tribunal System
    • Bush blames other countries for the mess at Gitmo, because none of them will take the prisoners held there without charges[5]
  • Katrina
    • Bush did not believe his administration responded slowly to the storm[6], despite a public record showing the principles attending to other, un-related activities
      • his aides had to give him a DVD showing images of the affected community
      • National Guard troops did not arrive for two days after the storm
  • Economy
    • Bush claims he inherited a recession, ended his terms in a recession and had "52 months[7]" of growth in between
    • the first recession officially began in March, 2001
    • job growth was negated when the industries that enjoyed "bubbles" collapsed

7 days to go (January 13, 2009)

  • questions remain as to whether the Obama Administration will prosecute former Bush Administration members for using waterboarding, no questions remain, however on whether waterboarding is torture

5 days to go (January 15, 2009)

  • President George W. Bush defends his legacy during his final primetime address to the nation

4 days to go (January 16, 2009)

  • Judge Crawford declares the U.S. did torture
  • outgoing CIA director Hayden claims Harsh interrogations were "effective"

1 day to go (January 19, 2009, part 1)
PENTULTIMATE QUACK

  • Pelosi open to prosecution of Bush Administration officials

1 day to go (January 19, 2009, part 2)
ULTIMATE QUACK

  • Israeli tanks and troops pullout from Gaza as cease-fire continues
  • NY Times reports:
    • Israel's pullout timed to turn Obama's focus on Gaza
    • Israel leaving Gaza Strip hours before Obama takes office
    • Official says Israel leaving Gaza now to redirect Obama's focus
    • Israel-Hamas truce appears to hold
    • UN: 400,000 people in Gaza do not have water

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