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In testimony on Capitol Hill, the director of the Center for Responsive Politics urges Congress to shine light on the financing of public-private complexes that honor presidents."The potential (for corruption) may be far greater than in the campaign finance system," Krumholz told the committee, chaired by California Democrat Henry Waxman. Libraries can accept multi-million-dollar donations and gifts from corporations and foreign governments. Political campaigns cannot accept those types of contributions.
smudailycampus.com Reports On Reverend McElvaney and Dr. Johnson who co-wrote an opinion editorial published in the Nov. 10 issue of The Daily Campus. "Never in our wildest dreams could we have predicted this kind of aftermath," Johnson said.
The Bush Library controversy has made national and global news on networks like ABC, CNN and MSNBC, as well as in papers like The Washington Post and The New York Times. The library proposal has been discussed in three faculty meetings and three petitions referencing the library have been circulating.
Call grows to do presidential library gifts by the book: Congress turned its sights Wednesday on a loophole that has let presidents quietly raise millions from corporations and foreign governments, as a House committee moved toward mandatory disclosure of gifts to presidential libraries.
Critics of Southern Methodist University's effort to land President Bush's library have raised concerns about the lack of such a reporting requirement. And government ethics watchdogs had long worried about the ulterior motives â€“ from pardons to federal contracts â€“ behind some of the donations used to erect research centers and museums for former chief executives.
In a C-SPAN interview recorded Monday, President Bush reiterates his apparently growing inclination to choose his wife's alma mater as the site for his presidential library and affiliated policy institute.
Although Baylor University technically remains in the hunt, Southern Methodist University officials announced in December that they were entering into exclusive talks with the site selection committee.
The president told C-SPAN Monday he's leaning "pretty far" toward SMU.
"Exactly 50 years ago yesterday, a girl scout living on a farm near this Clarke County town 100 kilometres from Washington wrote a letter to the White House. It was a time of rising racial tension in Virginia and the country. Drew Gilpin, without telling her parents, decided to seek help from the president."Dear Mr. Eisenhower," she wrote in careful block letters, "I am nine years old and I am white, but I have many feelings about segregation."
Slate has George Bush Goes to College, By David Greenberg that's sure to solicit a knee-jerk comment or two. Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, the alma mater to Laura Welch Bush, is in an uproar over its bid to become the permanent home of the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Three times in three weeks the faculty has met to debate the subject.
He takes a quick look at both sides.
This one's sure to ruffle somebody's feathers...
John Kelso of the Austin-American Statesman suggests that "
Since nobody wants it, put Bush's library at Virtual U. The obvious solution to the problem of finding a site for the George W. Bush presidential library? Since the thing causes a stink whenever someone suggests putting it at a real university, why not put it at an online university such as the University of Phoenix?
If the library were confined to the Internet, it would eliminate Bush just showing up on campus and embarrassing the administration."
Maybe this is the wave of the future?
Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and a professor of law at Florida International University, in Miami, and dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago tells us "Think again." Here's his blog in NY Times Select.Update: 01/22 18:26 GMT by B :Link corrected.
Fang-Face writes "Associated Press has an article about a new movement to pressure Southern Methodist University to halt its efforts to host the Bush presidential library. Ministers Launch Petition to Stop Bush Library can be found at TruthOut.org. A group of Methodist ministers have launched an online petition drive."