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The widow of a Bush family confidant says her husband gave the future president an Alabama Senate campaign job as a favor to his worried father. Did they see him do any National Guard service? "Good lord, no."
By Mary Jacoby
With the 9/11 tragedy as his backdrop, George Bush rediscovers "compassionate conservatism" in time to court women voters
By Mary Jacoby
Angry at being called "unfit to serve" by men who didn't, the Democrat finally fights back
By Tim Grieve
From Dick Cheney on down, the Republican convention's speakers haven't let the facts get in the way of their partisan ferocity.
By Tim Grieve
Faux Democrat Zell Miller went wild as a GOP pitchman.
By Geraldine Sealey
They promised substance over style -- hard-hitting, inside scoops. So say hello to Bo Derek, Miss America, TV star Angie Harmon, and "Ari Fleischer's guide to red-hot G.O.P. love."
By Mark Follman
The Bush twins deliver less than expected results in their convention debut
By Rebecca Traister
While platitudes ring out at the GOP Garden party, protesters -- from Iraq Veterans Against the War to activists in Bill O'Reilly masks -- fan out across the city. Police crack down with handcuffs, nets and mass arrests.
By Michelle Goldberg
Even with new video of the Texas pol saying he's "ashamed" of helping President Bush get his National Guard slot, the story gets little play from the media.
By Eric Boehlert
* Salon was the first news organization to feature a video of the Texas leader saying he was "ashamed" he pulled strings to get young George Bush a place in the National Guard; just after this piece, "60 Minutes" announced it would air an interview with Barnes on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
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