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Warren Buffet Calls Lehman Brothers Collapse An “Economic Pearl Harbor” (HBO)

When Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy ten years ago on Friday, the question on everyone’s minds was simple: “Who’s next?”

If a pillar of Wall Street worth hundreds of billions of dollars just months before couldn’t be trusted with the public’s money, then nowhere was safe. Panicked investors rushed for the door, banks refused to lend to each other, and money market funds began to collapse.

“I describe it as an economic Pearl Harbor,” Warren Buffett, the legendary investor of Berkshire Hathaway, told VICE News. “It was something we hadn’t seen before. Even the 1929 panic was nothing like this. I mean, the system stopped.“

Buffett had a front row seat to the global crisis even before the Bush Administration took up the struggle. He had been approached by Lehman’s CEO Dick Fuld for emergency capital earlier in the summer, and after it failed, he found himself courted by other teetering investment banks desperate for capital. His $5 billion investment in Goldman Sachs saved the firm, and netted him billions.

He credits the Bush administration, led by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, with helping to prevent a second Great Depression. “When they realized the gravity of what was happening, we were having a run on the United States, maybe a run on the world, they stepped up,” Buffett said.

He’s not convinced, however, that the financial community’s takeaway from its brush with financial Armageddon will prevent future disaster. “Humans will continue to behave foolishly and sometimes en masse. And that doesn’t change. We get smarter but we don’t get wiser,” Buffett said.

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Iraqi journalist who threw shoe at Bush runs for parliament

The Iraqi journalist famous for hurling his shoes at ex-US president George W. Bush during a 2008 press conference in Baghdad is back in the limelight, running for office in May 12 parliamentary elections. Looking back on the incident, the reporter says he has only one regret about the now iconic moment – not having more than one pair of shoes within reach.

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Iraqi journalist who threw shoe at Bush runs for parliament

The Iraqi journalist who grabbed headlines around the world by hurling his shoes at then US president George W. Bush is pitching for a seat in parliament at upcoming elections.

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Son Says Former President Bush Improving

Neil Bush says his father, former President George H.W. Bush’s condition is improving. The elder President Bush was hospitalized shortly after former First Lady Barbara Bush’s funeral. (April 30)

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Wellesley Remembers Barbara Bush’s 1990 Address

Former students at Wellesley College vividly recall Barbara Bush’s commencement speech in 1990, when some of them protested her invitation. Mrs. Bush arrived with Raisa Gorbachev, the wife of former Soviet President, Mikail Gorbachev. (April 18)

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Remembering the Life and Legacy of Barbara Bush

As the nation mourns the loss of former first lady Barbara Bush, UVA political historian Barbara Perry says Mrs. Bush will be remembered for her graceful yet edgy character, her commitment to the issue of literacy and her “remarkable” marriage. (April 18)

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Houston Locals Share Memories of Barbara Bush

Local workers and organization leaders in Houston, Texas share memories of First Lady Barbara Bush. Mrs. Bush is in failing health and has decided not to seek further medical treatment. (April 16)

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What John Bolton’s Past Tells Us About His Future As Trump’s National Security Adviser (HBO)

When John Bolton becomes Donald Trump’s national security advisor later this month, he’ll assume more influence over U.S foreign policy than he’s ever had before.

That has a lot of people nervous: Bolton has rarely seen a military intervention he didn’t like — he supported the war in Iraq (and still does), regime change in Iran, and a first strike against North Korea’s nuclear program.

But the last time Bolton was up for a big job — his 2005 nomination for ambassador to the United Nations — what tripped him up wasn’t his policies; it was testimony about his penchant for berating subordinates, and a refusal to listen to information that countered his personal beliefs.

Carl Ford, Jr., was the director of the State Department bureau responsible for intelligence analysis in 2002, when Bolton was under secretary of state for Arms Control. At the time, the Bush administration was building up evidence of a nuclear weapons program in Iraq — wrongfully, as it turned out — and Bolton was seeking to make the case that another country, Cuba, was working on its own biological weapons program. (It wasn’t.)

Ford’s analysts disagreed, and Bolton, Ford says, didn’t want to hear it. He called the analyst into his office, and threatened to have him fired. Ford fought back.

“I was steaming,” Ford recalled. “I explained to him… ‘John, if you want to say this, that you believe it — be our guest. But you cannot say that it’s the intelligence community’s view.”

The drama that ensued followed Bolton for years, and nearly kept him out of the UN job. He was later granted a recess appointment by the president. But more than a decade later, former colleagues say it’s much more worrisome as a sign of how Bolton might deal with intelligence that contradicts his views in his much more powerful position.

“It is the best evidence we have of how he will behave in the future,” said Greg Thielmann, another former State Department intel analyst who worked with Bolton. “These things might be academic but this is how you build the case for war.”

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Guantanamo Ex-Detainees Talk Through Their Past Torture (HBO)

It’s been 15 years since Guantanamo Bay detention centre was established by the Bush administration. Despite calls for it to close by Barack Obama the prison remains open – and Donald Trump now says he wants to keep it that way.

To mark the anniversary Vice News Tonight spoke to former British detainees Moazzem Begg, Safiq Rasool and Ruhal Ahmed about how their lives have been impacted post-Guantanamo.

Over dinner, the three also recall both the difficult times and the moments of humanity at the United States Military prison.

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