August 1, 2005 President Bush installs John Bolton as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, making a recess appointment to circumvent the Senate, where Democrats blocked approval of the nominee. Bolton will be able to serve until a new Congress forms in 2007.
July 21, 2005 The disclosure of the name of an undercover CIA officer — whatever the source — has become a big problem for the Bush White House, which prided itself on being the most "leak-proof" in generations.
July 20, 2005 President Bush nominates federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Roberts is a seasoned member of the Washington legal establishment, serving at one time as a clerk for then associate Justice William Rehnquist.
July 20, 2005 President Bush names appeals court judge John G. Roberts as his a nominee to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. The selection of Roberts ends intense speculation that two other candidates would be the president's choice to take O'Connor's seat.