How Bush Became the Curser in Chief

A court strikes down FCC fines, citing Administration vulgarities. Thank you, President Pottymouth!

Illustration for TIME by Francisco Caceres

President George W. Bush has not exactly been a hero to civil libertarians, what with the data mining, wiretapping and library snooping. But he may just have redeemed himself. Thanks in part to the efforts of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, it is now safe for Nicole Richie to drop the F bomb on broadcast TV.

On June 4, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of broadcasters in a challenge against Federal Communications Commission sanctions for indecent and profane language. Among the penalized quotes was Richie's discussing her Simple Life experience on a live Fox awards show...

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