Why the House Is Waiting to Hold Rove in Contempt

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The reason the entire House isn't voting on contempt for Rove until after the recess is because what they do will be determined by Bates' initial ruling.

No Consequences for the Wholesale Politicization of Justice

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Glenn Fine, DOJ's Inspector General, showed up before the Senate Judiciary Committee today to talk about the two reports showing pervasive politicization of the Department of Justice. Most of the Democrats wanted to talk about consequences for politicizing DOJ. Unfortunately, Fine had no good suggestions for how to hold anyone responsible.

DNI McConnell to Intelligence Analysts: Go Talk to Juan Cole

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Remember how much trouble AJ Rossmiller had because he actually read Juan Cole? Well DNI McConnell just told analysts to follow AJ's lead.

Rove's Contempt: For All the Reasons We've Been Talking About

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HJC voted to hold Rove in contempt, by a vote of 20-14. In doing so, they confirmed many of the points I've made about Rove's audacious claims to be immune from testifying.

The Logic Behind the Script "The Removal of Clothing Is Not Nudity"

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All the lawyers behind the torture regime keep repeating the same mantra: the removal of clothing is not nudity (or naked). Jane Mayer's book includes an explanation for the logic of that statement.

Down the Toobz: Ted Stevens Indicted on Seven Counts

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TV news is reporting that Ted "Toobz" Stevens has been indicted on seven counts of public corruption. Wouldn't you know that "Toobz" would go down based on electronic surveillance? The FBI, working with an Alaska oil contractor, secretly taped telephone calls with Sen. Ted Stevens as part of a public corruption sting it was reported late last year, according to people close to the investigation.

Another Spooked-Up BushCo Crony Dabbling in Kurdistan

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This time, it's Richard Perle who is discussing doing business with the Kurds. This seems even more spooky than Richard Hunt's seemingly overlooked agreements with Kurdistan.

The Smearmongers Who Took Down Chiara and Hagen Got Promoted to Main Justice

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The attorneys who spread the rumor that Margaret Chiara and Leslie Hagen were having an inappropriate gay relationship got moved to jobs in DC.

Monica Discriminated against Margaret Chiara's Purported Lover, Too

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Today's DOJ report includes a denial from Margaret Chiara and Leslie Hagen that they were in a relationship. Yet that alleged affair was--by all accounts--the reason Chiara was fired. Was Chiara fired based on a false rumor?

Bush's Idea of Worthwhile Candidates to Be Immigration Judges

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Among the hacks the White House tried (unsuccessfully, thankfully) to hire through their politicized hiring process was a guy who swore in his interview and said his weakness was "blondes."

Monica's Job History

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emptywheel
It sure looks like they created positions solely to make it easy for Monica Goodling to politicize hiring in DOJ.

Monica Goodling Helped the Terrorists Win

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Apparently, Monica Goodling believes Democrats are more dangerous than terrorists. And George Bush doesn't seem to care.

The Monica Goodling Report

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emptywheel
The DOJ IG's "Monica Goodling" report documents what we already knew: Monica Goodling illegal politicized hiring in DOJ.

Bob Novak Is One Key to Libby's Aspen Letter

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emptywheel
While sorting through my old files, I discovered that Bob Novak is one key to understanding Libby's Aspen Letter.

They've Compartmentalized Mukasey from the Corruption

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Scott Horton suggested that the political flacks in DOJ have kept Michael Mukasey from learning some details about Rove's politicized prosecutions. He may well be right.

The Off the Record Club Now On the Record, Still Desperate for Positive Press for McCain

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Charlie Black (and, presumably, Ken Duberstein) are pitching the tale that McCain's about to name his running-mate again.
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Pelosi Appoints Dusty Foggo and Jose Rodriguez' Buddy to Ethics Committee

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emptywheel
Nancy Pelosi just appointed one of the most ethically impaired Congressmen this side of the Abramoff mob to be in charge of Congress' Ethics Review Board.

When Did the US Postal Inspectors Replace Our Courts?

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emptywheel
According to information revealed by Artur Davis yesterday, it seems our antagonistic Courts system secretly got replaced with postal inspectors. And no one seems to care.

Sanchez v. Mukasey on "Executive Privilege"

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I wanted to look closely at the exchange between Congresswoman Sanchez and Attorney General Mukasey to see if it gets us any closer to determining whether DOJ reviewed Bush's invocation of absolute immunity for Rove--and specifically whether he bought off on the claim that the matters in question pertained to Rove's "official duties." I can't tell. But I can tell you that Mukasey schooled Sanchez in the exchange.
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A Timeline of Lamar Smith's Pathetic Attempt to Save Karl Rove

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Funny. Lamar Smith's attempt to save Karl Rove's ass was not an attempt to gather information for the Subcommittee. Rather, it appears to have been an attempt to be able to say to Attorney General Muaksey that Rove had been nice and compliant, just in time for Mukasey's appearance before the Committee today.
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