Henry Gets Impatient

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Here's the best part of Waxman's latest letter to Fred Fielding. I respectfully request that the interviews that the Committee has beenseeking be scheduled without further delay. If this cannot beaccomplished, I will recommend to the Committee the issuance ofsubpoenas at our next business meeting, which is currently scheduledfor June 28. [my emphasis] It's a nice touch.

Does the "Royalty Management Subcommittee" Sound Like Something We'd Find in Cheney's DOI?

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Because today, on the eve of the WaPo's revelations about Cheney's first-hand intervention in Department of Interior policies, such a Subcommittee met in secret (how else!!) for the first time. Who ever said these thugs don't have a sense of irony? The actual mandate is not--as it might seem, given the title--to fulfill Cheney's every need.

Some Questions

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Paul Kiel has an important post on vote caging that raises one big question for me. Kiel's post quotes the RNC spokesperson as connecting the vote caging activities in Florida with allegations about ACORN registration drives. In response to Palast’s story, the Republican spokeswoman denied ina statement that the list had been generated in order to challengevoters.

Well Then, We'll Take Away Executive Privilege for Everyone Else

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David Shuster (and to a lesser degree Chris Matthews) is the one person in the MSM who recognized Dick Cheney for what he was early on. Which is why Shuster's interview of Cheney-hack Ron Christie is so good. Shuster uses the Libby case to expose the problems with Cheney's method of working around other cabinet members and he smacks Christie down, just as I would have done, by pointing out that

The Liz Cheney Presidency

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desertwind was the first to point me to Sally Quinn's column on a GOP Plan to Oust Cheney. And like desertwind, my first thoughts when I read Quinn's prediction that Cheney would step down with heart trouble and Fred Thompson would replace him--if Quinn is right, this is really an attempt to install another figurehead president controlled by someone named Cheney.
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Loonies and BRICs

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As most of you know, I live in SE Michigan, night clubs drive distance (if that's your thing) from Canada. I didn't go to my favorite Canadian ultimate tournament this year, so haven't been in Canada for a while. So I was pretty darn shocked to hear this news: The Canadian dollar breached 94 U.S.
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Cheney's "Policies"

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emptywheel
The third installment in the WaPo's Cheney series is a bit of a hodgepodge. It includes items that appear to have been thrown into this installment as part of a generic domestic policy article. But what the article is really about is how Cheney has pushed trickle down policies that have been proven failures in the past, once again by serving as a gatekeeper for advice that gets to the President,

Cravenly Groveling

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Remember that superb article on foreign lobbying I described a while back? Well, apparently the two PR/Lobbying firms that got so badly taken by Ken Silverstein are now accusing him of being unethical. My story in the July issue of the magazine details how two beltwaylobby shops I approached, on the pretense that I represented a shadyLondon-based energy firm with a stake in Turkmenistan, proposed towhitewash the image of that country’s

It's Called R-E-C-U-S-A-L

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Tom Maguire usually takes himself more seriously than this. After reading the WaPo's series on Dick, he chose to ignore the widespread criticism on the part of hardcore conservatives of OVP's dismantling of the Constitution and instead claim that the WaPo article was proof--proof at last!!!--that "Fitzgerald's prosecution of Libby may have been politically motivated." To prove that "Fitzgerald's prosecution of Libby may have been politically motivated," Maguire ferrets out the abundant

More Classification Games

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emptywheel
Nico at TP links to this story about the Senate's thus far unsuccessful attempt to declassify two of SSCI's reports on WMD. The basic story is that the White House is trying to prevent an effort, supported by both our too-genteel SSCI Chair Jay Rockefeller and by the partisan Pat Roberts, to declassify last fall's Phase II SSCI reports, the one that compared pre-war assessments and the one that showed the

Sources: Or, Tedious Kremlinology

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emptywheel
I've talked about Cheney's and Addington's Methods. Now I'd like to inventory the sources that Gellman and Becker used for their articles, as a way to understand where the shifting loyalties of the Administration lie. One thing that becomes clear by mapping this out is the centrality of Josh Bolten to many of the more damning accusations against Cheney.

Addington's Methods

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emptywheel
Before I get too deep in the detail of today's installment of WaPo's series on Cheney, I'd like to remind you of a point I made in my Take Back America speech. While David Addington's theories on executive power are tremendously dangerous, Addington does believe in the rule of law. He admitted in his Libby trial testimony, for example, that the "Treated as Top Secret/SCI" stamp that OVP had used with

PFIAB and OVP

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I'd like to point out a teeny detail in the report that Henry Waxman cites as his source that OVP isn't providing ISOO with information about OVP's classification and declassification activities: PFIAB and OVP did not report data through the SF 311 to ISOO this year. This report, therefore, does not include any data from these two entities. It was not just OVP that blew off ISOO in 2003.

Angler

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emptywheel
Okay, now something totally frivolous about the Cheney piece (if you want real analysis, go here). The WaPo piece reveals Cheney's secret service name: "Angler," as the Secret Service code-named him, Which is of course the name they've given the series. Well, I think it perhaps ironic because, as I understand it, Cheney's not that great a fisherman.

Pope Keeps Blair Out of Heaven because of Iraq

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Via Cannonfire, I see that Pope former-Nazi has finally done something worthwhile with his position: he told the Poodle that God meant it about that commandment that, Thou shalt not kill. Tony Blair yesterday used his last official foreign engagement beforeleaving office to tell Pope Benedict he wanted to become a RomanCatholic, a Vatican source said last night. But, in talks lasting more than half an hour, the outgoing PrimeMinister was left

Cheney's Method

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There's a remarkable paragraph close to the start of Barton Gellman and Jo Becker's story on Cheney today: Cheney is not, by nearly every inside account, the shadow president ofpopular lore. Bush has set his own course, not always in directionsCheney preferred. The president seized the helm when his No. 2 steeredtoward trouble, as Bush did, in time, on military commissions.

And While We're at It, Let's Take Away Their Security Clearance

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Mimikatz already posted Rahm's first response to Cheney's wicked theories that he is a branch of government unto himself. And mcjoan has posted his second response. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel issued the followingstatement regarding his amendment to cut funding for the Office of theVice President from the bill that funds the executive branch.

Heffelfinger, NAIS, and the USA Purge

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At a hearing before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs this week, Thomas Heffelfinger got asked some questions about how the USA Purge related to his work--and that of Chiara, Charlton, Iglesias, McKay, and Bogden before they were fired. In his testimony, Heffelfinger noted that those USAs on NAIS who were fired were not just on the subcommittee, they were leaders on it.
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The Next Four-Branch Presidency

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Since Fred Thompson got into the Presidential race in a big way, I've increasingly been getting this creepy feeling. I keep thinking: when was the last time we had a charismatic (if ugly, in this case) candidate who knows nothing about policy and is even less interested in taking a stand on policy, who seems to be hiring the right advisors, but who himself, still seems to be Bush league.

Shorter Bush: I Wrote It in Invisble Ink

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Kagro X says almost all that needs to be said about BushCo's claims that Bush intended to exempt he and Cheney from rules on classification. I'll come back later to expand on Kagro's point about the insta-declassification theory of leaking Plame's identity. But for now, I'd like to make a teeny tiny point.
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