May 12, 2006

Implode, Imperialist Pig!

What a spectacle! The drama of politics unfolding as it feels that we are approaching one of those convulsive moments in history. As the landscape changes the movement becomes self-igniting. As the election begins to appear on the horizon less than half a year away, the reality of the election is starting to lock in on the minds of all House members.

The jig may be up on the phony voting machines. Republican politicians fear for their political lives. The wiretapping issue rears its ugly head, one thing that rises today higher than the rest of the ever-mounting pile of Bush administration catastrophes. ("NSA Has Massive Database of Americans' Phone Calls") When politicians are questioned on where they stand on the wiretapping issue, they have their big opportunity, their soundbite, a moment of fame, and it's their chance to define themselves. The most advantageous thing to do now is to distance themselves from Bush, so as not to be brought down by the sinking destroyer. ("Congress Demands Phone Records Answers")

Even though the regime has wielded massive power mercilessly in the past, suddenly its power is no longer intimidating. As the wave moves in the other direction, suddenly the administration may be more useful as a sacrifice than anything else, a ritual burning, to cleanse the party, give it a chance for another round. And a regime that rules through terror (while newspeakingly mounting a "war on terror") inspires little true loyalty. The destruction of the Bush regime seems to be gaining momentum, accelerating into runaway. It is an awesome sight to behold.

Suddenly Baby Boy Bush is not seeing power laid in his lap. The old tricks don't work. He believed he had unlimited power, and he exercised power without restraint. His previous deceptions and crimes have all somehow worked in his favor. He's always gotten away with everything all his life. His proudest achievement has been to show that he is above all laws, all restraints. Only a few weeks ago he bragged about breaking the wiretapping laws. The pattern up to now has been to challenge checks on the presidency by thwarting them, refusing to comply with anything. And in so doing, they have neutralized the laws. Suddenly they are so weakened, that Republicans are flirting with throwing them to the wolves via a congressional investigation in which it is already established that the law was broken with the wiretaps -- Bush proclaimed it. Is this the big tipping point, the climax when the valence switches? We shall see.

Now Bush is being forced to retreat and claim to have always gotten court authority for the wiretaps. According to the Associated Press article, "Bush did not confirm or deny the USA Today report. But he did say that U.S. intelligence targets terrorists and that the government does not listen to domestic telephone calls without court approval. He said Congress has been briefed on intelligence programs." In blatant contradiction of other things he's said, but the fact that he has to make concessions at all, to even have to claim to have obeyed the law, for him is a big thing.

When reporters asked the Republican leader of the House, John Boehner, from Ohio, the state under a dark cloud of vote fraud evidence, about the possibility of hearings on the wiretapping, he said, "I don't know enough about the details except that I am willing to find out because I'm not sure why it would be necessary to keep and have that kind of information," said House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

So Many Ripples --

  • Rude Awakening -- The denial about the election fraud issue seems to be melting away to a new sober survival instinct. Let's hope so. What exactly is it that people trust about the voting system? See Stephen Goldstein in the Sun Sentinel
  • Ever vapid, ever mindless AOL News pushed Jeb Bush's fat face down the throats of its umpteen million subscribers today suggesting they consider a third "President Bush". They put it to a vote among AOL's clientele: "Do you want to see Jeb Bush run for president?" Out of 109,817 votes around 8 p.m., the results were: No 76% Yes 24% Three quarters said, in effect, no more Bushes, thanks. The dumbing down isn't working anymore. I'm trying to remember something good about either of the Bush administrations.
  • Unaccustomed to the Truth -- Check out Buzzflash's Ray McGovern interview about his verbal slapping silly of Don Rumsfeld the other day.
  • Blowback in Cairo -- Some judges who suggested vote fraud in Egypt were brought before a tribunal to be punished and people rioted in the streets in protest. The police were called out, journalists from Reuters and Al Jazeera were among those beaten, Cairo had to be blocked off. Not going to be good for Egypt's tourism industry, so important to its economic health. Increasingly, tyranny cannot be exercised without consequence. In the global village, blinders are dropping. Truthout
  • Opus Dei ("works of God"), the shadowy Catholic elite cult, tried to make director Ron Howard put up a disclaimer saying his film The DaVinci Code is fiction. Howard's not complying. Washington Post
  • Heard of Opus Dei? Hear John Judge: "A group of the most fanatically conservative elements of the Catholic Church, men who still supported the inquisition in Spain and who used flagellation as prayer, formed a lay order known as Opus Dei, the Works of God.[4] These were joined in rank by the ancient military order of the church ' the secretive Knights Hospitallers, or the Knights of Malta.[5] Their ultimate objective was the downfall of the new Soviet government. No method or means was too extreme, so these forces backed and helped to create Franco in Spain, Mussolini in Italy, and Hitler in Germany. Some of the U.S. firms continued their financial trade and support of the fascists throughout all of World War II, with Russia as the target."
  • More on Opus Dei: "Opus Dei and John Paul II: A Profoundly Rightwing Pope" Counterpunch, and John Judge
  • More signs of the sunset of the Bush-Cheney axis: Putin, whom Cheney criticized for trying "to reverse the gains of the last decade", is not turning the other cheek. In his state of the nation speech, he said, " "Where is all this pathos about protecting human rights and democracy when it comes to the need to pursue their own interests? Here, it seems, everything is allowed, there are no restrictions whatsoever... We are aware what is going on in the world. Comrade wolf knows whom to eat, he eats without listening, and he's clearly not going to listen to anyone." Truthout

    May Day, 2006

  • No Arabs on Flight 77 -- Sierra Times
  • The Supreme Leader -- "President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution."
  • Neil Young's new album Living with War is available online.
  • Bernstein Comes Out for Hearings -- Carl Bernstein, one of the reporters associated with the breaking of the Watergate story, calls for Senate Hearings on Bush
  • Rush Limbaugh arrested for drugs. CBS
  • One thing Bush won't do, is hamper the profits of his oil buddies. "President Bush on Friday rejected calls by some lawmakers for a tax on oil company windfall profits, saying the industry should reinvest its recent gains into finding and producing more energy." Yahoo
  • Twilight of the Gods -- Sidney Blumenthall: Great story -- "The urgent dispatch of Karl Rove to the business of maintaining one-party rule in the midterm elections is the Bush White House's belated startle reflex to its endangerment. Besieged by crises of his own making, plummeting to ever lower depths in the polls week after week, Bush has assigned his political general to muster dwindling forces for a heroic offensive to break out of the closing ring. If the Democrats gain control of the House or Senate they will launch a thousand subpoenas to establish the oversight that has been abdicated by the Republican Congress. Rove's lieutenants have been promoted to hold the fort while he begins the epic defense of the embattled regime. His mission is to salvage the Republican majority in Congress from the blighted corruption of its leadership and rescue the Bush White House from the consequences of its own radical policies on everything from the endless Iraq war to skyrocketing gasoline prices."

    May 3, 2006

  • Stephen Hero -- Just about the coolest thing that happened this last week was Stephen Colbert's comedy routine at the White House Press Corps dinner, which you can watch at Crooks & Liars. Who said the age of heroism is dead? This guy Colbert had the guts to stand up and ridicule the criminals who run the country and the sychophants that serve them, right to their faces. That was one cold, cold audience. It was hard to tell if the mike was so placed as to pick up his voice without getting much of the room sound, but every once in a while they would flash to the audience and it was about as cold an audience as any comedian ever faced. They were not laughing. For the most part they were stonefaced, a palpable resentment seemingly on the edge of snapping. They did not like this guy attacking their sacred cows, their pretense that they are really the practitioners of the noble art of journalism, challenging corruption and abuses of power. No, Stephen Colbert was not observing the limits, he was calling them all for the effete enablers that they are.
  • Macabre Sense of Humor -- Greg Mitchell pointed out in Editor & Publisher that the White House Press Corps was much more entertained by Bush's cute little presentation showing him looking under the bed for Weapons of Mass Destruction. That was a big joke to them. But something that calls the press for being the president's lapdogs incited only murderously cold stares. Mitchell said, "Many say Stephen Colbert went too far in lampooning President Bush at the White House Correspondents Dinner, or was just 'not funny.' Where was all that disapproval when Bush, at a very similar gathering two years ago, built a whole comedy routine around not finding WMD in Iraq?"
  • Another excellent piece in Editor & Publisher gives an example of how incritically the big media reported Bush's ridiculous "Mission Accomplished" routine a full three years ago. "At the time, it was heralded by the mainstream media as a fitting moment of triumph. 'He won the war,' boomed MSNBC's Chris Matthews. 'He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics.' Since then, it has become -- during three more years of death and war -- a symbol of American hubris and setbacks in Iraq. Today it is often lampooned as a tragic 'photo op,' most recently by rock singer Neil Young in a new CD and by comedian Stephen Colbert, standing 15 feet from the President at a dinner in Washington on Saturday. When Bush spoke, the U.S. had 150,000 troops in Iraq; the number now stands at 132,000. American casualties at the time were 139 killed and 542 wounded. Today those numbers are more than 2,400 killed and 17,000 wounded."
  • Bush's Mission Not Accomplished --
  • Point of No Return -- William Rivers Pitt looks at Bush's "Turning Point", which is what Bush calls Iraq's condition three years after "Mission Accomplished". "76 American soldiers were killed in Iraq during the month of April, the highest count since November of 2005. It had been almost peaceful until April came along. After all, only 31 troops died in March, only 55 died in February, only 62 died in January, and only 68 died in December. The first soldier to die in May was killed on Monday night by a roadside bomb outside Baghdad. The total for the entire conflict now stands at 2,405." And now the administration is threatening war against Iran. Pitt: " The trouble, of course, is that nobody quite knows what Iran is up to. America had an intelligence network aimed at Iran's nuclear capabilities, but that network hasn't been in place for three long years. CIA agent Valerie Plame, you see, was the one running that network. Because her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had the temerity to publicly question the Bush administration's right to lie with impunity regarding the threat posed by Iraq, agent Plame was outed by the White House as punishment. In the three years since that happened, our knowledge of Iran's activities has devolved into a big black hole. It's a good thing for all of us this administration cares so much about our national security." And finally, quoting Bill Maher: "You govern like Billy Joel drives," said Maher to Bush. "You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man. Herbert Hoover was a s****y president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes. On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon, and the City of New Orleans. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side."
  • Throw Them Out -- Neil Young's new album Living with War is available for listening online.
  • Out of the Heads -- According to a report in the Boston Globe (See Truthout) The Bush administration has claimed the right to break about 750 laws, saying it can break any law it disagrees with. These buzzards are just crazy, just absolutely looney. It reminds me of the Clutter killings told about in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood in the sense that it took a particular confluence of minds to produce such a horror. In Capote's book he showed clearly that in that instance, the killings would never happen with either Hickok or Smith alone. There was an accidental aspect to the tragedy that came about by mixing precisely those personalities in that circumstance. There's a similar confluence going on here. Cheney, particularly, is an old bureaucrat who knows the corridors of power well. He's a detestable human being with no conscience and can barely maintain a front of having some modicum of human decency. Cheney's sly demeanor would never pass in a major national election if he had to carry a ticket on his own. Bush on the other hand has managed to work up an act that can come off as relatively warm and straightforward if he has a good scriptwriter and strategist, which he has with Karl Rove and others. Bush also shows no signs of a conscience, but would never have the intelligence to mastermind a takeover of the U.S. government on his own. But with Cheney to orchestrate it, Bush is happy to preside over it, to lend his smiley face to the cause. The result is the mess we are in. But the pent-up frustration seems to be exploding like a slow motion volcano right now.
  • Scientists Predict Mass Extinctions -- Truthout
  • It's always worse than you think at first, even someone as cynical as me who always expects the worst of the Bush administration. It even exceeds my imagination how consistently corrupt these people are at every turn. When I first heard that Bush objected to the singing of the American national anthem in Spanish, I just thought, how petty! How uptight and mean! What's wrong with someone singing a tribute to this country in Spanish? How does that offend? It just seemed monumentally narrow minded, and an example of the kind of attitude that creates trouble and dissension where there is inherently no conflict. Now I find that it's even worse. It's also, essentially, another Bush lie. It turns out that he had "America The Beautiful" sung in Spanish at his inauguration. (Think Progress) Remember when they pretended Bush was fluent in Spanish? What happened to that? It was back in the days when he was wooing for votes, the "compassionate conservative" who said we should have a "humble foreign policy" and shouldn't get into "nation building." That guy.
  • Bush's 'Ceaseless Push for Power -- A study by the Cato Institute shows the conservative objection to Bush's phoney conservatism: "The pattern that emerges is one of a ceaseless push for power, unchecked by either the courts or Congress, one in short of disdain for constitutional limits," the report by concluded.

    May 4, 2006

  • Evidence Preserved -- Mayor Giuliani was very upset that Zacarias Moussaoui was not sentenced to death , in spite of the shocking prosecutorial misconduct in the case and the fact that prosecutors were not able to show that he knew anything about 9/11. Our beloved FEMA saw to it that all the steel and rubble of the World Trade Center was quickly taken from the scene, shipped off and sold, destroying essential evidence of the crime of the new century. Who is being protected? Perhaps Giuliania wanted Moussaoui destroyed for the same reasons. Dead men tell no tales. Federal prosecutors tampered with witnesses, violating explicit instructions of the judge (who said "I don't think in the annals of criminal law there has ever been a case with this many significant problems."). Any less incendiary case may well have been thrown out and the prosecutors sanctioned. In this case the judge let justice take its course, though it had been grossly perverted. The jury apparently decided the ultimate penalty was not justified after they had been manipulated by prosecutors, who still could not establish a clear link between Moussaoui and 9/11. According to Democracy Now, "The government failed to convince the jury, even though Moussaoui proudly admitted he was a member of al-Qaeda and that he defended the September 11th attacks. Three jurors concluded Moussaoui had only limited knowledge of the plot, and three described his role in the attacks as minor, if he had any role at all." Carrie LeMac, the daughter of one of the victims of 9/11, had this to say: "This country needs to understand the real risks that we're facing. We can't even get our Congress people and our president to lock up nuclear material, even though terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, have said he wants to kill four million Americans. This country can't screen all of the cargo on the planes that we fly on, that I flew on here today to be here. We have to look at the real problems in this country. If we're going to blame Zacarias Moussaoui -- he's not the real problem. The real problem are the terrorists who do want to kill us, like Osama bin Laden, who is still not captured. So IÕm glad the jury looked at all the evidence and recognized that this man was an al-Qaeda wannabe who could never have put together the 9/11 attacks, the horrific attacks that killed so many people. IÕm just glad to be an American today, because we finally have felt like justice has been done." (see Democracy Now) Americans still need a real, thorough investigation of 9/11, one that spends at least a small fraction of what Ken Starr spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky scandal. And if that ever happens, Moussaoui's testimony may be of value.
  • Cutting Through the Media Filter -- The most e-mailed article in May 3's New York Times: "After Press Dinner, the Blogosphere Is Alive With the Sound of Colbert Chatter"
  • Bush said he didn't know Jack Abramoff, but Secret Service logs show that Jack visited the White House 200 times in the first 10 months. Pensitor Review

    Friday Night, Cinco de Mayo, 2006

    Today's Buzz -- About the coolest thing buzzing around the Internet today was the video of Rumsfeld being confronted by Rumsfeld being confronted by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. This is priceless. A citizen asking the kind of question that most of the press never had the guts to ask, coming very well-armed with his precise quotes of Rumsfeld. And even though the goons kicked McGovern out of the meeting -- a very telling response -- Rumsfeld was left gabbing his gums silently, unable to come up with an answer. This is a priceless gem, you must see it. McGovern is a sterling character, a CIA analyst of 25 years who worked with George H.W. Bush, but is now determined to get the truth away about these mad usurpers. Read more about it at The World Can't Wait, which is by the way, just a statement of fact.

    I think this is what revolution looks like, for anyone who was wondering how to spot it. With this mob in tight control of all branches of government and the media, all official channels of power, the public has been rendered impotent, unable to act, uncertain of what kind of action is meaningful. Now we are starting to see the collective reaction against these thugs reach such a pitch that it can no longer be suppressed. It's seeping in through every crack and as soon as they plug one, another breaks open. And there is a cumulative effect. Each time someone sees someone else expressing what he feels too but has suppressed, it makes it more likely that that person will find a vent for his own frustration. This is how illegitimate power finally falls. This is what will happen to these monsters. It's virtually a law of nature.

  • What is up with Porter Goss? Bush's CIA guy is out. What is that about? See Yahoo, Pensito Review, Truthout. Goss was coy with CNN, saying his resignation was "one of those mysteries". But then, it may be one of those mysteries that doesn't stay mysterious for very long, with all this talk about poker and prostitutes. The mainstream coverage of all this, says Buzzflash, is "hideous and pathetic", noting the New York Times as an example, which pretended it was because the CIA was even worse off than when Goss took over. But here's an exception: Daily News: "CIA Director Porter Goss abruptly resigned yesterday amid allegations that he and a top aide may have attended Watergate poker parties where bribes and prostitutes were provided to a corrupt congressman. Kyle (Dusty) Foggo, the No. 3 official at the CIA, could soon be indicted in a widening FBI investigation of the parties thrown by defense contractor Brent Wilkes, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the bribery conviction of former Rep. Randall (Duke) Cunningham, law enforcement sources said."
  • Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen was terribly offended by Stephen Colbert's slashing of George W. Bush. Poor Richard, he's just offended for his friend George, who -- poor guy -- was the butt of Colbert's jokes. Gosh, how cruel for someone to make jokes about George right to his face, jokes about George lying to push America into war, and declaring himself immune to all laws, wiretapping Americans, establishing torture as the policy of the United States. No one should joke about such things. How hideous. Colbert should be drawn and quartered. The obsequiousness, the servant mentality of this kind of supposed journalist is hard to believe. This guy would roll over on his back for George and the power mob. What does he think about the Constitution, the Fourth Estate, the principal that this is a country of laws, not of kings? Robert Parry, a real reporter who broke some of the stories about the Iran Contra crimes, has some good things to say about the press corps that was deeply offended by Stephen Colbert.

  • What Bush Means When He Says Freedom -- He doesn't mean freedom of the individual. He doesn't mean equal rights. He means corporate freedom. See . "Antonia Juhasz, author of The Bush Agenda, says, "When George W. Bush says that he wants to spread freedom to every corner of the earth, he means it. But of course the president that turned Soviet-era gulags into secret CIA prisons in order to do God-knows-what to God-knows-whom isn't talking about individual freedom. He means corporate freedom -- freedom for the great multinationals to extract everything they can from the world's resources and labor without the hindrance of public interest laws, environmental regulations or worker protections." This article makes many of the historical and philosophical bases of Bush and the Neocons very clear. It you read one article this week...

    May 6, 2006

    Scooter Down the Rabbit Hole -- According to a Reuters report, Scooter Libby's lawyer said he was going to argue that Libby had only leaked the name of the CIA agent after Bush had declassified the information. This is all rather dubious anyway since there is a formal declassification process and the president can't just say retroactively that he declassified some information if he didn't go through the procedure. But it's confusing why the argument could help Libby defend himself against the charge that he lied, which is what he's charged with, not with revealing classified information. If this new allegation by Libby's lawyers was not revealed before, it seems to uncover another lie, not create a defense for previous ones. Why would Libby have had to lie about revealing classified information if the president had already declassified it?. The article quotes Libby's lawyer as creating a defense for leaking the information, when Libby has not been charged with that. That seems to be an admission that Libby did leak the information. This is all very strange.
  • Doubletalk About Torture -- According to the BBC, In defending the US against allegations of torture, "US Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Barry Lowenkron told the Committee Against Torture in Geneva that US law prohibited such practices." He said, "My government's position is clear: US criminal law and treaty obligations prohibit torture. Torture is wrong." Why then, would Alberto Gonzales have created a memo to justify torture when he was White House counsel, and why would he have gone on to tell Congress that the Geneva Conventions were "quaint" and no longer applicable in the post 9/11 world? (See PBS) According to Newsweek, Gonzales wrote, "The nature of the new war places a high premium on other factors, such as the ability to quickly obtain information from captured terrorists and their sponsors in order to avoid further atrocities against American civilians ... In my judgment, this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions." To say now that the government's "position is clear" that "torture is wrong" is a blatant contradiction of these statements from the White House. None of this makes any sense, but why would anyone expect it to?

    May 9, 2006

    Former Bush Insider Cries Inside Job -- According to Indymedia, Morgan Reynolds, who served as George W. Bush's Labor Department Chief Economist in 2001-2002, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the Wisconsin Historical Society auditorium in Madison, Wisconsin, and accused Cheney, Bush, Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Meyer and others of "creat[ing] a false cover story of suicide hijackings in order to 'blow the World Trade Center to kingdom come' with explosives -- a shock-and-awe psy-op designed to coerce the American people into supporting a pre-planned "long war" in the Middle East, massive increases in military spending, and the rollback of Constitutional civil liberties." Whew! Read this! But in case you don't, here's one more quote to absorb: "Reynolds... believes that a 9/11 truth victory is looming on the near-term horizon. He predicted that one or more of the 9/11 insiders will soon 'give it up' and come forward with what they know."
  • The Standard reports that a letter from Iran's president to Bush "lifts hopes", as if Bush really wants a peaceful diplomatic resolution this current trumped up crisis. Bush, of course, wants to attack. If it's anything like the attack on Iraq, any attempts at finding a peaceful solution to the trumped up conflict between Iran and the West will be quickly aborted, avoided, hustled past to get on to the real objective: war, conquest, domination, plunder! The Standard paints this picture of a president that is fervently seeking a peaceful solution to this terrible crisis that has been foisted upon him, because of this rogue nation that wants to develop nuclear technology, they say for energy production. But Bush doesn't believe that, he wants to bomb them and remove any ambiguity. The Standard feels compelled to pretend Bush is seeking a peaceful "solution". I've believe I've seen this movie before.
  • How Low Can You Go? A USA Today gives Bush a 31% approval rating. Breaking 30 is a big step. I'm looking forward to it. According to USA Today, "Only four presidents have scored lower approval ratings since the Gallup Poll began regularly measuring it in the mid-1940s: Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and the first George Bush. When Nixon, Carter and the elder Bush sank below 35%, they never again registered above 40%." Never again.
  • Will Rove be Indicted? According to Raw Story, MSNBC reporter Keith Olberman said he's convinced Karl Rove will be indicted.
  • But What Has She Done for the Bushes Lately? Katharine Harris, who flagrantly shredded her virtue when she prevented a full counting of the votes so Bush could claim the presidency without really winning. But now, like Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega and many others, she's outlived her usefulness and has been cast off by Bush family, via Jeb, who says she can't win. The machine is hemorrhaging. Amputation is in order.

    May 10, 2006

  • Will Rove be indicted? David Shuster thinks so. Crooks & Liars
  • Vote Fraud in Ohio: The issue won't go away. Christopher Hitchens, whose pro-Iraq war stance has made him a sickening presence, seems to have taken a sanity pill when it comes to the vote fraud issue. He wrote an article for Vanity Fair about vote fraud in Ohio, advocating a court ordered inspection of the voting machines. The article includes a fairly good digest of the great variety of braincrunching voting anomalies of Ohio. One of many similar examples was Precinct lB of Gahanna, in Franklin County, where a computerized voting machine recorded a total of 4,258 votes for Bush and 260 votes for Kerry though there are only 800 registered voters in the precinct, of whom 638 showed up. This kind of thing occurred all over the state. Bush did not win Ohio, and therefore did not win the presidency. Again. These guys are slick, but their methods are not inscrutable. They succeed mostly because their lack of moral restraint is beyond the belief of most Americans. Make Them Accountable

    May 13, 2006

  • Rove Indicted? -- According to Jason Leopold "Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case, and instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 hours to get his affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said Saturday morning."
  • Bush's approval ratings break through 30 -- going down. He hits 29 in a new Harris poll. WSJ
  • And By the Way, Kerry Won -- He just didn't have the guts to do anything about it. Greg Palast

    May 14, 2006

  • Bush is Toast -- According to BBC's correspondent in Ohio.

    May 16, 2006

  • The Rove Indictment -- Is the Jason Leopold story true? Or too good to be? CBS. Leopold stands by the story. Says just wait. Democratic Underground

    May 17, 2006

  • Rove Indictment Story -- Who tricked whom? Will it happen? More on the Jason Leopold story on the Rove Indictment from Salon
  • The Perils of Washington Totalitarianism by Richard Reeves

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