If Vice President Dick Cheney thought his staged appearance on Fox News would put questions to rest over his shooting of a lawyer/friend during a hunting trip last weekend, he was wrong.
Granting a former White House aide’s demands for classified documents to aid his defense in the CIA leak investigation would torpedo the case, the prosecutor is arguing.
The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, breaking ranks with the president on domestic eavesdropping, says he wants a special court to oversee the program.
But less than a day later, a top aide to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., sought to clarify his position.
Prosecutors sought the maximum 10-year sentence against former U.S. Rep. Randy Cunningham, citing a "bribe menu" in which the decorated Vietnam veteran detailed what a defense contractor must pay in exchange for Pentagon business.
By CALVIN WOODWARD and NANCY BENAC
Vice President Dick Cheney said he didn’t immediately disclose his hunting accident because he wanted the confusing details to come out right. Instead, authorized accounts came out slowly — and often still wrong.
The result: a week of shifting blame, belatedly acknowledged beer consumption (not "zero" drinking after all) and evolving discrepancies in how the shooting happened, its aftermath and the way it was told to the nation.
"There’s a reason they call this crisis management," said corporate damage-control specialist Eric Dezenhall, "and that’s because it’s a mess."
By DALE McFEATTERS
Under White House pressure, the Senate Intelligence Committee flinched and backed away from an investigation of the Bush administration’s warrantless eavesdropping program.
By MAEVE RESTON
Sen. Arlen Specter is defending a staff member against published charges that millions of dollars in special defense projects had been directed to companies represented by the lobbying firm led by the aide’s husband.
By STAR PARKER
The House released its investigative report on Hurricane Katrina this week, under the title "A Failure of Initiative." The report is an indictment of government failure at all levels _ federal, state and local.
In 379 pages, plus 141 appendices, the report documents government failure in major areas that, if handled better, could have reduced the death and damage caused by Katrina.
But it is also important to note what the report does not say. Nowhere is there any conclusion that the poor response resulted from racism.
By KATHERINE SHRADER
A federal judge ordered the Bush administration on Thursday to release documents about its warrantless surveillance program or spell out what it is withholding, a setback to efforts to keep the program under wraps.
By KATHERINE SHRADER
It could be campaign-year jitters. President Bush’s controversial eavesdropping program has irritated congressional Democrats and even some Republicans.
To some, the shift is pure politics as lawmakers worry about the November elections or look ahead to 2008. They are emboldened by fundamental legal questions about the National Security Agency’s monitoring and Bush’s weak public support on terrorism, once his bread-and-butter issue.
To others, it’s Congress reasserting itself as an equal branch of government.