Paul McNulty's resignation from the second highest job in the Justice Department couldn't have come at a worse time for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales even if the financial needs of raising a family was McNulty's primary motivation and not the political scandal swirling around the firing of the U.S. attorneys. The pressure for Gonzales to follow suit has just been turned up.
Shrugging off a possible veto from President George W. Bush, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday demanded the administration develop a plan to transfer detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Justice Department has a simple message for Congress: If you want Karl Rove's emails, talk to Rove.
The boys at Justice say they can only find two of the missives that some say will prove Rove was up to his keister in the scandal over politically-motivated firings of U.S. attorneys.
| Paul Wolfowitz (AP)|
Paul Wolfowitz's future as World Bank president rests with the 24 board members who are trying to resolve conflict of interest charges that have roiled the poverty fighting institution.
The board planned to resume deliberations Thursday.
Wolfowitz wants a face-saving deal that would allow him to resign under his own terms and escape some blame for the furor involving his girlfriend's compensation.
| James Comey testifies (AP)|
Call it another classic example of an out-of-control Presidential administration trampling the Constitution into the dust. It took the personal intervention of President George W. Bush in 2004 to circumvent the law, ignore the protests of his own Attorney General, and continue an illegal eavesdropping program that spied on Americans.
Even then Attorney General John Ashcroft knew what the President wanted to do was illegal and threatened to resign over the White House actions.
But Bush, as he has done so many times before and enabled by administration yes man Alberto Gonzales, put himself and his agenda above the law and proceeded, knowing that he could ride roughshod over the Constitution, stare down a cowardly Congress and ignore the inevitable court decisions that would fact his acts unconstitutional.
Looks like embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz is the latest casualty of the George W. Bush "Brownie you're doing a heck of a job" syndrome.
After weeks of "unqualified" support, White House officials are now backing away from Wolfie faster than a champion horse at The Kentucky Derby.
Clearly, Wolfowitz's days are numbered.
|Â Paul McMulty (AP)|
Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said Monday he will resign, becoming the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys.
| Alberto Gonzales (AP)|
Politics played a major role in the firings of at least half of the U.S. attorneys targeted for removal by the Bush Administration last year.
Despite claims by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the White House that the lawyers were removed "for cause," newly-discovered documents show complaints by Republican lawmakers resulted in removal of at least six of the attorneys and possibly more.
Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized President Bush on Saturday as running a "government of the few, for the few and by the few."
"For six long years the hardworking families of our middle class have been invisible to this president," she said, promising to be a president who again sets goals for the country.
| Troops hunt for missing soldiers (AP)|
When President George W. Bush first proposed his latest "troop surge" as another ploy to rescue his failed Iraq war strategy, Pentagon planners warned him the plan would increase American casualties in the civil-war torn country.
One estimate said the American death toll could top 10,000 by the end of 2008 and troop deaths have surged in recent weeks — the latest an attack on a military patrol that left five dead and three missing.
Although the "official" line out of both the Pentagon and the White House claims the surge is showing progress, the facts from soldiers on the ground says Baghdad and Iraq are becoming more and more dangerous and American casualties will continue to rise at alarming rates.