White House

Bush consoles victims, families

Representing America’s anguish, President Bush told Virginia Tech students and teachers at a somber convocation Tuesday that the nation was praying for them and “there’s a power in these prayers.”

“It’s impossible to make sense of such violence and suffering,” Bush said at a memorial service on the campus where 33 people, including the suspected gunman, died in shootings the day before.

While House claims it can recover some emails

The White House should be able to recover an undetermined number of e-mails — perhaps millions of messages — that accidentally disappeared from its servers during a program conversion, an administration official said Monday.

Cheney abandons old friend Libby

In the nearly six weeks since his close friend and former chief of staff was convicted of lying and obstructing an investigation, Vice President Dick Cheney has not once spoken to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

Why?

“Well, there hasn’t been occasion to do so,” Cheney said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Gonzales: ‘I have nothing to hide’

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, fighting to save his job, said in prepared Senate testimony Sunday he has “nothing to hide” in the firings of eight federal prosecutors but claimed a hazy memory about his involvement in them.

Bush headed for showdown with Dems

President George W. Bush is preparing for a new week of tough political battles with his Democratic opponents amid an atmosphere of mutual hostility and suspicion.

On Tuesday, Democrats will have a politically charged meeting with key Bush ally Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to hear his explanation about the firings of eight federal prosecutors, who they suspect fell victim to a White House-managed purge.

Bush wants expanded spy powers

The Bush administration asked Congress Friday to allow monitoring of more foreigners in the United States during intelligence investigations.

The plan is one of several proposed changes, which have been in the works for more than a year, that go to the heart of a key U.S. surveillance law.

The administration says the changes are intended to help the government better address national security threats by updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to bring it into line with rapid changes in communications technology.

Politics plays big in U.S. attorney evaluations

The Justice Department weighed political activism and membership in a conservative law group in evaluating the nation’s federal prosecutors, documents released in the probe of fired U.S. attorney show.

The political credentials were listed on a chart of all 124 U.S. attorneys nominated since 2001, a document that could bolster Democrats’ claims that the traditionally independent Justice Department has become more partisan during the Bush administration.

E-mail controversy spotlights Rove

041307rove.jpgWhite House political adviser Karl Rove was embroiled in a new controversy over potentially missing e-mails on Friday, the latest twist in the firings of eight U.S. prosecutors last year.

The White House disclosed that the Republican National Committee in early 2006 took away Rove’s ability to delete e-mails sent and received through a party e-mail account.

Let’s focus on a real issue: Alberto Gonzales

040709gonzalessm.jpgOne would think Attorney General Alberto Gonzales would have already thrown in the towel. His two top staff members have resigned and Congress is demanding more documents from him, and his anticipated testimony before a Senate hearing is expected to produce fireworks.

So, what makes him tick? What’s back there?