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Abu Ghraib: One of Al’s Claims to Fame

It was among the worst nightmares of U.S. history, and it sprang from the brutal thinking that Attorney General Gonzales trafficked in.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Craig

Sen. Craig: ‘I Am Not Gay’

The Idaho senator who was arrested on charges of committing a lewd act in a Minnesota airport apologizes for the scandal but emphatically denies that he is gay: “Let me be clear: I am not gay. I never have been gay.” For the record, if a movie is ever made of this fiasco, Craig simply has to be played by John Lithgow.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


Incompetent, Corrupt or Worse

With Alberto Gonzales’ resignation, the president has lost not only a buddy willing to humiliate himself before Congress but a loyal agent who, whether knowingly or not, helped co-opt the federal government.

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


Gonzales
nytimes.com

Gone, but Not Forgotten

Alberto Gonzales is stepping down, but he and the White House may still have to face the music. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid showed no sign of backing down following the resignation announcement: “Congress must get to the bottom of this mess and follow the facts where they lead, into the White House.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


Gonzales Resigns

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Bush

Bush on His Administration’s (Lack of) Accountability

Asked for clear examples of his “commitment” to accountability, President Bush first cites “Scooter” Libby as someone who has been held accountable (sure, before he got pardoned) and then flies into a tailspin over the presumptive innocence of Alberto “Al” Gonzales, dropping doozies like this along the way: “I haven’t seen Congress say he’s done anything wrong.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2007 READ MORE


Leahy

Leahy Snaps at White House Stonewaller

Bush lackey Scott Jennings gives Sen. Pat Leahy the broken-record treatment, which has become so familiar. Witness Leahy’s frustration break as Jennings refuses even to describe his duties: “Let’s not be too contemptuous of this committee. ... You work at the White House. You’re paid for by taxpayers. You work for the American people. I’m just asking you what kind of work you do.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Liar Liar

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has once again been caught in a lie, or, to be charitable, an unfortunate incongruity. Testifying before Congress, FBI Director Robert Mueller twice contradicted Gonzales’ sworn testimony, lending credence to the testimony of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who also disagreed with Gonzales’ version of the facts.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


Scandal Fatigue

It’s way past bedtime for Gonzo. At this point, every day Alberto Gonzales continues as attorney general means more dishonor for the office and the nation—and higher blood pressure for Senate Judiciary Committee members trying desperately to get a straight answer out of the man.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


Libby
nytimes.com

Libby Goes Free

Just hours after a federal appeals panel told I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to go directly to jail without passing go, President Bush stepped in to commute his sentence, thus setting the former Cheney aide and star of Plamegate free. Libby will still have to pay a $250,000 fine, so look for him on the lecture circuit.

Posted on Jul 2, 2007 READ MORE


David Iglesias
dailylobo.com

More Dirt on the GOP’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Campaign

Ousted U.S. Attorney David Iglesias says he believes he was fired, in part, for failing to meet the obsessive demands of a nonprofit organization with ties to the Republican Party that allegedly sought to limit the voting rights of minorities.  Is there a more heinous political practice than the disenfranchisement of minority voters after so long a struggle?

Posted on Jul 1, 2007 READ MORE


President’s Best Friend

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Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani Explains Iraq Study Group Absenteeism

Rudy Giuliani is in damage control mode, now that people have noticed that during his two-month tour as a member of the Iraq Study Group he missed two meetings in order to make paid appearances. The candidate called his participation in the group a mistake, both because he intended to run for office and because it “didn’t seem that I would really be able to keep the thing focused on a bipartisan, nonpolitical resolution.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


From Katrina to Gonzales: Incompetence Reigns

Now that there will be no vote of “no confidence” in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, we must ask an impertinent question: What, exactly, are we supposed to have confidence in?

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


Lowering the Bar

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Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE    


White House Blasted Justice Officials for Revealing Rove Cronyism

An e-mail contained in a batch of documents released to the Senate on Tuesday exposed a searing rebuke from then-White House political affairs director Sara Taylor, who criticized Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty for revealing that a U.S. attorney in Arkansas was fired to make room for a Karl Rove protege, not because of performance.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


Gonzales

Impeach Gonzales: Part 2

Check out Robert Greenwald’s latest effort to get a review of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ shenanigans in the U.S. attorney/voter fraud scandal.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


Wolfowitz’s Next Assignment

The satirist jokes that George W. Bush, recognizing Paul Wolfowitz’s uncanny ability to blow it, has decided to appoint the former Iraq war salesman and World Bank scandal magnet as the president of al-Qaida.

Posted on May 27, 2007 READ MORE


Republicans Play Softball With Scandal

With one startling revelation after another rolling out of the Justice Department, one would think congressional Republicans would feel enough duty to the Constitution, their constituents and themselves to investigate the assault on one of America’s most sacred institutions.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


Alberto Gonzales

Greenwald’s Latest Call for Gonzales Impeachment

Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films put together this montage of the attorney general’s humiliating and incompetent testimony.  The president continues to back Gonzales.  You can add your voice to a growing chorus calling for his ouster.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE


Hi Ho Schemer!

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Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Has ‘Full Confidence’ in Gonzales

More lawmakers are calling for Alberto Gonzales’ resignation and the Senate is even considering a symbolic no-confidence vote, but the White House announced Friday that the president will stand by his man: “The attorney general has the full confidence of the president. ... We think he’s been a very strong attorney general and we continue to support him.”

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


How Low Can Gonzales Go?

We already knew Alberto Gonzales was happy to bend the law to suit the bidding of the president, but accosting a sick man in his hospital room? The more one learns about him, the more unbelievable it is that this man is still our attorney general.

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


Wolfowitz
nytimes.com

Wolfie Waves Goodbye

Paul Wolfowitz will resign as president of the World Bank, effective June 30. He continued to insist that he behaved ethically while arranging a major raise for his girlfriend, but an internal investigation at the bank found otherwise.

Posted on May 17, 2007 READ MORE


Care to Change Your Tune, Mr. Gonzales?

Sens. Feingold, Schumer, Kennedy and Durbin have asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales if he cares to revise previous testimony after the revelations of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who gave contradictory testimony about Gonzales’ attempt to “take advantage of a very sick man.” If you’ve been overwhelmed by Bush administration scandals and missed the details of this one, here’s a primer.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


Watergate Without the Break-In

It is time to stop referring to the “fired U.S attorneys scandal” by that misnomer, and call it what it is: a White House-coordinated effort to use the vast powers of the Justice Department to swing elections to Republicans.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


Comey

Bush’s Showdown With the Justice Department

Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey reveals the circumstances surrounding the reauthorization of the domestic spying program, including then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales’ late-night visit to an ailing John Ashcroft in order to “take advantage of a very sick man who did not have the powers of the attorney general” at the time.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


Buck Up, Wolfie: There’s Always eHarmony

The satirist reports that the World Bank president’s girlfriend no longer feels she can function effectively in that role and has decided to start seeing other banks.

Posted on May 13, 2007 READ MORE


Wolfowitz and Tenet
AP Photo

Bush Alums Reap Their Rewards

It’s no wonder that an administration that celebrated and rewarded liars and opportunists would produce the likes of Paul Wolfowitz, who followed up the Iraq disaster with a scandal at the World Bank, and George Tenet, who held his tongue until the price was right. But how do they sleep at night?

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


Self Promotion

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Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


They Wanna Be Like Ron

With President Bush slumping in the polls, it’s no wonder the Republican candidates chose to model Ronald Reagan at their first debate. The front-runners, especially, avoided mentioning Bush almost as urgently as the topic of abortion. Iran-Contra just pales in comparison to Niger-WMD-Katrina-U.S. Attorney-Missing E-mail-Secret Prison-Jeff Gannon-Domestic Spying-Halliburton-Abu Ghraib-Plame-Gate.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


Time to Crack Down on the Student Loan Cesspool

The markers of a mushrooming student loan scandal are identical to so many of the rest: The Bush administration, determined to turn the federal government into a favor bank for its corporate cronies, ignored every indicator that the $85-billion-a-year student loan industry was rife with corruption.

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


AIDS Czar Caught With His Pants Down

Abstinence advocate and Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias had to resign after admitting to $300 “massages” furnished by the “D.C. madam,” but the real scandal is the administration’s support—to the tune of billions of dollars—for a faith-based AIDS prevention philosophy that simply doesn’t work.

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


Senate Panel Demands Gonzales-Rove E-Mails

The Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday, demanding in full any e-mails between the attorney general and Karl Rove. Committee Chairman Pat Leahy also warned Gonzales that if wants to avoid further subpoenas, he’d better provide previously requested information, as promised.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


DC Madam
news.bbc.co.uk

Alleged D.C. Madam Will Name Clients

Deborah Palfrey, the alleged head of a multimillion-dollar prostitution service in the nation’s capital, says she plans to call on high-profile clients to testify at her trial. Last week a deputy secretary of state who had called for cracking down on global prostitution admitted he was a client of her escort service and resigned.

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


Really?!

‘SNL’ Skewers Gonzales

“Saturday Night Live’s” Weekend Update takes embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the woodshed over his preposterous testimony: “The best thing anyone can say about Gonzales’ testimony was that he didn’t use the word nappy, and he remembered to wear pants.”

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


American Idle

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Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Stewart

‘Daily Show’ on Wolfowitz

Jon Stewart swings away at the Wolfowitz scandal: “Last week it was disclosed Wolfowitz had used his influence to get a promotion and a raise for his longtime paramour, World Bank employee Shaha Ali Riza—considered to be a foremost expert on the Middle East. Which means—you know what they say—opposites attract.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


Wolfowitz
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Heck of a Job, Wolfie

Paul Wolfowitz, the former deputy secretary of defense who helped sell a stupid war, now finds himself in a bit of trouble. As head of the World Bank, he secured a cushy pay raise for his girlfriend, lied about it and alienated his staff in the process. Not to worry—President Bush still thinks he’s doing a bang-up job.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann Debunks White House E-Mail Claims

Keith Olbermann interviews a computer forensics expert, who explains various ways the White House might uncover those pesky missing e-mails. All in all, the chances that up to 5 million e-mails have completely disappeared are very slim.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


Rove Loses His Grip

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Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE


Imus
msnbc.com

MSNBC Drops Imus

MSNBC announced it will no longer air “Imus in the Morning,” as the uproar over the radio host’s racist comment continues and several prominent sponsors withdrew advertising. CBS, which controls the radio version of Imus’ show, has not said whether it too will cancel the program or merely stick with a suspension.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 READ MORE


Scientists Study Memory Loss Among Politicians

This week the satirist targets the convenient forgetfulness of politicians, who so frequently can’t remember why, when and how they screwed up.

Posted on Apr 9, 2007 READ MORE


Bad Habits Die Hard

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Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


Ignore the Pundits and Bark Louder

The Washington press elite has warned the Democrats not to pursue the U.S. attorney scandal, but lawmakers should listen to the polls, not the “cable sages” who have so frequently been wrong.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


Aide: U.S. Attorney Firings Were Politically Motivated

According to prepared remarks obtained in advance of his testimony, Alberto Gonzales’ former chief of staff believes the eight U.S. attorneys were fired for political reasons: “A U.S. attorney who is unsuccessful from a political perspective ... is unsuccessful.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy warned that even Gonzales’ resignation would not derail his investigation into the firings.

Posted on Mar 28, 2007 READ MORE


Up a Tree Without a Pardon

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Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Justice Department Official to Avoid Testimony

The Justice Department’s liaison to the White House announced she would take the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination rather than testify in the U.S. attorney scandal. Meanwhile, Alberto Gonzales said he was “really pained” by diminishing support from lawmakers.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Seeing Presidential Privilege Through a Partisan Lens

The looming showdown over subpoenas and presidential privilege is as insincere as it is distracting. How quickly politicians forget their rock-hard principles when applying them to another administration. The politicization of the justice system is a real scandal—one that demands an open inquiry.

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


DeLay’s New Career: Comedian

Tom DeLay’s new self-obsessed memoir, “No Retreat, No Surrender,” turns out to be a hoot from start to finish. Take the title—this from a man who ended his disgraced career with a resignation.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


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