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Last year, something was declared rotten in the Department of Justice and then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was sent packing amid a scandal over politicized hiring and firing practices within the DoJ. Now, an investigation has concluded that a top aide to Gonzales, Monica Goodling, was a key instrument of that abuse of power.

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Charlie Black, lobbyist and adviser to Sen. John McCain's campaign, has apologized for his statements suggesting that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would stand to gain from another terrorist attack on American soil. Rescinding his earlier claims, Black said, "I deeply regret the comments. They were inappropriate."

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As former White House press secretary Scott McClellan continues to catch major flak from Bush loyalists for "snitching" on Dubya and select presidential sidekicks in his new memoir, another erstwhile Bush aide, Mike Turk, has come out in support of McClellan's fightin' words in an interview with The Huffington Post.

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Internal shake-ups among Sen. John McCain's campaign aides, unusual structuring choices within his camp and the worry among some Republicans that their presumptive nominee isn't capitalizing sufficiently on the Democrats' current chaos are all spelling trouble for Team McCain.

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One of President Bush's closest advisers will celebrate this Independence Day by liberating himself from the White House inner circle. Dan Bartlett, who has served as Bush's aide since his early political beginnings in Texas, announced on Friday (his 36th birthday) that he will be stepping down around July 4 to seek a new career.

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Michael Gerson wrote every major speech of Bush's presidency, led a crusade to fund the fight against AIDS, malaria and poverty, and pushed for stronger action in Darfur. He also formulated Bush's plan to spread democracy around the globe--with somewhat mixed results. No apparent scandal here: He'd been talking about leaving since 2004.

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The president's former top domestic policy aide allegedly tried to swindle Target and Hecht's stores out of more than $5,000. He resigned last month, claiming he wanted to spend more time with his family. (In some parts of the world, that's called a lie.) This is the guy LA Weekly called "a notorious homophobe, a ferocious enemy of abortion and an opponent of safe-sex education."

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