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The Justice Department has released nine secret memos and opinions written by the Office of Legal Counsel that authorized some of the Bush administration's unlawful national security policies.

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Is Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about to be impeached on grounds of loopiness, obnoxiousness and a bad haircut? It is unclear to me what else Blagojevich has done that a duly constituted jury would find illegal.

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Obama's statements in the Blagojevich case have been cautious and precise. For most politicians, that would be good enough. For the man who inspired the nation with a promise of "change we can believe in," it's not.

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Democrats and Republicans cut a deal in Congress on Thursday to rewrite controversial surveillance legislation. It's being billed as a compromise, but civil rights advocates are groaning over concessions including virtual immunity for telecommunications companies and the ability to spy on Americans without a warrant.

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The Bush administration's domestic spying program has depended on the willing participation of America's telecommunications giants, and all but one, Qwest, were willing to comply. Truthdig contributor Onnesha Roychoudhuri investigates the complex world of national security and regulation to find out whether Qwest's extraordinary bad luck in recent years has been more than a coincidence -- and what it means for what's left of your privacy.

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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.

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Bush attends the services of Coretta Scott King while simultaneously pressing on with a warrantless spying program | story
Forty years ago, the FBI used illegal wiretaps in an attempt to blackmail King's husband | Truthdig files
Plus a change.

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Newly released documents from the Ford administration show that it, too, tried to eavesdrop without warrants. | story
And in an "apple doesn't fall far from the tree" moment, then-CIA Director George H.W. Bush "complained that some major communications companies were unwilling to install government wiretaps without a judge's approval," according to the article.

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