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White House:
President Bush and President Calderón Participate in a Joint Press Availability  —  PRESIDENT CALDERÓN: (As translated.)  Good morning, Mr. President, dear friends from the media.  I thank you for being here in this press conference.  I would like to thank …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and First Draft
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bush defends Gonzales: Just some confusion and mismanagement is all....  Update: (second video added) George Bush was questioned about Alberto Gonzales' role in the firing of US Attorneys in Mexico today.  He wasn't too happy about it.  He used the "pleasure of the President" talking point-called it a problem of "mismanagement."
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Bush Defends Gonzales in Firing of Prosecutors  —  President Bush defended Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today amid the furor over the firing of federal prosecutors, but he said he was troubled over the clumsy handling of the dismissals.  —  "I do have confidence in Attorney General Al Gonzales …
Editor and Publisher:
Editorial Pages Call for Axing Attorney General  —  NEW YORK The New York Times got the editorial ball rolling on Monday, calling for the firing of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales due largely, if not completely, to the burgeoning scandal involving the forced departure of eight U.S. attorneys.
Real Cities:
Current situation is distinct from Clinton firings of U.S. attorneys  —  WASHINGTON - The Bush administration and its defenders like to point out that President Bush isn't the first president to fire U.S. attorneys and replace them with loyalists.  —  While that's true, the current case is different.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Trap That Gonzales Fell Into
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Republican says Gonzales should be fired
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush Defends Gonzales's Decision
Discussion: Firedoglake
Stuart M. Gerson / Washington Post:
Inside the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys Controversy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:   Fired attorneys say apologies are in order
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton and Obama Court Jewish Vote  —  As Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama compete for Jewish donors and voters, Mrs. Clinton is following a tried-and-true rule of hers from New York — support Israel to the last — while Mr. Obama is trying a more delicate strategy that hit some bumps this week.
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MIL-IRAQ-US SOLDIERS  —  Baghdad security crackdown seriously curbs killings of US soldiers  —  The rate of killings of US troops in Iraq has been on the decline, down by 60 percent, since the launch of the new security measures in Baghdad, according to statistics revealed …
Robert F. Moore / NY Daily News:
No deal, Kerik says to plea offer & prison time  —  Disgraced former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik borrowed a line from a popular game show after federal prosecutors made him a plea offer that would have required him to do time:  —  No deal.  —  "He rejected the plea deal because he paid …
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Andrew Zajac / Chicago Tribune:
Fitzgerald: Rove tried to limit choice  —  WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.) said Tuesday that White House political adviser Karl Rove told him in the spring of 2001 that he should limit his choice for U.S. attorney in Chicago to someone from Illinois.
Bloomberg:
Giuliani Law Firm Lobbies in Texas for Chavez-Controlled Citgo  —  Rudolph Giuliani's law firm lobbies for Citgo Petroleum Corp., a unit of the state-owned oil company controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the U.S.'s chief antagonist in the Western Hemisphere.
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Some progress may mean hope for Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD - Bomb deaths have gone down 30 percent in Baghdad since the U.S.-led security crackdown began a month ago.  Execution-style slayings are down by nearly half.  The once frequent sound of weapons has been reduced to episodic …
Nicolette Hahn Niman / New York Times:
Pig Out  —  WITH some fanfare, the world's largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, recently announced that it intended to phase out certain cages for its breeding females.  Called gestation crates, the cages virtually immobilize pigs during their pregnancies in metal stalls so narrow they are unable to turn around.
Associated Press:
French High Court Rejects Gay Marriage  —  PARIS (AP) - France's highest court Tuesday rejected as unlawful the first marriage by a gay couple in France, annulling the union of the two men.  —  Stephane Charpin and Bertrand Charpentier were married in a civil ceremony on June 5, 2004 …
Alan K. Simpson / Washington Post:
Bigotry That Hurts Our Military  —  As a lifelong Republican who served in the Army in Germany, I believe it is critical that we review — and overturn — the ban on gay service in the military.  I voted for "don't ask, don't tell."  But much has changed since 1993.
 
 
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A Debt of Gratitude  —  WHY IS BUSH SO OBSESSED WITH UNGRATEFUL FOREIGNERS?
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Why We Need the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007
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House presses on open government agenda
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I DON'T KNOW THAT THIS IS AIMED AT ME, because frankly I doubt …
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