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Associated Press:
Lawyer: Rove didn't delete e-mails in fired attorneys case … WASHINGTON (AP) — Karl Rove's lawyer on Friday dismissed the notion that President Bush's chief political adviser intentionally deleted his own e-mails from a Republican-sponsored server, saying Rove believed the communications …
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Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Rove E-Mail Sought by Congress May Be Missing  —  RNC Took Away His Access to Delete Files in 2005  —  A lawyer for the Republican National Committee told congressional staff members yesterday that the RNC is missing at least four years' worth of e-mail from White House senior adviser Karl Rove …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
White House Tells Democrats No Deal on Rove Testimony or E-mails  —  White House Counsel Fred Fielding, in a letter today, told Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, that the White House has not budged in its refusal …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Bush administration's terrible luck with finding documents  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  I feel — in this vaguely intuitive sort of way — as though there is some kind of a pattern buried within this set of facts, but as much as I search, I just can't quite figure out what it might be:
Nico / Think Progress:
Exclusive: White House Held Meeting To Pressure Reporters …
Discussion: NION and The Carpetbagger Report
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: Firedoglake and indict dick cheney
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Missing E-Mail May Be Related to Prosecutors
BBC:
Pressure grows on World Bank boss  —  The executive board of the World Bank has said it did not approve a hefty pay rise ordered by its president Paul Wolfowitz for his partner.  —  Mr Wolfowitz has faced calls to resign after admitting he helped Shaha Riza win a promotion to a high-paying job at the international lender.
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Washington Post:
Wolfowitz Apologizes For 'Mistake'  —  At World Bank, Boos Over Pay for Girlfriend  —  World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz publicly apologized yesterday for the "mistake" of personally orchestrating a high-paying job and guaranteed promotions for a bank employee with whom he is romantically involved …
Krishna Guha / Financial Times:
World Bank pledges action on Wolfowitz
Nico / Think Progress:
White House Claims Bush Was In The Dark About Iraq Troop Extensions, Fueling Speculation  —  On Tuesday, President Bush addressed the American Legion and accused Congress of forcing U.S. troops to extend their deployments in Iraq: … The very next day, his own Pentagon announced …
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White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
The Worst Person in the World—Continued  —  Solidarity with Karen...Keith Olbermann and I share a beloved high school English teacher—Arthur Naething.  We've done tributes together for the guy.  I love the way Keith writes and thinks.  I love his program.
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Karen Tumulty / TIME: Swampland:
The Worst Person in the World: Me, I'm Told
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TerryMoran:
DON'T FEEL TOO SORRY FOR THE DUKIES  —  Mike Nifong, the North Carolina prosecutor who pursued a case of rape and kidnapping against three Duke University lacrosse players, has been found to have been reckless and deceitful in the discharge of his duties according to the state's attorney general.
Ann Friedman / TAPPED:
CONSERVATIVES DECRY POLITICIZATION OF THE FDA.  Oh, this is rich: The Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America are suing the FDA over the agency's approval of Plan B emergency contraception for over-the-counter sale.  Their complaint?  The FDA's decision was politically motivated.
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Amy Fagan / Washington Times:
Family groups sue FDA over contraceptive
Discussion: Feministing
Washington Post:
In White House Plan, War 'Czar' Would Cut Through Bureaucracy  —  When the commanding general in Iraq needed people for a rule-of-law initiative, he had to send a memo to the U.S. Central Command.  That command forwarded it to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The Joint Chiefs forwarded it to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Discussion: FP Passport and Shakesville
Tim F. / Balloon Juice:
Our Government In A Nutshell  —  Via Drum, a Republican criticizes the current administration: … The scandal du jour involves too much chumminess between universities and the student loan industry, but he could be talking about any regulatory body in today's government.
Discussion: NewsHog and Political Animal
Steve Connor / The Independent:
The prospect of all-female conception  —  Women might soon be able to produce sperm in a development that could allow lesbian couples to have their own biological daughters, according to a pioneering study published today.  —  Scientists are seeking ethical permission to produce synthetic sperm cells …
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic politicians lose a soapbox with Imus  —  His show gave many of them a way to reach a national audience of white males — a crucial voting bloc.  —  WASHINGTON — They came by the hundreds that hot August day in tiny Johnson City, Tenn., gathering on an asphalt parking lot to meet …
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Q: When is "denial" not denial  —  A: When it's taking a courageous stand on behalf of sinister conspiracies and the greater truthiness.  From feministing, "You will not shame me": … [all emphases mine]  —  Well, Samhita's right about one thing: we certainly can't shame her anymore than she already shames herself here.
Zogby:
Zogby Poll: Giuliani, Clinton Hold Wide Leads in Nevada  —  Giuliani leads Republicans with 37% support and Clinton tops Democrat rivals at 35% as other major candidates lag behind  —  Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has surged to a double-digit lead over his Republican rivals …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
It's The End Of The World As I Know It ...  ... and I feel fine!  —  I will go to the day job as a call center manager for the last time today.  On Monday, I start my new full-time position with Blog Talk Radio as Political Director and will provide full-time commentary through my blog and my new daily BTR show.
White House:
President Bush Attends National Catholic Prayer Breakfast  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all; please be seated.  Good morning.  Thank you.  It's good to be with you.  You know how to make a Methodist feel right at home.  (Laughter.)
 
 
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Justice Department Tracked Federalist Society Influence On U.S. Attorneys
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Tons of Food Spoiled As FEMA Ran Out Of Storage Space
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The consequences of a religious-right takeover (or lack thereof)
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