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1:05 PM ET, August 27, 2007


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Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Gonzales Resigns as Attorney General  —  ­ Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose tenure has been marred by controversy and accusations of perjury before Congress, has resigned.  A senior administration official said he would announce the decision later this morning in Washington.
Attorney General Gonzales resigns, officials say  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned, senior administration officials told CNN Monday.  —  Many lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have long called for his ouster after the firing of several U.S. attorneys in 2006.
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Resigns  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced his resignation today, ending a controversial cabinet tenure that included clashes with Congress over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and over the use of warrantless wiretaps in the war on terror.
Think Progress:
CNN: Bush Plans To Install Inexperienced, Bush Loyalist Clay Johnson At Homeland Security  —  This morning, CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reported that "very senior level sources" inside the administration are telling her that Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff will replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
CNN Political Ticker:
Senior admin. officials: Chertoff may get nod  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush may nominate Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to replace Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, senior administration officials told CNN Monday.  —  Chertoff, 53, previously sat on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court …
Discussion: The Swamp and Talking Points Memo
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Democrats' responsibility in the wake of Gonzales' resignation  —  One of the most blatantly dishonest political hacks ever to occupy the position of U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, has now resigned.  This is a real moment of truth for the Democratic Congress.
Think Progress:
BREAKING: Alberto Gonzales Resigns  —  The New York Times reports Alberto Gonzales will announce his resignation later this morning: … U.S. News reported this weekend, "The buzz among top Bushies is that beleaguered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales finally plans to depart and will be replaced …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gonzales quits  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is resigning, long after he had become a persistent embarrassment to President Bush, two senior administration officials told Politico.  —  The announcement was to come later today.  The acting attorney general with be Solicitor General Paul Clement.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Gonzales Presser At 10:30 am ET  —  A press conference is scheduled for 10:30 am ET at the DOJ for the Alberto Gonzales resignation.  CNN reports that President Bush will be making a live statement at 11:30 am ET this morning from Waco, TX.  (Anyone know if Chertoff is in Waco for some reason this morning?)
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
US Attorney General Gonzales resigns
CNN Political Ticker:
Shades of US Attorney flap at Bush's first stop
Discussion: The Hill
Mark Silva / Chicago Tribune:   Gonzales: 'I have lived the American dream'
The Politico:
Gonzales exit shows Bush retooling to fight Congress
Discussion: The Swamp
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:   Gonzales Presser Live at 10:30 am ET
Andrew Cohen / Bench Conference:   Good Riddance  —  When historians look back upon the disastrous tenure …
Washington Wire:
Lunch and a Resignation Letter in Crawford
Discussion: postpolitical
MSNBC:   Gonzales has resigned as attorney general
Associated Press:
Reaction to Gonzales' Resignation
Carolynne Wheeler / Telegraph:
Palestinians back caliphate over politics  —  By day, they are the middle class, putting in days as mild-mannered teachers, factory supervisors and office clerks.  —  But by night, the growing number of supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Islamic fundamentalists who reject modern democracy …
Discussion: TigerHawk and Weasel Zippers
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
'Hamas in Damascus ordered a mega attack'
Megan Greenwell / Washington Post:
Iraqi Leaders Reach Accord On Prisoners, Ex-Baathists  —  After Meeting, Maliki Berates Clinton and Other Democrats  —  Iraq's top five political leaders announced an agreement Sunday night to release thousands of prisoners being held without charge and to reform the law that has kept thousands …
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
U.S. sponsors Islamic convention  —  The Justice Department is co-sponsoring a convention held by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) — an unindicted co-conspirator in an ongoing federal terrorist funding case — a move that is raising concerns among the Justice's rank and file.
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iraqi insurgents taking cut of U.S. rebuilding money  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq's deadly insurgent groups have financed their war against U.S. troops in part with hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.S. rebuilding funds that they've extorted from Iraqi contractors in Anbar province.
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Poll: Young voters disenchanted with Republican party  —  Two larger-than-life politicians, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan, charged into the California governor's office with the help of young voters, many of whom were drawn to the Republican Party by a message of sunny optimism.
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