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A small legal question!

by Basheert @4:35 PM MDT

Just to fling this out and see if anyone can answer this for me. Within those thousands of pages of emails, it was shown that many involved were utilizing outside email addresses at the domain site owned by the RNC. Is email using outside web servers protected by Executive Privilege? If you utilize an external email address, can you claim Privilege once it leaves a secure server?

I genuinely would like an opinion on this issue, from someone who might actually know how this might work.

I understand that Yahoo and Hotmail were also used as external email servers. How can that information be privileged if it is held on a server that is not internally controlled and the information could be available to their IT people?

HELP please?

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John McCain’s Straight Talk in Neverland

by Basheert @4:08 PM MDT

Michael Ware is a very well respected, extremely knowledgable reporter who has been in Iraq for the entire U.S. occupation. His reports on CNN are fascinating and well detailed. He knows what he is talking about, and conveys his skepticism on the current “surge” and “war path” we are on in very strong reporting. He appropriately nails John McCain for his usual lying comments. Good on ya Michael!!!


HERE

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by S-Q @ 3:45 PM MDT

RAW STORY

Published: Tuesday March 27, 2007

“Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales and U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald are scheduled to appear together Tuesday for the first time since information surfaced that Fitzgerald received a mediocre rating in a Justice Department review,” according to Tuesday editions of the Chicago Tribune.

“Gonzales is scheduled to appear at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago to discuss the “Project Safe Childhood” campaign — designed to protect kids from online predators — with Fitzgerald and Ernie Allen, chief executive of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children,” the Tibune says. “But he’s likely to face reporters’ questions about Fitzgerald being ranked as undistinguished on a chart sent from his department to the White House in 2005, as well as the controversial fall firings of a group of U.S. attorneys.

According to the paper, Fitzgerald’s mediocre rating “has been the subject of much joking among prosecutors, federal agents, defense lawyers and the media in the city, especially at the building where Fitzgerald has earned accolades for sweeping public corruption investigations.”

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Impeachment Threat Is Real!!

by S-Q @1:25 PM MDT

CBS

The Nation: Growing Scandals And Abuses Force Impeachment Into Discussion

(The Nation) This column was written by John Nichols.

Former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough had me on his MSNBC show Monday night to talk about impeachment.

It was smart, civil discussion that treated the prospect of impeaching the president as a serious matter.

Scarborough took the lead in suggesting that Bush’s biggest problem might be that Republicans in the House and Senate who — fearful of the threat Bush poses to their political survival — do not appear to be rallying ’round the president. The host’s sentiments were echoed by two other guests, columnist Mike Barnicle and Salon’s Joan Walsh.

The impetus for the show was Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel’s ongoing discussion of the impeachment prospect — Hagel’s not quite a supporter of sanctioning Bush, more a speculator about the prospect — and a new column by Robert Novak that suggests Bush has dwindling support within the congressional wing of the GOP.

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Thanks To Bush, The GOP Committed Suicide!

by S-Q @12:20 PM MDT

Salon

A new study shows that unless the Democrats self-destruct, they could walk into the White House in ’08 — and might hold it for years.

By Gary Kamiya

March 27, 2007 | Democrats should give two cheers for George W. Bush. He and his political mastermind, Karl Rove, dreamed of achieving a permanent Republican majority. Instead, his disastrous presidency has dealt a devastating blow to the GOP, one from which it may not recover for many years.

That’s the inescapable import of a major study of American voters’ values and attitudes by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, released March 22. The study finds that voters have turned dramatically away from the GOP since Bush took office. Iraq, of course, is the single biggest reason for this. (A separate Pew poll, released on March 26, shows that 59 percent of Americans want their congressional representatives to support a bill calling for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by August 2008, with only 33 percent opposed.) But even more troubling for Republican strategists is the fact that underlying attitudes and beliefs are trending against them. The study’s implication is that the GOP, especially in its current far-right incarnation, was facing serious structural, long-term problems anyway, and that Bush delivered the coup de grâce.

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Bush Stripped of US Attorneys Appointment Authority

by S-Q @ 11:20 AM MDT

Raw Story

Michael Roston
Published: Tuesday March 27, 2007

In a 329-78 vote last night, the House of Representatives followed the Senate and stripped President George W. Bush of the authority to appoint United States Attorneys on an interim basis, ending the ability of the Bush administration to do an end run around the Senate in putting controversial US Attorneys in office.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) places a 120-day limit to the term of a United States Attorney appointed on an interim basis. Democrats allege that the previous authority to appoint interim US Attorneys on an unlimited basis, inserted stealthily into the 2006 reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act, was used as a ‘loophole’ to insert Bush administration political loyalists into office.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the ‘awesome powers’ of the US Attorneys required Senate confirmation of their appointments.

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A small legal question!

by Basheert @4:35 PM MDT

Just to fling this out and see if anyone can answer this for me. Within those thousands of pages of emails, it was shown that many involved were utilizing outside email addresses at the domain site owned by the RNC. Is email using outside web servers protected by Executive Privilege? If you utilize an external email address, can you claim Privilege once it leaves a secure server?

I genuinely would like an opinion on this issue, from someone who might actually know how this might work.

I understand that Yahoo and Hotmail were also used as external email servers. How can that information be privileged if it is held on a server that is not internally controlled and the information could be available to their IT people?

HELP please?

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