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The sudden resignation of a top government official involved in the sacking of US attorneys has raised eyebrows in Congress. The chairperson of a congressional subcommittee investigating the situation said that the official’s sudden exit from government service showed that “the wheels seem to be coming off” the administration’s defense of its actions.

The Associated Press today reported the resignation of Michael A. Battle as Director of the Executive Office for US Attorneys. According to the AP report, Battle “had personally informed the ousted U.S. attorneys of their removal” but was reportedly not involved in the decision-making leading to the firings.

He had, AP reported, “notified U.S. attorneys of his decision in January and had informed the department last summer that he wished to pursue opportunities in the private sector.” A DOJ spokesperson told the AP that “His departure is not connected to the U.S. attorney controversy whatsoever.”

Battle’s resignation raised the suspicions of Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee who are investigating the firing of US Attorneys by the Bush White House.

“The wheels seem to be coming off the Bush Administration’s increasingly hollow defense of its decision to fire eight U.S. Attorneys,” said Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA), the Chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.

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Did Libby’s Lawyers Botch His Case?


The jury’s been locked away for eight days now, popping their heads out to make unsuccessful requests for dictionaries and even losing one of their number to the gaping jaws of “media exposure.” In the meantime, CNN reports that presiding judge Reggie Walton has released a memorandum opinion clarifying for the record that he feels the defense has acted to mislead both himself and prosecutors. Specifically, he charges the Libby lawyers with fostering the idea that their client would take the stand during months of closed-door court hearings, and notes that this presumption figured strongly into his decisions to admit or deny classified material throughout the trial. The judge also suggests that Libby’s team could have upped its chances of acquittal had it called Vice President Dick Cheney to the stand.

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Newt Blames The Victims of Katrina


(Newt Gingrich, speaking at CPAC) blamed the residents of New Orleans’ 9th Ward for a “failure of citizenship,” by being “so uneducated and so unprepared, they literally couldn’t get out of the way of a hurricane.”

And he called for a “deep investigation” into this “failure of citizenship.”

Here’s the full quote:

How can you have the mess we have in New Orleans, and not have had deep investigations of the federal government, the state government, the city government, and the failure of citizenship in the Ninth Ward, where 22,000 people were so uneducated and so unprepared, they literally couldn’t get out of the way of a hurricane. (emphasis original)

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BAGHDAD, Monday, March 5 — Iraqi special forces and British troops stormed the offices of an Iraqi government intelligence agency in the southern city of Basra on Sunday, and British officials said they discovered about 30 prisoners, some showing signs of torture.

The raid appeared to catch Iraq’s central government by surprise and raised new questions about the rule of law in the Shiite-dominated south, where less than two weeks ago Britain announced plans for a significant reduction in its forces because of improved stability.

News of the Basra raid, with its resonant themes of torture and sectarian-driven conflict, coincided with the next stage of the intensified security plan here in Baghdad, where more than 1,100 American and Iraqi soldiers moved into Sadr City, a stronghold of Iraq’s largest Shiite militia. The soldiers met no resistance in what the Americans called the plan’s biggest test yet.

Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, a conservative Shiite, condemned the raid in Basra. He publicly said nothing about the evidence of torture.

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Lawmakers: Reforms Needed at Walter Reed


WASHINGTON — The flagship U.S. hospital for injured soldiers is in need of serious reforms, lawmakers said Monday as they began to delve into charges of poor living conditions and bureaucratic delays in treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

“This is absolutely the wrong way to treat our troops, and serious reforms need to happen… immediately,” said Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass.

He questioned whether problems at the facility are “just another horrific consequence” of inadequate planning that went into war in Iraq; a problem created by contracting out work there to private business, or some other cause.

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The sudden resignation of a top government official involved in the sacking of US attorneys has raised eyebrows in Congress. The chairperson of a congressional subcommittee investigating the situation said that the official’s sudden exit from government service showed that “the wheels seem to be coming off” the administration’s defense of its actions.

The Associated Press today reported the resignation of Michael A. Battle as Director of the Executive Office for US Attorneys. According to the AP report, Battle “had personally informed the ousted U.S. attorneys of their removal” but was reportedly not involved in the decision-making leading to the firings.

He had, AP reported, “notified U.S. attorneys of his decision in January and had informed the department last summer that he wished to pursue opportunities in the private sector.” A DOJ spokesperson told the AP that “His departure is not connected to the U.S. attorney controversy whatsoever.”

Battle’s resignation raised the suspicions of Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee who are investigating the firing of US Attorneys by the Bush White House.

“The wheels seem to be coming off the Bush Administration’s increasingly hollow defense of its decision to fire eight U.S. Attorneys,” said Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA), the Chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.

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Dow, Nasdaq Head Toward Lower Opening


NEW YORK — Wall Street appeared headed for a lower opening Monday as stock markets around the world suffered further selloffs.

The overseas pullback, in which Japan’s Nikkei stock average saw its biggest one-day drop since June as the yen hit a three-month high against the dollar, resembled the selling that triggered the recent unease in world markets last Tuesday.

Investors could find some relief from comments attributed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson by Japan’s finance minister, Koji Omi. Neither Omi nor Paulson, who began a three-nation Asian tour in Tokyo on Monday, were concerned by the fluctuations in regional stock markets, Omi told reporters in Tokyo. Both men contend the market mechanism was functioning well, Omi said.

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No U.S. Backup Strategy For Iraq


Outside Experts, Not White House, Discuss Options

During a White House meeting last week, a group of governors asked President Bush and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about their backup plan for Iraq. What would the administration do if its new strategy didn’t work?

The conclusion they took away, the governors later said, was that there is no Plan B. “I’m a Marine,” Pace told them, “and Marines don’t talk about failure. They talk about victory.”

Pace had a simple way of summarizing the administration’s position, Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-Tenn.) recalled. “Plan B was to make Plan A work.”

In the weeks since Bush announced the new plan for Iraq — including an increase of 21,500 U.S. combat troops, additional reconstruction assistance and stepped-up pressure on the Iraqi government — senior officials have rebuffed questions about other options in the event of failure. Eager to appear resolute and reluctant to provide fodder for skeptics, they have responded with a mix of optimism and evasion.

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The Chairwoman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law (CAL), announced on Monday morning that her subcommittee will seek to issue subpoenas to two additional former U.S. Attorneys who were fired by the Bush Administration.

“The CAL Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, March 6 at 10:00 am in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building, to vote on issuing subpoenas to former U.S. Attorneys Daniel Bogden of Nevada and Paul K. Charlton of Arizona,” a press release states. “The subpoenas would require them to testify before the subcommittee at its hearing scheduled for the same afternoon, joining four other former U.S. Attorneys who CAL subpoenaed last week.”

“We intend to issue these subpoenas because Mr. Bogden and Mr. Charlton can shed additional light on the Bush Administration’s apparent decision to pursue a political agenda through the selection of federal prosecutors,” said Chairwoman Linda Sánchez. “Even months after the firings, we still haven’t gotten straight answers from the Department of Justice, which changed its own story this weekend and admitted the firings weren’t based on job performance.”

Also, an ethics complaint was filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) against a Republican senator to see if he violated senate rules by contacting one of the attorneys, prior to his termination.

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Bush, Cheney To Start War On Terror PR Campaign


Both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney will give speeches in the next few days on the war on terrorism, to the applause of Republicans who say the White House needs to be more aggressive in selling the successes in Iraq.

“The administration should step it up when it comes to messaging,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who is one of the strongest supporters in Congress of the president’s Iraq policy. “I think the president has to do more. People like myself have to do more.”

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