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The Washington Note

The last pre-election loophole through which John Bolton's confirmation might have snuck through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was at 2:15 this afternoon at a previously called "business meeting" of the Committee.

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The New Yorker - by JANE MAYER

“It’s Addington,” he said. “He doesn’t care about the Constitution.” Powell was referring to David S. Addington, Vice-President Cheney’s chief of staff and his longtime principal legal adviser.

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AP

The board chairman of the federal legal aid service for the poor, despite secret transcripts to the contrary, denied to lawmakers that some officials wanted to fire the internal watchdog who questioned directors' commitment to the anti-pov

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AP

"I believe that Secretary Rumsfeld and others in the administration did not tell the American people the truth for fear of losing support for the war in Iraq," retired Maj. Gen. John R. S. Batiste said. "Mr. Rumsfeld must be replaced

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Ap

U.S. Justice Department lawyers filed an appeal aimed at blocking a lawsuit by a former Islamic charity that has challenged a Bush administration secret surveillance program. U.S. District Judge Garr M. King ruled earlier this month that a lawsuit

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The Nation

For some time now we've known about the Bush administration's outsourcing of torture to foreign dictatorships. But for the first time we can see the whole process vividly detailed by a Western governmental source.

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AP

Nearly 8 months after federal regulators trumpeted a settlement they secured with ChoicePoint Inc. over a data breach, the government has not paid any money to victims from a $5 million fund that was to be set up as part of the agreement.

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USA Today

Amid falling gas prices and a two-week drive to highlight his administration's efforts to fight terrorism, President Bush's approval rating has risen to 44% in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. That's his highest rating in a year.

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NY Times

The 3 senators, all military veterans, marched off to an impromptu news conference to lay out their deep objections to the Bush legislation. The next day the Armed Services Committee voted to approve a firm legislative rebuke to the president’s plan

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Bovard Blog

Bush is right. The Constitution is vital. It is also vital for Americans to find important contemporary ways to celebrate its anniversary. In this Age of Bush, here are a few ideas for properly commemorating the event:

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NY Times

What followed was a scuffle that left at least some of the military lawyers embittered and stoked old tensions at the Pentagon between civilian leaders and uniformed military officers, who under Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld have often found t

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AP

President Bush prodded Congress to pass two bills that the administration says are essential to fight the war on terrorism and proposes strategies for torturing and trying enemy combatants.

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AP

The Federal Communications Commission ordered its staff to destroy all copies of a draft study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage, a former lawyer at the agency says.

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Reuters

A Senate committee rebelled against President George W. Bush on Thursday, passing a bill it said would protect the rights of foreign terrorism suspects and repair a U.S. image damaged by harsh treatment of detainees.

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LA Times

President Bush's campaign for tougher legislation on terrorists suffered another blow when Colin Powell, who served as secretary of State during Bush's first term, supported efforts to block the plan to reinterpret Geneva Convention restricti

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