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Is the U.S.’s Iraq Oil Grab a Done Deal?

A reader pointed me in the direction of an article in the Asia Times last week about the Bush administration’s “Iraq Oil Grab,” noting that it is a done deal. It’s leads off with a quote from Vice President Dick Cheney, in Autumn 1999. At that time Cheney was Halliburton’s chief executive officer. “By 2010 […]

Senate Panel: Bush Lagging on Fuel Economy, Kerry Says: ‘Standards Must Increase’

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards on Tuesday and Senators on both sides fo the aisle criticized the Bush administration’s “proposal to upgrade fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles,” contending that the Bush plan “lacks the necessary urgency.” “I sense a great deal of foot-dragging, reluctance and frankly […]

Why Apologize For Honesty?

Dateline Correspondent Josh Mankiewicz asked on the Inside Dateline Blog why Barack Obama and John McCain should apologize for honesty? Barack Obama and John McCain have several things in common. They’re both U.S. senators, they’re both running for president, and now they’ve both had to apologize for saying the same thing. What they both said […]

Kerry on the Libby Verdict: ‘Well Past Time for Cheney to Acknowledge His Role’

In a statement on the Libby verdict today, John Kerry said that it is “well past time for Vice President Cheney, who according to the testimony was protected by Scooter Libby’s lies, to finally acknowledge his role in this sordid episode.” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former Chief of Staff, was “convicted today of lying […]

Kennedy Calls on Bush Not to Pardon Libby

As reported below, Scooter Libby was convicted today “lying and obstructing” an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity. The investigation reached into “the highest levels of the Bush administration.” NBC News reports that “Libby is the highest-ranking White House official to be convicted of a felony since the Iran-Contra scandal […]

Guilty! Scooter Libby Found Guilty in CIA Leak Case

The verdict is in. I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was found guilty today on “two counts of perjury, one count of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice,” in the CIA Leak case that revealed Valerie Plame’s idenity as a CIA operative. Libby was acquitted on a “single count of lying to the […]

Gonzales Defends Firing U.S. Attorneys, Kennedy Says: ‘We cannot allow the Administration to play politics with the administration of justice’

Both the Senate and the House are holding hearings today on the recent firing of eight U.S. attorneys. Four of the fired prosecutors are scheduled to testify at the hearings. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales “defended the action as appropriate but said the Justice Department handled the situation poorly,” in an interview with WSJ. “We could […]

Companies Pull Ads from Coulter’s Website

Fueled by a diary at DKos on Sunday and an outpouring of complaints to the companies the diarist listed in the post, advertisers on Ann Coulter’s website will be pulling their ads from the website, in the wake of her despicable comments about John Edwards at CPAC. CNN reports that “Verizon, Sallie Mae and Georgia-based […]