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My goodness, the Beltway 500 still just doesn't seem to be able to get any Democrats in its Rolodex. Why, I wonder?

Here's how Morning edition just "covered" (up) the US attorney firings story:

Sources quoted:

1. Long quotes from Republican strategist

2. Quote from Bush

2. Pony Blow sound montage ("very generous offer")

3. John Conyers (six words, not even a complete sentence)

And, of course, no quotes from Democrats putting the affair in any kind of perspective. No, NPR did that for us. And curiously, or not, NPR did not mention:

1. That the DAs who were allowed to stay were "loyal Bushies"

2. That the DAs who were fired were either investigating corrupt Republicans, or refusing to gin up cases against the Democrats in districts where Republicans were running

3. That DAs do serve "at the pleasure of the President," but that doesn't allow illegal acts like obstruction of justice or perjury

4. That Clinton era officials often testified to Congress under oath, with transcripts taken, as Bush is refusing to do

5. That 18 days of material in the crucial period were missing from the White House document dump -- with the obvious implication that the White House is, as usual, not willing to tell the truth in the matter.

What NPR did say:

Lots of talk from their analcysts about Compromise, and a lot of discussion about the fact that Congress will need to get DAs to execute its subpoenas, and how hard that might be (because Bush just fired all the ones who might have done it, you dimwits! Except, perhaps, Patrick Fitzgerald who, despite his "mediocre" rating, was allowed to stay on pleasuring the President.

Even worse, they give the old "coverup is worse than the crime" line. What could be worse than the complete politicization of the Justice Department? Republica Senators calling up DAs to get them to sue Democrats so that they can win elections? WTF?

All in all, a fine example of fuhrergefluffen. The White House must be pleased.

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Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

I don't think you're shrill enough on this: "Even worse, they give the old 'coverup is worse than the crime' line. What could be worse than the complete politicization of the Justice Department?"

It's worth ratcheting your indignation up to stating the obvious: Complete politicization of the Justice Department empowers the administration to immunize criminals and to criminalize innocents. We need to be reminded of what that means to every one of us.

What would you give for a license to steal? Those contributions to the GOP were worth every penny.

And just so I'm not lulled to sleep with the idea that it's only money, and most of it would never be mine, please remind me from time to time that we are talking about costs that are being measured every day in personal disasters. The winners in the Cheney/Bush economic boom are profiting from constricting and wrecking the lives of people who have to work for a living, and more people are bleeding and dying in the big and little wars that mean so much to Halliburton and its "competitors" in international plunder.

You report that NPR gives us "Lots of talk from their analcysts about Compromise." They're expert practitioners, I guess, making the world safer for the elite while it becomes more dangerous for the rest of us.

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*every* case that has been examined by an AG is now suspect. why did they take on some, and ignore others?

i just got a phone call from a friend detailing some article somewhere (i've got to go look for it) that said a former AG calls the entire department "rotten" and mentioned that big tobacco cases were dropped...for a savings to that industry of 120 billion.

multipy that figure by 1000, and you begin to understand the scope of this scandal.

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Submitted by Ruth on

.. is a hard thing to give up. The precedents - the ones the GOPerverts have been setting - are a Big worry for them, indeed.

Does anyone remember Cheney's energy policy event, and the names/affiliation of those attending having yet to be admitted? You can guess by looking at the dollar amount when you fill up, but it's six years of coverup, you bet they're afraid to come out from behind the curtains.

This round of subpoenas is a beginning, and it's worth the fight.

Ruth

Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

Er, that would be here

(dunno if links work in titles)

dKos piece entitled "USAgate Bombshell! Sweet Tobacco Deal Cost Us BILLIONS". Yeah, sigh, I know, but it does help to get noticed on that rapid-fire diary setup if you go kinda dramatic in yer heds. And at least it isn't all caps.

I got heavy work today so didn't read it myself, but it's on the recce list w/249 comments so should have most of what yer lookin' for.

On related topic, Nashville Tennessean has a (rather weak) piece on the USA there, who "left" (voluntarily it is said, for a private law firm in DC) just ahead of the firings. One point of interest, he's the guy who prosecuted the former governor, Sundquist (R) for corruption. Krugman's Law may apply here: look at the ones who were NOT fired.