Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy’s announcement today that he plans to subpoena White House officials, possibly including Karl Rove, is big news–and exactly the kind of showdown the White House has been dreading. Before the election, Bush Administration officials were sounding a very hard line. Here’s what we wrote in …

Document Dump? Nevermind

The WH missed its deadline:

“The White House Counsel’s office advised us this afternoon that the White House would not be providing documents to the Committee, or providing the White House’s position with respect to the Committee securing the testimony of White House officials today. This is contrary to earlier expectations that the

Another Front of Trouble Opens Up for Gonzales

Over at, Murray Waas reports that AG Gonzales might have had personal motives for quashing the Justice Department’s investigation of the Administration’s domestic surveillance program:

Shortly before Attorney General Alberto Gonzales advised President Bush last year on whether to shut down a Justice Department

For Crying Out Loud…

We seem to have struck a nerve in the conservative blogosphere and on Fox with this week’s cover image (a purposefully doctored photo) of a crying Ronald Reagan. Particularly outraged has been radio host Michael Reagan, who says that it desecrates his father’s memory. But then, there are others on the right who like it, including Grover

Outsourcing the War

Don’t let the crying Reagan distract you too much: The debut redesign issue of Time also has an old-fashioned magazine investigation on the way the U.S. military has used private security forces to, effectively, outsource the war. At least one Liberal bloggers liberal blogger famously derided these contractors as mercenaries who deserved …

CIA Leak Hearings

First, a fashion note: Valerie’s hair looks fantastic (and in general so does she) but her blazer stripes moire badly on camera. SOLIDS, Val. Continuing the fashion commentary, there’s a woman in a hot pink blazer with a matching “impeach Bush now” t-shirt trying desperately to get on camera.

As for substance: The detailed story of how …

Nigeria Loves Us!

In the new (and newly redesigned) issue of TIME, we run a poll graphic that hasn’t been posted on the site yet that caught my eye. It’s drawn from a BBC World Service poll in which people around the globe were asked to rate the influence of other nations. No surprise — as the item says, “the U.S. has fallen sharply in world esteem over …

Get Ready for Mega-Tuesday

It’s official. California has moved its primary up to Feb. 5. Ah-nold’s take:

“Now California is important again in presidential nominating politics … and we will get the respect that California deserves,” Schwarzenegger said during a bill-signing ceremony outside the historic Leland Stanford Mansion, a former governor’s residence and

Some of My Best Friends Are Immoral

Sorry I didn’t get to this yesterday, because it certainly caught my eye. Jake Tapper cornered Hillary about Pace’s “homosexuality-is-immoral” comments and this is the best she could do:

“General Pace has clarified his remarks, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is not working,” she said. “We are being

A New Look for Dead Trees

When you are in the grocery line this weekend, take a look at the newly redesigned TIME magazine, which is making its debut at the newsstands on Friday. In the cover story, “How the Right Went Wrong,” I look at how well today’s Republicans stack up against Ronald Reagan’s legacy.

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