Scandal Gives Democrats a Chance to Investigate Rove
Sat Mar 31, 2007 16:27

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Subject: Scandal Gives Democrats a Chance to Investigate Rove
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 11:41:43 -0800
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US attorney scandal presents opportunity to investigate Rove; Tal Afar bomb death toll reaches record-high 152; helicopter shot down in Mogadishu in worst fighting in 15 years; Pentagon weapons purchase program "a high-risk area"; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at

t r u t h o u t | 03.31

Scandal Gives Democrats a Chance to Investigate Rove
Allegations that politics improperly influenced the Bush administration's decision to fire eight US attorneys last year are providing the new Democratic majority in Congress with a long-sought opening to investigate the maneuverings of White House political strategist Karl Rove.

Tal Afar Bomb Toll Hits 152, Deadliest of Iraq War
The Iraqi government raised the death toll on Saturday from a truck bomb in the town of Tal Afar to 152, making it the deadliest single bombing of the four-year-old war.

Raising Roberto (Again)
On January 26, 2005, Specialist Roberto Reyes Jr. was returning to base after a five-day mission when the Humvee he was riding in hit a mine just west of Baghdad. The force of the blast threw Reyes 20 feet and caused the ears of his comrades to bleed. The sergeant who found Reyes crawling on all fours with his skull hanging open saw Reyes's helmet nearby. A shimmering liquid in it caught his attention; as he poured it out, he realized what it was: part of Reyes's brain.

Retired General: Time to Stabilize Iraq Running Out
The United States should plan on having three years left to conduct major operations in Iraq, said retired General Barry McCaffrey, former commander of US Southern Command, who has written a report on the conditions in Iraq. One of the report's conclusions: The United States has little time left to get things right in Iraq.

T.R. Goldman and Emma Schwartz | GOP Loyalist Takes the Fifth, Brings a Storm
"Taking the Fifth Amendment is everybody's right. But it's a choice that can send up a red flag, often invoked by people who have something to hide. Think of Enron's Andrew Fastow and Iran-Contra's Oliver North. So when Monica Goodling said last week that she would refuse to talk to Congress about the firing of eight US attorneys, it was hard not to wonder what this 33-year-old party loyalist may have done wrong," write T.R. Goldman and Emma Schwartz.

Report Faults Pentagon for Weapons Buying Problems
The Defense Department has doubled its planned investment in new weapons from $750 billion in 2001 to $1.5 trillion this year, but it is not getting enough bang for its buck, congressional investigators said on Friday.

Helicopter Shot Down as Battles Engulf Mogadishu
Rebels shot down a helicopter gunship in Mogadishu on Friday, and Ethiopia said its forces had killed 200 insurgents in a two-day joint offensive with Somali troops against Islamists and clan militia. Aid workers said scores of civilians also died in the city's worst fighting in years.


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