t r u t h o u t | 07.23US attorney; in-depth fraud probe droppedMon Jul 23, 2007 14:54
US attorney; in-depth fraud probe dropped
Emails reveal Rove's role in choosing US attorney; in-depth fraud probe dropped by Justice Department; career colonel criticizes detainee hearings; raids on illegal immigrants in New Haven, Connecticut come days after the city decides to issue municipal ID cards; Dean Baker on Grover Norquist's defense of fund manager tax breaks; Frederic Koller on the effects of Afghanistan's instability on Pakistan; Ira Chernus on the Democrats' Iraq dilemma; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org
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Emails Detail Rove Role in US Attorney Vetting
Emails reveal the lobbying efforts of Greg White for the job of US attorney in Cleveland in 2002 included talks with presidential advisor Karl Rove, report Jack Torry and Mark Niquette of The Columbus Dispatch.
Vast Enron-Like Fraud Probe Abandoned by Justice Dept.
"Two years into a fraud investigation, veteran federal prosecutor David Maguire told colleagues he'd uncovered one of the biggest cases of his career," writes Marisa Taylor of McClatchy Newspapers. "Maguire described crimes 'far worse' than those of Arthur Andersen, the accounting giant that collapsed in the wake of the Enron scandal. Among those in his sights: executives from a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, the investment empire overseen by billionaire Warren Buffett."
Progressive Democrats Defend Party Leaders
At this year's Take Back America Conference, Congressman Keith Ellison took aim at a debate that is dividing progressives when he told them not to allow their frustrations with Congress's inability to stop the war in Iraq to divide them. "You might be mad at the Congress because they didn't end the war in six months, but I'm here to ask you for us to not fall out over tactics and strategies." Ellison said it is right that progressives should be impatient with the pace of change, particularly when it comes to Iraq, "but don't turn your dissatisfaction into a cannibalistic enterprise."
Career Colonel an Unlikely Adversary of Detainee Hearings
"Stephen E. Abraham's assignment to the Pentagon unit that runs the hearings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba seemed a perfect fit. A lawyer in civilian life, he had been decorated for counterespionage and counterterrorism work during 22 years as a reserve Army intelligence officer in which he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel," writes William Glaberson of The New York Times. "In June, Colonel Abraham became the first military insider to criticize publicly the Guantanamo hearings, which determine whether detainees should be held indefinitely as enemy combatants."
Illegal Immigrants' ID Card Hopes Become Threat of Arrest
Two days after New Haven's Board of Alderman approved a plan to offer municipal identification cards to all residents - including an estimated 15,000 illegal immigrants - federal immigration agents began a raid that resulted in the arrests of 32 immigrants, reports Nina Bernstein of The New York Times.
Dean Baker | Big Government Grover and the Fund Manager Subsidy
"While people with middle class jobs like teachers and firefighters typically pay a 25 percent tax rate, and higher-paid professionals like doctors and lawyers pay a 35 percent rate, fund managers are taxed at just a 15 percent rate on their earnings," writes Truthout's Dean Baker.
Pakistan: Terrorism's Last Domino
Frederic Koller of Geneva's Le Temps points to the potentially catastrophic consequences in Pakistan of the US failure to conclude the war against al Qaeda and the Taliban before attacking Iraq.
Ira Chernus | The Democrats' Iraqi Dilemma
Ira Chernus of TomDispatch.com writes: "Pity the poor Democratic candidates for president, caught between Iraq and a hard place. Every day, more and more voters decide that we must end the war and set a date to start withdrawing our troops from Iraq. Most who will vote in the Democratic primaries concluded long ago that we must leave Iraq, and they are unlikely to let anyone who disagrees with them have the party's nomination in 2008."
VIDEO | Progressive Democrats Defend Party Leaders
By Geoffey Millard, Lance Page, and Scott Galindez
At this years Take Back America Conference Congressman Keith Ellison took aim at a debate that is dividing Progressives when he told them not to allow their frustrations with Congress' inability to stop the war in Iraq divide them. "You might be mad at the Congress because they didn't end the war in six months but I'm here to ask you for us to not fall out over tactics and strategies," Ellison said that it is right that Progressives should be impatient with the pace of change, particularly when it comes to Iraq, "but don't turn your dissatisfaction into a cannibalistic enterprise."
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