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Bush Administration Withheld Emails About Rove
Fri May 11, 2007 00:19

Bush Administration Withheld Emails About Rove
The Bush administration has withheld a series of emails from Congress showing that senior White House and Justice Department officials worked together to conceal the role of Karl Rove in installing Timothy Griffin, a protege of Rove's, as US attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

House Democrats Raise New Criticism of Gonzales
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales endured new criticism on Capitol Hill today as House Democrats questioned his leadership of the Department of Justice and his personal candor. Mr. Gonzales, appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, was questioned again about the dismissals of United States attorneys - amid a new assertion that, in effect, nine of them were let go, rather than eight as previously reported - and about his awareness of what is going on in his huge department.

House Readies Vote on Iraq Funding Limit
Defiant House Democrats advanced legislation Thursday to pay for military operations in Iraq on the installment plan, ignoring President Bush's veto threat in a complex test of wills over the unpopular war.

Bill Moyers Journal | Pat Robertson's University
Bill Moyers Journal takes a look at Regent University, Pat Robertson's Christian leadership institution, which is working to ensure that Biblical principles are reflected in the law of the land.

Fuel Economy Back on US Agenda
Concern about global warming is changing the dynamics of a longstanding debate on Capitol Hill: whether to tighten America's standards for automotive fuel economy. One bipartisan bill, which cleared a Senate committee Tuesday, seeks to boost average car mileage by about 10 miles per gallon during the decade between 2011 and 2020, a so-called "10 in 10" proposal.

Sale of Carbon Credits Helping Land-Rich, but Cash-Poor, Tribes
On the Nez Perce reservation, land that was cleared in the 19th century for farming is being converted back to forest, in part to sell the trees' ability to sequester carbon. The market for carbon credits promises to be a boon for some land-rich, cash-poor tribes.

Peter Dreier and Kelly Candaele | Labor Law Reform Not Just for Unions
"A bill now moving through Congress to expand workers' rights could be the most important legislation in decades to advance the concerns of environmentalists, public schools, higher education, senior citizens, universal health care, housing, women's and gay rights, and civil rights," write Peter Dreier and Kelly Candaele.

Caryn McTighe Musil | Harvard Isn't Enough
"When the news broke in February that Drew Gilpin Faust was named Harvard University's first woman president, many noted that half of the nation's prestigious Ivy League schools would now be headed by women. One might think such a statistic is proof that equality has been achieved. Such an assumption would be mistaken," writes Caryn McTighe Musil.

Senate Approves Tighter Policing of Drug Makers
By a vote of 93 to 1, the Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would give the Food and Drug Administration new power to police drug safety, order changes in drug labels, regulate advertising and restrict the use and distribution of medicines found to pose serious risks to consumers.

US Hospitals Charge Uninsured More, Study Says
US hospitals are charging uninsured patients about two and one-half times more than those with health insurance, a mark-up that has been steadily rising despite pressure to level prices, a study released on Tuesday found.

Psychiatrists, Children and Drug Industry's Role
The intersection of money and medicine, and its effect on the well-being of patients, has become one of the most contentious issues in health care. Nowhere is that more true than in psychiatry, where increasing payments to doctors have coincided with the growing use in children of a relatively new class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics.

VIDEO | 11 GOP Congressmen to Bush: "You've Lost Credibility"
11 Congressional Republicans told President Bush that he has no credibility left over the war in Iraq. "Countdown" host Keith Olbermann talks with Dana Milbank of The Washington Post.

VIDEO | Major General John Batiste (Ret.): "Mr. President, You Did Not Listen"
The anti-war veterans group, VoteVets.org, which has been influential with Capitol Hill Democrats, is launching a half-million-dollar TV ad campaign featuring Major General John Batiste (Ret.), former commanding general of the first infantry division in Iraq. The ad begins with a clip of President George Bush saying, "I have always said that I will listen to the requests of our commanders on the ground." Batiste then appears, saying, "Mr. President, you did not listen."

VIDEO | Keith Olbermann: Where Does the Politicization of Justice End?
Keith Olbermann says: "It was at first a disturbing story about political servitude violating the sanctity of the offices of federal prosecutors. Then it was a story about employees in those offices being hired only if they were political adherents, something that rang of the old Soviet Politburo. But the Alberto Gonzales/US Attorney Firings scandal has now reshaped itself - like some governmental Andromeda Strain - into what looks like an attempt to deprive Democrats of the right to vote."

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Bush administration tries to conceal Rove's role in installing Griffin - his own protege - as a US attorney; Gonzales endures new criticism on Capitol Hill as House Democrats press for more answers on attorney firing scandal; House Democrats advance legislation on Iraq funding limit; Bill Moyers Journal takes a look at Pat Robertson's University; concern about global warming puts fuel economy back on US agenda; Peter Dreier and Kelly Candaele on the Employee Free Choice Act; Senate passes bill to tighten policing of drug makers; study finds US hospitals are charging uninsured patients about two and one-half times more than those with health insurance; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org

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