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Dodging CIPA Graymail Bullets…And Other Legal Notes

Dodging CIPA Graymail Bullets…And Other Legal Notes

I’ve been a bit busy the last few days (and still am, as well as being exhausted and missing my peanut…again), but after taking some time to do a brief roundabout on the legal news of the last coupla days, I am compelled to jot a few notes on the doings in a few courtrooms.First, from David Johnston this morning.  (And a hat tip for the heads up on the article.)  If Luskin is coming out and saying publicly that they got a letter from Pat Fitzgerald which says that Rove will not be charged, there are two things that I want to see and know:  (1) what does the letter actually say, word for...

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Jun 13
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Now THIS Is Interesting…

Now THIS Is Interesting…

 Look what just got released from the :Valerie Plame Wilson, Ambassador Joseph Wilson and their counsel, Christopher Wolf of Proskauer Rose LLP, will hold a news conference at 10 AM EDT on Friday, July 14 at 10:00 AM at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045, to announce the filing of a civil lawsuit against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice-President Richard Cheney and Karl Rove.WHO: Valerie Plame Wilson Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV Christopher Wolf, Esq.WHAT: News conference to announce filing of civil lawsuitWHEN: Friday, July 14, 2006 10:00 AMWHERE:...

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Jul 13
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Processed?

Processed?

As if the weren’t enough, there are a couple more Libby tidbits cooked up.  First, this bit from , gleaned from the Susan Ralston deposition:“Q Were you aware of any communications by Mr. Rove about Joe Wilson or Valerie Plame Wilson with the Office of the Vice President?”A You know, it is — that investigation was so lengthy that the timing of all of the conversations is not really clear in my mind. I believe he did talk to the Vice President’s Office about it, but I just don’t remember when, with whom, the context.“Q Why do you believe that he talked with that office about this subject?“A....

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Jun 20
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“The Math”

“The Math”

Most likely you remember the where he talked about "the math" going into the 2006 election (and my dissection of ).   I may not be a "boy genius," but I can do a little math as well. And an interesting problem, that is well worth some thought.  According to them, the Democrats took eight seats that are absolutely guaranteed to be targets for the GOP in the next election cycle:  DeLay's district in TX, Foley's former district in FL, Ney's former district in OH, Sherwood's former district in PA, and then four other seats that the WaPo identifies as "two in Indiana, one in Kansas and one in...

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Nov 27
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Prove It

Prove It

(Photo from , at the signing of the Intel Reform Act, 12/17/04.)Joe Lieberman in today’s :"Sen. Reid left no doubt in my mind that I would retain my seniority and committee assignments within the Senate Democratic Caucus should I be re-elected," Lieberman said Thursday, "and that has been confirmed to me by several other members of the Democratic caucus."Oh, really? But you won’t name names?  Ummm hmmm.  Pardon me while I step through the smoke.From Sen. Reid’s office, :"As is customary, the caucus will consider such things as committee assignments only after the elections in November....

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Aug 18
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Hmmmmm…

Hmmmmm…

(Photo credit to:  (JORDAN))President Bush flew to Jordan today.The gets leaked.  Anonymous Bush Administration types try to tap dance around it by spinning the memo as actually being supportive.  (Riiiiight.  Ummm…hmmmm.)  The Mailki/Abdullah/Bush meeting today .  Bush is only meeting with King Abdullah today.  Maliki is put off until tomorrow — as spun by the Bush Administration — but what if Bush is the one that is put off until tomorrow by a rebuffing Maliki, while Abdullah gets to tutor Mr. Rose-Colored Glasses about the concept of honor and standing up for allies instead of your own...

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Nov 29
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Ouch!

Ouch!

Well, :From the very first page, in which co-chairmen James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton scold that "our leaders must be candid and forthright with the American people," the bipartisan report is nothing less than a repudiation of the Bush administration's diplomatic and military approach to Iraq and to the whole region.Throughout its pages, the report reflects the foreign policy establishment's disdain for the "neoconservative" policies long espoused by President Bush and his aides. But while many of its recommendations stem from the "realist" school of foreign policy, it is unclear at...

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Dec 7
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Food Watch: Pistachios Now On The “Don’t Eat” List

Food Watch: Pistachios Now On The “Don’t Eat” List

This message brought to you by the "fergawdsakes, what food is scaring the bejeebers out of people this week" list.Sadly, pistachios appear to have some risk for salmonella.  Maybe.  So, to be on the safe side, avoid them for now.  And it isn’t just the nuts in the shells. According to the FDA, you should , too, until they pinpoint the source of this latest salmonella scare.Sorry to put a crimp in your March Madness baklava and pistachio ice cream plans, but there you are.FDA will make a list of products to avoid . Just FYI…Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of...

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Christy Hardin Smith
Mar 31
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Do You Remember Your First Time?

Do You Remember Your First Time?

(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian.)No, not THAT first time!  The first time you cast a ballot in an election.has put together a great new ad campaign that starts running today — and I absolutely love it.  From their website:With Election Day just weeks away, Women's Voices. Women Vote. has released a new series of public service announcements featuring some of American's best known actresses encouraging women to vote.Tyne Daly, Rosario Dawson, Lauren Graham, Angie Harmon, Marg Helgenberger, Felicity Huffman and Regina King have all contributed their considerable talents to the campaign….Almost...

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Oct 12
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Citizen Action Steps: Phase Two

Citizen Action Steps: Phase Two

UPDATE:  Keith in Orlando (who for some reason has become the stamp chosen one) received another missive:There will be a 20% discount and they will all be put in one box per day via usps.I’ve verified the above with the stamp company.  You have to be certain to type in SPRING (in all caps) to get the discount.  Thanks everyone and thanks to Keith!  FYI — this discount will apply to orders placed before noon tomorrow (Wednesday)._______________________Time for today’s Republican Congress wake-up call.A huge thank you to everyone .  I am told that FAX machines were humming for all the...

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Mar 28
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Honesty

Honesty

Well, this is :The former top aide to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has told Congressional investigators that Mr. Gonzales was “inaccurate,” or “at least not complete” in asserting that he had no role in the deliberations about individual United States attorneys who were later dismissed, a Democratic senator said Monday….Mr. Schumer said Monday that Mr. Sampson recalled that in early March, Mr. Gonzales had told him about the White House conversation — the first time, Mr. Sampson said, that he learned of the president’s concern. Mr. Sampson’s lawyer, Bradford A. Berenson, declined to...

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Christy Hardin Smith
Apr 17
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A Morning Cuppa…

A Morning Cuppa…

Saw this morning, and couldn't resist posting a YouTube.  This is a live performance of from 's show, and it is still as fresh watching it today as it was hearing it for the first time when I was a kid.  Enjoy!— Just a quick note that I'll be on beginning around 5 pm ET, along with and .   We'll be having a 45 minute panel discussion on the issues of the week.  Should be a good discussion, and I wanted to give everyone a heads up on this.  (Someone remind Jacqrat to pop this on her calendar — she scolded me last time I didn't tell you guys early when I had a radio gig.  *g*)— is leaving his...

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Jun 1
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Health Care In America: Pay To Play Isn’t Working…For Anyone

Health Care In America: Pay To Play Isn’t Working…For Anyone

At a time when the bean counters on Wall Street are , I have to ask how much longer the Beltway crowd is going to keep looking the other way.According to , regarding a series of studies and other industry groups, the health care industry, drug manufacturers and other related industry groups are doing everything they can to insure there are no changes to :The insurance companies, of course, think the system is just fine, and they spent heavily to keep the status quo. Health Plan Week, an insurance industry trade pub, took a hard look, revealing that overall health insurance payments to...

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Christy Hardin Smith
Apr 28
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The Par-Tay Party Is In The House!

The Par-Tay Party Is In The House!

Some people in America have to work three jobs just to put food on the table and pay the bills…but, thanks to the Republican Leadership in the House of Representatives, Paris Hilton’s trust fund return just went up another .The Par-Tay Party is in the House!  Go gop-ers, go gop-ers, who’s your girlfriend, who’s your girlfriend…Here are some real family values:  Americans who live on minimum wage have not had an increase in that pay for ten years — a decade at the same pay rate — while expenditures, especially costs on energy prices, have gone up, up, up.  They are squeezing their budget...

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Christy Hardin Smith
Jul 29
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Quick, Call the Snopes Folks

Quick, Call the Snopes Folks

Telling outright falsehoods has become old hat for the Bush Administration, hasn’t it? I mean, really, we’ve had a whole load of whoppers lately, but in , Glenn Kessler unloads on the latest "urban legend" to come out of the Preznit’s mouth.It seems the whole "the fact that we were following Osama bin Laden because he was using a certain type of telephone made it into the press as the result of a leak." is nothing but .The al Qaeda leader’s communication to aides via satellite phone had already been reported in 1996 — and the source of the information was another government, the Taliban,...

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Christy Hardin Smith
Dec 22
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Not Exactly…

Not Exactly…

that she’s going to look in depth at the WaPo’s political coverage of the Presidential race:A perennial complaint is that the media cover politics too much as a horse race instead of reporting more on the candidates’ backgrounds, where they stand on issues and how they would lead the nation. But is it true? I intend to find out — at least at The Post — and report back to readers.Why was she prompted to make such a public declaration of actually giving a crap about the Post’s political reporting? Because of a very pointed report issued by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center for Politics, Policy and...

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Christy Hardin Smith
Nov 11
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Cue The Oversight

Cue The Oversight

spotted an article in  (via ) regarding the lawyering up that the Bush Administration is hurriedly doing prior to the start of the Democratically controlled Congress in January.   According to Charlie Black (who is identified only as a "strategist with close ties to the White House" and not as a long-time GOP operative and spokesperson for the RNC and for George Bush):Republicans close to Bush say any such moves would not come until the White House sees how aggressive Democrats are in trying to pry the lid off the inner workings of the administration."They just think it's inevitable that...

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Christy Hardin Smith
Dec 26
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The Growing Legal Maelstrom

The Growing Legal Maelstrom

A number of legal issues are coming home to roost, just in time for the closing act of the Bush/Cheney Administration. It is about damned time — if ever there were a nation in need of an enormous amount of sunshine in all the darkest nooks and crannies in order to fully consider the enormous implications of political choices prior to an election, it is us at this time in this year.Speaking of election consequences, a reminder: we have fantastic book salons scheduled this weekend. On Saturday, will be discussed at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT. And on Sunday, I’ll be tackling the inside scoop on the...

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Mar 28
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A Thanks to All of You

A Thanks to All of You

 Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the chat with .  He sent along this video to all of you to say thanks for himself.    (Click here please — once again, my tech skills aren’t allowing me to post the YouTube directly.  One of these days I’ll figure this out   (fixed — JH)  This video is DEFINITELY worth the watch.  Now THIS is grassroots politics at its finest!And Howie tells me that we raised enough funds to cover the costs of between 7,000 and 10,000 mailers for Rick — woo hoo!   All in a two hour period of time.  (And contributions coming through today can be used to send...

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Jul 9
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