Newt continues to hint, as only he can, that he's going to bless the presidential campaign with his presence.
The tale of how James Comey raced to the hospital to stop Andy Card and Alberto Gonzales from taking advantage of an ailing John Ashcroft back in 2004 is pretty wild. And Ashcroft comes out looking good.
Michelle Cottle examines how the 2008 presidential candidates have learned to run against a woman; Damon Linker speaks ill of Jerry Falwell for injecting religiously based illiberalism into American politics; Kenneth M.
Tucked away on the westernmost edge of the Florida panhandle, Escambia County is a Republican stronghold whose beaches attract droves of tourists each year, earning it the cheery tagline: "The western gate to the Sunshine State, where thousands live like millions wish they could." But no paradise would be complete without a dirty little secret, and Escambia has that, too: For more than a decade, toxins from two of the county's now-defunct wood-preserving plants have gone largely untreated.
I received this second-hand or maybe even third. It originally came from a political newsletter. But I don't know which one. On the other hand, it is surely a Democratic one or maybe just a liberal one or even a leftist one. Is this a shaggy-dog story? I hope not. "May 11, 2007 -- Vice President Dick Cheney, under mounting political pressure for the declining fortunes of the Bush administration, has, according to our Washington sources, been claiming that Iraq was all "Bush's idea," a reference to President George W. Bush.
Meet your new White House Iraq war czar. Interestingly, he had this to say in August 2005: The US is expected to pull significant numbers of troops out of Iraq in the next 12 months in spite of the continuing violence, according to the general responsible for near-term planning in the country. Maj Gen Douglas Lute, director of operations at US Central Command, yesterday said the reductions were part of a push by Gen John Abizaid, commander of all US troops in the region, to put the burden of defending Iraq on Iraqi forces.... He said: "We believe at some point, in order to break this dependenc
White House spokesman Tony Snow on whether Wolfie will keep his World Bank job: "All options are on the table." --Adam B. Kushner
Via The Hill, the White House apparently wasn't too happy to read about Bush's meeting with those moderate Republicans in the papers yesterday: Sources said that Dan Meyer, Bush's liaison to the House, confronted LaHood while White House political strategist Karl Rove rebuked Kirk.
Belatedly: This morning's Washington Post indicated that Bush has a "Plan B" in mind for Iraq: Participants in Tuesday's White House meeting said frustration about the Iraqi government's efforts dominated the conversation, with one pleading with the president to stop the Iraqi parliament from going on vacation while "our sons and daughters spill their blood." The House members pressed Bush and Gates hard for a "Plan B" if the current troop increase fails to quell the violence and push along political reconciliation.
We all know about the "war czar." He's the guy who's going to win the war in Iraq, just as soon as the White House finds someone to take the job. But did you know that, over the years, Bush has also appointed a "bird flu czar," a "food safety czar," and an "AIDS czar"? A "manufacturing czar" and a "cybersecurity czar"? That's from Steven Benen's TAP piece today about the Bush administration's preferred solution to any large, intractable problem. Czars galore. --Bradford Plumer