Tuesday, April 24

Quick Truths

Quick Truths from Thinkprogress:

An “obscure federal investigative unit known as the Office of Special Counsel” is launching a broad investigation into key elements of the White House political operations that “for more than six years have been headed by chief strategist Karl Rove.” The administration-led inquiry will be a unified investigation covering many facets of Rove’s operations. “We will take the evidence where it leads us,” said Scott J. Bloch, a Bush appointee who heads the Office of Special Counsel. “We will not leave any stone unturned.”

U.S. Central Command has retired the phrase “the long war” to describe the struggle against global extremists, after cultural advisers became concerned that the concept “alienated Middle East audiences by suggesting that the United States would keep a large number of forces in the region indefinitely.”

“World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz met yesterday with senior managers to promise unspecified changes in his leadership and to appeal for their help.” “He is not going to resign,” his lawyer said. “His mood is just fine. … He feels people are trying to interfere with his job to get at world poverty.”

Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) “will soon introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage — what he calls ‘a simple moral imperative,’” becoming “the first governor in the nation to introduce a gay marriage bill.”

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will conduct a hearing today into misleading information from the battlefield. The hearing will focus on the death of Army Ranger Specialist Patrick Tillman in Afghanistan and the capture and rescue of Army Private Jessica Lynch in Iraq, and question why inaccurate accounts of these two incidents were disseminated.

From the Randi Rhodes Show.

Boris Yeltsin dies at 76.

FLASHBACK: 1995 – Yeltsin takes a swipe at the press corps and Bill Clinton simply loses it. One of our favorite Yeltsin moments…

Bush actually thinks Gonzales did a great job. The GOP can’t wait to get GonzalesGate behind them. Sorry freaks, after Fredo there’s still Rove, Miers and the Chimp in Chief himself

Give ‘em hell, Waxman! Let the subpoenas fly, baby.

VIDEO: Newt Gingrich tries to prove that he’s psycho enough to win the support of the mouth-breathing, Rapture Right GOP base by blaming Liberalism for the VTech shootings.

Meanwhile, Congress (finally) starts to grumble about the plan to design and build a new generation of f’n nukes!

ARMY TIMES (what the troops read): Brain injuries are not enough to keep you out of Bush’s filthy oil war. And PTSD sufferers are redeployed, misdiagnosed or simply thrown out. Criminal.

Depleted uranium continues to eat our troops and alive as we litter the globe with it in the name of empire.

And Maliki orders a halt to Bush’s “Baghdad Wall”.

Also, Sheryl Crow and Karl Rove square off over Global Warming. In Crow’s (and Laurie David’s) own words

And World Bank execs want Wolfowitz gone. Not only did Wolfie get his girl a plum gig at the State Department, she also received an unprecedented security clearance for a foreign national.

Vyan

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