The NYTimes story on the NSA spying on American's without warrants, solely on presidential directive is taking off. In the WaPo piece on the topic today, they suggest in several places that this is very probably illegal. The WaPo piece also mentions that the legal justification for this was crafted by current AEI employee John Yoo, the man who defined torture as "organ failure or death," argued the Geneva Conventions didn't apply in Iraq, and claimed that Bush didn't need congressional authorization to go to war.
And here's Rice's defense of the policy. Short version, it wasn't illegal because he signed an executive order saying it wasn't illegal.
The WaPo makes it official, Bush was dead wrong to claim that everybody had the same intel as he did. We all knew that, but now it's official.
On the last day before the holiday break, the Senate, in effect, refused to authorize the extension of some of the controversial elements of the Patriot Act.
E&P has a great press briefing exchange where McClellan tries to defend the fact that "we will not comment on an ongoing investigation" regarding Plame, but the president is more than happy to declare Tom Delay innocent without looking at the evidence.
Adding to the list, the Bulgarians are pulling out of Iraq, starting today.
Adam Kidan plead guilty over the Sun Cruz thing and agreed to help prosecutors with evidence against Abramoff. This article also mentions Kidan's possible role in the "mob-style" murder of Sun Cruz's previous owner.
Josh Marshall has a report of oped columnists taking payola from Abramoff to print his opinions in their names. Sorce for this case: Businessweek.
James Tobin was found guilty in the N.H. phone jamming scam.
Yesterday, Bush asked for an additional 1.5 billion to strengthen the New Orleans levees. It would've been so much easier if he had appropriated that money before the hurricane.
And by the way, has anyone else noticed that we're losing South America?
Sorry, to do it like this, I generally hate the catchall, but there is just too musch going on today.