The White House is blocking Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald from cooperating with the House Oversight Committee and Rep. Henry Waxman regarding the leak of Valerie Plame’s CIA identity. Rep. Waxman sent a letter to the new AG Mukasey. This should be interesting (or not).
The National Debt grows $1,000,000 per minute.
Sen. Larry “I Am Not Gay” Craig is going to have a bit more difficulty explaining these 5 stories… How much longer can he keep up this charade? It seems that Senator Craig will be dodging this last bit of bad press with a trip to Bali for or the U.N.-led climate change conference as the “Republican representative from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee,” which is led by chief global warming denier Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK).
The Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has been banned from taking part in January’s elections.
Out today from the newly release NIE Report, Iran hasn’t had a nuke program for years. (What’s Cheney going to do now..?)
from ABC News:
In a stunning reversal of Bush administration conventional wisdom, a new assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies concludes Iran shelved it’s nuclear weapons program over four years ago.
“We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program,” reads a declassified version of the National Intelligence Estimate key findings.
“We judge with moderate confidence that the earliest possible date Iran would be technically capable of producing enough highly enriched uranium (HEU) for a weapon is late 2009.”
BradBlog has more on Bush re-hiring Paul Wolfowitz.
BILL MOYERS JOURNAL reports on the politically powerful group Christians United for Israel, whose leader, Pastor John Hagee, advocates for a preemptive strike against Iran. This aired last Friday night on PBS.
Another ex-official weighs in on Rudy’s ‘bucks for boinking’ cover-up.
And, apparently it wasn’t 5 MILLION EMAILS that were missing from the WH, it appears now it is more likely that 10 MILLION EMAILS are missing..
And then this from The Largest Minority (with a VERY interesting video clip):
Early on, Dennis Kucinich stated that the Iowa caucus was rigged, and the Brown & Black Democratic Presidential forum on Saturday night proved just that. Rather than pretend this authoritarian process was truly democratic, Kucinich made a strong symbolic statement by asking himself a question to even out the format.
Photo by habi. Used with permission. Scene in Berne, Switzerland.