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While the president was vacationing at his ranch over the winter holiday, he signed into law the Open Government Act. This law is designed to force the government to cooperate better with the existing Freedom of Information Act, where requests for information take months or even years before they get a response if the Administration or other government official doesn’t want to give up the information. President Bush loudly opposed this bill, which would ostensibly force our most secretive president to offer up more information. Even though he signed the bill, he is now already undermining it just a month later, by trying to render useless the office designated to speed up compliance under the requirements of the Open Government Act. (more…)

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We’ve been watching Mukasey for a while, we were on the fence with his appointment: was he just another republican hack or was he the real thing as some have claimed? It seems like the jury is in, and Mukasey is just more of the same old thing. First he can’t decide if waterboarding is torture, and apparently has more positions on it than Mitt Romney on virtually every issue which is saying a lot. Then it was the CIA tape case which apparently doesn’t need a real probe. Now we find on further investigation he was about to become one of these highly paid, no bid corporate monitors we’ve been following since Ashcroft showed up as on in the Washington Post. (more…)

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The Bush Administration must love the fact that this CIA tape case broke just before Christmas and then got swept under the rug by both the holiday and the groundswell of presidential campaign hyperbolic naval gazing that’s been going since the start of this year. Despite the overall lack of coverage by the news media, the CIA tape case is moving forward on several fronts – a full run down is available on the flipside. (more…)

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In a weird confluence of Bush’s foreign policy playbook and the corruption present at every level of the Department of Justice, it seems Ashcroft has landed himself a multi-million dollar no-bid legal contract. It seems Mr. Mukasey is leading a happy band of wise guys, who will carry on the Gonzo tradition of corruption even without a directive conversation. The full story on the flipside. (more…)

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Its been nearly a month since we started reporting on the destruction of the CIA torture tapes. We’re sure that certain folks within the administration were hoping it would go away in an egg nog induced haze, the case got new teeth yesterday when Attorney General Michael Mukasey launched a criminal probe into what happened with these tapes. News and analysis on the flip. (more…)

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New Attorney General Michael Mukasey is walking a fine line between being just another Bush crony and someone who could actually try and repair the damage done during the Fredo years at DoJ.  While he’s revised DoJ policy to limit contacts with the White House, he also argued before the American Bar Association in support of retroactive telecom immunity and FISA “reform”. (more…)

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We reported on Inherent Contempt in July when congress filed contempt charges against Josh Bolten and Harriet Meiers. Who refused to comply with the subpeonas issued to them on a claim of executive privledge so vast, we’re sure we are probably covered under it somewhere. The New York Times finally got around to discussing this issue – here. (more…)

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