Today's news items that will make you laugh, cry and want to throw things at Republicans:
From ThinkProgress: At a speech at the University of Arkansas this week, a teary-eyed Tim Griffin defended his record. Like former Justice official Monica Goodling — who called caging just “a direct-mail term — Griffin attempted to dismiss the allegations. He laid the blame on the “Internet stuff” and made jokes comparing caging to tending zoo animals.
John Kyl is a Kreep: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) yesterday blocked Judiciary Committee vote on whether to authorize subpoenas to obtain secret documents related to the NSA’s warrantless domestic surveillance program. Kyl’s action “will block the vote for a week,” after which the Committee will “decide whether to issue the subpoenas or use them as leverage in negotiations with the Bush administration over access to the documents.”
Prison Time Is Urged for Griles: Ex-Interior Official Admitted Lying About Ties to Abramoff. Former deputy interior secretary J. Steven Griles asked lobbyist Jack Abramoff for many favors for close female friends and in exchange helped Abramoff's clients at the government agency, according to prosecutors, who urged a federal judge to give Griles substantial prison time.
And last, but certainly not friggin least..we have Alberto pulling a fast one again.
Gonzales uses US Attorney appointment power that Congress banned:In a Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting Thursday morning, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) revealed that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales once again used an interim appointment authority at the heart of the US Attorneys controversy that Congress banned in a bill sent to the President for signature on June 4.
Gonzales Meeting With Monica Scrutinized: The Justice Department is investigating whether Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales sought to improperly influence the testimony of a departing senior aide, two of its senior officials said yesterday, adding a new dimension to the troubles already besetting the nation's chief law enforcement official.
Tags: Politics, Rethugs on Parade, Bush, Steven Griles, GonzoGate, John Kyl, Tim Griffin, Voter Caging