The good news? The White House has found a large collection of Republican National Committee emails that had been declared lost. (Leahy didnât believe them). The bad news? Even though the White House found the emails, they arenât handing them over. (Think Progress)
Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney Mary Buchanan is set to testify today about her role in the firing scandal. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Bush has finally signed the Preserving the United States Attorney Independence Act, thus nullifying last yearâs revision to the Patriot Act. Before he did, however, the Justice Department made sure to appoint one last interim attorney who will function legally under the old provision. (Think Progress)In a scandal that keeps growing, a Senate report on the student loan industry has found that collusion between loan providers and loan advisers is more widespread than had previously been thought.
Ed Gillepsie, the replacement for Bush counselor Dan Bartlett, is coming to the White House with a number of uncomfortable ties to lobbyists and clients from his lobbying firm. (ABCâs The Blotter)
A Guantanamo detainee who has been approved for release is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Although Abdul Ra’ouf Omar Mohammed Abu al-Qassim is desperate to be free, he is terrified of returning to Yemen, where he expects to be promptly tortured and killed. The U.S. government, however, refuses to release him anywhere else. (Washington Post)
National Guard units in over thirty states have said that they now have 60% or less of their authorized equipment, as large portions of supplies have been sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. (USA TODAY)
Hmong Americans are protesting the arrest of Vang Pao, a military leader during the Vietnam War and head of the CIA-backed Secret Army. Pao was arrested last week for conspiring to overthrow the Laotian government. (NY Times)