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We're digging through the trove of documents released today by the House Judiciary Committee on the US attorney firings and the politicization of the Justice Department under George W. Bush.

In a June 15 interview with House investigators, former White House Counsel Harriet Miers detailed a remarkable 2006 contact with Karl Rove, then on the road in New Mexico, regarding US Attorney David Iglesias.

Rove, Miers recalled, was "very agitated" about Iglesias, who was later ousted in the Bush Administration's purge of US Attorneys. Rove was getting "barraged" with complains by "political people that were active in New Mexico."

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President Obama made a statement today on the conviction and sentencing of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, an opposition leader and democracy icon in Myanmar (Burma). She was convicted of breaking her house arrest by harboring an American. Her sentence of three years' hard labor, was commuted to one and a half years more of house arrest.

The conviction and sentencing of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi today on charges related to an uninvited intrusion into her home violate universal principles of human rights, run counter to Burma's commitments under the ASEAN charter, and demonstrate continued disregard for UN Security Council statements. I join the international community in calling for Aung San Suu Kyi's immediate unconditional release.

Today's unjust decision reminds us of the thousands of other political prisoners in Burma who, like Aung San Suu Kyi, have been denied their liberty because of their pursuit of a government that respects the will, rights, and aspirations of all Burmese citizens. They, too, should be freed. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. I call on the Burmese regime to heed the views of its own people and the international community and to work towards genuine national reconciliation.

I am also concerned by the sentencing of American citizen John Yettaw to seven years in prison, a punishment out of proportion with his actions.

Here are two quick juicy parts from the just-released documents on the U.S. attorney firings, about the decision to fire David Igleisas of New Mexico -- as flagged in a House Judiciary committee press release:

• 2005 White House "Decision" to fire David Iglesias - It has previously been known that New Mexico Republicans pressed for Iglesias to be removed because they did not like his decisions on vote fraud cases. New White House documents show that Rove and his office were involved in this effort no later than May 2005 (months earlier than previously known) - for example, in May and June 2005, Rove aide Scott Jennings sent emails to Tim Griffin (also in Rove's office) asking "what else I can do to move this process forward" and stressing that "I would really like to move forward with getting rid of NM US ATTY." In June 2005, Harriet Miers emailed that a "decision" had been made to replace Iglesias. At this time, DOJ gave Iglesias top rankings, so this decision was clearly not just the result of the White House following the Department's lead as Rove and Miers have maintained.

• Iglesias criticized by Rove aide for not "doing his job on" Democratic Congressional Candidate Patricia Madrid - An October 2006 email chain begun by Representative Heather Wilson criticized David Iglesias for not bringing politically useful public corruption prosecutions in the run up to the 2006 elections. Scott Jennings forwarded Wilson's email to Karl Rove and complained that Iglesias had been "shy about doing his job on Madrid," Wilson's opponent in the 2006 Congressional race. Just weeks after this email, Iglesias' name was placed on the final firing list.

Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) has reportedly decided that he will not run for Senate in 2010 against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, depriving the Republicans of what would have been a top recruit.

Polls have shown Reid with weak popularity ratings, but at the same time he's built up an impressive war chest, and the Republicans simply haven't been able to attract a solid candidate.

A group of Republicans have released a poll showing Reid losing to state GOP chairwoman Sue Lowden, but this does seem a bit suspicious -- it's part of a draft effort to get Lowden to actually become a candidate.

On the U.S. attorney firings, Congress has also released thousands of pages of White House and RNC emails and other documents pertaining to the firings.

Here are the White House documents. Here are the RNC documents.

At a town hall today in Hillsboro, Mo., Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) faced a rambunctious audience.

"I don't understand this rudeness. Do you think you're persuading people when you shout out like that?" she said when people tried to shout her down.

"I don't know what else I can do. If you want me to go home..." she said. An audience member yelled back, "Go home!" but McCaskill continued the meeting.

President Obama used today's town hall to try to counter the fear-mongering out there about the health care bill, by presenting an image of this instead being a calm and rational discussion.

Oh, and no death panels: "There are some things I've been hearing lately that we need to dispose of. The rumor that's been circulating around lately is, the House of Representatives somehow voted for death panels that will basically pull the plug on Grandma 'cause we've decided it's too expensive to let her live anymore."

He pointed out that the provision for counseling on end-of-life arrangements was put there by a Republican Senator, Johnny Isakson of Georgia. As for the death panels: "I am not in favor of that. I want to clear the air here."

President Obama today addressed claims that, by asking people to flag misinformation about health care reform, his administration is compiling an "enemies list."

"Suddenly it's being portrayed in the media as 'Obama collecting an enemies list!' C'mon, guys. I'm trying to be responsive," he said during a town hall in Portsmouth, N.H. "All I'm trying to do is answer questions."

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