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David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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Bill Richardson greeted a Service Employees International Union meeting with, "Thank you, AFSCME!"

Mitt Romney was criticized by a non-profit NYC hospital for using it as a backdrop for a press conference attacking Hillary Clinton's health care plan.

MoveOn has started running an ad in Iowa criticizing Rudy Giuliani for resigning from the Iraq Study Group. Later this week, expect some fireworks when the (formerly?) pro-gun-control Giuliani appears before the NRA's national convention.

He's one of the key figures in the Duke Cunningham bribery case, but Thomas Kontogiannis remains a mystery man. At a hearing today to consider revoking his bail because he had traveled to Greece without the judge's permission, prosecutors reported to the court that the travel had been "at the direction of agents and other representatives of the government." Hmmm . . .

President Bush tucked it in at the end of his announcement this morning. The new acting attorney general will be Peter Keisler, an assistant attorney general who had just announced his own resignation and whose nomination to the D.C. Court of Appeals has been held up for months by Senate Democrats. So it will be Keisler, a diehard conservative and controversial figure, who occupies the DOJ top spot until a new AG is confirmed, instead of Solicitor General Paul Clement, who Bush first announced as acting AG last month, when Alberto Gonzales' intended resignation was made public. Paul Kiel has the details.

So while putting forward what purports to be a consensus nominee, in Mukasey, Bush also puts a lightning rod in as acting AG. Presumably, Bush wants to keep the heat on Dems to confirm Mukasey, by making them face the prospect of a long Keisler tenure if the Mukasey nomination is held up. This is especially true given Democrats' demands that the White House and DOJ comply with document requests pertaining to the U.S. attorney firings and the administration's warrantless wiretapping program before the Senate considers confirmation.

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