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During his testimony on Thursday, one of the questions to which Gonzales offered the most downright weasely answers was simple: so how many U.S. attorneys were fired as a part of this plan? The initial count was eight. But every week or so we have learned of another case. It may now be time to move the count on the number of U.S. attorneys involved in the Rove–Miers scam to thirteen.
Yesterday, former U.S. Attorney for West Virginia Karl “Kasey” Warner publicly acknowledged that he had also been forced from office under factual circumstances which closely matched those of the initial eight. Warner was in the midst of a high-profile political corruption investigation involving vote-buying by a Republican politician when the decision came. He said when he was told to leave by the Justice Department, he balked, saying he served “the president.” The Associated Press reports:
“Next thing I know, I get a letter from the president’s counsel, Harriet Miers, saying I’d been fired, no reason given,” Warner recounted in a telephone interview…
“Sometimes soldiers catch a bullet. If you’re truly out there doing your job, if you’re truly a leader, sometimes you catch a bullet,” he said. “It might not be fair, it might not be right, it might be sad, but that’s part of what you do. I caught a bullet. It’s not something you cry about or complain about.”
More from Scott Horton:
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No Comment — August 12, 2013, 7:55 am
How will the Obama Administration handle Edward Snowden’s case in the long term?
Discussed in this essay:
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Henry Holt. 352 pages. $28.
The extinction symbol is a spare graphic that began to appear on London walls and sidewalks a couple of years ago. It has since become popular enough as an emblem of protest that people display it at environmental rallies. Others tattoo it on their arms. The symbol consists of two triangles inscribed within a circle, like so:
“The triangles represent an hourglass; the circle represents Earth; the symbol as a whole represents, according to a popular Twitter feed devoted to its dissemination (@extinctsymbol, 19.2K followers), “the rapidly accelerating collapse of global biodiversity” — what scientists refer to alternately as the Holocene extinction, the Anthropocene extinction, and (with somewhat more circumspection) the sixth mass extinction.
Ratio of husbands who say they fell in love with their spouse at first sight to wives who say this:
Mathematicians announced the discovery of the perfect method of cutting a cake.
Indian prime-ministerial contender Narendra Modi, who advertises his bachelorhood as a mark of his incorruptibility, confessed to having a wife.
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Science’s crisis of faith