Dear lord. Here's the lead:
Top aides to President George W. Bush seemed unconcerned amid multiple warnings as early as 2002 that the White House risked losing millions of e-mails that federal law required them to preserve, according to an extensive review of records set for release Monday.
So, I wonder if Connell's lawyer has an envelope to open in the event of his death?
The one with the key to the safe deposit box where Connell stashed the backups of the "lost" White House email? Read more about Tying up the loose ends: Rove's IT guy, Mike Connell, dies when his small plane crashes
Amazing stuff from the court case on Ohio 2004* from the invaluable McClatchy, with a headline that I wish I'd written, and the names of many, many old friends:
Computer expert denies knowledge of '04 vote rigging in Ohio
"'He denies it,' said the King: 'Leave out that part.'"
A Republican computer consultant denied under oath Monday that he knew of any GOP effort to steal the 2004 election for President Bush by rigging Ohio's vote totals, an attorney who questioned him said.
At the very end of Froomkin's chat yesterday, there is this little gem:
Stony Brook, N.Y.: Everybody seems to accept the claim that the CIA tapes were destroyed. Given the long history of deceptions by this administration, shouldn't we ask for proof, or at least sworn statements to that effect?
Get a load of this:
The head of the federal agency investigating Karl Rove's White House political operation is facing allegations that he improperly deleted computer files during another probe, using a private computer-help company, Geeks on Call.
The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department, say American officials.
But you have to read all the way to the end to find this: Read more about Could the Chinese have hacked into the Pentagon from Karl Rove's blackberry?
[The story of Bush's odd bike ride near NSA headquarters is at the end. As Josh points out, "the intensity of the covering up doesn't match the alleged secret." However, if Bush was personally involved in handling any of the warrantless surveillance data, that would definitely account for the intensity. Foily? Who but the foiliest, back even after 9/11, could have imagined this story would even be happening?] Read more about The heart of the warrantless surveillance was domestic data, not voice
"So, Karl, does that mean that there's a backup of your email after all?"
Oddly, or not, that Sheryl Gay Stolberg didn't even think to ask that question.
And I didn't think stenographers worked under the desk. But what do I know of the Beltway?
NOTE Talk about burying the lead. That quote from Rove is the very last paragraph in Stolberg's little puff piece. Read more about Rove: "When you send something to a White House person it tends to be collected and remain."
Breaking on CNN:
Two congressional panels are issuing subpoenas to two former White House staffers to testify about their roles in the firings of eight federal prosecutors, officials familiar with the investigation said today.
Newsreader is saying the names Miers and Taylor. More after this commercial break...
(the cries of "Heh. Indeedy" echo about the landscape, along with a roar of "'Bout fuckin' time!" from deep in the wilds of Tennessee.) Read more about Owls Fly at Midnight...Subpoenas Fly in the Morning Light
Very seldom can this be said, but it looks to me like ThinkProgress got so excited by a story that they didn't (yet) absorb the other, really explosive, story inside it. Check this out:
Read more about gwb43.com Today: ThinkProgress Buries a Lede