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Quick Summary of the Scott Bloch Affair

Scott Bloch was the former Bush-era deputy director and counsel to the Department of Justice's Task Force for Faith-based and Community Initiatives. He then was appointed Special Counsel at the United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC). This is an independent agency set up to protect whistleblowers and prosecute the use of civil service employees for political purposes. Bloch was a fairly common example of the Bush practice of choosing the fox to guard the henhouse. He is noteworthy because he became the target of whistleblower complaints by his own employees. Read more about Quick Summary of the Scott Bloch Affair

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The Many Deficiencies of the OPR Report

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Living In The Age Of The Exploit

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Justice Department Wants DOMA Repeal

Good.

Via the AP:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration filed court papers Monday claiming a federal marriage law discriminates against gays, even as government lawyers continue to defend the law.

Justice Department lawyers are seeking to dismiss a suit brought by a gay California couple challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The administration's response to the case has angered gay activists who see it as backtracking on campaign promises made by Barack Obama.

In the court papers, the administration urges the repeal of the law but says in the meantime, government lawyers will continue to defend it as a law on the books.

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How Much Waiting Is Too Much?

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Sidestepping the obstruction at the top

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Slipping Through the Cracks

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Is Prosecution Off the Table As Well?

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The Doctrine of Preemption Comes Home

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Those Who Did Not Go Crazy

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Thousands March for Jena 6

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Of course, they're just Black People so it's not really that important. But I though you'd like to know, and Steven is wondering about a Second Civil Rights Movement.
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Bush Justice Department steers bonuses to the Christianist attorneys

At the end of a very long story about how the Bush administration has remade the Department of Justice, we get this extremely buried lead.

It looks like the loyal Bushes are giving Christianists bonuses just because they're Christianists. Hey, doing well by doing good, eh?

Several career lawyers said that some political appointees favored the religious-oriented employees, intervening to steer $1,000 to $4,000 annual merit bonuses to them.

Gonzales (Unconstitutional) Secret Memo

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Okay, at the last minute he was reminded that what he was doing was unconstitutional and added a sentence. But if Murray Waas is to be believed, there's something really, really fishy here. Read more about Gonzales (Unconstitutional) Secret Memo

gwb43.com Today: The Chart That Explains It All Edition

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Yeah it's over at the House of Orange but you have got to see The Charts. You've probably heard of them but if you haven't actually seen them you can't know just how powerful they are. Read more about gwb43.com Today: The Chart That Explains It All Edition

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