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WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries. 

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Larry Beinhart

The story by Christopher Drew and Eric Lipton on the front page of Sunday's New York Times about the firing of the U.S. Attorneys begins this way:

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Zirin

Bowie Kuhn, baseball's fifth commissioner, passed away last night at the age of 80. I never met the man. In private, he may have made Gandhi look like Ted Nugent. For all we know, he spent weekends warming terminally ill puppies against his sweet perfumed bosom. But when it comes to his 15-year reign as commissioner, from 1969-1984, it is more than appropriate to bury Mr. Kuhn, not praise him. Major League Baseball's website, in their Selig-sanctioned obituary, claims that Bowie Kuhn "presided over the dawn of free agency and the end of the reserve system." [The reserve system bound a player to their team for life.] That's sort of like saying the Czar Nicholas II "presided over" the Russian Revolution.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

From the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Chairman Waxman Questions White House Security Practices

Today, Chairman Waxman asked White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten to explain why the White House failed to conduct any investigation following the disclosure of Valerie Plame Wilson's covert CIA employment. The letter follows the testimony of the Director of the Office of Security at the White House, James Knodell, that the White House Security Office did not follow the investigative steps prescribed by Executive Order 12958.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

On the Ides of March, a general was toppled. Maybe.

The Iraqi news website Azzaman reported Thursday that Lt.Gen. Qanbar, the Iraqi commander in charge of the joint U.S.-Iraqi military operation in Baghdad, had been mysteriously fired by Prime Minister Maliki.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff

If Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is looking for a way to distinguish himself from the pack of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president in the 2008 election, he need look no further than impeachment.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

DNC Press

McCain Puts Presidential Politics Ahead of Iraq
Arizona Senator Misses Third Important Vote on Iraq

Washington, DC - After initially signaling that he considered the Iraq vote taking place in the Senate yesterday important, Republican presidential hopeful John McCain backtracked and skipped the vote on his own McCain-Bush escalation plan. Ironically, McCain was campaigning aboard the so-called "straight talk express" when he decided to contradict himself and go on to miss his third vote on the issue of Iraq this year.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

As Valerie Plame has now testified under oath,we can conlude that it was treason that the Busheviks committed.

On Friday morning, March 16, Plame told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that she was a covert operative for the CIA before the White House outed her, compromising an entire network and CIA front company.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Frog-march, frog-march, frog-march!!! "New unreleased e-mails from top administration officials show that the idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys was raised by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove in early January 2005, indicating Rove was more involved in the plan than the White House previously acknowledged." Frog-march, frog-march, frog-march!!! " The e-mails also show how Alberto Gonzales discussed the idea of firing the attorneys en masse while he was still White House counsel - weeks before he was confirmed as attorney general." NOT POLITICAL; MY REAR END!!! "Sampson wrote: "... if Karl thinks there would be political will to do it, then so do I." and "The e-mails put Rove at the epicenter of the imbroglio and raise questions about Gonzales' explanations of the matter."

Friday, 16 March 2007 04:35

DNC: Time for Gonzales to Go

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

DNC Press: Time for Gonzales to Go

Washington, DC - Calls for the resignation of Alberto Gonzales, including some from Republican lawmakers, continue to mount over the scandal around the politically motivated firings of several U.S. Attorneys. As the scandal continues to widen, it's clear that while Alberto Gonzales must go, he is just the tip of the iceberg, as other senior Bush aides including Karl Rove have also been implicated. Despite his earlier assertions that he was in no way involved in the scandal, an e-mail, dated Jan. 9, 2005, said Gonzales "discussed the matter while he was still White House counsel." Another e-mail indicated that Karl Rove was also "involved in discussions about firing the prosecutors as early as Jan. 6, 2005." [Bloomberg, 3/15/07]

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