"The FBI erred by failing to notify anyone in the House of Representatives about questionable e-mails sent to a former page by former Florida Republican lawmaker Mark Foley, according to a new report released today.tpmm has more.
The review by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine also found that FBI and Justice officials misled reporters last fall by claiming that the activist group that first provided the FBI with the e-mails had not been cooperative.
In fact, the report found that the group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), notified the FBI within days of receiving the e-mails and that the FBI never sought any additional information from the group."
"A knowledgeable reader says that Empty Wheel's liveblogging of the Libby trial at Firedoglake is by far and away the best reporting going on of the case today."I'm SHOCKED!
"Now, the Wall Street Journal says that federal prosecutors are under orders to deliver a grand jury indictment against Wilkes by Feb. 15.hmm. i've always wondered if wilkes was TBTF. we'll soon see, it seems.
A note of caution: a Wilkes indictment has been rumored for months. But this has a ring of truth to it. Why? Because according to WSJ the order comes directly from just-ousted U.S. Attorney Carol Lam, who's been overseeing the case -- and who gave the order to take Wilkes down before she leaves on -- you guessed it -- February 15.
Wilkes is involved -- some say centrally -- in more than the Duke Cunningham scandal: prosecutors chasing Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) also think he holds secrets that would help make a case against the former House Approprations Committee chairman, WSJ says. One of his companies was also the recipient of a questionable earmark courtesy of Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA), who is also under scrutiny by federal investigators."
* SOTU drunkblogging here. (thnx Doug) - i guess we'll have our own version here. that sort of thing has become a habit, right? who's in?
* wsj via TNH: "
Just 22% of Americans say they want the president to set policy for the country, while 57% want Congress to do so. "
"How It Works
Regarding Iran, we have of course been here before. People start running around talking about how "serious people" all understand the "dire" threat posed by some country or other, headed up by the latest incarnation of Hitler. What should be done isn't quite clear, but serious people understand that something has to be done. Pretty soon all "serious people" understand that we must have the "courage" to "face the threat" with the appropriate degree of seriousness, and all proposals of "what we must do" which don't involve the blowing up of nontrivial numbers of people are quickly relegated to the "unserious" camp."