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President Bush has accepted the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, one of his oldest political friends from Texas.  We hear about law and politics. On Reporter's Notebook, killer fires threaten some of the most important ruins of ancient Greece.


US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales leaves after holding a news conference to announce his resignation at the Department of Justice.
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner
Vanessa Romo
Dan Konecky

Reporter's Notebook Fires Rage across Greece 7 MIN, 21 SEC

Forest fires have been burning throughout Greece, and dozens of blazes reportedly are out of control. The fires on the outskirts of Athens reportedly have been extinguished and Olympia on the Peloponnesian Peninsula has been saved--at least for the moment. However, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis said on television that so many fires breaking out simultaneously in so many places "cannot be a coincidence."  Ian Fisher reports from Greece for the New York Times.

Guests:
Ian Fisher, Deputy Foreign Editor, New York Times

Main Topic Gonzales Resigns, Bush Says Critics 'Dragged Him Through the Mud' 41 MIN, 39 SEC

Brutal treatment of terrorist detainees, electronic surveillance without judicial approval, politics in the administration of justice. Republicans as well as Democrats accused Attorney General Alberto Gonzales of being less than candid about policies dealing with human rights and the Constitution. Today, he announced his resignation, effective September 17. The son of migrant workers in Texas, Gonzales said, "Even my worst days as Attorney General have been better than my father's best days," and thanked President Bush for his friendship and the opportunity to serve the American people. Less than two hours after he stepped down, President Bush reluctantly accepted, lamenting that "his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons." Bush said Solicitor General Paul Clement will be interim Attorney General until the Senate approves a full-time successor.  We look at the latest transition at the highest levels of the Bush Administration and explores where the President goes from here.

Guests:
Maura Reynolds, Economic Correspondent, Los Angeles Times
Evan Perez, Wall Street Journal (@evanperez)
Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News (@WayneSlater)
Michael Isikoff, NBC News (@IsikoffNBC)
John Mercurio, Senior Editor, The Hotline
Ralph Neas, President Emeritus of People for the American Way
Helgi Walker, Former Associate Counsel to President Bush

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