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Monica Goodling, a former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, admits she let politics play a role in hiring employees and denies ever talking to Karl Rove about the firing of US Attorneys. We’ll hear about her much-awaited testimony. Also, a rundown on the Congressional oversight Democrats promised when they took over Capitol Hill.


Photo Credit: TIM SLOAN / AFP / Getty Images

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky
Vanessa Romo

Reporter's Notebook Dems Deliver on Promise of Congressional Investigations but Not Ethics Reform 12 MIN, 14 SEC

Has the Congressional oversight Democrats promised when they took over Capitol Hill damaged the Bush Administration? What about the ethics reform also promised by Democrats? Are the practices of veteran members making it easier said than done?   

Guests:
Jim VandeHei, Executive Editor, Politico
Jerry Kammer, Center for Immigration Studies (@wwwCISorg)

Making News President Bush: 'Iraq Victory Vital' 6 MIN, 6 SEC

Addressing Coast Guard graduates this morning, the President said that victory in Iraq is vital and Americans are still facing a major threat from terrorists. We speak with Robert Block who covers the Department of Homeland Security for The Wall Street Journal and is a former foreign correspondent.

Guests:
Robert Block, Space Editor, Orlando Sentinel

Main Topic Monica Goodling Testifies 30 MIN, 45 SEC

A former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before a House committee today under a grant of immunity. Monica Goodling conceded that she might have allowed politics to play too much of a role in the hiring of career lawyers. Despite her title as White House liaison, Goodling denied the claim that she can resolve the issue of whether eight US Attorneys were fired to help Republicans by hurting Democrats.

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate.com (@DahliaLithwick)
Murray Waas, Investigative reporter
Richard Ugelow, Practitioner in Residence, American University
Douglas Kmiec, Pepperdine University (@dougkmiec)

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