Political Warfare between the White House and Congress
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Senate Democrats today demanded a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General John Ashcroft lied under oath. They also subpoenaed Karl Rove. We update the escalating confrontation between the White House and Congress. Also, Iraq's refugee crisis and, on Reporter's Notebook, the world's most important bicycle race is in trouble with a national newspaper mourning the "Death of the Tour de France."
Conference on Iraq Refugees Warns of Humanitarian Crisis ()
Before the Iraq invasion, there were predictions of a refugee crisis. Now, 50,000 people a month are streaming into Jordan and Syria amid warnings of instability in the region. Craig Johnstone is the UN's Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees.
- Craig Johnstone: Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations Refugee Agency
Conflict Between Congress and the Administration Escalates ()
On Tuesday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales underwent four hours of battering before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Even Republican Arlen Specter called Gonzales' credibility "breached to the point of being actionable." Today, Senate Democrats today called for a special counsel to investigate whether the Attorney General lied under oath. Gonzales is accused of deliberately misleading Congress about Justice Department opposition to the President's plan for domestic spying without warrants. Also today, a Democratic committee subpoenaed Karl Rove to talk about his role in firing US Attorneys. We update the ongoing political warfare between Congress and the White House.
- Paul Kiel: Deputy Editor of liberal blog Talkingpointsmemo.com, @paulkiel
- Lee Casey: attorney in Washington
- Peter Shane: Professor of law at Ohio State University
- Julian Zelizer: Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, @julianzelizer
Doping Disgrace at the Tour de France ()
The 17th stage of the Tour de France began this morning with no rider wearing the yellow jersey. Leader Michael Rasmussen was fired for lying to his team. Two other teams have already been excluded over doping accusations. The Tour is the world's most important cycling event, and its nation's greatest sporting institution. Today, the French Prime Minister said the sport has to be cleaned up and the influential national paper Liberation ran a story headlined "The Death of the Tour." Jeremy Whittle, who reports on cycling for the Times of London, reflects on the future of the Tour de France.
- Jeremy Whittle: Cycling Correspondent for the Times of London newspaper
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