April 20th, 2007



"If there was one single moment in this morning's testimony by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales before the Senate Judiciary Committee that encapsulates the sheer gall and shamelessness of the man in the hot seat, it occurred at about 10:52 when he said that questions about 'partisan politics' within the Justice Department actually are an insult to (and criticism of) the career attorneys who bring controversial cases. For that cruelly cynical statement alone - pretending that legitimate criticism of his own failed leadership as Attorney General actually is instead unfair criticism of some of the victims within the Justice Department - Gonzales deserves to be fired. Not in a month. Not in a week. Today."
-Andrew Cohen

* Hee. Paul Kane on why you shouldn't piss off Arlen Specter. Wow.
* Dana Milbank on the attorney general's amnesia.
* More from Paul Kane on the rough questioning from Republican 'friends' at the hearing.
* Dahlia Lithwick can't figure out the attorney general's strategy.
* Entertaining LiveOnline transcript with Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon. Includes counts of "I don't recall." (Courtesy multiplexer.)

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"Hereinafter, on the morally and legally thorny question of abortion, the proposed rule should be weighed against the gauzy sensitivities of that iconic literary creature: the Inconstant Female."

Hey, if you want to keep your Social Security number secret, make sure not to give it to, uh, the federal government.

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Spider-man: the Musical?

New honors for Star Wars on its 30th anniversary.

"Immense coils of hot, electrified gas in the Sun's atmosphere behave like a musical instrument, scientists say. These 'coronal loops' carry acoustic waves in much the same way that sound is carried through a pipe organ."