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The Bush agenda

The Washington Post notes that "[w]ith neither a president seeking reelection nor a vice president positioned as the heir presumptive, the Bush team will increasingly turn into a spectator in the nation's political debate."  Although this means that "the contest will spare the White House the trials of a campaign,… at the same time, it means that no one will be making the case for the Bush legacy as 2008 nears."  Also: "With no campaign at stake, Cheney's influence within the White House, though still potent, has clearly diminished." 

The AP interviews one of the US attorneys fired by the Bush Administration, who said "his resignation was ordered… without explanation seven months after he received a favorable job evaluation.  "'I was ordered to resign as U.S. attorney on Dec. 7 by the Justice Department,' [John] McKay said Wednesday… 'I was given no explanation.  I certainly was told of no performance issues.'"  More: "His comments came one day after Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty acknowledged to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Justice Department had fired seven U.S. attorneys in the West in the past year, most of them for 'performance-related' reasons he would not divulge."