On the Sunday shows yesterday, national security adviser Stephen Hadley urged Democrats "not to waste their time trying to pass a bill to accelerate withdrawal from Iraq, saying President Bush would veto such legislation," while Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Bush's so-called "surge" in Iraq is working -- "so far, so good."
A new poll commissioned by the BBC, USA Today, and ABC finds that just 18% of Iraqis have confidence in US and coalition troops, and they are evenly split on whether they have confidence in their own government.
USA Today on another survey: "Only about one-fifth of 10,000 veteran officers in the Army's Individual Ready Reserve say they're willing to be deployed overseas, an Army survey shows. It suggests souring attitudes within the military toward U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy said yesterday that he will ask Karl Rove and other top White House aides to testify in the US attorney scandal, but the White House will likely claim executive privilege to keep the testimony from happening.
The Politico: "Democratic officials told The Politico that one of the major questions Congress would like to pose to Rove, a deputy chief of staff to Bush, and other administration officials is the extent of Bush's knowledge of the impending changes." More: "Key figures in both parties believe Gonzales … will wind up resigning over the imbroglio. "I think he's gone," said a Republican official close to Bush."
The Los Angeles Times has Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) revealing evidence that California US attorney Carol Lam notified the Justice Department about search warrants in the GOP corruption case involving former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. "Soon thereafter, a top Justice Department official in Washington wrote to the White House about a 'real problem we have right now with Carol Lam.'"
On Friday, Gonzales apologized in a conference call to the US attorneys for how the earlier firings were handled and for suggesting that they were a result of poor performance, the AP writes. But an official familiar with the conference call "said Gonzales did not apologize for firing the eight U.S. attorneys."
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that David Iglesias, the fired US attorney in New Mexico, was heralded twice by the Justice Department for his expertise in prosecuting voter fraud. "The fact that Justice officials held out Iglesias to his colleagues as an exemplar of good work on voter fraud conflicts with an explanation offered last week by a senior aide to President Bush that eight U.S. attorneys had been removed in part because of complaints that some had been lax in pursuing election fraud."
And, if you click on some of the more prominent liberal blogs, you'll see advertisements from the Clinton campaign calling on Alberto Gonzales to step down -- a sign that the Clinton camp is trying to get out in front on this issue to appeal to the left.
Finally, as he wraps up his campaign trip through New Hampshire, John McCain told CBN News that he needs the evangelical vote to win the GOP nomination. "McCain also acknowledged that he hasn't been as outspoken as a Senator on the right to life issue and that criticism from the pro-life community is valid. 'I think there may be some legitimacy to that discussion. But I certainly think I have done my labor in the vineyards for 24 years. I have a 24 year solid, consistent pro-life voting record.'"