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Gonzales under a cooling lamp?

The Los Angeles Times profiles Monica Goodling. "How a 33-year-old graduate of a little-known law school that teaches courses on the philosophy of punishing and controlling 'sin' became such a powerful figure in the Justice Department is a key question for congressional investigators looking into charges that the department has been turned into a political tool of the Republican Party."

While Goodling testifies before the House Judiciary Committee today, NBC's Pete Williams reports that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is out of the country for the remainder of the week -- in Germany for the G-8 ministerial meetings, which precede the G-8 heads of state sessions June 6-8.

Fired US attorney David Iglesias has an op-ed in the L.A. Times, in which he all but calls for Gonzales to resign. "The nation needs leaders who take ultimate responsibility for the wrongful actions of their subordinates; leaders who do the right thing, regardless of the consequences. Mr. Attorney General, it's time for you to cowboy up and do what's best for the American people you serve."