Monday, July 23, 2007

These Allegations Have Been Troubling To Hear

Gonzales to Senate: I'm staying - 23 Jul 2007 at 11:04am - WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says he's staying at the Justice Department to try to repair its broken image, telling Congress in a statement released Monday he's troubled that politics may have played a part in hiring career federal prosecutors. Senators already skeptical of Gonzales' ability to lead the department were preparing to hammer him about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys and conflicts between his earlier statements and the testimony of a former aide. The attorney general's comments were included in 26 pages of prepared testimony released on the eve of his scheduled appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.... "I believe very strongly that there is no place for political considerations in the hiring of our career employees or in the administration of justice," he said. "As such, these allegations have been troubling to hear. From my perspective, there are two options available in light of these allegations. I would walk away or I could devote my time, effort and energy to fix the problems. Since I have never been one to quit, I decided that the best course of action was to remain here and fix the problems."
I'm sure he was shocked, shocked, to learn that politics may have played a such part.

Injured Iraq war veterans to sue VA head - 23 Jul 2007 at 12:33pm - WASHINGTON -- Frustrated by delays in health care, a coalition of injured Iraq war veterans is accusing VA Secretary Jim Nicholson of breaking the law by denying them disability pay and mental health treatment.

Thought for the day:
"Money doesn't always bring happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars." -Hobart Brown


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