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Rough Sketch: June 15, 2008 - June 21, 2008

McClellan's Book Club

Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, set the tone with his first words: "Welcome, everyone, to the Judiciary Committee's first Book of the Month Club meeting," he declared. "Today, it's Scott McClellan's 'What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of...

By Dana Milbank  | June 20, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Russert's Grand Goodbye

Luke Russert has his father's sense of mischief. Speaking to the well-heeled mourners at Tim Russert's funeral yesterday, he read his father's favorite biblical passage: To whom much is given, much is expected. "And after seeing the make of some of the suits and dresses in this room," Luke teased,...

By Dana Milbank  | June 19, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pentagon Amnesia

If ever there was a case that cried out for enhanced interrogation techniques, it was yesterday's Senate appearance by the Pentagon's former top lawyer. William "Jim" Haynes II, the man who blessed the use of dogs, hoods and nudity to pry information out of recalcitrant detainees, proved to be a...

By Dana Milbank  | June 18, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain's Dance

If John McCain keeps dancing like this, he's liable to break a hip. Last month, he shimmied to the left on energy policy, infuriating conservatives with a plan to cap carbon emissions. Yesterday, he shuffled back to the right, demanding an end to quarter-century-old bans on offshore oil drilling. "There...

By Dana Milbank  | June 17, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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