Quick Takes

By Dan Froomkin
11:55 AM ET, 02/12/2009

Carrie Johnson writes in The Washington Post that the criminal investigation into the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys during the Bush administration "appears to be intensifying." The prosecutor "will interview former White House political affairs deputy J. Scott Jennings as early as today, lawyers involved in the case said. Jennings worked alongside Karl Rove, a top aide to President George W. Bush....Through lawyer Robert D. Luskin, Rove also has said he will cooperate."

Barry Schweid writes for the Associated Press: "Israel's shift to the right could throw a monkey wrench into President Barack Obama's conciliatory overtures to Iran and his budding drive to promote Arab-Israeli peacemaking."

Tom Raum and Stevenson Jacobs write for the Associated Press: "That bomb of a bailout intro could make things tougher later on for the administration."

Here's White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs yesterday on the negative response on Wall Street to the bailout plans outlined by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on Tuesday: "Some of that market reaction may be based on what the plan does not do -- right? I'm sure many in the banking sector had hoped, presumably, that bad assets would be paid for either in an unreasonable way or at an unreasonable value, or that insurance that -- whose cost is borne primarily by the taxpayers but might primarily benefit shareholders isn't, in this case, part of that solution."

Gabriella Souza writes for the Fort Myers News-Press: "Henrietta Hughes spoke to Obama at Tuesday's town hall meeting at Harborside Event Center, telling the president that she and her son were homeless and in need of jobs. Both have been offered since Wednesday."

Brett Zongker writes for the Associated Press about last night's grand reopening of Ford's Theater: "President Barack Obama stood beneath the flag-draped box where Abraham Lincoln was shot...honoring the 'hallowed space' on the eve of the 16th president's 200th birthday....'For despite all that divided us -- North and South, black and white -- he had an unyielding belief that we were, at heart, one nation, and one people,' Obama said. 'And because of Abraham Lincoln, and all who've carried on his work in the generations since, that is what we remain today.'"

Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald puts the lie to the Wall Street Journal editorial board's expression of "doubt that President Bush...would have gotten away with prescreening his interlocutors."

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