CONTEMPT: House Panel Votes To Cite Rove


ASSOCIATED PRESS: WASHINGTON — A House panel Wednesday voted to cite former top White House aide Karl Rove for contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena to answer questions about the dismissals of several federal prosecutors as its Senate counterpart explored punishments for an array of alleged past and present Bush administration misdeeds.

Voting 20-14 along party lines, the House Judiciary Committee said that Rove had broke the law by failing to appear at a July 10 hearing on allegations of White House influence over the Justice Department, including whether Rove encouraged prosecutions against Democrats such as former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

The committee decision is only a recommendation, and it was unclear whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., would allow a final vote. Rove has denied any involvement with Justice decisions, and the White House has said Congress has no authority to compel testimony from current and former advisers.

The vote occurred as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on allegations of administration wrongdoing ranging from discriminating against liberals at Justice to ignoring subpoenas and lying to Congress. MORE

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: There is something downright sinful to me about the act of swiping a private prayer and taking it public. That’s what happened to Barack Obama left behind last week at Jerusalem’s Western Prayer Wall. Presidential candidate or not, isn’t the man entitled to talk to God in peace, in privacy? If you’re not familiar with the ancient wall, the tradition there is to write your prayer on a small piece of paper, fold it up and jam it into one of the cracks in the stone, as Obama did. A newspaper in Israel got hold of his prayer and made the call to publish it. MORE

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