Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald brought Karl Rove in front of a
grand jury once again Wednesday. The question being investigated according
to all accounts is whether Rove tried to conceal his conversations with NY
Times reporter Matthew Cooper. The best report on the details of the case
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Rove's testimony focused almost exclusively on his conversation about Plame
with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper in 2003 and whether the top aide
later tried to conceal it, the source said. Rove testified, in essence, that
"it would have been a suicide mission" to "deliberately lie" about his
conversation with Cooper because he knew beforehand that it eventually would
be revealed, the source said. Lawyers involved in the case said yesterday
that they expect a decision on Rove's fate soon.
Illegal immigrants closing cities
The Latino demonstrations are focusing on closing down American cities on
Monday, May 1 -- the traditional day of the Communists Party’s celebration.
"There will be 2 to 3 million people hitting the streets in Los Angeles
alone. We're going to close down Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Tucson,
Phoenix, Fresno," said Jorge Rodriguez, a union official who helped organize
earlier rallies credited with rattling Congress as it debates the issue.
Dems knocking on doors
Saturday Democrats will be knocking on doors to share their bold vision for
America. The Democrat National Committee said that all 50 states will
participate in the effort.
"Politics is at its best when we work together to create and strengthen our
community," said DNC Chairman Howard Dean who will join door-knocking teams
in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday.
If there is no one home volunteers will leave door hanger promising "a bold
new direction for a secure America."
The failed U.N.
Washington Times reports on a federal investigation into corruption at
the United Nations:
The United Nations confirmed yesterday the U.S. Attorney's Office is
investigating suspected wrongdoing in the office that handles procurement
for U.N. peacekeeping operations.
In a further blow to the troubled peacekeeping department, a report by the
Government Accountability Office (GAO) to be delivered to Congress today
describes the procurement office as understaffed, poorly trained and badly
lacking the oversight that would uncover corruption, fraud and waste.
Eight senior staff members were suspended with pay earlier this year, after
an inquiry by the U.N. inspector general's office uncovered lax management
and possible corruption.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that Congress is not doing well in
the public's opinion.
Forty-four percent of those polled said they are tired of Republicans and
Democrats fighting; 36 percent said nothing gets done on important issues;
34 percent said too many congressmen are corrupt and unethical; and 22
percent said Congress simply goes along with President Bush.
Forty-five percent of those polled said they want Democrats to control
Congress (down from 50 percent in March); 39 percent of registered voters
said they want Republicans to control Congress (up from 37 percent in
The poll questioned 1109 adults -- 48 percent men, 52 percent women. The
overall margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percent.
Giuliani in Iowa
Rudy Giuliani makes an appearance in Iowa on Monday to help Rep. Jim
Nussle's campaign for governor. He will also deliver a motivational speech
in Des Moines that day. The next day, the former New York mayor headlines a
National Republican Senatorial Committee fund-raiser in Washington, D.C.