Late Friday Night Wrap Up

Brian Zick

New GOP Promise: A Felon A Day Gardiner Harris for the NY Times reports Ex-Head of F.D.A. Faces Criminal Inquiry. Dr. Lester M. Crawford, the former commissioner of food and drugs, is under criminal investigation by a federal grand jury over accusations of financial improprieties and false statements to Congress, his lawyer said Friday. … "Dr. Crawford resigned in September, fewer than three months after the Senate confirmed him." --- Department of Justice Protecting Criminal Enterprise David Kravets for AP reports Feds Move to Dismiss Domestic Spying Suit. The Justice Department said Friday it was moving to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging the Bush administration's secretive domestic wiretapping program. --- Seems George Bush doesn't want any damned nosy civilians prying into his illegal spying on them. --- Another GOP Family Dynasty Runs Afoul Of The Law David Lieb for AP reports that "Federal investigators have begun interviewing former state contractors about the way vehicle license offices have been managed under Gov. Matt Blunt's administration." If that name sounds vaguely familiar, that's because Matt Blunt is the son of Roy Blunt, House Majority Whip. via Josh Marshall --- Has Bill Kristol Stopped Beating His Wife? Bill Kristol made quite a fool of himself on the Colbert Report. Not only did he get seriously flummoxed, but he fell for the biggest sucker punch line of all time. Crooks and Liars has the video. This is a portion of their exchange: Colbert: I do gotta say… You did say that… you called the administration incompetent. Kristol: Sometimes. Colbert: I thought you supported our president. Kristol: I do (applause) Kristol: It's always good to be on the upper west side, you know, with all the Bush supporters. I grew up here. Colbert: These people are applauding the president. They're my audience. Kristol: Good point, yeah. Colbert: You got to read between the hoots my friend. Kristol: I grew up here among all the Bush supporters. Colbert: Now but come on, come on. Do you support the president? Kristol: I do support the president. Colbert: That's a funny way of showing it, That's like saying, "Honey I hit you because I love you." Now why…? Kristol: Well, sometimes… what can you say? Right? You know. True is true. Colbert: In what way… (groans, boos) Colbert: You have just made some friends on the upper west side, my friend. Kristol: To say nothing of my wife…

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