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Friday morning round-up

There's always more Republican malfeasance going on than we can document here, but here's a sampling of Republican misdeeds worth noting this morning:

- Bush Administration wants more domestic spying: In a Senate Committee hearing, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell tried to make the case that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) needs to be rewritten so it's easier for the administration to spy on people in the United States. The overture was met with skepticism and hostility by the Democrats on the committee.

- White House "investigates" Iraq Inspector General: Stuart Bowen, the special inspector general for Iraq projects, has embarrassed the White House with his investigations on several occassions. It's payback time now, and a White House "oversight" office is investigating claims against Bowen by disgruntled ex-employees. The message? Don't mess with the bull; you'll get the horns.

- Republican monkeys on parade: During the first Republican Primary debate last night, the 10 current contenders demonstrated their committment to hate and contempt for women, gay people, the environment, science, immigrants, and non-white males who make less than $250,000 a year. 3 candidates - Brownback, Huckabee, and Tancredo - actually indicated they don't believe in evolution.

- Justice probes political hires: Believe it or not, the Justice Department itself has opened an investigation into allegations that Monica Goodling used political criteria to make career prosecutor hires, a serious violation of federal law. The damage this White House has done to the Justice Department just grows and grows...

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