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Mitt Romney Just Delighted To Wave Around His Blood-Soaked Death Squad Dollars

So, you know this picture? Wonkette editor Kris E. Benson likes to run it a lot. You’ve seen it 50 times maybe. Or 500, who knows? (Personally, our Romney-pic go-to is romneyapplauds.jpg.) So it turns out this picture is of Romney and pals celebrating their initial funding. And since Your Wonkette is like the Sesame Street of unspeakable atrocities, we learned something about this initial funding just yesterday! What was that something? Just the small matter that Bain Capital’s initial startup money came from the backers (and sometimes the fronters!) of El Salvador’s death squads. Oh pooh, you say, nobody but stupid commies cares about Latin American death squads. (And nuns. Nuns care a lot. So like we said, nobody but stupid commies cares about Latin American death squads.) Read more on Mitt Romney Just Delighted To Wave Around His Blood-Soaked Death Squad Dollars…
 

Condoleezza’s Glamorous World of Dinner Parties & 9/11

Each week, veteran Condiwatcher Peter Huestis (also known as Princess Sparkle Pony) provides a summary of the searing wit and infinite wisdom of America’s Favorite Princess Diplomat™! Condi was back in Foggy Bottom 24/7 last week, and you know what that means: photo-ops, photo-ops, photo-ops! Indeed, the State Department’s reception room was a revolving door to all kinds of diplobots from strategically unchallenging countries. And somebody had the nerve to call Our Heroine incompetent. Why do they keep doing that? So mean! Join me after the jump for a Condiological safari through the last seven days… Read more on Condoleezza’s Glamorous World of Dinner Parties & 9/11…
 

Breaking: Was Gonzales… Less Than Truthful???

In the first reported case ever of John Negroponte being vaguely (if inadvertently) involved in something that could, in the long run, maybe be vaguely good for democracy, a letter from him presents yet more proof that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is a liar. Read more on Breaking: Was Gonzales… Less Than Truthful???…
 

Rumors On The Internets: Cock, Diesel

* When the FBI is doing some tapping, they lay “full pipe.” [CNET] * President Bush bulldozes the press corps. [The Gaggle] * National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq will be ready just as soon as Negroponte finishes the chapter entitled, “Why more troops would fix everything.” [TPM Muckraker] * But he better not mention “global” or “warming” in the same sentence or Condi will bleach out his windpipe. [Think Progress] * New White House pastry chef has experience making Desserts for Dummies. [Political Wire] * During the next election, John Kerry may find that Massachusetts prefers a bloody sock to his bleeding heart. [Boston Herald] Read more on Rumors On The Internets: Cock, Diesel…
 

Daily Briefing: Smug Alert

* Iowa voters get high off the smell of their own farts, pretend to listen to what Hillary Clinton has to say. [WP, NYT, WSJ, USAT] * Mike Hukabee starts his Presidential campaign by getting Tim Russert to admit he’s digging his grave, “with a knife and fork.” [WP, NYT] * Giant q-tip is inserted into the Congressional earmark culture to clean out the “pornography” and “terrorists.” Staffers keep their fingers crossed for a furlough day. [WP] * Loving father John Negroponte is going from one job he doesn’t need to another. [WP] * Handful of movie stars, handful of hippies were all that showed for weekend’s peace march. [CNN] * Not just New Orleans: levees are fucked nationwide. [USAT] * Federal judges just a bunch of wikilectuals. [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Smug Alert…
 

John Negroponte Demoted

John Negroponte, having successfully reformed and overhauled the NSA, CIA, and FBI, is now leaving his position as Director of National Intelligence to be Condoleezza Rice’s assistant. Why? Because no one else wanted the job. Read more on John Negroponte Demoted…
 

Daily Briefing: Gone Til November, 2008

* President Bush gets on the budget balancing bandwagon, Democrats call bullshit. [WP] * John Negroponte to leave the “in case of attack, fire this guy” position to be Condi’s deputy at State Department. [WP, NYT] * Harry Reid has his Scotland golf trip, sans Scotland and golf. [WP] * William Jefferson and other corruption tinged Democrats are An Inconvenient Presence for Nancy Pelosi. [WP] * But she’ll be able to forget her troubles for a while as Wyclef Jean and Tony Bennet croon for her tonight. [LAT] * Barney Frank speaks loudly, carries a small stick. [WSJ] * Big Oil and Big Pharma are scared shitless of the Democratic Congress, look for their PR campaigns on screens and billboards near you soon. [WP, WSJ] * Barack Obama is op-corruption in his op-ed. [WP] Read more on Daily Briefing: Gone Til November, 2008…
 

Wonk’d: Predictable City, You Have So Many Fools to Pity

Exploiting inter-personal power dynamics to one’s advantage is what Washington is all about — Neil Bush knows it and has mastered the art. And while John Negroponte takes it one day at a time, Mark Warner and John King get bossed around by their kids. These, plus Ken Mehlman on his downward spiral, using Google Earth to find Barbara Bush, and avoiding the notorious Evan Bayh stink-palm, behind the curtain. Read more on Wonk’d: Predictable City, You Have So Many Fools to Pity…
 

Daily Briefing: Utmost Restraint

As rockets fired by Hezbollah penetrated deeper south into Haifa, Israeli troops briefly entered Lebanon to attack Hezbollah bases near the border. [AP] The president is torn between supporting Israel strongly and hoping they’ll show a little restraint. [NYT, NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Utmost Restraint…
 

Rumors On The Internets: We Weren’t Alive In The Sixties

“There’s a growing constituency of low-income white folks in America who aren’t duped any longer… Back in the Sixties, along with the Black Panthers, Young Lords, and the Brown Berets, there was a group of what detractors derided as “white trailer trash” called Rising Up Angry. Its awareness and militancy were second to none.” [Smirking Chimp] Read more on Rumors On The Internets: We Weren’t Alive In The Sixties…
 

Remainders: Bullets First!

* John Negroponte will get Bill Frist’s phone records when he pries them from his cold dead hands! [Rude Pundit] * Almost as effective as asking, “pretty please with sugar on top.” [Do Not Tap] Read more on Remainders: Bullets First!…
 

Daily Briefing: Something About Mary

White House, in effort to win over critics, makes the “highly unorthodox move” of nominating Gen. Michael Hayden to head the CIA while announcing his new deputy. [WP, NYT, USAT] John Negroponte says Hayden is “independent-minded.” [WP] Read more on Daily Briefing: Something About Mary…
 

MORE BREAKING: Alternative Porter Goss Hypotheses

We’ve offered you what we hope — for the sake of rumor-mongering, gossip, and this city’s desperate need for a good sex scandal — is the real reason for Porter Goss’s departure as CIA director. Read more on MORE BREAKING: Alternative Porter Goss Hypotheses…
 

Daily Briefing: ‘Josh Bolten’s Josh Bolten’

* Tony Snow will “likely” replace Scott McClellan. [CNN, NYT] * Bush and Republican lawmakers face blame for high gas prices yet have “few if any” available short-term solutions; president will call today for the strict enforcement of price gouging laws. [WP, W$J] * Attorney for fired CIA officer denies his client leaked classified information to the Washington Post. [WP] * Bush presses for bipartisan agreement on immigration, though he is not backing a specific proposal. Bush: “I know this is an emotional debate, and I can understand it’s emotional, but one thing we cannot lose sight of is that we’re talking about human beings, decent human beings.” [WP, NYT, W$J, USAT] * Many Republican candidates are plotting how to distance themselves from Bush and the war; approval of the president dips to 32% in CNN poll. [NYT, CNN] * Excessive supplemental provisions to emergency spending bill receive renewed criticisms. [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: ‘Josh Bolten’s Josh Bolten’…
 

Daily Briefing: Tension City

* Bush‘s meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao was heavy on symbolism, light on substance; Bush apologized for heckling. [WP, WP, NYT, WSJ, USAT] * Bush, Jintao disagree about the dynamic of their relationship; “The mood was friendly, yet the tension was unmistakable.” [WP, NYT] * Harriet Miers might be lost in the next phase of the White House shuffle; Tony Snow is “in negotiations” for McClellan‘s post. [NYT] * Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised more than double its GOP counterpart in this quarter; RNC, meanwhile, beat the DNC by a 1.9 to 1 ratio. [WP] * Republican leaders plan to hit the ground running when they return from break; “41 percent of those polled said Congress has accomplished less than usual.” [WP] * Democratic candidates are trying to use rising gas prices to their advantage. [NYT, WSJ] * Rumsfeld dismisses critics as being against much-needed reform. [NYT] * Chertoff compares crackdown against illegal immigrants to shutdown of the mob. [NYT] * Case against AIPAC lobbyists concerns lobbyists and journalists. Professor: “The chilling effect could become glacial for anybody who is engaged in basic lobbying research or simply doing research or writing stories on national security issues.” [WP] * Negroponte reveals that about 100,000 people are involved in intelligence operations around the world. [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Tension City…
 

Daily Briefing: ‘Nobody’s Safe at the White House’

* Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost $94B in 2006, up from $48B in 2003, and higher than comparable costs of the Vietnam War; Senate will debate another round of emergency spending next week. [WP] * Bolten “hopes to demonstrate to the public and the Republican-led Congress that it will no longer be business as usual in a White House afflicted by political defeats, an overseas war and shrinking public support”; Tony Snow and Dan Senor top the list of likely successors to McClellan. [WP, USAT, W$J] * Bolten faces the challenge of finding “ways to open up the Oval Office to new ideas and to the opinions of people who are not longtime Bush confidants.” [WP] * Rove will focus on November’s midterm elections: “The president and the new chief of staff said they wanted me focused on the big strategic issues facing the administration.” [NYT] * Bush will urge Chinese President Hu Jintao to “take a more aggressive stance against governments that U.S. officials believe could potentially threaten U.S. interests and, more broadly, the international system.” [WP, W$J] Read more on Daily Briefing: ‘Nobody’s Safe at the White House’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Madonna Says ‘Go For It’

* Reliable Source: Condoleezza Rice plays a duet with Marvin Hamlisch at International Women’s Day celebration attended by Laura Bush, Kirk Douglas, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, Karl Rove, Alberto Gonzales, Michael Chertoff, and John Negroponte. . . John Ashcroft and wife Janet attend mandatory ethics course to complete their induction to the D.C. Bar. . . Jack Abramoff shows Vanity Fair photos of him with Newt Gingrich, who denies knowing the former lobbyist. . . Ann Richards, former Texas governor, has cancer of the esophagus. [WP] * Lloyd Grove’s Lowdown: The James Carville and Luke Russert sports show launches March 17th on XM Radio. [NYDN] * The Scoop: Madonna supports Hillary ’08: “I don Read more on Gossip Roundup: Madonna Says ‘Go For It’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Our ‘Seedy Underbelly’

• Reliable Source Top guns Karl Rove, John Negroponte, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Michael Chertoff, Carlos Gutierrez, John Warner, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Myers celebrate the Marines’ 230th birthday. . . Bodyguard reportedly followed Dr. Phil to the bathroon of the Capital Grille. [WP] • Under the Dome: The WB is developing a D.C.-based soap opera that will show “the town Read more on Gossip Roundup: Our ‘Seedy Underbelly’…
 

Daily Briefing: Refresher Courses for White House Staff

• Kaine and Corzine win gubernatorial races in Virginia and NJ; Texas approves ban gay marriage. [WP, WP, NYT, USAT] • Frist and Hastert seek investigation into the disclosure of CIA’s “black sites” to the Washington Post. McClellan: “The leaking of classified information is a serious matter and ought to be taken seriously.” [WP, NYT, WT] • Alito “has signaled he would be highly reluctant to overturn long-standing precedents” such as Rove v. Wade. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine): “At this point, I see no basis for invoking ‘extraordinary circumstances’ and for anyone to mount a filibuster.” [WP, NYT, LAT] • Schwarzenegger‘s initiatives are rejected; his “celebrity may not be the tonic it once was.” [LAT, LAT, USAT] • Election came at a sensitive time for both parties, especially the GOP. [NYT, WSJ, LAT, USAT] • House to decide fate of ANWR; Senate approves drilling by vote of 51 to 48. [WP] • Grassley (R-Iowa) proposes $70b in tax cuts. [NYT, WSJ] Read more on Daily Briefing: Refresher Courses for White House Staff…
 

Daily Briefing: ‘So Vicious and So Vitriolic’

• Attorneys for Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee express “uniform disappointment” with Miers and are “pushing back against her.” Said one lawyer, “Everybody is hoping that something will happen on Miers, either that the president would withdraw her or she would realize she is not up to it and pull out while she has some dignity intact.” [NYT] • Dobson says Rove assured him that Miers is a conservative evangelical Christian, though Roe v. Wade “was never part of our discussion”; Rove reportedly explained that alternative candidates removed their names “because the process has become so vicious and so vitriolic and so bitter.” [LAT, WT] • Judith Miller will testify for a second day today; prosecutors are investigating earlier conversations between administration officials and journalists. [WP, NYT, WSJ] • Laura says criticisms of Miers might be sexist. William Kristol: “It is striking to me they are spending less time explaining the merits of Harriet Miers and more time. . . using liberal talking points to criticize the critics. I think it is going to backfire.” [WP, NYT, WT] • White House strategy shifts focus to Miers‘ religious credibility. [USAT] • Bush in New Orleans: “Out of this rubble is going to come some good; out of the devastation is going to come new cities and new hope.” [NYT] • Milbank on Bush‘s “Today” interview: “The president was a blur of blinks, taps, jiggles, pivots and shifts. Bush has always been an active man, but standing with Lauer and the serene, steady first lady, he had the body language of a man wishing urgently to be elsewhere.” [WP] • DeLay remains a go-to, agenda-setting congressman. [NYT] • McCain advances his own agenda ahead of the White House and the Republican leadership. McCain: “Do I want to be president? Sure. Do I want to run for president? That’s the question.” [WSJ] Read more on Daily Briefing: ‘So Vicious and So Vitriolic’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Howard Kurtz Writes Fiction

• Reliable Source: Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) had John Roberts review his screenplay in the early eighties. Said Rohrabacher, “There were a lot of people in the White House who felt threatened by the input of the writers, but John was someone who appreciated the creative element.”. . . Bob Shrum and wife Marylouise Oates sold their Massachusetts Avenue home to John Negroponte for $2.2m. [WP] • Inside the Beltway: 45% of voters would not vote for Bush again, according to poll conducted by James Carville and Stan Greenberg. [WT] • Lloyd Grove’s Lowdown: Howard Kurtz is looking to publish a satirical novel about the news industry: “This is something I’m fooling around with in my spare time. . . The fun part is that people may recognize – or think they recognize – some major media figures.” [NYDN] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Howard Kurtz Writes Fiction…