The Note: February Sanity

Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) gives a 7:00 pm ET address for the Macomb County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner at the Best Western Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights, MI.

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) talks to media at 5:30 pm ET before delivering the 9:30 pm ET keynote address to the Peoria GOP Lincoln Dinner at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, IL.

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) delivers a 2:30 pm ET keynote address to the 25th annual United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in Chicago, IL. Fluent in Spanish, Dodd will do a bilingual presser after his speech, per the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet.

Be sure to tune into "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday as Sens. Leahy (D-VT) and Cornyn (R-TX) go head to head over the political fallout from the US Attorneys firings, the Iraq votes this week, and much more.

Please see below for our look at the political goings on this weekend.

Politics of prosecutorial independence:

"A second Senate Republican has suggested that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should leave his post because of the way the Justice Department handled the firings last year of eight federal prosecutors," writes USA Today's Kiely and Johnson. LINK

"'For the Justice Department to be effective before the U.S. Senate, it would be helpful' if Gonzales resigned," said Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR).

"In the hot seat -- mounting pressure on Karl Rove and the Attorney General," said ABC News' Robin Roberts in the headlines on "Good Morning America."

". . .more and more Rove himself is at the center of the controversy," reported ABC News' Pierre Thomas on the latest released emails from DOJ.

"He's in the fight of his life," said ABC News' George Stephanopoulos about Attorney General Gonzales.

"What will it take to get all the Republicans supporting the White House again," asked Stephanopoulos. "According to all of my reporting, I don't think that is going to happen until Alberto Gonzales resigns," he answered.

On CBS' "Early Show," Democratic strategist Mike Feldman Noted that even if Gonzales did step down, President Bush will have a possible battle getting a new Attorney General confirmed with a Democratically controlled Congress.

Speaking to the concern over the firing of federal prosecutors on NBC's "Today" show, Tim Russert said it was "dead serious," and advised -- "watch for the 2008 Senate re-election class" for more calls for the removal of Gonzales.

ABC News' Jan Crawford Greenburg was first to report the Karl Rove emails that show his more central involvement in the situation. The White House maintains that the emails are (mostly) consistent with their earlier statements. LINK

ABC News' Jon Garcia reports on Rove's comments yesterday while speaking at Troy University where he said, "I just ask the American people and ask Congress to look fairly and carefully at what's being said and done now." LINK

Watch the video here courtesy of Troy: LINK

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