The Note: Taking the Fork

"But the scale of this story was simply too big to report that way, to share information with high but imperfect confidence -- and without making that level of confidence crystal clear. I should have waited for a second source, or hedged the item much more fully. Or simply waited for the news conference like everybody else."

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan Notes that Elizabeth Edwards joked about the unreliability of recent press reports. LINK

Politics of prosecutorial independence:

The Washington Times' Jon Ward on Sen. Specter suggesting to White House counsel Fred Fielding yesterday that selected lawmakers could question Mr. Rove and other administration officials "in public, but not under oath." LINK

"'Mr. Fielding did not accept or reject it,' White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters."

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf and Jake Tapper report on the second congressional committee that voted in favor of issuing subpoenas on a day when Gonzales said, "I will not resign." LINK

The Washington Post's Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein look at Bush Administration efforts to make Rove aide Tim Griffin U.S. Attorney in Arkansas. LINK

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports on Leader Reid's comments where he asked rhetorically if the U.S. Attorney in Florida who is working to get Abramoff's sentence reduced is a "Bushie". LINK

USA Today breaks down who each fired attorney is and just what happened to them. LINK

Bush Administration agenda:

"In his first weeks as defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, repeatedly argued that the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had become so tainted abroad that legal proceedings at Guantánamo would be viewed as illegitimate, according to senior administration officials. He told President Bush and others that it should be shut down as quickly as possible," reports the New York Times. LINK

Iowa: contacted undecided Republican and Democratic county chairs from February through March to see whom on the GOP and Democratic sides, respectively, they were considering supporting. LINK

The top finisher on the Republican side was Mitt Romney with 55 percent. The top finisher on the Democratic side was John Edwards with 71 percent.


Molly Ball of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a "guerilla" campaign of Nevada Republicans to move the state GOP caucus to the same early date as the Democrats, is close to success, though there are concerns that Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) may "derail the move." LINK

2008: Republicans:

Exploring a Pew Research Center survey, the Los Angeles Times' Janet Hook writes, "(p)ublic allegiance to the Republican Party has plunged since the second year of George W. Bush's presidency, as attitudes have edged away from some of the conservative values that fueled GOP political dominance for more than a decade." LINK

2008: Republicans: Giuliani:

The Giuliani campaign says it is not clear the former mayor would support an assault weapons ban today, even though Giuliani was in the front row when President Clinton signed the crime bill with the assault weapons ban, reports the New York Times' Richard Perez Pena in a must-read. LINK

"Rudy Judi's Bombshell: Reveals That He's Her Third Husband'" headlines the New York Post's Maggie Haberman/Andrea Peyser exclusive on the would-be first lady's previously unknown first marriage. LINK

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