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June 14, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Two former senior White House officials were subpoenaed Wednesday by congressional committees investigating the firing last year of eight U.S. attorneys. The subpoenas of former counsel Harriet E. Miers and political affairs director Sara M. Taylor set the stage for a new confrontation between Congress and the White House.
June 2, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
As George W. Bush underwent a seven-year metamorphosis from gubernatorial candidate to president, and then through the six years, four months and 12 days of his White House tenure so far, Dan Bartlett was always at his side. On Friday, Bartlett announced that he was heading out the door. His departure leaves only political advisor Karl Rove among the Texans who arrived in Washington with Bush and worked closely with him in the White House West Wing.
April 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal prosecutors dismissed a gun charge against an aide to Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.). The aide, Phillip Thompson, 45, was arrested last month when he tried to enter a Capitol office building with a loaded handgun in his briefcase. Thompson had been charged with carrying a pistol without a license. U.S. Atty. Jeffrey A. Taylor said in a statement that there wasn't enough evidence to prove the charge. "Today's decision concludes the investigation of this incident," he said.
April 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A former senior staffer on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the public by steering potential clients and inside government information to disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff in return for cash, gifts and the promise of a high-paying job.
April 7, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
The top aide to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could earn a state salary exceeding $200,000 a year as part of a round of raises the governor is preparing to award his senior deputies. The raises could lift some salaries among the 185 people working in the governor's office to $169,500 in certain cases, with the governor's chief of staff, Susan P. Kennedy, eligible for up to $225,000. Kennedy now collects a state salary of $143,000, and the most senior aides beneath her earn about $134,000.
March 28, 2007 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) on Tuesday described as "unfortunate" an aide's arrest the day before for carrying a loaded pistol into a Senate office building, but he quickly followed that comment with an unapologetic endorsement of the right to bear arms. Cementing his status as one of the most unconventional members of Congress, Webb said that since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, it has been "a more dangerous time" for people in government.
March 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A top aide to Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) was charged with trying to carry a loaded pistol and ammunition into a Senate office building, Capitol Police said. The staffer, Phillip Thompson, told police that the gun belonged to Webb, authorities said. Thompson said he forgot that the gun was in a briefcase and that he meant no harm. Thompson, 44, was jailed pending an appearance today in D.C. Superior Court.
March 24, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, who underwent surgery in 2005 for colon cancer, said Friday that a series of medical scans had turned up a small growth in his lower abdomen and that he would have it surgically removed Monday. He said at least one set of scans was negative, as were blood tests looking for a return of the cancer. "But out of an aggressive sense of caution," he said, he will undergo the surgery.
March 22, 2007 | From the Washington Post
The former leader of the Justice Department team that prosecuted a landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies said Wednesday that Bush administration political appointees repeatedly ordered her to take steps that weakened the government's racketeering case. Sharon Eubanks said Bush loyalists in Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales' office began micromanaging the team's strategy in the final weeks of the 2005 trial, to the detriment of the government's claim that the industry had conspired to lie to U.
March 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A key aide to former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic has been arrested for allegedly siphoning millions of dollars of state money, police said. Former customs chief Mihalj Kertes, a key player during the late president's decade-long rule in the 1990s, was detained on a request from Serbia's prosecutor for organized crime, police said.
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