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Senate panel subpoenas rove e-mails

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 3, 2007


WASHINGTON

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Wednesday subpoenaed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to turn over all e-mails to or from White House political adviser Karl Rove in connection with the controversy over the firings last year of eight U.S. attorneys. The subpoena suggests that the congressional inquiry is focusing on Rove and whether he shaped the firings and hirings of U.S. attorneys and whether the purge was influenced by GOP concerns about corruption inquiries and investigations of voter fraud in battleground states during the last election. The White House also has instructed the Republican National Committee not to give Congress any Rove e-mails unless cleared by the White House. Also Wednesday, the Justice Department said it is investigating whether its former White House liaison, Monica Goodling, used political affiliation in deciding whom to hire as entry-level prosecutors around the country. Such consideration would be a violation of federal law.

That's my space, Obama says

At the cost of losing 160, 000 "friends, " Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign has taken over control of the MySpace page listed under his name on the popular social networking site. For the past 2 1/2 years, the page has been run by Joe Anthony of Los Angeles. As the site exploded in popularity in recent months, the campaign became concerned about an outsider controlling the content and responses going out under Obama's name. Obama's campaign balked at paying $39, 000, which is what Anthony said he proposed for his extensive work on the site. MySpace stepped in to settle the dispute and decided Obama should have the rights to control www.myspace.com/barackobama. Anthony had the right to take all the friends who signed up while he was in control. On his MySpace blog, Anthony wrote that he is heartbroken that the Obama campaign was "bullying" him out of the page he built. He said Obama has lost his vote. Also Wednesday

Pet food: Responding to the massive recall of cat and dog food, the Senate voted 94-0 in favor of stricter production and labeling standards so people have more information about what they are feeding their pets.

Primaries: Tennessee has joined the growing number of states, including California, New York and New Jersey, that will hold its presidential primary on Feb. 5. Some 12 states have moved their primaries to Feb. 5. The primary process begins Jan. 14 with caucuses in Iowa.

Head Start: The House approved $7.4-billion - up from $6.9-billion - for the popular Head Start program Wednesday after rejecting a GOP-led attempt to allow religious groups participating in the program to hire and fire staffers based on religious grounds.

GOP debate: Former first lady Nancy Reagan, 83, will share the limelight Thursday as Republican presidential candidates try to lay claim to the Reagan mantle. She is not expected to speak at the GOP candidates' debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.