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APRIL 06 2008

1. Siegelman Says "No Deal"
2. Fear, Paranoia and, Yes, Some Loathing in Alabama’s Hallowed
Halls
3. Siegelman Challenges Rove to give congressional testimony
4. Rove's ethics are questionable as he smears '60 Minutes'
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Siegelman Says "No Deal"
Segment by Scott Pelley on CBS News '60 Minutes'





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Fear, Paranoia and, Yes, Some Loathing in
Alabama’s Hallowed Halls
by Adam Nossiter of the New York Times

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Legislators are sweeping their offices for bugs. Routine horse-
trading for votes is stymied, for fear it could be misinterpreted. A wary
lawmaker agrees to meet a reporter only in a wide-open parking lot.
After-hours get-togethers are off.

The concern is a result of a long-running federal investigation into
corruption within the state’s system of two-year colleges that has led
to guilty pleas on bribery and corruption charges by one state
lawmaker and the system’s former chancellor. The Birmingham News
reported in 2006 that a quarter of the 140 members of the Legislature
had financial ties to the college system, with most of the jobs or
contracts going to lawmakers or their relatives. Recent reports
indicate the number has grown to nearly a third of the Legislature.

The fear is all the more acute in that the current investigation centers
on Democrats in their last redoubt of power here, the State
Legislature, and takes place against a backdrop of intense partisan ill-
feeling. Many here maintain that a former governor, Don Siegelman,
who was convicted by federal prosecutors and jailed last year, was
singled out because he is a Democrat.

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Siegelman challenges Rove to give
congressional testimony
AP in the Montgomery Advertiser

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Siegelman, a Democrat, maintains the case that led to convictions
on bribery-related and obstruction charges and a seven-year prison
sentence was politically motivated. The House Judiciary Committee
has been investigating that claim.

Rove, a former political adviser to President Bush who declined to
appear before the House committee, has denied talking to anyone at
the Justice Department or the White House about Siegelman,
according to the "60 Minutes" report.

"What we need is Karl Rove to get himself over to the Judiciary
Committee and put his hand on the Bible and take an oath and give
testimony," Siegelman said Sunday. "And he can either tell the truth
or take the Fifth, either one will satisfy me."

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Rove's ethics are questionable as he slams
‘60 Minutes'
Editorial in Tuscaloosa News

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Rove can hardly afford to hurl around accusations of shoddy
operation. Ethics and morals mean little to him. He has proven time
and again that he will do anything to get his way in politics.

For example, in the 2000 GOP primary, Rove's operation targeted
Bush's main rival by spreading false stories that John McCain
informed on other POWs in Hanoi and fathered a black daughter out
of wedlock.

His personal attack on Simpson fits the pattern. Rove has used smear
tactics to tar opponents throughout his political career. In 1994, for
instance, he ran Bush's successful campaign in Texas against
incumbent Ann Richards in which 'pollsters' asked questions such as
'Would you be more or less likely to vote for Gov. Richards if you
knew her staff was dominated by lesbians?'*

Rove learned his craft at the foot of Richard Nixon's squad of dirty
tricksters led by Donald Segretti. It's almost laughable that he would
call anything 'shoddy.'

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* Comments from Pollster Claibourne Darden: "That's not polling, that's planting
ideas..."


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