More developments at the fast-moving scandal that is threatening to cripple the Justice Department. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales accepted the resignation of his chief of staff, accused of firing eight federal prosecutors who did not aggressively prosecute Democratic politicians. Gonzales sidestepped responsibility by admitting "mistakes" were made, but will not resign because he was not "aware" of "all decisions." Meanwhile, the electronic trail calling for the dismissal of dozens of U.S. Attorneys leads directly to White House counsel Harriet Miers—remember her?
· As of today, nine newspapers have dumped the column by right-wing harpy Ann Coulter after her "faggot" comments against Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards. The latest: The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario, California.
· John Edwards will appear on CNN's The Situation Room.
· Coulter's pathetic hate speech and the applause it received—see HERE—dramatizes the apathy of most conservatives toward gay rights. Congressional Quarterly reports that as "the Bush administration continues to lose popular support and a Democratic Congress is in power", gay rights groups hope "to move two pieces of long-stalled legislation targeting hate crimes and workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians. Getting both bills enacted—a goal that leaders say is well within their reach—would mark the gay rights movement’s first substantial legislative victories in Washington this decade."