Purges? The latest from Iraq: how the Iraqi Prime Minister’s office is throwing out police and army officers for being too successful in challenging the Mahdi Army. Never mind some movement afoot on the diplomatic front: that Condi Rice is expected to meet with high-level Iranian officials this week.
Political Flavor: Al Gore got rid of him, but Mark Penn is back as one of Hillary Clinton’s chief strategists, according to this piece. Or take a look at Barack Obama’s search for religion, from his Muslim roots to a Chicago church.
Bloch’s Block: He’s thrown himself into one of today’s most controversial political probes—whether Karl Rove and other White House officials used federal resources for Republican campaigning. But Special Counsel Scott Bloch has been at the center of a good deal of controversy and investigation himself.
The Czar: It’s probably not the job most lawyers imagine finding themselves in, but Stephen Hadley, Bush’s law school trained national security advisor, is on the hunt for a war czar to oversee Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Balancing Act: He’s been called the new Sandra Day O'Connor. Slate takes a look at Justice Anthony Kennedy and the jurisprudence of his swing vote.