Manhunt: The three American GIs allegedly captured by al-Qaida south of Baghdad have not been found, despite the military's best efforts. The sweeping search operation continues.
Deputy Dogged: As noted below, and here, Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty resigned yesterday afternoon, but in true Washington fashion, referred not a whit to the U.S. attorney scandal that seems to refuse to go away. (Refreshingly, however, the DAG didn't say he wanted to spend more time with his family; he said that he need to make some money. Which means, actually, he will be spending less time with his family.) McNulty's predecessor Jim Comey, now GC of Lockheed Martin, is expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. McNulty, you might recall, was hung out to dry when he testified to the Senate the U.S. attorneys were let go because of "performance issues." Turns out that there weren't all that many of those, as Comey is expected to again make clear today. One consolation: If McNulty cashes out as well as Comey did, his family won't have anything to worry about.
Wolfie at Wits End? A World Bank committee has found that bank president Paul Wolfowitz violated ethics and governance rules by showing favortism to his "companion" at the bank, Shaha Riza. The report seems to put even more pressure on the administration to push Wolfie out the door. There's an interesting side issue about Riza. No one in the press is sure what to call her. Is she a girlfriend? A mistress? A "companion?" (that seems to be the super-safe word the NYT has decided to go with, which makes her sound more like the family dog, but no matter). The problem? It isn't clear whether Wolfowitz and his wife, Clare, are divorced, and she isn't talking about it.
Clunk-Clunk: NBC is bringing back the venerable Law & Order back for its 18th season, making the cops and prosecutors drama older than my cat. Think about that. It remains unclear, however, what's going to happen with Fred Thompson, who plays a district attorney on the show and a possible Republican presidential candidate in real life. NBC, which has struggled to find viewers this season, is launching a small slate of new shows for the fall, most of which seem to involve superhumans of some sort such as (Holy sixth grade crush!) The Bionic Woman. "I take comfort not in quantity but quality," said Kevin Reilly, NBC's president of entertainment. Kevin, here at Legal Times, we understand that sentiment completely. More power to you.
Wince Carter: New Jersey Net Vince Carter had a chance to tie his team's playoff game with the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, but with just a few seconds remaining, Carter lost the ball out of bounds. The LeBron-led Cavs now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 and head back to Cleveland for Game 5. And you won't be hearing any Cleveland jokes out of me, mister.