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As John Aravosis at AmericaBlog points out, the AP released a story on the bombshell documents that the White House released (that they claim they didn’t have), after the 60 Minutes interview. But the AP story initially ran this info way down in the article:

After the [60 Minutes] broadcast, the White House, without comment, released to the news media two of the memos [mentioned in the broadcast], one ordering Bush to report for his physical exam and the other suspending him from flight status

But now the AP story moved the info up to the first graph and touts the relevance:

Newly unearthed memos state George W. Bush was suspended from flying for the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war because he failed to meet Guard standards and failed to take his annual flight physical as required.

and added this:

Pentagon officials said they discovered the documents released Tuesday while performing a more comprehensive search “out of an abundance of caution” in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by The Associated Press.

The newly released records also showed that while Bush says he was in Alabama training with another Guard unit in 1972, his home unit in Texas was participating in the air defense of the southern United States by keeping two jet fighters constantly ready for launch within five minutes’ notice.

Democrats said that meant Bush passed on a chance to defend his country. Bush flew the F-102A jets his unit kept on alert but was grounded in August 1972 because of the missed medical check.

“When his unit was placed on a 24-hour alert mission to protect our country from surprise attack, why did George Bush not report for duty?” Democratic National Committee head Terry McAuliffe said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday.


And the NYT:

The events unfolded a day after the Pentagon, prompted by a lawsuit filed by The Associated Press, released a series of records on Mr. Bush’s service, even though the White House had said this year that it had released all the records

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