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So, we've been watching Monica Goodling testify this morning.  She and her attorney turned over documents that she had been withholding from the committee up until the morning — and we learned that it took negotiations between the committee personnel, Goodling's attorney and the DOJ to get them.  No idea what is in there, but the comparison to what we have already seen could be interesting.

Goodling has disclosed that she knows that Rove's office knew quite a bit about the firing plan – and that they signed off on it at the WH.  Nothing like the political office having to sign off on everything that goes on in government, eh?

The phrase of the day thus far:  "enthusiastic of the priorities."  Looking for folks who were loyal to the President — and not to the American public and the rule of law — takes a lot of hard work, I'm sure.  Goodling admits to poiticizing hiring decisions of career employees at the DOJ — I'm hoping for a lot more questioning about this.

So, what has caught your ear this morning in the testimony? 

The AP (via NYTimes) has an update.  And the WaPo has more as well.  As always, TPM Muckraker is on this.

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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