- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 17, 2007


The Senate Judiciary Committee postponed today’s questioning of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales on the firings of eight federal prosecutors, saying the proceedings would be inappropriate in light of the Virginia Tech shootings, the Associated Press reports.

Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy decided to postpone the long-awaited hearing, said Tracy Schmaler, spokeswoman for the Vermont Democrat.

Mr. Leahy said the hearing had been rescheduled for Thursday. He said he made the decision after conferring with Mr. Gonzales and the committee’s senior Republican, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

“All three of us agree,” he said.

Edwards’ boast

Presidential candidate John Edwards says he is the strongest general election candidate in the Democratic field because he has won in the South and his chief rivals have not been tested there.

Mr. Edwards said that’s true of Democratic primary opponents Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois, but it also applies to the leading Republican candidates — former New York MayorRudolph W. Giuliani,Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“I think I have the strongest chance of changing the electoral map,” Mr. Edwards said yesterday in an interview with the Associated Press in Nashville, Tenn. “If Senator McCain or Mayor Giuliani or Governor Romney, if one of them is the nominee, I think we have a great chance to win, not just Ohio, but to win some Southern states.

“I think in the case of most of the other [Democratic] candidates, they’re just not tested in that regard,” the former North Carolina senator said.

McCain’s move

Sen. John McCain’s speech last week on winning in Iraq earned high marks, at least from conservatives,” Fred Barnes writes in the Weekly Standard.

“One result was an immediate fourfold increase in McCain’s online fundraising, though he’d made no special appeal. Another was that his once close ties to the mainstream media continued to fray, which may improve his standing among conservatives. And at the same time his chief opponents for the Republican presidential nomination hit bumps in the road: Rudy Giuliani over his support for taxpayer-funded abortions, Mitt Romney because of his seemingly innocent but exaggerated claim to have been a lifelong hunter,” Mr. Barnes said.

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