Other than that, it's all good
- Two U.S. congressmen called New Mexico's U.S. attorney in the heat of the fall campaign to ask about the status of a voter fraud investigation of members of the opposing party.
- That U.S. attorney lost his job two months later, despite an outstanding performance evaluation.
- The U.S. attorney in San Diego was removed after a far-
ranging investigation that has resulted in the conviction of former U.S. Rep. Duke Cunningham, R-Calif., and indictments of a defense contractor and former CIA official. (The White House denies a link between the probe and the ouster, and the attorney isn't talking.)
- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said seven of the eight firings resulted from poor performance, but only three of the attorneys received low marks.
- Gonzales' chief of staff resigned Monday after painstakingly detailed e-mails revealed a politically charged back-and-
forth on the issue of which attorneys to keep or release.
- The replacement for a fired U.S. attorney in Arkansas was a former aide to Bush political operative Karl Rove.
- President Bush nominated to the Supreme Court a woman who floated the idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys en masse for some as-yet unknown reason.
- A little-known Patriot Act provision would allow the Bush administration to do just that, then appoint permanent replacements with no congressional input whatsoever.