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    Default Ashcroft resigns!

    Attorney General John Ashcroft, known for his aggressive stance on obscenity and pornography in particular, resigned Tuesday evening. During his years, the online adult community has been under threat of prosecutions, as well as planned changes to rules under the so-called 2257 regulations.
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    Any rumours about who will replace him, yet?
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    theres always plenty of rumors
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    Let's start our own.

    ....... I heard that the great truth detector, a man with a high degree of moral character, the one and only Rush Limbaugh, is being considered!


    But...Rush just loves his pills... so they're waiting to see how his rehab goes.
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    I am glad to see Ashcroft go. I think that there can't possibly be anyone worse for us - knock on wood!
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    I agree. Good riddance!

    ABC News had this to say about Ashcroft's possible replacement:
    Speculation about a successor to Ashcroft has centered on his former deputy, Larry Thompson, who recently took a job as general counsel at PepsiCo. If appointed, Thompson would be the nation's first black attorney general. Others prominently mentioned include Bush's 2004 campaign chairman, former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot, and White House general counsel Alberto Gonzales.
    Janet -- I love your Rush Limbaugh idea!
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    Been hearing this all morning: White House general counsel Alberto Gonzales.
    He's the guy who wrote the memos saying the US should be able to torture people captured in Afghanistan and Iraq (all lumped in as the war on terror). So.......

    I'm worried we may end up with someone worse. Ashcroft was a nutcase, but at least he wasn't that bright.
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    This just in....

    Bush attorney general pick is Alberto Gonzales

    Will replace Ashcroft if confirmed by Senate

    Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Posted: 4:04 PM EST (2104 GMT)

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- White House counsel Alberto Gonzales is President Bush's pick to replace Attorney General John Ashcroft.

    "His sharp intellect and sound judgment have helped shape our policies in the war on terror," Bush said Wednesday afternoon from the White House.

    Gonzales said the day was one of "conflicting emotions." He said if confirmed he would miss interacting with the members of the White House staff on a daily basis.

    "I will work hard to build upon [Ashcroft's] record," he said.

    Gonzales, a former Texas Supreme Court justice appointed by then-Gov. Bush, was named White House counsel in January 2001. He had also served as Texas' secretary of state.

    As White House counsel he has been intimately involved in many of the issues that he would confront as attorney general, including the legal handling of detainees in the war on terror, and the Justice Department's administration of the Patriot Act.

    If confirmed in the post, Gonzales will be the first Hispanic American to hold the Cabinet position.

    Bush received Ashcroft's handwritten resignation letter a week ago, but did not formally accept the attorney general's resignation until this week.

    "But it was obviously on his mind at Camp David," a senior administration official said, referring to Bush's weekend discussions about the direction and staffing of his second term.

    Ashcroft's departure

    Ashcroft's resignation will become effective upon confirmation of Gonzales, Justice Department officials said.

    Ashcroft, a former senator and two-term governor of Missouri, has garnered criticism during his nearly four years as attorney general on issues like the Patriot Act, which backers say helps the government in its fight against terrorism and critics say infringes on civil liberties.

    In July, Ashcroft released a progress report and said the Patriot Act "saves lives" and was "al Qaeda's worst nightmare." Portions of the law are set to expire in December 2005.

    His confirmation hearing in January 2000 was filled with sharply divided debate. Ashcroft's critics highlighted his longstanding conservative political and religious views -- especially his anti-abortion stance.

    Yet those views have also made him a favorite of many on the right, especially religious conservatives.

    Eventually the Senate voted 58-42 for his confirmation -- an usually narrow margin for confirming a Cabinet official.

    Ashcroft was treated for gallstone pancreatitis in March, and his recovery kept him out of the office for nearly a month. In his handwritten resignation letter, dated November 2, he told Bush the job has been "both rewarding and depleting." (Text of resignation letter)

    "I believe that the Department of Justice would be well served by new leadership and fresh inspiration," he said. "I believe that my energies and talents should be directed toward other challenging horizons."

    In a statement from the White House, Bush said Ashcroft "has worked tirelessly to help make our country safer" and "served our nation with honor, distinction, and integrity."

    "During his four years at the Department of Justice, John has transformed the department to make combating terrorism the top priority, including making sure our law enforcement officials have the tools they need to disrupt and prevent attacks," Bush said.

    Bush: Evans a trusted friend and adviser

    The White House also announced Tuesday evening that Commerce Secretary Don Evans would be leaving the administration. (Special Report: President Bush, the Second Term)

    Evans will stay at his post into January, according to The Associated Press.

    Evans, who served as Bush's campaign chairman in 2000, is a longtime friend and one of the president's closest advisers. In his resignation, dated Tuesday, he congratulated Bush on last week's election results but said he concluded "with deep regret that it is time for me to return home."

    "It is a blessing to have served America with such an extraordinary leader and a true friend," he said. (Text of resignation letter)

    In response, Bush called Evans "one of my most trusted friends and advisers" and "a valuable member of my economic team."

    "Don has worked to advance economic security and prosperity for all Americans. He has worked steadfastly to make sure America continues to be the best place in the world to do business," the president said.

    President Bush met with his Cabinet on Thursday and held a news conference later that day. At that time Bush said he had yet to make any decisions about replacements for any people who resigned.

    "I don't know who they'll be," he said. "It's inevitable. There'll be some changes. It happens in every administration."

    Bush said Thursday that he was proud of every member of the Cabinet and his staff, and that he understood that they had exhausting jobs and made many family sacrifices.
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    Which is Gonzales' homestate?

    One of the problems with Ashcroft was that he was from missouri - the state that sued Paypal and got millions. And wanted more of course. He was on a roll.

    Anyone not from Missouri will be progress.
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