Mr. Bolton: The Right Decision is to Step Back



Robert Kuttner hits the bull’s eye in a compelling survey of the “Bolton Endgame” in the Boston Globe today. Here is an excerpt: With the Senate having twice refused to break a filibuster over Bolton, President Bush may use his power to make a recess appointment during Congress’s Fourth of July break.

John Bolton NOT on Bill Frist’s Laundry List of Nominations to Consider This Week



Well, it’s fairly official. John Bolton’s nomination will not be brought up this week. This morning, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist went through an extensive list of what he hoped the Senate would consider this week before going into July 4th recess.

The White House is Planning Something. . .Sounds of Silence Don’t Mean Surrender



I have been offline much of the day as I’m working to see what Karl Rove’s machine is planning to do on John Bolton. The White House does not want to lose this battle over Bolton and is increasingly turning towards a recess appointment. But that deal is not done.

Still Working the New Bolton Stories. . .Seeing What is There



Just to clarify, there is no doubt that John Bolton became vigorously attached to undoing the “Zionism is Racism” resolution at the U.N. What I am looking into is the position Bolton took on the resolution before the administration at that time had become committed to the course it took.

Two New Dimples in the Bolton Story



Today has been intense. First of all, I had an incredible afternoon at CNN’s Washington Bureau — meeting many of the producers and anchors in the bureau. Wolf Blitzer chatted with me a bit and told me he was going to check out the blog. His team has already been reading it regularly.

Biden Says If NO DEAL by Close of Business Today, Then “It’s Over”



Reuters reports a comment by Senator Biden that indicates the Senator’s assessment that the Bolton confirmation battle is quickly coming to a close. Joanne Kenan writes: “If they don’t have (the documents) by the end of the day, it’s finished,” the Delaware Democrat said of the bitter dispute over President Bush’s choice to be U.S….

Tectonic Plates Moving on Bolton Nomination: Republicans Lining Up to Call for Document Release



Senators Trent Lott, Susan Collins, Lincoln Chafee, John McCain, George Voinovich and Lamar Alexander have all stated that they believe that the White House should release ALL requested documents on Bolton. These are: 1. NSA Intercepts and names of U.S. officials redacted in them and requested by Bolton 2.