Michael Isikoff

The Missing Terrorist

The Bush administration once proudly trumpeted its capture of terrorist leader Ibn al-Shakyh al-Libi-a key source for the assertion that Iraq helped train Al Qaeda in biochem weapons. His story has since been discredited. Where is he now?

Q&A: Lanny Davis on Policing Civil Liberties Under Bush

Lanny Davis is a Washington lawyer best known for his stint as a White House spokesman during the Clinton administration, where he helped do damage control on Whitewater and campaign-finance investigations.  But Davis is also one of the few Democrats to work for the Bush administration—until he resigned last week as a member of the president's Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Isikoff: The NRA's Take On the Cho Massacre

In his first public comments since last week's massacre, the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist said today that the group backs proposed new legislation designed to ensure that mentally unstable killers like Cho Seung-Hui do not gain access to firearms.Wayne LaPierre, the group's executive vice president, told NEWSWEEK that Cho, the Virginia Tech killer, "absolutely" should have been barred from buying a gun under current federal laws.

Did Cho Buy the Guns Legally?

The disclosure that Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui was once involuntarily detained for mental illness may change the typical debate over gun control that inevitably follows gun-related tragedies.At the time Cho legally purchased the weapons used in the shootings, he had no criminal history and was a permanent legal resident with a green card.

Rove's Role in the U.S. Attorneys' Firings

Karl Rove participated in a discussion about the firing of U.S. attorneys in 2005, asking White House lawyers "how we planned to proceed" on the issue and whether the prosecutors would be selectively dismissed or fired en masse, according to newly disclosed White House e-mails.The e-mails, obtained by NEWSWEEK, appear to show that Rove had a greater level of involvement in the dismissal of the prosecutors than the White House has previously acknowledged.

GOP Lawmakers Played a Role In U.S. Attorney Purge

The firings of eight U.S. attorneys has put the heat on top Justice Department officials—and some GOP members of Congress. The unusual mass dismissals took place late last year, but the controversy escalated last week when David Iglesias, the former U.S. attorney in New Mexico, went public with a dramatic charge: that he had gotten phone calls from two unidentified GOP lawmakers in D.C. last October, pressing him to bring indictments in a high-profile corruption case involving a prominent...

Isikoff: Libby Jury Kept a Narrow Focus

The jury in the I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby trial had a "tremendous amount of sympathy" for Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff—even wondering if he was being made the "fall guy" for others at the White House, one of the jurors told reporters today."It was said a number of times, what are we doing with this guy?' juror Denis Collins told reporters on the courthouse steps today. "Where is [Karl] Rove?

A Man Of Mystery

Robert Novak, as usual, had a scoop to unload--only this time, it was from the witness stand. Testifying last week in the trial of Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I.

We Republicans Stand With The President In Voting Against The Nonbinding Resolution. But Our Resolve May Weaken The Next Time Democrats Threaten Him With An Unenforceable Symbolic Gesture

Democrats in the House of Representatives say Friday's 246-182 vote for a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush's plan to deploy more troops to Iraq is only the first step in a series of moves to pressure the administration to change course.

A Damning Witness

Ari Fleischer may turn out to be a stronger—and more credible—witness than he was a White House press secretary.During several hours on the witness stand in the I.

Deadly Triggers

Why is the Bush administration escalating its accusations that Iran is backing Shiite extremists inside Iraq? One reason: mounting intelligence indicating Tehran has been supplying insurgents with electronic sensors that trigger roadside bombs used against U.S. troops.The devices in question—which cost as little as $1 a piece—are called "passive infrared" sensors or detectors.

Terror: 'We're Going To Get Hit'

Intel director John Negroponte gave Congress a sobering assessment last week of the continued threats from groups like Al Qaeda and Hizbullah. But even gloomier comments came from Henry Crumpton, the outgoing State Department terror coordinator.