Michael Isikoff

Interpol Raises The Stakes

With little fanfare, tension between Iran and the Bush administration escalated earlier this month when Interpol, the world police organization, voted to issue "red notices" for the arrest of three Iranian government officials, including Deputy Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi.

An Ex-A.G. Avoids Caller ID

The nation's telecommunications companies want immunity from lawsuits related to their participation in President Bush's warrantless-surveillance program, and to get it, they've been mounting an aggressive Capitol Hill lobbying campaign.

Campaign '08: Hillary's Paper Trail

During last week's Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton faced tough questions about why so many of her papers at her husband's presidential library in Little Rock, Ark., are still secret—and her answers have only invited more questions.

A Terrorist Walks Free

Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi already escaped from jail once. This time the government opened the door.

'How Do You Fund a War, But Not the Casualties?'

The secretary of Veterans Affairs presides over the U.S. government's second largest Cabinet department, after Defense. It is a politically sensitive job, especially of late, with new studies showing that the Bush administration has vastly underestimated the cost of providing health care to the more than 750,000 soldiers who have returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

D.C. Angers Turkey Over Armenia

The House Committee vote to label Turkey's mass killing of Armenians during World War I as a "genocide" followed one of the most intense, and unusual, battles on Capitol Hill in recent memory.

Terror Watch: Gonzales Lawyers Up

Still under investigation by Congress and Justice Department lawyers who once worked for him, the former attorney general has turned to a leading Washington attorney to help him beat the rap.

Terror, Torture and a Veil of Secrecy

Eager to show how aggressively it was revising U.S. counterterrorism policies, the White House released a statement two years ago touting its adoption of 37 of the 39 reforms recommended by the 9/11 Commission.

Terror Watch: The Suspects Who Got Away

German authorities nabbed the alleged masterminds of a deadly plot against U.S. targets. But dozens of others believed to be close to their terror cell are still at large.

Grilling A Bush Pick

After President Bush settled on Michael Mukasey to be his next attorney general, White House officials were privately worried about how conservatives would react given the ex-judge's lack of "movement" credentials.

Isikoff: The Allawi Interview

The surge is a dead end. The Iraqi government does not want to 'achieve reconciliation.' Steps must be taken to 'save the country.' Former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi discusses his plans for Iraq.

Isikoff: Gonzales Gone But Not Forgotten

Embattled attorney general Alberto Gonzales finally calls it quits. But Justice Department investigators and Democrats in Congress aren't nearly done with him yet.

Karl Rove's Iraq War Role

Karl Rove played a key role in the selling of the Iraq War, which may help explain why he's still bullish on the ultimate outcome, no matter how grim the news.

Justice Abruptly Cancelled 'Muslim Outreach' Event

Rather than facing possible embarrassment over an invited guest with admittedly loose ties to a terrorism case, the Justice Department cancelled a Muslim-outreach event featuring the attorney general.

Gonzales Hangs On … But for How Long?

Late on the afternoon of March 10, 2004, eight congressional leaders filed into the White House Situation Room for an urgent briefing on one of the Bush administration's top secrets: a classified surveillance program that involved monitoring Americans' e-mails and phone calls without court warrants.

Why Bush Gave Scooter Libby a Pass

As is often the case in the Bush White House, it was a decision made swiftly, and with stealth. For weeks, allies of I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby had aggressively lobbied the president to pardon Dick Cheney's former chief of staff.

Another DOJ Departure

The exodus of top Justice Department officials continues with Richard Hertling--embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's point man in dealing with Congress--slated to resign next week to take a top policy job with the soon-to-be-announced presidential campaign of Fred Thompson, a senior Justice official confirmed to NEWSWEEK.