Friday morning docket: Summer recess edition

Things will quiet down next week as Congress recesses for August and lawmakers start focusing on elections. But in the meantime, here’s a look at what’s going on around the capital:

Not so privileged: The drama over the Justice Department firings of U.S. attorneys continues. Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that former White House counsel Harriet Miers and chief of staff Josh Bolten can’t avoid congressional subpoenas by invoking executive privilege. The ruling likely could also implicate former White House advisor Karl Rove, who also declined to testify before Congress. (NYT)

Equity bill advances: The House passed a bill aimed at boosting gender equity claims yesterday. The legislation would treat gender discrimination involving pay in the same as race, disability and age discrimination. (AP)

Getting the lead out: President George W. Bush is set to sign the consumer products safety bill designed t o improve the safety of children’s toys. (NYT)

Unexpected federal holiday?: Is a government shutdown on the horizon? (WaPo’s Capitol Briefing)

Just checking in: Illegal immigrants who volunteer to leave the country through an experimental government program may have to wear tracking devices or check in at offices until they go. (AP)

Rights and freedoms: A White House plan designed to protect health-care workers who object to abortion and certain birth-control methods has escalated a bitter debate over the balance between religious freedom and patients’ rights. (WaPo).


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