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Friday, February 27, 2004

9/11 Commission Deadline Extended

Hastert relented under heavy criticism and agreed to let the 9/11 panel investigation continue two more months, setting a new deadline of July 26 instead of May 27. Josh Marshall has been making a convincing case that Hastert was really taking the heat for the White House all along and that the plan didn't work out. The unexplored angle here: that new deadline is the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Boston and the report is sure to divert some attention from the Dems. That's one reason (aside from the obvious appearance of looking obstructionist) I thought the extension was in the White House's interest.