updated 6/1/2005 12:04:09 PM ET 2005-06-01T16:04:09

5 p.m. ET

The biggest whodunit in Washington may have finally been solved, to quote T.S. Eliot, "not with a bang but a whimper."

People of my generation will no doubt be doing some quick Google searches to find out who W. Mark Felt is and what role he played in the Nixon Administation.

As a journalist I share the excitement of my older colleagues that we may now finally know the answer, but in all honesty it would have been much more thrilling for the MTV crowd if it was Diane Sawyer or Pat Buchanan.

That said, this man and that story had a tremendous impact on the way we do business in the media, but also the way business is conducted in Washington and in the White House.

Today, a full hour on one man's confession that he is Deep Throat, and the legacy of the Watergate scandal.  Our guests include John Dean, former White House Counsel to Nixon and G. Gordon Liddy, former Nixon aide and campaign manager.

We'll also talk to leading journalists about the wake of the story in the modern media.

Send us your e-mails. 

12 p.m. ET
It's no surprise that at some point in the near future Chief Justice Rehnquist will step down from the Supreme Court and there will be a big, gaping vacancy that will cause serious consternation on both sides of the aisle.

Today, a look at exactly how that battle will be fought and what types of candidates would pass a Senate confirmation test. Also, we'll ask whether the Democrats went out on a limb too early on the filibuster debate. Should they have saved the energy and capital for the Supreme Court battle?

And later a look at the latest on Zarqawi. Is he dead? Is his absence weakening the insurgency? There are so many theories out there, both on the Internet and among terror experts.

For example, "Gateway Pundit" says that Zarqawi is losing allies in Iraq, and cites a recent battle in the Western frontier town of Husaybah where Sunni clerics turned in a group of his insurgents.  Others like "Jihad Watch" believe the insurgency is only growing. The most provocative entry I read was from "Another Day in the Empire," the opinion that the Zarqawi story is becoming a cartoon, too mythical and big to be true. Interesting.

Tune in for a couple of interesting conversations.

And, as always, keep the e-mails coming: Maciulis@MSNBC.com and Connected@MSNBC.com!

Dead or injured, all seem to agree that something is changing in the face of these reports.  The converaation on the blogs has moved to "what happens next" and debates over how to stop the insurgency.

Web links

  1. Gateway Pundit
    "On the al-Zarqawi side, 11 foreign fighters were killed outright, plus an unknown number of other foreign fighters and their Iraqi allies in U.S. bombing runs after local tribes tipped off their location to the Americans."
  2. Jihad Watch
    "It came in the form of an audiotape he released on May 20, in which he presents a detailed justification of his operations. His defense unfolds not on prudential, but on theological grounds: making copious reference to Islamic sources, Zarqawi does his best to portray the murderous behavior of his al-Qaida in the Land of the Two Rivers group as legitimate jihad operations that every Muslim should endorse - and cheerfully torpedoes the Leftist dogma that all religions are equal in their capacity to inspire violence."
  3. 3. No More Turning Left
    "Brigadier General Carter Ham, who earlier this year commanded U.S. troops in Mosul, said Zarqawi’s demise would not halt the activities of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which is believed by military intelligence to be organising many of the suicide bombings by foreign volunteers. 'Whether he’s killed or captured, it won’t cause the organisation to necessarily crumble,' Ham said."
  4. Another Day in the Empire
    "Like passive soap opera fans, we (or many of us) unquestioningly digest the absurd and often cartoonish Abu Musab al-Zarqawi storyline, either refusing or unable to question the inconsistencies and speciousness of it. And this is precisely what Bush and Crew want-to distract us from reality (and the reality is the United States cannot defeat the resistance in Iraq) and fill up our heads with fantastic stories, especially when lurid facts (soldiers killed when a helicopter is shot down near Baquba) and blunders (the embarrassing arrest Mohsen Abdul-Halim) make Iraq out to be something other than the United States wants us to believe it is."


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