The WaPo ruminates about Obama's use of executive privilege. The NY Times is not nearly as deep in the tank for Obama as might have been expected. Yes, this is characterized as a "partisan fight", but here is there summary:
The Republican takeover of the House after 2010 gave Mr. Issa a platform to investigate the Obama administration, which he has called the “most corrupt” in history. A critic of Mr. Holder from the start of his chairmanship, Mr. Issa focused on Fast and Furious, a gun trafficking inquiry by the Phoenix division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
From late 2009 to early 2011, A.T.F. agents allowed guns to “walk” — choosing not to interdict them swiftly in an effort to build a bigger case. But they lost track of about 2,000 guns that probably reached a Mexican drug cartel. Two of the weapons were found near a December 2010 shootout at which a Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, was killed. It has since come to light that the bureau had used similar tactics three times during the Bush administration, although it lost track of fewer weapons.
Mr. Holder, a recurring lightning rod for conservative anger, has repeatedly tangled with House Republicans and been associated with some of the administration’s most liberal policies, including refusing to defend a law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages, challenging an Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigrants and invoking civil rights laws to block Republican-led efforts to impose voter photo ID laws.
Mr. Issa’s inquiry has drawn extensive attention from conservative news outlets, including Fox News, and set off a drumbeat of enthusiasm among conservative bloggers and on social media over the prospect of bringing down Mr. Holder over it. “It’s clear that not backing down is important to both sides,” said Bruce Buchanan, a political science professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Issa was initially seeking a broad range of documents, including some that were sealed by court order. But the contempt citation is more narrowly focused on internal Justice Department deliberations last year amid the Congressional investigation.
The administration has already released a similar set of documents from before Feb. 4, 2011, showing how it drafted an early letter that falsely told Congress that A.T.F. always made every effort to interdict guns, which the department later retracted. Those documents showed that employees in Arizona had insisted to the officials who drafted the letter that no guns had walked in Fast and Furious.
The administration said it was making an exception for release of the pre-Feb. 4 documents to show that it had not deliberately misled Congress, but that it would not turn over records of internal deliberations after that. Republicans, however, insist they have a right to see those too.
They at least mention the retracted Feb 4 letter. The Mukasey retraction/clarification goes unremarked. Apparently Holder claimed former AG Mukasey had been briefed on Wide Receiver but he meant Hernandez.
MORE: Matt provides lots of background.