Matt Apuzzo writes for the Associated Press:
"A federal appeals court sought compromise Monday between a liberal group demanding the names of White House visitors and the Bush administration, which says releasing the names would erode the president's power. . . .
"On appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, government attorneys said the president has a well-established right to seek advice privately.
"Releasing lists of visitors would trample on that right, said Justice Department lawyer Jonathan F. Cohn, and the logs should be treated like other White House documents.
"The judges were skeptical. They said they wanted to find a way to protect the president's rights without broadly prohibiting access to information that should be public.
"'What in the documents are so quintessentially presidential?' asked Judge David S. Tatel.
"'The name of the person going in to visit,' Cohn replied.
This sounds, to me,like the Nazi regime when the point was not to protect the country but to protect the Fuhrer.