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Second Cheney aide cooperating in leak probe, those close to case say  —  A second aide to Vice President Dick Cheney is cooperating with the special prosecutor's probe into the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, those close to the investigation say.
NY Daily News:
Prez Iraq team fought to squelch war critics  —  WASHINGTON - It was called the White House Iraq Group and its job was to make the case that Saddam Hussein had nuclear and biochemical weapons.  —  So determined was the ring of top officials to win its argument that it morphed into a virtual hit squad …
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Steve Soto / The Left Coaster:
Wurmser Is Now Cooperating With Fitz As Well
Discussion: Wizbang
Waltisfrozen / The Talent Show:
Bush Caught In A Lie?  —  Ummm....I told you so.  Two weeks ago when everyone was buzzing about The National Journal report that Rove lied to George Bush, I wrote : … And it turns out, Rove didn't lie to Bush after all : … But here's something to chew on.  What if both stories are correct?
Discussion: TalkLeft
Thomas M. DeFrank / NY Daily News:
Bush whacked Rove on CIA leak  —  WASHINGTON - An angry President Bush rebuked chief political guru Karl Rove two years ago for his role in the Valerie Plame affair, sources told the Daily News.  —  "He made his displeasure known to Karl," a presidential counselor told The News.
John / AMERICAblog:
Bush knew Rove was the leaker in 2003.
The Mahablog:
Indictments or Bust  —  Jacob Weisberg joins the ensemble …
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Texas Court Issues Warrant for DeLay  —  A state court issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for Rep. Tom DeLay, requiring him to appear in Texas for booking on state conspiracy and money laundering charges.  —  The court set an initial $10,000 bail as a routine step before the Texas Republican's first court appearance Friday.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Suzanne Gamboa /
Texas Court Issues Warrant for DeLay
Discussion: ACSBlog
Arrest warrant issued for DeLay
Edward Alden / Financial Times:
Cheney 'cabal' hijacked foreign policy  —  Vice-President Dick Cheney and a handful of others had hijacked the government's foreign policy apparatus, deciding in secret to carry out policies that had left the US weaker and more isolated in the world, the top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell claimed on Wednesday.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson / Financial Times:
Transcript: Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson  —  The following is a transcript of talk given by Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to Mr Powell until last January.  —  Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson:The 1947 National Security Act.  In other words, he thought it was a piece of legislation …
Discussion: Nitpicker
Steve Bainbridge /
Will She or Won't She?  —  For a lot of people on both the left and right, the single most important question about Harriet Miers' nomination to the US Supreme Court is whether she will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade or not.  Many of these folks are one-issue voters who care only about results …
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
New Storm Measures as Most Intense Ever for Atlantic Basin  —  Hurricane Wilma, which appeared headed toward Cancún, Mexico, and possibly the Gulf Coast of Florida by this weekend, intensified into the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean basin today, but forecasters said its path remained unpredictable.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Tim Russert Re-Enters The Story!  —  The AP has a long account of the testimony of Libby and Rove, which we will guess are based on Rove-friendly leaks.  —  We get more detail on how Rove claims to have learned about Ms. Plame: … So Libby heard it from a journalist and relayed it to Karl.
Discussion: firedoglake
Steve Bainbridge /
Details, Details  —  Matthew Scully wrote of SCOTUS nominee Harriet Miers that: … In a somewhat similar vein, Hugh Hewitt wrote: … Curiously, however, the details meme is starting to wear thin.  First, Jim Lindgren read Miers' Texas Lawyer op-eds and concluded:
Nick / The World According to Nick:
Carnival of the Vanities Birthday Edition  —  I started this post a couple days ago when I saw the number of submissions steadily growing.  Frankly, it looked quite overwhelming, so hopefully I did a fair job with the flood of submissions that I encountered.
Discussion: The Alliance
Instapundit's Katrina/Rita Relief donation list.  —  Giorgetto Giugiaro, the greatest living auto designer, seems to have definitively lost the magic.  His latest is a Ferrari that's, yes, a hack pastiche of styling cliches! ...  P.S.: Here is the magic. ...  1:54 A.M.
Victoria Toensing / Human Events:
The White House's Legal Katrina  —  There now appears to be consensus that no one violated the 1982 Agent Identities Protection Act in publishing the name of CIA employee Valerie Plame.  —  It's a hard law to violate.  Its high threshold requires that the person whose identity …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
THE BORK OP-ED & "REAL" CONSERVATIVES  —  Bork uses a form of argumentation I don't think is necessarily fair or accurate in all cases but surely accurate in some.  He writes: … What I find interesting about it is that this is the line of argument I'm used to.

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