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Prosecutor in leak case seeks indictments against Rove, Libby, lawyers close to case say  —  Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has asked the grand jury investigating the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson to indict Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" …
CIA leak probe has Washington waiting  —  No announcements expected today  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA operative's identity could hand up charges as early as today, but Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is not expected to make any public …
Washington Post:
Vice President for Torture  —  VICE PRESIDENT Cheney is aggressively pursuing an initiative that may be unprecedented for an elected official of the executive branch: He is proposing that Congress legally authorize human rights abuses by Americans.  "Cruel, inhuman and degrading" …
Grand Jury in CIA Leak Probe Plans No Announcements (Update1)
Discussion: TalkLeft
Michelle Malkin:
DEMONIZING CONDI  —  ***scroll down for updates...345pm EDT flash: THE PHOTO HAS BEEN REMOVED from USA Today's site with an editor's note...reax from readers here...I'll be talking about more unhinged examples of Condi hatred next week.  More details here.  Check out the photo of Condoleezza Rice …
The Gray Monk:
Requiem for Church Mouse  —  It is with great sadness that I have to report that my beloved Church Mouse has died.  She finally succumbed to the cancer which attacked her around this time last year at 12.30 EST (17.30 BST) today.  She will be missed.  Earlier this year her husband …
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Berlusconi Behind Fake Yellowcake Dossier  —  La Repubblica's Carlo Bonini and Giuseppe d'Avanzo have been bird-dogging the phony yellowcake documents and they now have the goods on Silvio Berlusconi, who instructed Italian Military Intelligence to plant the evidence implicating Saddam in a bogus uranium deal with Niger.
Kerry-Edwards Press Room:
Senator Kerry's Speech at Georgetown University  —  Excerpts of remarks as prepared for delivery  —  Kerry speaks from his heart and conscience on Iraq:  —  "A few weeks ago I departed Iraq from Mosul.  Three Senators and staff were gathered in the forward part of a C-130.
"Not One of Us" and the Politics of the Miers Vote for Senators  —  In a lengthy Wall Street Journal story this morning on Federalist Society executive director Leonard Leo's support for Harriett Miers, there is a featured quote from the Cato Institute's Roger Pilon:  —  From an e-mail this morning:
Massoud Barzani / Washington Post:
A Kurdish Vision of Iraq  —  In recent weeks Iraq has passed three important milestones.  The constitutional referendum on Oct. 15 was a powerful demonstration of Iraqis' desire to establish democracy and save a country still recovering from its disastrous history.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Bush Nominee for Pentagon Is Under Attack  —  WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 - The senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee vowed Tuesday to defeat President Bush's choice for chief Pentagon spokesman, citing an op-ed article the nominee wrote in April accusing American television networks …
Five people killed in Hadera suicide bombing  —  A suicide bomber exploded in the open air market in the coastal city of Hadera a little before 4 P.M. Wednesday afternoon, killing five people and wounding 30 others.  —  Five people were said to be in serious condition; another four sustained moderate wounds.
David Rohde / New York Times:
For Devout Pakistani Muslims, Aid Muddles Loyalties  —  BASSIAN, Pakistan, Oct. 24 - Asmat Ali Janbaz's explanation for the American military helicopters flying over this isolated mountain valley last Thursday afternoon was familiar.  —  Mr. Janbaz, who lives in the area and who describes himself …
CBS News:
Change At The Top At CBS News  —  (CBS) CBS News President Andrew Heyward announced Wednesday he would be leaving his post when his contract expires at the end of the year.  Heyward will be replaced by CBS Sports President Sean McManus.  —  "After nearly ten years in this job …
Discussion: PunditGuy, Random Numbers and Gawker
Washington Post:
Skipping Bush's Va. Speech Isn't a Snub, Kilgore Says  —  Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry W. Kilgore has decided not to attend President Bush's appearance in Norfolk on Friday, saying it is not a campaign-related event and that he has other plans 11 days before the election.

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