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Porter Goss / New York Times:
Loose Lips Sink Spies  —  AT the Central Intelligence Agency, we are more than holding our own in the global war on terrorism, but we are at risk of losing a key battle: the battle to protect our classified information.  —  Judge Laurence Silberman, a chairman of President Bush's commission …
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Ex-Cheney Aide Testified Leak Was Ordered, Prosecutor Says  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 — I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, told a grand jury that he was authorized by his "superiors" to disclose classified information to reporters about Iraq's weapons capability …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Libby Testified He Was Told To Leak Data About Iraq  —  Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff testified that his bosses instructed him to leak information to reporters from a high-level intelligence report that suggested Iraq was trying to obtain weapons of mass destruction, according to court records in the CIA leak case.
Discussion: Prometheus 6
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:   Can We Talk?  —  If al Qaeda phones, tell them we can't take the call.
Juan / Informed Comment:   Cheney Authorized Libby to Disclose Classified Documents
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
White House Knew of Levee's Failure on Night of Storm  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 — In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Bush administration officials said they had been caught by surprise when they were told on Tuesday, Aug. 30, that a levee had broken, allowing floodwaters to engulf New Orleans.
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Documents: White House Knew About Levees  —  WASHINGTON - The earliest official report of a New Orleans levee breach came at 8:30 a.m., hours after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore.  Word of the possible breach surfaced at the White House less than three hours later, at 11:13 a.m.
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Patriot Act Compromise Clears Way for Senate Vote  —  Efforts to extend the USA Patriot Act cleared a major hurdle yesterday when the White House and key senators agreed to revisions that are virtually certain to secure Senate passage and likely to win House approval, congressional leaders said.
Discussion: and The Heretik
The Hill:
Small typo, big headache
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Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Cheney Says NSA Spying Should Be an Election Issue
Discussion: Charging RINO and AMERICAblog
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Former FEMA Director to Testify About Katrina
Discussion: The RCP Blog
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
GOP reaches Patriot Act deal
Discussion: Hit and Run and Hugh Hewitt
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Curse of the Moderates  —  As much of the Islamic world erupts in a studied frenzy over the Danish Muhammad cartoons, there are voices of reason being heard on both sides.  Some Islamic leaders and organizations, while endorsing the demonstrators' sense of grievance and sharing their outrage …
Washington Post:
Bush Details 2002 Plot to Attack L.A. Tower  —  Intelligence Officials Play Down Importance of Case, Attribute Remarks to Politics  —  President Bush, under pressure from Congress, defended his campaign against terrorism yesterday, offering for the first time a vivid account of a foiled al Qaeda plot …
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Ex-CIA Official Faults Use of Data on Iraq  —  Intelligence 'Misused' to Justify War, He Says  —  The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision …
Paul R. Pillar / Foreign Affairs:
Intelligence, Policy,and the War in Iraq  —  Summary: During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, writes the intelligence community's former senior analyst for the Middle East, the Bush administration disregarded the community's expertise, politicized the intelligence process …
Discussion: Stygius
Paul Reynolds / BBC:
Bloggers: an army of irregulars  —  World Affairs correspondent, BBC News website  —  For many in the "mainstream media", as bloggers call us, weblogs are at best a nuisance and at worst dangerous.  —  They are seen as the rantings and ravings either of the unbalanced or the tedious.
Discussion: Harry's Place
Radio Blogger:
Case Western Law Reserve and NRO contributor Jonathan Adler on the side deals by the FISA judges.  —  HH: Jonathan Adler joins me, professor of law at Case Western University Law School in Cleveland, Ohio.  Can you believe, Jonathan, that Barry Manilow's The Greatest Songs of the 50's is the number one selling CD in America?
Washington Post:
Steele Apologizes for Holocaust Remarks  —  Compared Stem Cell Research to Nazi Medical Experiments  —  Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele apologized this morning for telling a Baltimore Jewish group yesterday that he believes stem cell research could be comparable to Nazi medical testing on Jews during World War II.
Antonio Regalado / Wall Street Journal:
Academy to Referee Climate-Change Fight  —  Scientists' Group Agrees  —  To Congressional Request to Study  —  Temperature-History Charting  —  Seeking to resolve a scientific dispute that has taken on a rancorous political edge, the National Academy of Sciences said it had agreed …
Discussion: Decision '08 and Dean's World
Michael Moynihan / Stockholm Spectator GroupBlog:
Disgusting  —  According to Dagens Nyheter, the Swedish security services (Säpo), in collusion with Foreign Minister Leila Freivalds, have forced the website SD-Kuriren offline for publishing the Jyllands-Posten cartoons (SD-Kuriren is the house organ of the hard-right Swedish Democrats).

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