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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.
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 …
Discussion: Mathew Gross and Nitpicker
Abramoff says Bush met, even joked, with him  —  Statement follows White House claim that president does not know lobbyist  —  WASHINGTON - Jack Abramoff said in correspondence made public Thursday that President Bush met him "almost a dozen" times, disputing White House claims Bush …
David Espo / Associated Press:
Agreement Reached on Patriot Act Changes  —  WASHINGTON - A band of Senate Republican holdouts reached agreement Thursday with the White House on changes in the Patriot Act designed to clear the way for passage of anti-terror legislation stalled in a dispute over civil liberties.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:   Former FEMA Director to Testify About Katrina
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:   Lobbyist Told Reporter of Nearly a Dozen Contacts With Bush
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 …
Discussion: Donklephant
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:   Libby Testified He Was Told To Leak Data About Iraq
Murray Waas /
Cheney 'Authorized' Libby to Leak Classified Information
Steve Soto / The Left Coaster:
Libby Was Authorized By "Superiors" To Leak Classified Information
Discussion: TalkLeft, firedoglake and AMERICAblog
Scott Shields / MyDD:
Smearing Harry Reid  —  Checking the latest headlines at Yahoo! News a few minutes ago, I was shocked to read that "Reid Aided Abramoff Clients, Records Show."  Immediately, I clicked on it to get the story.  My first impression was that, unless I wanted to be a complete and total hypocrite …
Associated Press:
Abramoff Team and Reid's Office Had Frequent Contact, Records Show  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid wrote at least four letters helpful to Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff, and Reid's staff had frequent contact with the disgraced lobbyist's team about legislation.
White House:
President Discusses Progress in War on Terror to National Guard  —  Washington, D.C.  —  In Focus: National Security  —  In Focus: Defense  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for that warm welcome.  I'm delighted to be here with the men and women of the National Guard Association of the United States.
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
NASA Aide Who Resigned Over Warming Offers Defense  —  George C. Deutsch, the young NASA press aide who resigned on Tuesday in the center of a storm over claims that he had tried to keep keep the agency's top climate scientist from speaking publicly about global warming, defended himself today in his first public interviews.
Media Matters for America:
Matalin: "I think these civil rights leaders are nothing more than racists.  And they're keeping ... their African-American brothers enslaved" … Apparently referring to some of the speakers at Coretta Scott King's February 7 funeral, Republican political strategist Mary Matalin stated that …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Media Matters for America:   After Fox edited …
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
THE WAR ON THE FREE PRESS  —  The Cartoon Jihadists are winning...  Malaysia: … New: Malaysia bans possession of Prophet cartoons  —  Yemen: … South Africa (via VOA): … Ukraine: Editor-in-chief of popular Ukrainian newspaper "Today" apologizes before Muslims for publishing cartoons, satirizing Prophet Muhammad
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
Clive Crook / The Atlantic Online:
Capitalism: The Movie  —  Why Americans don't value markets enough—and why that matters  —  C apitalism is not much loved, even in the parts of the world it has served best.  If only one country were to dote on free enterprise, America surely ought to be it.
Robert E Klein / Associated Press:
Briton arrested in deaths of wife, child  —  Mass. authorities says Entwistle might have planned to kill himself as well  —  Priscilla Matterazzo, center in blue, whose daughter and 9-month-old granddaughter were found dead in their home, embraces a mourner at the Evergreen Cemetery in Kingston, Mass., at a funeral service on Feb. 1.
Discussion: TBogg

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