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3:05 PM ET, January 23, 2007


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Prosecutor: Libby 'wiped out' Cheney memo  —  Defense in CIA leak trial counters that White House tried to set up Libby  —  WASHINGTON - Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald used his opening statement in the CIA leak trial Tuesday to allege that Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff lied …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Holy Moly  —  Norah O'Donnell is asking Andy Card and Leon Panetta if the president is going to have to ask Dick Cheney to resign as a result of what's being alleged at the Libby Trial.  (They both punted.)  —  If that's the beltway chatter, look for the Republican noise machine to go into high gear.
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Lawyers Paint Libby As Sacrificial Lamb  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorneys for former White House aide ``Scooter'' Libby said Tuesday that Bush administration officials tried to blame him for the leak of a CIA operative's name to cover up for Bush political adviser Karl Rove's own disclosures.
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Liveblog: Well's Opening Statement, Part One  —  Wells up.  —  As you learned a few days ago, my name is Ted Wells.  And I speak for Scooter Libby.  Scooter Libby is innocent.  Totally innocent.  —  He is an innocent man and he has been wrongly and unfairly accused.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Booman Tribune
Think Progress:
BREAKING: Libby Destroyed Evidence Prior To Testifying, Cheney 'Deeply Involved'  —  Under oath, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff Scooter Libby told a grand jury that he first learned that Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent from conversations with the media.
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:   Libby Liveblog: Fitzgerald's Opening Statement
PJM / Pajamas Media:
The State of the Union is a Disaster:  —  The Speech George Bush Should Make Tuesday Night  —  Don't bother standing up or clapping, any of you.  I already know who won the election, and I know how you feel.  —  I come before you tonight not to make amends, not to make it good, curry any favor or find any middle ground.
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Guest Voice: Governor Schwarzenegger's Office on Health Care
Discussion: Polimom Says and Washington Post
Atrios / Eschaton:
Swampland  —  In this edition, Jay Carney demonstrates …
Discussion: Morning Call and Daily Kos
Jay Carney / Swampland:
The Clinton Playbook  —  When George W. Bush takes the podium …
Discussion: The Caucus
Jay Carney / Swampland:
Re: The Clinton Playbook
Ed Morrissey / Examiner:
Richardson could be '08's most dangerous candidate  —  WASHINGTON - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's entry into the 2008 presidential sweepstakes Sunday garnered little notice, overshadowed as it was by the announcement of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., the day before.
Fox News:
WEB SITE KICKS SAND IN FACES OF GIS IN IRAQ ASKING FOR MATS TO EASE HARDSHIP OF SLEEPING ON GROUND  —  An American GI assigned to one of the harshest posts in Iraq had a simple request last week for a Wisconsin mattress company: send some floor mats to help ease the hardship of sleeping on the cold, bug-infested ground.
Annysa Johnson / JSOnline:
E-mail to soldier spurs outrage
Discussion: BLACKFIVE, Hot Air and On Deadline
Los Angeles Times:
Scant evidence found of Iran-Iraq arms link  —  U.S. warnings of advanced weaponry crossing the border are overstated, critics say.  —  BAQUBAH, IRAQ — If there is anywhere Iran could easily stir up trouble in Iraq, it would be in Diyala, a rugged province along the border between the two nations.
Josephine Hearn /
Black Caucus: Whites Not Allowed  —  Freshman Rep. Stephen I. Cohen, D-Tenn., is not joining the Congressional Black Caucus after several current and former members made it clear that a white lawmaker was not welcome.  —  "I think they're real happy I'm not going to join," said Cohen …
Discussion: Right Wing News, Redstate, Hot Air and digg
Washington Post:
Petraeus Confident in New Iraq Strategy  —  Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, President Bush's nominee to become the new top commander in Iraq, painted a grim picture today of the military challenge ahead in what both congressional Democrats and Republicans described as the "last chance" to stabilize the nation.
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
General Petraeus's Opening Statement
Discussion: Washington Post
Roger Si /
McCain Bashes Cheney Over Iraq Policy  —  With his presidential hopes tied to an administration whose Iraq policy he supports but cannot control, John McCain for the first time blamed Vice President Cheney for what McCain calls the "witch's brew" of a "terribly mishandled" war in which U.S. forces are on the verge of defeat.
Confederate Yankee:
CRACKDOWN: Iraqi PM Locks Down Official Media Access to Key Government Ministries  —  An anonymous source from within Baghdad's Green Zone has provided me with a copy of a document issued from the office of Iraqi Prime Minster Nouri Al-Malki, ordering the shutdown of contacts with the world press on …
USA Today:
Lawmakers have loved ones in combat zone  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., lost his nephew, Philip, in Iraq.  Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., says his son, Alan, had two close calls: one from an improvised explosive device, the other from a sniper.  —  Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo. …
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Hezbollah Riots in Lebanon
End of multiculturalism  —  PRIME Minister John Howard officially …
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Surprises From Gates's 1996 Memoir
Discussion: Demagogue
Gail Heriot / The Right Coast:
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Washington Post:
Internal Rifts Cloud Democrats' Opportunity on Warming
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List of Oscar Nominations
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Statement by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney Urging the Senate …
John Solo / Washington Post:
Casino Executive Contributes $1 Million to Gingrich Group
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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Hastert To Endorse Romney
Marc Santora / New York Times:
In the Vortex of Baghdad, Staying Put This Time
Discussion: Daily Kos and The News Blog
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Headmaster Disputes Claim That Obama Attended Islamic School
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Bush Poll Ratings Before Speech Fall to Nixon's Level (Update2)

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