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12:45 PM ET, March 6, 2007


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Jury convicts Libby on four of five charges  —  Verdict in CIA leak case reached on 10th day of deliberations  —  WASHINGTON - Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted Tuesday of obstruction, perjury and lying to the FBI in an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and All Spin Zone
'Scooter' Libby guilty on four of five counts … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has been found guilty on four of five counts in his perjury and obstruction of justice trial.  —  Libby was convicted of:  — obstruction of justice when he intentionally deceived …
Associated Press:
Jurors Reach Verdict in CIA Leak Case  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Jurors reached a verdict Tuesday in the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former White House aide accused of lying and obstructing an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity.  —  The verdict will be read …
Washington Post:
Libby Found Guilty in CIA Leak Case  —  A federal jury today convicted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby of lying about his role in the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity, finding the vice president's former chief of staff guilty of two counts of perjury, one count of making false statements …
Washington Post:   Libby Jurors Consider Cooper Conversation
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Questions, Questions, Questions
Discussion: TalkLeft and JustOneMinute
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Gonzales Defends Move to Fire Attorneys, Denies Political Role  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, facing criticism for the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, defended the action as appropriate but said the Justice Department handled the situation poorly.  —  "We could have rolled …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Political Animal
Washington Post:
Rep. Wilson Says She Contacted Prosecutor
David Johnston / New York Times:
Messenger in Prosecutors' Firings Quits
Discussion: Slate and Prairie Weather
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Companies to pull ads from Coulter's Web site … WASHINGTON (CNN) — At least three major companies want their ads pulled from Ann Coulter's Web site, following customer complaints about the right-wing commentator referring to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards as a "faggot."
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
9 U.S. soldiers killed north of Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Nine American soldiers died in explosions north of Baghdad, the U.S. military announced Tuesday after the deadliest single day for U.S. troops in Iraq in nearly a month.  —  Six soldiers died when a bomb exploded Monday near …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Two Generals Provide A Contrast in Accountability  —  Kevin Kiley, the three-star general in charge of all Army medical facilities, seemed stumped as he testified yesterday about his responsibility for the Walter Reed scandal.  —  "I'm trying not to say that I'm not accountable," he told members of the House oversight committee.
Discussion: Op For
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Plans Major Appeal to Women  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will begin an ambitious effort on Tuesday to enlist thousands of women to play roles in her presidential campaign, hoping to build on the enthusiasm her candidacy has stirred among female voters at early campaign events.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Libby Verdict At Noon ET  —  The jury has a verdict.  It will be read at noon.  I will be live-blogging it here and at Huffington Post, and then doing a live chat at 2PM ET for the Washington Post.  —  Any minute now the verdict will be in.  The parties are in the courtroom.  Just to recap:
MCCAIN STAFFERS BAIL OFF THE CRAZY TRAIN  —  John McCain's Obama- esque remarks about our "wasted" resources in Iraq weren't the only comments that landed him in hot water after a recent appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.  Many of his staff were blindsided by his campaign announcement.
Discussion: Political Animal and Donklephant
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Hil & Bam gear up for battle over Jewish vote  —  WASHINGTON - Fresh off their battle for the hearts of black Americans, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are about to go head to head for Jewish votes.  —  The leaders for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 plan dueling receptions Monday …
Discussion: The Caucus
Giles Smith / Times of London:
War of words after call for independence  —  The simmering feud between China and Taiwan burst into the open yesterday when Beijing criticised the President of Taiwan for making strident calls for independence.  —  Li Zhaoxing, the Chinese Foreign Minister, speaking at the Chinese People's …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Associated Press:
Russian Journalist Dies in Fall From Window  —  A military correspondent for Russia's top business daily has died after falling out of a window, and some media alleged Monday that he might have been killed for his critical reporting.  —  Ivan Safronov, the military affairs writer for Kommersant …
Fox News:
WEBB INTRODUCES BILL BARRING FUNDING FOR MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN  —  WASHINGTON — A Democratic senator on Monday introduced legislation that in some cases would deny funding for the Bush administration to take military action against Iran without first getting congressional approval.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
The Romney Rehab Plan  —  Mitt Romney may be low in the polls right now, but he is a man with a plan, a plan to make him the Republican nominee for president.  —  Though he is at only 4 percent in national polls, The Politico has learned that in the coming weeks and months, he will:
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Democrats Alter Plan To Restrict Iraq War  —  Senior House Democrats, seeking to placate members of their party from Republican-leaning districts, are pushing a plan that would place restrictions on President Bush's ability to wage the war in Iraq but would allow him to waive them if he publicly justifies his position.
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
States may force megaprimary, winnow the 2008 field early  —  19 states look to have early say in '08 race  —  WASHINGTON — States with more than half the nation's population are zeroing in on Feb. 5 next year to stage their presidential primaries, creating a single day that could determine …
Discussion: TIME and The News Buckit
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