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7:40 AM ET, March 8, 2007


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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Pardon My Outrage  —  I just heard a juror on Hardball say that Libby is a very nice guy who just got caught in a lie and it snowballed and that she hopes he gets a pardon, preferably soon.  She agrees that the case was trivial and wishes she had been on a jury for the real crime.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Washington Post:
Bush Deflects Pressure To Give Libby a Pardon  —  Clemency Before 2008 Election Could Be Politically Risky  —  President Bush said yesterday that he is "pretty much going to stay out of" the case of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby until the legal process has run its course, deflecting pressure …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Pardon Libby?  Left and Right Erupt in a Fight  —  If some people imagined a verdict in the criminal trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr. would calm the political passions surrounding his fate, they may have forgotten two words with a combustible history: presidential pardon.
The Problem With Pardoning Libby
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Pardon Me?  —  The NRO wankers want Scooter free so it's …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Libby Juror: Please Reverse Us
Bryan / Hot Air:
Shock: Guess who wants Libby pardoned? Update: Video added
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:
Former Iranian Defense Official Talks to Western Intelligence  —  A former Iranian deputy defense minister who once commanded the Revolutionary Guard has left his country and is cooperating with Western intelligence agencies, providing information on Hezbollah and Iran's ties to the organization, according to a senior U.S. official.
Kenneth R. Timmerman /
Iranian General Reportedly Defects  —  A former high-ranking Iranian government official, Brig. Gen. Alireza Asghari, 63, has defected to the United States, Iranian exiles and other sources told Newsmax today.  —  Asghari had access to highly-classified intelligence information and …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Domenici Lawyers Up  —  What a small world.  Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) has nabbed Lee Blalack, best known as Duke Cunningham's lawyer, to represent him in the Senate ethics investigation, The Washington Post reports.  —  And they note the obvious irony:
Bryan / Hot Air:
The past of Cpl Sanchez  —  If you haven't heard the story, here's the gist.  Marine Cpl Matt Sanchez, recent winner of the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award at CPAC, was once a gay porn, erm, actor and escort.  But apparently he isn't anymore.  —  The left is making this revelation a Jeff Gannon redux.
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Former sailor arrested on terror charge  —  WASHINGTON - A former Navy sailor was arrested Wednesday for allegedly releasing classified information that ended up in the hands of a suspected terrorism financier.  —  Hassan Abujihaad, 31, of Phoenix, is accused in a case that began in Connecticut …
Discussion: GINA COBB and A Blog For All
New York Times:
Buildup in Iraq Needed Into '08, U.S. General Says  —  The day-to-day commander of American forces in Iraq has recommended that the heightened American troop levels there be maintained through February 2008, military officials said Wednesday.  —  The White House has never said exactly …
Neely Tucker / Washington Post:
True Unbeliever  —  'Infidel' Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali Brings Her Incendiary Views on Islam to Washington  —  People come along every now and then, idiosyncratic, opinionated, talented, flawed, impossible.  You call them iconoclasts, troublemakers, provocateurs, opportunists, polemicists.
Phyllis Chesler / Times of London:
How my eyes were opened to the barbarity of Islam
Washington Post:
As Iraq Exit Plan Arrives, Democrats' Rift Remains  —  Even in her conservative Kansas district, calls and letters to freshman House Democrat Nancy Boyda show a constituency overwhelmingly ready for U.S. troops to come home from Iraq.  —  Yet as the House nears a legislative showdown on the war …
Kevin Allison / Financial Times:
Gates warns on US immigration curbs  —  Bill Gates, the chairman of Micro­soft, on Wednesday warned that restrictions on the number of skilled workers allowed to enter the US put the country's competitiveness at risk.  —  The comments marked the latest attack on restrictive US immigration policies …
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and ScrappleFace
The Blotter:
Under VA Chief, Effort to Aid Wounded Vets Stalled, Ex-Employee Charges  —  Brian Ross and Justin Rood Report:  —  A proposal to keep seriously wounded vets from falling through the cracks of the bureaucracy was shelved in 2005 when Jim Nicholson took over as the secretary …
Mike Allen /
Democrats Want Gitmo Prisoners Sent to U.S.  —  Key House Democrats plan to insist the Pentagon shut down the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and are contemplating the relocation of many of the 385 or so remaining terrorist suspects to military brigs along the East Coast — including Quantico, Va., and Charleston, S.C.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Producer for Katie Couric Out at CBS News  —  The shake-ups at the evening newscasts continued last night.  —  In the latest disruption, CBS News replaced Rome Hartman, the executive producer of the "Evening News with Katie Couric," with the long-time TV news executive and producer Rick Kaplan …
Discussion: Wizbang, Romenesko and TVNewser
Jerusalem Post:
Report: Assad flips out at Ahmadinejad on phone  —  Syrian President Bashar Assad exchanged harsh words with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a phone conversation, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyassah reported on Wednesday.  —  Sources close to the Syrian leader told the newspaper …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Hot Air
Robert Tait / Guardian:   Ahmadinejad challenged for control of Iran's economy
Faiz / Think Progress:
John Gibson Hypes A 'War on Easter', Announces Easter Bunny Under Attack  —  As sure as April showers bring May flowers, so too does Fox News every year around this time announce that there is "a War on Easter."  Last year, Bill O'Reilly suggested the Easter bunny was "under attack."
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