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3:41 AM ET, March 8, 2007


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Juror calls on Bush to pardon Libby  —  Ex-Cheney aide was 'really nice guy' who was 'caught in the initial lie'  —  WASHINGTON - Saying "I don't want him to go to jail," a member of the jury that convicted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby of perjury and obstruction of justice in the CIA leak case called Wednesday …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Pardon My Outrage  —  I just heard a juror on Hardball …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Pardon Me?  —  The NRO wankers want Scooter free so it's …
The Problem With Pardoning Libby
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:
Washington Post:
Domenici Hires Top Attorney for Ethics Investigation  —  Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.) has hired a top defense attorney to handle the pending ethics investigation into allegations that he pressured a federal prosecutor to bring indictments against New Mexico Democrats on the eve of the 2006 elections.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Daily Kos
Matthew Miller / DSCC:
Changing Tunes Again, Domenici Now Says He Can't Recall Violating …
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
Phyllis Chesler / Times of London:
How my eyes were opened to the barbarity of Islam  —  Is it racist to condemn fanaticism?  —  Once I was held captive in Kabul.  I was the bride of a charming, seductive and Westernised Afghan Muslim whom I met at an American college.  The purdah I experienced was relatively posh …
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.
Baltimore Sun:
Giuliani reminds GOP of the glory days - of 2002 … Given conservatives' wariness toward Mr. Giuliani - who is twice divorced and supports both reproductive and gay rights - it's surprising to find "America's mayor" as the GOP front-runner.  —  Here's my theory for why Mr. Giuliani is ascendant …
Jill / Feministe:
Hi, I'm Jill, and scummy law school sleazebags have gone after me, too.  —  This article in the Washington Post and this post by Ann Althouse, both of which are about students on law school message boards posting pictures and nasty comments about female classmates, struck a nerve …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Contextualizing the Fox News Fight  —  It looks like the Nevada Democratic Party's house of cards, and particularly Harry Reid's stonewalling, is collapsing.  Local Democrats are frustrated.  John Edwards stepped up big time, and made a choice of refusing to validate a right-wing institution …
Bryan / Hot Air:
Shock: Guess who wants Libby pardoned?  Update: Video added  —  Nobody important.  Just one of the jurors who convicted him.  Spoken on Hardball: … Never mind that Libby didn't leak Plame's name, that the so-called leak wasn't a crime, and that the investigation should have either turned …
Drudge Report:
Discussion: Say Anything, Wizbang and Save The GOP
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
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Libby and the White House book club  —  As witnesses were trooping to the stand in the federal courthouse in Washington to testify in the case of United States v. I. Lewis Libby, and the Washington Post was publishing its series on the squalid conditions that wounded Iraq war veterans suffer …
Discussion: The Agonist
The Raw Story:
Soviet-era compound in northern Poland was site of secret CIA interrogation, detentions  —  US, Britain asked Poland to join clandestine program  —  POLAND — The CIA operated an interrogation and short-term detention facility for suspected terrorists within a Polish intelligence training school …
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.
David Burge / iowahawk:
LET'S TONE IT DOWN, PEOPLE  —  Iowahawk Online Community Issues Forum Special  —  by Ann Coulter and Bill Maher  —  ANN: Hello, I'm syndicated columnist and best-selling author Ann Coulter.  —  BILL: And I'm Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time."  —  ANN: Today we want to talk …
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."
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  White House Conference Center Briefing Room  —  MR. SNOW: All right, let me begin with a quick readout of a couple of main — do we have audio on?  Is this the mic up?  Okay.  —  Just a quick readout on the President's meeting with the co-chairs …
Discussion: Daily Kos and First Draft
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 …
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New York Times:
Buildup in Iraq Needed Into '08, U.S. General Says
Discussion: Hot Air and Prairie Weather
Former Navy Sailor Charged With Passing Secrets to Al Qaeda
John Cochran / ABCNEWS:
Surprise! Pork-Barrel Spending Drops
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Jerusalem Post:
Report: Assad flips out at Ahmadinejad on phone
David Mark / The Politico:
Redistricting and Blade Running
Robotic age poses ethical dilemma
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Michael Steen / Reuters:
Borat seen as human rights victim by U.S. government
Discussion: Defamer, Attytood and Wonkette
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
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