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11:15 AM ET, March 7, 2007


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Washington Post:
The Libby Verdict  —  The serious consequences of a pointless Washington scandal  —  THE CONVICTION of I. Lewis Libby on charges of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of justice was grounded in strong evidence and what appeared to be careful deliberation by a jury.
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Guess Libby's Pardon Date, Win a T-Shirt  —  The verdict is in!  Now it's time for the In the Loop Pardon Scooter Contest!  Yes, simply pick the date that President Bush will pardon Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who, according to federal sentencing guidelines …
Discussion: TIME: Swampland and Wonkette
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
A Judgment on Cheney Is Still to Come  —  In legal terms, the jury has spoken in the Libby case.  In political terms, Dick Cheney is still awaiting a judgment.  —  For weeks, Washington watched, mesmerized, as the trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr. cast Vice President Cheney, his former boss …
Opinion Journal:
The Libby Travesty  —  Mr. Bush owes the former aide a pardon, and an apology.  —  The word "guilty" had barely crossed the airwaves yesterday in the perjury case of Scooter Libby before critics were calling it proof that President Bush "lied us into war" and demanding that Dick Cheney be strung up next.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Case of Bad Ink: Portrait of Media Is Not So Flattering  —  The parade of high-profile Washington journalists who took the stand in the Lewis "Scooter" Libby perjury case were not on trial.  But few would dispute that the proceedings, which ended with Libby's conviction on four of five counts yesterday …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
For an Opaque White House, A Reflection of New Scrutiny  —  Shortly before he was inaugurated for his second term, President Bush was asked why no one was held responsible for the mistakes of the first.  "We had an accountability moment," he replied, "and that's called the 2004 elections."
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Libby Guilty of Lying in C.I.A. Leak Case  —  I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted on Tuesday of lying to a grand jury and to F.B.I. agents investigating the leak of the identity of a C.I.A. operative in the summer of 2003 amid a fierce public dispute over the war in Iraq.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Pardon Me?  —  Speaking of pardons, Al Kamen of the Washington Post …
New York Times:
A Libby Verdict  —  There will be a great deal written …
Discussion: Decision '08
Washington Post:
Libby 'Pilloried' For Leak, Panel Members Believed
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Ana Marie Cox / Time:   How Libby Came Undone
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
The Coverup Continues and Only We Can Stop It
Discussion: Boston Globe and Online NewsHour
Patrick J. Buchanan /
Martyr of the War Party
Discussion: The Huffington Post and SteveAudio
Josh White / Washington Post:
Dole, Shalala to Lead Troop-Care Panel
Wired Iraqi man triggers scare at L.A. airport  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Iraqi national wearing wires and concealing a magnet inside his rectum triggered a security scare at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday but officials said he posed no apparent threat.
Robert Jablon / Associated Press:
US Airways flight diverted to Vegas after security incident in LA
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
Drudge Report:
OBAMA $$ HIT SET FOR NYT  —  Less than two months after ascending to the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama bought more than $50,000 worth of stock in two speculative companies whose major investors included some of his biggest political donors, the NYT will splash on Wednesday Page Ones.
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Abraham Rabinovich / The Australian:
Iranian general 'seeking asylum in US'  —  A RETIRED Iranian general who went missing in Turkey last month has defected and sought asylum in the US, according to a well-connected Arabic newspaper published in London.  —  The newspaper, al-Shark al-Awsat, cited "high-profile" …
Pajamas Media:   PANIC IN TEHRAN  —  The disappearance and possible defection …
Omaha World-Herald:
Hagel acts like he's already running  —  WASHINGTON - For a guy who hasn't announced a presidential bid, Sen. Chuck Hagel's schedule next week looks a lot like that of a candidate.  —  He's slated to appear with nine declared presidential hopefuls - including John McCain, Rudolph Giuliani …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Eschaton
Real Cities:
Ousted U.S. attorneys describe lawmakers' intrusions  —  WASHINGTON - Six former U.S. attorneys told two congressional committees Tuesday that Republican lawmakers and a congressional aide inquired about politically sensitive investigations, and their testimony raised new questions about whether …
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Powerful Governor Stands His Ground, Again, on Food Tax  —  The shoppers at the no-frills Brookshire's supermarket — plate lunches $4.49, food stamps gladly accepted — have no doubt: swapping the nation's highest state grocery tax for one of its lowest cigarette taxes is an excellent idea, and fie on the governor who opposes it.
Discussion: QandO and Sirotablog
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Jeff Gannon Redux  —  If you are familiar with Cpl. Matt Sanchez, you probably know him as the handsome 36-year old Columbia University junior and USMC reservist who recently made the rounds of right-wing talk shows like O'Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes, where he received praise …
Kos / Daily Kos:
Edwards to skip Fox News debate  —  As I mentioned earlier today, I've been asking campaigns whether they plan on attending the Fox News debate.  —  Several of the campaigns I contacted are still trying to make a final determination, but the first to definitely say "no" is John Edwards.
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Matthew Yglesias / American Prospect:
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Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
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