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12:55 PM 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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
Guardian:
Lies about crimes  —  Leader  —  Even most Americans probably gave …
Discussion: NewsHog
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Pardon Me?  —  Speaking of pardons, Al Kamen of the Washington Post …
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Josh White / Washington Post:
Dole, Shalala to Lead Troop-Care Panel
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" …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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Pajamas Media:
PANIC IN TEHRAN  —  The disappearance and possible defection of former Iranian deputy defense minister Ali Reza Asgari has the Iranian government deeply worried — and for good reason.  —  Meir Javedanfar, an expert on Iran and co-author of an upcoming book on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reports.
Alberto R. Gonzales / USA Today:
They lost my confidence  —  Attorneys' dismissals were related to performance, not to politics.  —  As any employer or manager knows, the handling of personnel matters — especially the termination of employees — is one of the most challenging tasks in any business.
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Real Cities:
Ousted U.S. attorneys describe lawmakers' intrusions
Reuters:
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.
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Robert Jablon / Associated Press:
US Airways flight diverted to Vegas after security incident in LA
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
Associated Press:
Evangelical leader says Giuliani's divorce a problem … NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A Southern Baptist leader said Tuesday that evangelical voters might tolerate a divorced presidential candidate, but they have deep doubts about GOP hopeful Rudy Giuliani, who has been married three times.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Eschaton and AMERICAblog
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
McCain seeks independents' primary votes
Discussion: The Caucus
Dave Astor / Editor and Publisher:
Two More Newspapers Drop Ann Coulter's Column  —  NEW YORK At least two more daily newspapers — The Oakland Press of Michigan and The Mountain Press of Sevierville, Tenn. — have dropped Ann Coulter's column.  A daily in Pennsylvania had dropped the column two days ago.
Discussion: Horses Mouth
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HTML Mencken / Sadly, No!:
WingNet Refuses To Exorcise The Coultergeist
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
New York Times:
Obama, in '05 Investing, Took Same Path as Donors  —  Less than two months after ascending to the United States 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.
Associated Press:
Boston woman sues for child-rearing costs after failed abortion  —  BOSTON —A Boston woman who gave birth after a failed abortion has filed a lawsuit against two doctors and Planned Parenthood seeking the costs of raising her child.  —  The complaint was filed by Jennifer Raper, 45 …
Reuters:
Burqa-clad Taliban leader caught as NATO attacks  —  KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan soldiers have captured a Taliban leader who tried to flee a security operation in the south dressed in a burqa, NATO said on Wednesday.  —  Tuesday's capture in Kandahar province came as NATO launched a major offensive …
Discussion: QandO and The Jawa Report
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
 
 
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Gateway Pundit:
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Kos / Daily Kos:
Edwards to skip Fox News debate