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9:30 AM ET, March 7, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Next Hurrah
New York Times:
A Libby Verdict  —  There will be a great deal written and said in coming days about the frustrations of the Scooter Libby verdict — that it did not tell us whether someone deliberately blew Valerie Plame Wilson's cover or erase serious concerns about the prosecutor's abuse of the First Amendment.
Discussion: Decision '08
Patrick J. Buchanan / Townhall.com:   Martyr of the War Party
Washington Post:
Libby 'Pilloried' For Leak, Panel Members Believed
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Ana Marie Cox / Time:   How Libby Came Undone
Steve Anderson / The Huffington Post:
Pat Buchanan on Libby's conviction: "Poor, poor, pitiful Scooter"
Discussion: SteveAudio
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
Discussion: Think Progress and First Draft
Reynolds Holding / Time:
Why Libby's Defense Failed
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.
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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
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
New York Times:
The Wider Shame of Walter Reed  —  It is impossible not to feel fury at the shameful neglect of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed's outpatient facilities, just a few miles from an oblivious and neglectful White House.  Many have been housed in rooms coated with mold and infested with cockroaches and mice.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Josh White / Washington Post:
Dole, Shalala to Lead Troop-Care Panel
Discussion: Going to the Mat
Ian Black / Guardian:
At least 110 pilgrims die in suicide attacks as US admits extra 7,000 troops may go to Iraq  —  The US could send an extra 7,000 troops to implement President George Bush's controversial Iraqi security plan, it emerged last night as the country suffered one of its worst recent days of bloodshed …
Discussion: Political Animal
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Reuters:
Attacks kill 149 Shi'ite pilgrims in Iraq
Discussion: liberal catnip
The Politico:
Democrats Weigh Timetable Vote as Iraq Compromise  —  House Democratic leaders, seeking a compromise with several dozen anti-war lawmakers in their own caucus, are considering a vote on a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq before taking up $98 billion in new military spending.
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Peter Sayer / Macworld:
France bans citizen journalists from reporting violence  —  The French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists.  The law could lead to the imprisonment of eyewitnesses who film acts …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
"Before this is over, you might see calls for his impeachment."  —  Chuck Hagel's historic moment, and what it means for a declining presidency.  —  The rapier is more silver than the moon.  The horse, red eyed and fierce in the California night, is rearing up, and its rider points …
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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Kevin Poulsen / 27B Stroke 6:
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A Would-Be Knight for the Religious Right
White House:
President Bush Discusses Care for America's Returning Wounded …
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