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1:55 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 …
Drudge Report:
LIBBY JUROR: PARDON HIM  —  MSNBC host Chris Matthews spoke with Libby juror Ann Redington on HARDBALL.  Juror [#10] says she would support a Bush pardon for Libby.  —  Transcript:  —  Chris: You're for a pardon out of sympathy for the defendant.  —  Ann: Yeah, I think in the big picture …
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
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Pardon Me?  —  The NRO wankers want Scooter free so it's …
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 …
Abraham Rabinovich / The Australian:
Iranian general 'seeking asylum in US'
Discussion: QandO, Donklephant, Midtopia and Wizbang
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.
Matthew Miller / DSCC:
Changing Tunes Again, Domenici Now Says He Can't Recall Violating …
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Michael Steen / Reuters:
Borat seen as human rights victim by U.S. government  —  ALMATY (Reuters) - Fictional Kazakh TV reporter Borat has made an unexpected cameo appearance as a victim of censorship in a heavyweight annual human rights report issued by the State Department.  —  The 2006 report …
Discussion: Defamer, FP Passport, Attytood and Wonkette
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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