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12:25 AM ET, March 8, 2007


 Top Items: 
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 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 Podhoretz / New York Post:
A PARDON IS CERTAIN  —  IN HIS last days as president, George W. Bush will pardon Scooter Libby - that is, if the convictions secured yesterday don't get overturned on appeal.  —  For political reasons, Bush can't pardon Libby earlier than that.  His responsibilities as head of the Republican Party …
Drudge Report:
Discussion: Say Anything and Save The GOP
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Pardon Me?  —  The NRO wankers want Scooter free so it's …
Washington Post:
The Libby Verdict  —  The serious consequences of a pointless Washington scandal
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.
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: Donklephant, QandO, Midtopia and Wizbang
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 …
Discussion: The Washington Note
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Arab paper: Missing Iranian general in Europe, chatting with U.S …
Discussion: Telegraph and Ace of Spades HQ
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Gay Patriot:
Using Matt Sanchez's Past to Dismiss Conservative Ideas  —  Every now and again, I chance upon (if chance is the right word) an article (or post) on the web which seems to get at some essential aspect of being human.  Sometimes, it'll be an article a reader e-mails me.
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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