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11:05 PM ET, March 7, 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 …
Discussion: Donklephant, TalkLeft and Macsmind
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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Pardon My Outrage  —  I just heard a juror on Hardball …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
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
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
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: 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
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web  —  Law Students Feel Lasting Effects of Anonymous Attacks  —  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, has published in top legal journals and completed internships at leading institutions in her field.  So when the Yale law student interviewed with 16 firms for a job this summer …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   "For many people the Internet has become a scarlet letter, an albatross."
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
Did online gossip sink law student's career?
Baltimore Sun:
Giuliani reminds GOP of the glory days - of 2002 … Given conservatives' wariness toward Mr. Giuliani - who is twice divorced and supports both reproductive and gay rights - it's surprising to find "America's mayor" as the GOP front-runner.  —  Here's my theory for why Mr. Giuliani is ascendant …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
John Cochran / ABCNEWS:
Surprise!  Pork-Barrel Spending Drops  —  Citizens Against Government Waste Says Spending on Legislators' Pet Projects Dropped in 2006  —  Tax money spent on small projects that only benefit one congressional district or region are often slipped into legislation at the 11th hour …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Conservative Democrats Assert Power  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced scorn from fellow Democrats during a recent closed-door meeting for not moving more aggressively on Iraq, it was conservative Blue Dogs _ her ideological opposites _ who rose to defend her.
Discussion: Donklephant
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Muslim Websites Target Georgia Motorist for Death (sticky)
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
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Associated Press:
Boston woman sues for child-rearing costs after failed abortion
Omaha World-Herald:
Hagel acts like he's already running