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1:35 AM ET, March 17, 2007

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White House Security Chief Reveals — No Probe of Plame Leak There  —  NEW YORK Dr. James Knodell, director of the Office of Security at the White House, told a congressional committee today that he was aware of no internal investigation or report into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Gavel, Macsmind and NewsHog
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Faiz / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Valerie Plame Confirms Her Covert Status Prior To Novak Leak  —  This morning, in her testimony under oath before the House Government and Oversight Committee, Valerie Plame Wilson asserted that she was in fact a covert officer at the time that columnist Robert Novak revealed her employment at the CIA.
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Hearing on Disclosure of CIA Identity:No White House Investigation  —  No White House Investigation  —  The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is holding a hearing on whether White House officials followed appropriate procedures for safeguarding the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson.
Nico / Think Progress:
CIA Director Hayden: 'Wilson Was Covert'  —  During House hearings today, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) announced that CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden recently told Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) that there was no doubt Victoria Plame Wilson was covert.
Discussion: Donklephant
David Stout / New York Times:
Subject of C.I.A. Leak Testifies on Capitol Hill
Discussion: Althouse
The Nation:
Valerie Plame Speaks—Finally—About CIA Leak Case
Discussion: JustOneMinute and NO QUARTER
The Raw Story:
Plame hearing transcript
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
David Corn:
Valerie Plame Speaks
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Booman Tribune
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Waxman Hearing, Panel II — Part II
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Angry Bear
CBS News:
Will Gonzales Fall For Attorney Firings?  —  Sources: AG's Ouster Is Inevitable; Fired Attorney Blames Partisan Politics  —  (CBS/AP) One of the eight recently fired U.S. attorneys at the center of a growing political scandal tells CBS News that he lost his job because he "did not play ball" with powerful Republicans.
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Nico / Think Progress:
Gonzales Gave Kyle Sampson New Justice Dept. Office After His Supposed 'Resignation'  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales planned to install his former aide Kyle Sampson as a lawyer in the Justice Department's environment division even after Sampson's "resignation," NPR reported today.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
White House Backs Off on Miers Scenario  —  The White House retreated today from its claim that former counsel Harriet E. Miers first came up with the idea of firing U.S. attorneys, another apparent shift in the Bush administration's evolving version of events behind the controversy.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Talking Points Memo
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
Cummins fears corruption investigation led to his firing
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Fox News:
FBI PUTS LOCAL OFFICIALS ON NOTICE ABOUT EXTREMISTS TRYING TO SIGN UP TO BE SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI has issued an "informational bulletin" to state and local officials saying to watch out for people tied to extremist groups trying to earn licenses to drive school buses.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Confederate Yankee
Nitpicker:
Dance, Foxholes, Dance!  —  In the light of Fox News scrambling to maintain the thinnest veneer of "balance" after Democrats refused to lend them respectability, I thought it might be time to point out something I witnessed first hand as a public affairs sergeant in Afghanistan.  I call it the "Fox News Two Step."
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
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Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
McCain Stumbles on H.I.V. Prevention  —  SOMEWHERE in NORTHERN IOWA — The unthinkable has happened.  Senator John McCain met a question, while sitting with reporters on his bus as it rumbled through Iowa today, that he couldn't - or perhaps wouldn't - answer.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Right's Field
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Eric Pianin / Campaign Trail:
McCain is stumped on the stump  —  It's not often that a reporter stumps John McCain.  But it happened Friday, and it was a telling moment for the Republican presidential contender.  —  The bus had been rolling for a half-hour and McCain was holding court on everything from Iraq to college basketball.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Okay, I think I've unearthed the Barack Obama quote that Bill Clinton is criticizing The New York Times for not giving more attention to.  It's from July of 2004.  —  As reported below, Clinton sharply criticized The Times at a private fundraiser the other day.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
I've just confirmed it: Bill Clinton is going after The New York Times …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
General seeks another brigade in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — The top US commander in Iraq has requested another Army brigade, in addition to five already on the way, as part of the controversial "surge" of American troops designed to clamp down on sectarian violence and insurgent groups, senior Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain regrets use of term 'tar baby'  —  CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Republican presidential contender John McCain (news, bio, voting record) on Friday used the term "tar baby," considered by some a racial epithet, and later said he regretted it.  —  Answering questions at a town hall meeting …
Discussion: All Spin Zone
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Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
McCain Apologizes for 'Tar-Baby' Moment
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
When The Hobby Becomes The Profession  —  Just a little over three and a half years ago, I began this blog as a creative writing outlet and a chance to hone my skills.  When I launched Captain's Quarters, I had no idea how it would grow, that it would attract this wonderful community of readers …
 
 
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