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9:10 PM ET, March 16, 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: The Gavel, Firedoglake and NewsHog
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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.
CNN:
Valerie Plame Wilson: I worked on secret missions … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Valerie Plame Wilson was called to testify Friday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about her work at the CIA before her covert identity was revealed.  Here is a transcript of her opening statement.
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Plame: My Cover Was 'Recklessly' Abused  —  WASHINGTON — Valerie Plame, the CIA operative at the heart of a political scandal, told Congress Friday that senior officials at the White House and State Department "carelessly and recklessly" blew her cover to discredit her diplomat-husband.
David Stout / New York Times:
Subject of C.I.A. Leak Testifies on Capitol Hill
Discussion: Althouse
Washington Post:
Valerie Plame, the Spy Who's Ready to Speak for Herself
Nico / Think Progress:
CIA Director Hayden: 'Wilson Was Covert'
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Donklephant
The Raw Story:
Plame hearing transcript
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
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.
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
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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: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
White House Now Unsure if Firings Were Miers's Idea
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
White House murky on prosecutor firings
Associated Press:
White House cites 'hazy memories' on attorney firings
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
Fox hounded  —  How the Democrats are turning on Fox News.  —  In the history of capitalism has any company had more success with just a wink and a nod than the Fox News Channel?  And can Democrats be successful in the 2008 campaign by refusing to wink or nod back?
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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: MyDD and Daily Kos
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
FBI: Extremists Driving School Buses  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Suspected members of extremist groups have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States, counterterror officials said Friday, in a cautionary bulletin to police.  An FBI spokesman said, "Parents and children have nothing to fear."
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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
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.
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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.
New York Post:
BILL RIPS TIMES' HILL BASHING  —  THE long love affair between Bill and Hillary Clinton and The New York Times seems to be over.  —  At a fund-raiser Tuesday night at the Trump World Tower apartment of mortgage mogul Keith Kantrowitz, the former president spoke for two hours to a select group …
Lara Setrakian / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Duke Lacrosse Accuser Not Answering Investigators' Key Questions  —  With the Investigation in Its Final Weeks, Sources Say Neither the Accuser Nor the Second Dancer Have Fully Cooperated With Special Prosecutors  —  Law & Justice Unit  —  The woman who accused three members …
 
 
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