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1:45 AM ET, July 3, 2007


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Scooter skates  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush commuted Monday the prison term of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, facing 30 months in prison after a federal court convicted him of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.
The Corner:
From the White House  —  The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today rejected Lewis Libby's request to remain free on bail while pursuing his appeals for the serious convictions of perjury and obstruction of justice.  As a result, Mr. Libby will be required to turn himself …
Speaker Pelosi / The Gavel:
A Betrayal of Trust of the American People  —  The President's commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence does not serve justice, condones criminal conduct, and is a betrayal of trust of the American people.  —  The President said he would hold accountable anyone involved in the Valerie Plame leak case.
Discussion: Eschaton and Roger Ailes
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Spares Libby 30-Month Jail Term  —  President Bush said today that he had used his power of clemency to commute the 30-month sentence for I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, who was convicted of perjury in March and was due to begin serving his time within weeks.
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
Fitz Speaks  —  Via email from his spokesperson: … For the record, when I said almost the same thing on Hardball, I hadn't gotten this yet in the email.  Glad to see that my feeble mind is thinking along the lines of a great mind.  —  Update: Oh wait, I think I said the bit about the fact …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and NO QUARTER
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Bush Commutes Libby's Prison Sentence  —  President Bush commuted the sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby yesterday, sparing Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff 2 1/2 years in prison after a federal appeals court had refused to let Libby remain free while he appeals his conviction for lying to federal investigators.
Edwin Chen / Bloomberg:
Bush Commutes Libby's Prison Term in CIA Leak Case  —  July 2 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush commuted Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby's 2 1/2-year prison sentence in the CIA leak case, sparing him from punishment the president called ``excessive.''  —  Bush acted after a U.S. appellate …
Libby commutation: Washington responds  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Following are reactions to President Bush's announcement Monday that he has commuted the sentence of former vice presidential chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby:  —  Melanie Sloan, legal counsel to Joe and Valerie Wilson
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Bush Commutes Libby Sentence  —  Breaking, from the AP: "President Bush commutes the prison sentence for former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby."  —  Update: The president has reduced Libby's original sentence of thirty months of prison, two years of probation …
George W. Bush / White House:
Grant of Executive Clemency  —  A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America  —  WHEREAS Lewis Libby was convicted in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in the case United States v. Libby, Crim.  No. 05-394 (RBW), for which a sentence …
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
George Bush Obstructs Justice  —  Well, George did it.  Made sure that Scooter wouldn't flip rather than do jail time.  He commuted Libby's sentence, guaranteeing not only that Libby wouldn't talk, but retaining Libby's right to invoke the Fifth.  —  This amounts to nothing less than obstruction of justice.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Fitzgerald's Statement
Discussion: From the Desk … and Daily Kos
Think Progress:
BREAKING: Bush Commutes Libby Sentence
Discussion: and The Gavel
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
A Decision Made Largely Alone
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: MSNBC Reports Bush Commutes Libby's Sentence
New York Times:
Soft on Crime
Discussion: Riehl World View
CNN Political Ticker:
Appeals court rejects Libby's bid for bail
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:
Impeachment is back on the table, even if Congress does not yet know it
Discussion: State of the Day
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Jeff Lomonaco, Please Report to the Department of Pre-Crime
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Byron York / The Corner:
Fitzgerald Statement on Libby
Discussion: The American Mind
CNN Political Ticker:
Bush commutes Libby sentence
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
New York Times:   Bush Spares Libby 30-Month Jail Term
Susie / Suburban Guerrilla:
James Capozzola, 1962-2007  —  Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,  —  Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,  —  Silence the pianos and with muffled drum  —  Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.  — "Funeral Blues," W.H. Auden.  —  My friend Jim died this evening.
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
McCain Watch: Watch This Space  —  Watch this space, as we'll be coming to you live with the details of today's 2 p.m. McCain conference call, where we should find out his 2nd quarter fundraising total and hear a bit about these staff trims...  2:00: Pre-call, I hear: The campaign …
Hassan Butt / Daily Mail:
I was a fanatic...I know their thinking, says former radical Islamist  —  When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network - a series of British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology - I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people …
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