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11:05 PM ET, July 2, 2007

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CNN:
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.
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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
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.
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
President Bush Commutes Libby's Sentence  —  President Bush today commuted the prison sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, sparing him the 30-month term to which he was sentenced last month for lying to federal investigators about his role …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: Libby Motion For Release On Bond Pending Appeal — DENIED  —  Breaking news from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, in an opinion issued just moments ago, Judges Sentelle, Henderson and Tatel say the following: … It it a per curiam opinion issued on July 2, 2007, and initialled by all three of the judges.
CNN:
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
Atrios / Eschaton:
Bush Justice  —  President Bush engages in ongoing obstruction …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Lean Left
Think Progress:
BREAKING: Bush Commutes Libby Sentence
Discussion: BobGeiger.com and The Gavel
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: MSNBC Reports Bush Commutes Libby's Sentence
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Fitzgerald's Statement
Discussion: From the Desk … and Daily Kos
CNN Political Ticker:
Appeals court rejects Libby's bid for bail
New York Times:   Soft on Crime
CNN Political Ticker:
Bush commutes Libby sentence
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:   Jeff Lomonaco, Please Report to the Department of Pre-Crime
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Outrage  —  (I'll be on Rachel Maddow's show on Air America …
Swopa / Needlenose:
President Bush "takes care of" Scooter Libby
Reuters:
Appeals court won't delay Libby prison term
Discussion: Salon and Grasping Reality …
Matt Cooper / The Huffington Post:
Libby Walks, Justice Denied?
Discussion: Portfolio.com
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 …
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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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