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1:25 PM ET, July 3, 2007

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Opinion Journal:
Bush and Libby  —  The commutation is a profile in non-courage.  —  President Bush's commutation late yesterday afternoon of the prison sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby will at least spare his former aide from 2 1/2 years in prison.  But by failing to issue a full pardon …
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Washington Post:
Too Much Mercy  —  IN COMMUTING I. Lewis Libby's prison sentence yesterday, President Bush took the advice of, among others, William Otis, a former federal prosecutor who wrote on the opposite page last month that Mr. Libby should neither be pardoned nor sent to prison.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
A Decision Made Largely Alone  —  President Bush limited his deliberations over commuting the prison term of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to a few close aides, opting not to consult with the Justice Department and rebuffing efforts by friends to lobby on Libby's behalf, administration officials and people close to Bush said yesterday.
Washington Post:
Scooter Libby's Pals, Trusting In Providence  —  The men behind The Man Behind Dick Cheney are relieved.  —  They are people of means and influence, ambassadors and honorables, and they've raised millions to pay for the legal expenses of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
Atrios / Eschaton:
Rich  —  Inevitably, the subject of Marc Rich comes up every …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Editor and Publisher:   Editorials Hit Libby's Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card
Swopa / The Huffington Post:   Why the Trail of Plame Leads to (or Through) Scooter Libby
Associated Press:
Reaction to Bush's Libby Decision
Discussion: Wizbang, Bluey Blog and Right Wing News
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Clash at Islamabad's Red Mosque  —  Batan-wielding, burka-clad, sharia-enforcing women of the Lal Masjid.  Click to view.  —  Pro-Taliban students at the Lal Masjid attack Pakistani Rangers, one killed; The Lal Masjid calls for sucide attacks  —  Pakistani security forces have clashed …
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Bloomberg:
Pakistani Policeman Killed in Red Mosque Gun Battle  —  A Pakistani policeman was killed as the police fired tear gas and later exchanged gunfire with the students of the Red Mosque in the capital Islamabad today.  —  The police fired tear gas after students' pelted stones at policemen deployed outside …
Wall Street Journal:
How Conservatives Enhanced Online Voice  —  Talk Radio Blends  —  With Blog Postings  —  To Boost Message  —  Political activism on the Internet — and in the so-called blogosphere, in particular — has long been considered a liberal stronghold.  But conservative bloggers show increasing signs of their own coming of age.
Discussion: The Caucus and TIME
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Dean Barnett / Townhall.com:
What Mort Doesn't Know  —  Markos Moulitsas and I disagree on a lot of things.
Discussion: Riehl World View
CBS News:
Al Qaeda In Iraq Behind U.K. Bomb Plot?  —  Sources Tell CBS News Suspects Recruited By Leader Of Terror Group's Iraq Branch  —  (CBS/AP) British intelligence services increasingly believe that the failed car bombings in London and Glasgow bare the fingerprints of al Qaeda in Iraq, CBS News has learned.
Rogers / Kung Fu Monkey:
L33T Justice  —  According to the Dictionary of Video Game Theory, an "exploit" is — … I'd been working on this post vis a vis the Gonzales situation.  The DoJ situation, in it's own way, magnificent.  They're averaging a DoJ resignation a week over the attorney scandal.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Unfogged
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
And Now For Some Action...  So, you can sit around grousing …
Discussion: The Nation and First Draft
New York Times:
U.S. Says Iran Helped Iraqis Kill Five G.I.'s  —  Agents of Iran helped plan a January raid in Shiite holy city of Karbala in Iraq in which five American soldiers were killed by Islamic militants, an American military spokesman said Monday.  The charge was the most specific allegation …
New York Times:
Short on Money, McCain Campaign Dismisses Dozens  —  The presidential campaign of Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who once seemed poised to be his party's nominee in 2008, acknowledged yesterday that it was in a political and financial crisis as a drop in fund-raising forced …
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Joe Klein / Time:
Is John McCain's Candidacy Cooked?
Sydney Morning Herald:
Human greed takes lion's share of solar energy  —  HUMANS are just one of the millions of species on Earth, but we use up almost a quarter of the sun's energy captured by plants - the most of any species.  —  The human dominance of this natural resource is affecting other species …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Mistrust Puts Up A Wall  —  The United States is a cranky nation in a crabby mood.  To relieve our distemper, we need the leadership we're now lacking and a citizenry with greater hope in its democratic capacities.  —  The defeat last week of the immigration bill is the most obvious manifestation …
Discussion: Democracy Project
Rasmussen Reports:
Romney Holds Nine-Point Lead in New Hampshire  —  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has the lead in the first Rasmussen Reports poll of New Hampshire's Republican Presidential Primary.  Romney currently attracts support from 26% of Likely Primary Voters, nine points more than his nearest competitor.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Marcy Wheeler on Hardball  —  You go girl.  Marcy Wheeler joined David Shuster on Hardball and represented the blogosphere on a topic she wrote a book about that's called "Anatomy of Deceit."  She told MSNBC that Libby did the bidding of Bush and Cheney and we know that's all too true.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A Local Lesson That Democrats Fail  —  The eight Democratic presidential candidates assembled in Washington last week for another of their debates and talked, among other things, about public education.  They all essentially agreed that it was underfunded — one system "for the wealthy, one for everybody else," as John Edwards put it.
Seth McLaughlin / Washington Times:
Mark Warner weighs another bid for office  —  Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner has been reticent about his political future since leaving office a year and a half ago, but now sounds poised for a return to public life.  —  "I think I've got a voice that I would like to get back engaged in public service …
Discussion: MyDD and Donklephant
Byron Dziva / Telegraph:
Mugabe's 'inflation police' raid shopkeepers  —  Plain-clothes police sought to enforce Zimbabwe's new price controls by raiding shops yesterday as President Robert Mugabe's regime waged a desperate struggle against soaring inflation.  —  They roughed up shop owners and staff and arrested 20 businessmen.
 
 
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