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3:15 PM ET, July 3, 2007


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Amanda / Think Progress:
Snow: Bush's Commutation Of Libby's Sentence Was 'Routine'  —  During the White House press briefing this morning, spokesman Tony Snow characterized President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's prison term as "routine."  —  "The president spent weeks and weeks consulting with senior members …
Editor and Publisher:
Editorials Hit Libby's Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card  —  NEW YORK The bloggers, politicians, and TV pundits weighed in quickly Monday after President Bush took the surprisingly sudden step of commuting Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 30-month prison sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice in the CIA leak case.
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 …
Just another obstruction of justice  —  There are lots of unanswered questions surrounding the Valerie Plame saga, but Scooter Libby's commutation ensures they won't be answered.  —  On June 9, 2003, just one day after his national security advisor, Condoleezza Rice, got beaten …
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
White House won't rule out Libby pardon  —  WASHINGTON - The White House on Tuesday declined to rule out the possibility of an eventual pardon for former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.  But spokesman Tony Snow said, for now, President Bush is satisfied with his decision to commute Libby's 2 1/2-year prison sentence.
Discussion: Think Progress and AMERICAblog
Atrios / Eschaton:
Rich  —  Inevitably, the subject of Marc Rich comes up every time presidential pardons come up.  Without going into all of the issues, can we just remind the world that... Marc Rich's lawyer was Scooter Libby.
Robert D. Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Only Libby smiling today  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence pleased but did not fully satisfy restive conservatives, while enraging his liberal critics.  Libby himself can breathe a sigh of relief that he does not have to serve prison time, but hardly anybody else is all that happy.
Washington Post:
Too Much Mercy  —  IN COMMUTING I. Lewis Libby's prison sentence …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   Lewis Libby owes his freedom to our corrupt political elite
The New Republic:
Associated Press:
Reaction to Bush's Libby Decision
Discussion: Right Wing News, Wizbang and Bluey Blog
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush Refuses to Rule Out Libby Pardon
Discussion: Wonkette and NO QUARTER
Swopa / The Huffington Post:   Why the Trail of Plame Leads to (or Through) Scooter Libby
Washington Post:
Scooter Libby's Pals, Trusting In Providence
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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: The Corner
Macer Hall / Daily Express:
BROWN: DON'T SAY TERRORISTS ARE MUSLIMS  —  Gordon Brown has banned ministers from using the word "Muslim" in ­connection with the ­terrorism crisis.  —  The Prime Minister has also instructed his team - including new Home Secretary Jacqui Smith - that the phrase "war on ­terror" is to be dropped.
Telegraph:   'Don't tell British about the EU treaty'
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 …
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.
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 …
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Webb's deployment amendment will open debate on defense bill  —  As the Pentagon continues to work on a new rotation strategy that Defense Secretary Robert Gates proposed earlier this year, the Senate will begin debate on the 2008 defense authorization bill with a vote on Sen. Jim Webb's …
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David Burge / iowahawk:
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Discussion: The Jawa Report and BLACKFIVE
David Boaz / Cato-at-liberty:
Commute These Sentences, Mr. President
Associated Press:
Simpson book rights go to victim's kin
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Alex Duval Smith / The Independent:
Mitterrand's role revealed in Rwandan genocide warning
White House:
Remarks by the President to the Travel Pool After Visiting …
Michael Glatze / WorldNetDaily:
How a 'gay rights' leader became straight
Amanda / Think Progress:
Rep. Hunter: Ann Coulter Is 'Approaching That Level Of Being A Great American'
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Mistrust Puts Up A Wall
Discussion: Democracy Project
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