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2:35 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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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, AMERICAblog and CNN
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.
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.
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   Lewis Libby owes his freedom to our corrupt political elite
Washington Post:
Scooter Libby's Pals, Trusting In Providence
Associated Press:
Reaction to Bush's Libby Decision
Discussion: Right Wing News, Wizbang and Bluey Blog
Swopa / The Huffington Post:   Why the Trail of Plame Leads to (or Through) Scooter Libby
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.
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
DOCTORS' PLOT LINKED TO AL QAEDA IN IRAQ
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.
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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 …
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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: Hot Air and Riehl World View
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
White House:
Remarks by the President to the Travel Pool After Visiting with Wounded Military Personnel  —  AFTER VISITING WITH WOUNDED MILITARY PERSONNEL  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.  General, thank you very much for your hospitality.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Rep. Hunter: Ann Coulter Is 'Approaching That Level Of Being A Great American'  —  Yesterday on MSNBC's Hardball, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) defended Ann Coulter's attacks on John Edwards, including that she wishes he "had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot."
 
 
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