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4:45 PM ET, July 3, 2007


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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Lewis Libby owes his freedom to our corrupt political elite  —  (updated below)  —  That Lewis Libby has been protected by George Bush from the consequences of his crimes only highlights how corrupt and broken our political system is.  It reveals nothing new.
Discussion: Harper's, Daily Kos and Norwegianity
Associated Press:
Reaction to Bush's Libby Decision
Discussion: Right Wing News, Wizbang and Bluey Blog
Washington Post:
Too Much Mercy  —  IN COMMUTING I. Lewis Libby's prison sentence …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney raises $14 million  —  ATLANTIC, Iowa — Former Gov. Mitt Romney pushed his second-quarter fundraising tally up over the $20 million hump with the help of a $6.5 million personal loan.  —  The campaign raised $14 million over the last three months — all in primary dollars …
Giuliani Campaign Pulls in $17M in 2Q
CNN Political Ticker:   Romney raises $14 million in second quarter
Markpreston / CNN Political Ticker:
Romney raises $14 million for presidential bid
Discussion: MyDD and New York Times
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.
'Don't tell British about the EU treaty'
Discussion: EU Referendum
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.
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Obstruction of Justice, Continued
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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.
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 …
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 …
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."
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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 …
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Washington Whispers  —  Home > Nation & World > Washington …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Stephen Graham / Associated Press:
Clashes at Pakistan mosque leave 9 dead
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
You can't say that  —  In many countries, citizens …
Discussion: Dean's World
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Discussion: EU Referendum
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
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Webb's deployment amendment will open debate on defense bill
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Cernig / The Newshoggers:
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Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
DECAPITATING THE TRUTH  —  When the major wire services ran …
Rasmussen Reports:
Romney Holds Nine-Point Lead in New Hampshire
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Clash at Islamabad's Red Mosque
Sydney Morning Herald:
Human greed takes lion's share of solar energy
Wall Street Journal:
How Conservatives Enhanced Online Voice
Rogers / Kung Fu Monkey:
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