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8:30 PM ET, July 19, 2007


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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Plame lawsuit dismissed in CIA leak case  —  WASHINGTON - Former CIA operative Valerie Plame lost a lawsuit Thursday that demanded money from Bush administration officials whom she blamed for leaking her agency identity.  —  Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson …
Carol Leonnig / Washington Post:
Judge Dismisses Plame Lawsuit  —  A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit filed by former CIA officer Valerie Plame and her husband against Vice President Cheney and top administration officials over the disclosure of Plame's name and covert status to the media.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Breaking: Judge dismisses Plame's civil suit.  —  The AP reports: … Read more on the leak scandal here.  —  UPDATE: Full opinion is HERE.  —  UPDATE II: Flashback — Judge John D. Bates, the judge who dismissed today's suit, also dismissed the lawsuit over Dick Cheney's energy task force records:
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Angry Bear
Ex-spy's lawsuit against Cheney tossed  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by outed spy Valerie Plame and her husband against Vice President Dick Cheney and other top Bush administration officials.  —  Plame had accused members of the Bush administration of leaking her identity.
Associated Press:
Valerie Plame's Lawsuit Dismissed  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed former CIA operative Valerie Plame's lawsuit against members of the Bush administration in the CIA leak scandal.  —  Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had accused Vice President Dick Cheney …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Associated Press:   Valerie Plame's lawsuit dismissed
Discussion: Firedoglake
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:   Novak justifies outing Plame & sources
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney also once backed "age-appropriate" sex ed  —  Former Gov. Mitt Romney attacked Sen. Barack Obama yesterday for purportedly wanting sex education in kindergarten.  —  It turns out, Romney himself once indicated support for the same sort of sex-ed approach — "age-appropriate" — that Obama backs.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Republicans Losing Ground in '08 Race  —  NEW YORK — Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton now holds a slight lead over top Republican Rudy Giuliani for the first time in a hypothetical 2008 presidential matchup.  In fact, to varying degrees, Clinton and fellow Democratic …
Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Poll: Hillary Clinton as Role Model
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Pentagon rebukes Sen. Clinton on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon told Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton that her questions about how the U.S. plans to eventually withdraw from Iraq boosts enemy propaganda.  —  In a stinging rebuke to a member …
Eric S. Edelman / DefenseLINK:
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Activity Guide  —  Democrats want 'John Doe' provision cut  —  Democrats are trying to pull a provision from a homeland security bill that will protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leadership aides.
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Democrats cut 'John Doe' provision  —  Congressional Democrats today failed to include a provision in homeland security legislation that would protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leaders.
Washington Post:
Facing al-Qaeda  —  HOMELAND Security Secretary Michael Chertoff makes a good point: No one who has been following the news should have been surprised by the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that al-Qaeda is growing stronger and that the threat that it will stage another major attack against the U.S. homeland is a serious one.
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
An Epic Showdown as Harry Potter Is Initiated Into Adulthood  —  So, here it is at last: The final confrontation between Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, the Chosen One, the "symbol of hope" for both the Wizard and Muggle worlds, and Lord Voldemort, He Who Must Not Be Named …
Abu Aardvark:
Sunni insurgency: Out of the shadows  —  I just want to draw attention to a really important story about Iraq, which could easily get lost in the questions about the Mashhadani capture - the report in the Guardian about the moves to cement the public political profile of the major Sunni insurgency groups …
Media Matters for America:
Sawyer apologizes for false assertion that Reid "vows to filibuster"  —  On the July 19 edition of ABC's Good Morning America, co-host Diane Sawyer apologized for her false assertion — documented by Media Matters for America — regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) …
Discussion: Corrente, Taylor Marsh and Norwegianity
The Raw Story:
Raw Story uncovers even more pricey primping by Romney  —  The perception that Mitt Romney is some sort of pretty-boy was burnished earlier this week when reports emerged that he spent $300 in campaign funds for makeup "consulting" this year.  It turns out Romney has maintained an expensive beauty regimen for years.
Dave Chappelle: Next White House press secretary?  —  From CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — One of the best parts of the White House beat is that you just never know who's going to show up at those black iron gates at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Discussion: Think Progress
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
FEMA Suppressed Health Warnings for Workers, Katrina Victims  —  Agency Rejected Environmental Testing on Formaldehyde Gas Levels  —  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has suppressed warnings from its own Gulf coast field workers since the middle of 2006 about suspected health problems …
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