The Op-Ed Kagro X and I Meant to Write

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emptywheel
I don't usually simply link to stories without, well, bloviating on them. But I'm a bit busy right now, what with a book due in a few weeks and the in-laws in from the home country. And when I read this column over at lukery's place, I could have sworn I wrote it.

Libby Case--CIPA Update

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emptywheel
Jeff sent me the latest filing from the Plame case, in which Fitz updates Judge Walton about where the discrepancies are wrt classified information. It doesn't look like any graymail attempt is going to fly--there just don't seem to be that many outstanding issues (then again, the whole graymail thing might just be an attempt to plant a cause for appeal, so they can keep Scooter out of the clink long

Why Are Pete Hoekstra's Knickers in a Twist?

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emptywheel
Laura Rozen has been cataloging the back and forth between Jane Harman and Pete Hoekstra. First, Jane Harman unilaterally released the executive summary of the report on how Duke Cunningham executed his graft (a fair response, I think, to all the clear propaganda they've got Fred Fleitz churning out over there).
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Going Nuclear

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emptywheel
I'm in Asia right now. On the way in, I was reminded of the increasingly visible effects of climate change--a tropical depression had closed the airport in Tokyo, so I was diverted to Nagoya, where I and 12 plane-loads of people slept on the airport floor, hoping to reach our destinations in time for our business meetings.

About that Pardon Article

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emptywheel
Just a quick post to check in and comment on an Elizabeth de la Vega article several of you have mentioned. I was in SF working with the book editor this weekend. We finalized the direction for the book (oooh, it's going to be good!) Then today I get back on a plane (to Bangkok this time) and when I come back we really hit crash and burn on the book. We

GOP Foxes Guarding the Under-Aged Hen-House

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emptywheel
As DemFromCT reported, Mark Foley resigned today, after a 16-year old page revealed sexually explicit emails the Congressman sent to him. Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) planned to resign today, hours after ABCquestioned him about sexually explicit internet messages with currentand former Congressional pages under the age of 18. A spokesman for Foley, the chairman of the House Caucus on Missing andExploited Children, said the congressman submitted his resignation in aletter late this afternoon

Libby's PowerPoint Defense

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emptywheel
Thanks to Jeralyn for posting the most recent Libby filing, in which his team explains they want to show a PowerPoint to exonerate Libby for outing a NOC. No, seriously, the filing is a list of classified documents they want to introduce at trial, including:The PowerPointA range of classified documents (including Libby's notes and Morning Daily Briefings--MDBs) for the periods June 9 to June 14, and July 5 to July 12A

What Do Scooter Libby and Joe Lieberman Have in Common?

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emptywheel
What do Scooter Libby and Joe Lieberman have in common? A lot of rich friends, apparently. Following closely on the news that Joe Lieberman's biggest public apologist, Marty Peretz, had joined Libby's Defense Fund, we learn that the Chair of Libby's Defense Fund, Mel Sembler, is hosting a pricey fundraiser for Holy Joe.
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Playing the Clock

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emptywheel
I've been reviewing the events of Fall 2002 closely lately. And I gotta say, even four years later, I still get furious at the way the Bush Administration sprang the Iraq war "product" on Congress just before mid-term elections. Look at the way Wolf Blitzer responds, for example, when Condi tells him BushCo will push for an Iraq war vote before Congress goes home for the election. BLITZER:
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