Novak Changes His Story--a Fourth Time

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Bob Novak, faced with the evidence that his story is BS, has now changed his story ... a fourth time. And even while he changes his story, he suggests Armitage is the unreliable one. Novak's Changing Story, Part One Novak wrote this column, clearly, to insist that Armitage told him that Plame worked in Counter-Proliferation, probably because if Armitage didn't say that, then either someone else did, or Novak was high when he
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Now THIS Is a Scoop

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David Corn has posted the scoop that should have been the first teaser from his and Isikoff's Hubris--a post detailing Valerie Plame's role in the CIA. It turns out Plame managed the group tasked with studying Iraq's WMDs, the Joint Iraq Task Force. Though Cheney was already looking toward war, the officers of theagency's Joint Task Force on Iraq--part of the CounterproliferationDivision of the agency's clandestine Directorate of Operations--werefrantically toiling away in
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What Tipped the Balance?

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John Amato provides some perspective on the most ominous development of the week, when Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani announced that he can no longer restrain his followers. Sistani announced this in the last few days. But, as one of Amato's readers pointed out, David Ignatius reported that Sistani was worried about this back in July. David:..

I'm Not Surprised

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I'm not surprised by several things in the WaPo's disingenuous editorial on the Plame Affair today. For example, I'm not surprised it relies on the word, "primary." But all those who have opined on this affair ought to take note of thenot-so-surprising disclosure that the primary source of the newspapercolumn in which Ms.

Rove's Silence Amid the Din

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The credulous journalists are making quite the racket, with everyone reading NYT's "lawyer involved in the case" to be Armitage's lawyer, admitting that Armitage was Novak's first and primary source--something that Armitage has no direct way of knowing (Fitzgerald may have told him, but Novak apparently hasn't spoken to him since the leak conversation, so Armitage could only go by Novak's public comments).
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Why Are They Afraid of a Living Wage, Clean Air, and Free Speech?

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Well, the Republicans have launched their long-planned attack on the Representatives who will be Committee Chairs when we take back Congress. It will get nastier than this--the WSJ hides, at least, the degree to which this fear campaign depends on race-baiting and gay-baiting. But let's look at some of the things they fear: Energyand Commerce would return to the untender mercies of John Dingell, thelongest-serving Member first elected in 1955, who was
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