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Month: October 2005

Libby the Liar

Libby the Liar

WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was indicted Friday on five charges that include obstruction of justice, making false statements and perjury in the investigation into the leak of a covert CIA agent’s name. The five-count indictment accuses Libby of lying about how and when he learned about CIA official Valerie Plane’s identity in 2003 and then told reporters about it. The information was classified. Story here. Read the indictment here. Josh Marshall…

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Herbert Gets It

Herbert Gets It

Unlike the opinion pieces in Tuesday’s New York Times written by two people who seem to miss the whole point of the Plame investigation (see below,) Bob Herbert nails it in his column today. Excerpts: Much of the nation is mourning the more than 2,000 American G.I.’s lost to the war in Iraq. But some of the mindless Washington weasels who sent those brave and healthy warriors to their unnecessary doom have other things on their minds. They’re scrambling about…

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Scandal? What Scandal?

Scandal? What Scandal?

Tom Tomorrow must have foreseen today’s New York Times opinion pieces by Tierney and Kristof when he created this week’s comic. Here’s and excerpt from Tierney’s “A Pointless Probe.” (Yes, you do have to pay to read this stuff online…sorry.) But no one deserves to go to jail for leaking information to reporters without criminal intent. The special prosecutor was assigned to look for serious crimes, not to uncover evidence that bureaucrats blame other bureaucrats when things go wrong. No…

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Splattergate

Splattergate

Not a lot of time today… Here’s an excerpt and link to a Raw Story article about how Plame was outed to the press. Those close to the investigation say that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has been told that David Wurmser, then a Middle East adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney on loan from the office of then-Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs John Bolton, met with Cheney and his chief of staff I. Lewis…

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“Background Noise”

“Background Noise”

Bush spoke of some “background noise” yesterday and how it wouldn’t prevent him from doing his job. There’s some background noise all right and most of it has to do with White House officials talking to their lawyers as they go back and forth to the grand jury investigation on the CIA leak case. A few months ago, it was all about Karl Rove. Now it’s at the very least about Rove and Scooter Libby. Some are speculating that others…

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A Very Bad Man

A Very Bad Man

Tom Delay was booked today on state conspiracy and money laundering charges. He posted the $10,000 bond and went about his business–robbing the poor and giving to the rich. Story here. PDF of arrest warrant here. And here’s another nice photo of Tom in the not-too-distant future… via bartcop. go visit sometime…

Miers Mulligan

Miers Mulligan

George W. Bush took a big swing at the ball on the O’Connor replacement tee but he topped it. The ball bounced a few yards ahead of him and then dribbled on a bit before coming to rest before the gallery. Even his most avid fans didn’t think he could recover from such a terrible shot, so they suggested he take a mulligan. Will he feel the shame? The New York Times comments on Miers’ own “do-over” in this editorial…

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Start the Revolution

Start the Revolution

I read “What America Needs Now: A Prophetic Social Movement that Speaks Moral Truth to Amoral Power” by Andrew Bard Schmooker, and I liked it. Here’s an excerpt: America would be fine in the hands of people devoted to real conservative values. But this is something different, something dangerous. For America is now ruled by forces apparently not guided by any genuine values at all. One can look in vain for any juncture where they’ve made a decision that sacrificed…

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New Zealand Divided

New Zealand Divided

Last November, some of you may remember hearing from people you know who were so distraught by the outcome of the election that they were thinking about expatriating to a country with a more progressive population, like say New Zealand. The Seattle P-I ran this story in November 2004. Excerpt: Lori, who lives in Tacoma and wishes to be anonymous, said she and her husband and child plan to move to New Zealand and are 50 percent motivated by politics…

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