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Sunday, July 17, 2005
Byrd Supporters Hijack Rival's Web Site
Mood:  irritated
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Sen. Byrd Supporters Hijack Rival's Web Site

If you decided Friday morning that you wanted to give your support to Rep. Shelly Moore Capito's run against Sen. Robert Byrd, and you went to her Web site, www.capito2006.com, you would have gotten a rude surprise:

You would be at Robert Byrd's re-election Web site.

That's because apparent GOP-hating hackers hijacked Capito's site and redirected the traffic to Byrd's Web Site.

Byrd's webmasters have fixed the problem, however, putting this message up in place of Capito's site:


At least someone who supports Byrd has decency.

News Max.com ~ Carl Limbacher ** Sen. Byrd Supporters Hijack Rival's Web Site

Posted by uhyw at 6:34 AM EDT
Ed Klein: Hillary Clinton Covered Up for JFK
Mood:  smelly
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Ed Klein: Hillary Clinton Covered Up for JFK

Just a year out of law school, Hillary Clinton got an expert education in the political art of damage control working for the House Watergate Committee, where her job was to keep President Nixon's lawyers from introducing even worse abuses of power committed by President Kennedy.

So says Edward Klein, author of the runaway best seller, "The Truth About Hillary."

Hillary Diane Rodham was assigned, Klein told Fox News Channel's "The Big Story with John Gibson" on Thursday, "to come up with regulations that the president and his lawyers could not cross-examine any witnesses, thereby stopping Nixon from proving that whatever abuses he did were no worse than JFK's."

House Watergate Committee counsel John Doar - a Kennedy ally - put Hillary in charge of a group of historians who were researching the protocols of impeachment to see whether any previous president had committed worse crimes than Nixon.

"In fact, they found that [past presidents] had," Klein told Gibson. "And Hillary was ordered to suppress that report."

What had JFK done that was worse than Watergate?

"Kennedy had used the assassination of foreign leaders as an instrument of foreign policy," Klein noted - a crime "far worse" than even the most egregious allegations against Nixon.

Doar ordered Hillary to deep-six her report, to "lock it in a safe and never show anybody, including the chairman of the judiciary committee in the House," whom Doar was supposed to be working for.

As with extraneous evidence uncovered by her husband's impeachment probers 24 years later, Hillary's report on the crimes of the Kennedy administration was ordered sealed for 50 years, said Klein - till 2024.

News Max.com ~ Carl Limbacher ** Ed Klein: Hillary Clinton Covered Up for JFK

Posted by uhyw at 6:28 AM EDT
Hillary Clinton, Charles Schumer Nix Border Security Bill
Mood:  loud
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Hillary Clinton, Charles Schumer Nix Border Security Bill

New York's two senators, Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer - who have been complaining since the London bombing attacks that the federal government hasn't done enough to protect the U.S. from terrorists - voted against legislation to enhance border security on Thursday.

Clinton and Schumer turned thumbs down on two amendments to a Department of Homeland Security spending bill, which, according to the Washington Times, would have funded plans for 2,000 new Border Patrol agents and more than 5,000 new detention beds to house illegal aliens.

The measures, which had been stipulated in the intelligence overhaul bill passed by Congress last December, were intended to help end the practice known as "catch and release," where the Border Patrol has been forced to free illegal aliens because they have no place to hold them.

Al-Jazeera recently nixed plans to film a documentary on the U.S.'s porous southern border, with a special emphasis on "catch and release" - after the Minuteman Project blew the whistle on the terrorist-friendly network.

Despite the obvious risks to U.S. national security, Senators Clinton and Schumer, along with a number of soft-on-national security Democrats, declined to support the border security amendments and the measure failed to pass.

Just last week the former first lady blasted President Bush on border security in a statement posted to her official Senate Web site.

"This administration has failed to provide the resources to protect our borders, or a better system to keep track of entrants to this country," she complained, adding, "I welcome the addition of more border security."

In the past she has claimed to be "adamantly against illegal immigrants."

Schumer explained his vote to the Washington Times, saying that the costs of enhancing border security would "take away money from the people every day who defend us and, since 9/11, have new duties."

Mrs. Clinton's office didn't return a call from the Times.

News Max.com ~ Carl Limbacher ** Hillary Clinton, Charles Schumer Nix Border Security Bill

Posted by uhyw at 6:22 AM EDT
Hillary Clinton Senate Re-election Fund Has $12.6 Million
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Hillary Clinton Re-election Fund Has $12.6 Million

In a Senate race that could affect the 2008 presidential contest, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton raised more than $6 million between April and June.

Federal campaign reports filed by Senate candidates Friday showed the former first lady, a New York Democrat, had $12.6 million cash on hand at the end of last month, even though as yet she has no clear opponent.

Manhattan lawyer Edward Cox, a son-in-law of former President Richard Nixon, has begun preparations to challenge Clinton, and Republican Party officials also are courting Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro as a possible challenger.

Patti Solis Doyle, executive director of Friends of Hillary, said she expects "very well-funded opposition next year."

Clinton's first campaign for Senate in 2000 smashed fundraising records, as she and her Republican opponent, then-congressman Rick Lazio, together spent about $80 million.

A strong showing in next year's Senate race could give added momentum to Clinton's early front-runner status among possible Democratic candidates in the 2008 presidential race. A bruising contest could slow her down.

Other closely watched Senate races are in Pennsylvania, where incumbent Republican Rick Santorum is facing a challenge from the son of a former governor, state treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr., and in Florida, where Rep. Katherine Harris is challenging Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Santorum raised $3.6 million in three months and reported $5.7 million cash on hand to Casey's $1.6 million cash on hand.

Harris ended June with $406,808 cash on hand to Nelson's $5 million.

News Max.com ~ Associated Press ** Hillary Clinton Re-election Fund Has $12.6 Million

Posted by uhyw at 6:12 AM EDT
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Clinton Aide Paul Begala Charges Republicans 'Want to Kill Us'
Mood:  spacey
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

This joker is a never-ending source of paranoid, delusional libtard comedy. Before you read the latest irrational rantings of this leftist lunatic, take a quick peek at one his endless whacky quotes from more than a year ago. During a interview with Democrats.com, Paul Begala made the following comments:

"...it's today's Republicans who are ruthless." "We...had better toughen up, or they're going to keep stealing elections -- and surpluses -- from us for a long time." "...they're so afraid of Enron...because it exposes them for the whores they are." "Junior is gonna join Poppy in the Hall of Failed Presidents."

Ex-Clinton Aide Charges Republicans 'Want to Kill Us'

Young liberals this week flocked to the nation's capital to hear, among other things, liberal television pundit and Democrat political strategist Paul Begala accuse Republicans of wanting to kill him and his children to preserve tax cuts for the rich.

Begala was featured at the first-ever Campus Progress National Student Conference, which was designed to provide campus liberals with the tools necessary to fight the conservative movement. The event also drew former President Bill Clinton, for whom Begala once worked as an advisor.

A panel discussion entitled "Winning the War of Ideas" centered on topics discussed in the book "What's the Matter with Kansas" by Thomas Frank and detailed the challenges that Democrats face in persuading voters in the American heartland and elsewhere to embrace their agenda and support their candidates.

Begala's presence on the panel created a stir when he declared that Republicans had "done a p***-poor job of defending" the U.S.

Republicans, he said, "want to kill us.

"I was driving past the Pentagon when that plane hit" on Sept. 11, 2001. "I had friends on that plane; this is deadly serious to me," Begala said.

"They want to kill me and my children if they can. But if they just kill me and not my children, they want my children to be comforted -- that while they didn't protect me because they cut my taxes, my children won't have to pay any money on the money they inherit," Begala said. "That is bulls*** national defense, and we should say that."

The Clinton administration's national security efforts involved the right blend of "experience" and "strength," Begala said, an assertion with which the 9/11 Commission apparently disagreed.

In its report, the bipartisan commission stated that "each president considered or authorized covert actions, a process that consumed considerable time -- especially in the Clinton administration -- and achieved little success beyond the collection of intelligence."

Begala also included Republican domestic policies in his sweeping criticism. The GOP, he said, "ain't had a new idea since they opposed Social Security, and guess what, they still do. ... They are beginning to figure out that there is no Soviet Union, but they still want Star Wars to stop it," Begala said.

"Okay, they are utterly and completely brain-dead," echoing comments earlier this year by Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, who accused Republicans of being "brain dead."

Frank insisted that Republicans are not quite as tough on national security as many Americans think.

"Franklin Roosevelt got us in World War II. They dragged the Republicans kicking and screaming. They didn't want to get in that war. They didn't have any problem with Hitler. I won't go so far as to say they thought Hitler rocked. But there were people in America who did, and they didn't want us to get in that war. Democrats have always been just as tough as Republicans once they're in office," Frank said.

Frank did not mention one of the most vocal opponents of U.S. intervention in World War II: Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy, who was one of Roosevelt's top fundraisers, the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain and father of John F. Kennedy, who would later become America's 35th president.

Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the eldest of the ambassador's sons, wrote his father with his own observations of the global conflict. Hitler's "dislike of the Jews ... was well-founded," the younger Kennedy explained in his letter.

"In every revolution, you have to expect some bloodshed. Hitler is building a spirit in his men that could be envied in this country," wrote Kennedy, Jr., expressing an opinion his father shared.

"I was very pleased and gratified at your observations of the German situation, and I think your conclusions are very sound," the elder Kennedy replied to his son.

Frank defended his point, however, claiming that Republicans didn't see Hitler as a threat to America until Pearl Harbor.

He repeated the Democratic criticism of America's invasion of Iraq. Saddam Hussein "was a horrible (sic), a dictator, a butcher, a tyrant, a mass murderer -- as evil as they come," Frank said, but he added: "I don't think he was a threat to the U.S. at the time."

Former Clinton administration Chief of Staff John Podesta told the students that "you can fight hard for what you believe without breaking the law, without cheating and certainly without checking your morals at the door."

Cybercast News Service ~ Jered Ede ** Ex-Clinton Aide Charges Republicans 'Want to Kill Us'

Posted by uhyw at 2:52 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, July 16, 2005 3:51 AM EDT
DNC Deanpeace (again) Assails Bush, The 'Three Rs'
Mood:  silly
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

'Deaniacs' cheer defiant Democratic Party chief

Republicans label fundraiser address 'lies and hate speech'

Last year, Iowa.

This year, Denver.

If Howard Dean is there, Joel Weierman wants to help.

The Boulder resident, 32 and a self-confessed "die-hard Deaniac," shelled out $100 Thursday to hear the former presidential candidate spell out his vision for leading the Democratic National Committee.

Dean got big laughs and lots of applause at the Oxford Hotel as he ribbed President Bush and the three Rs: Republicans, Rove and Rush:

• "Focus on the Family? What focus on the family? If you want to focus on the family, how about raising minimum wage?"

• "No Child Left Behind ought to be kicked in the behind."

• "I'm not going to be lectured about moral values by Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and James Dobson - not going to happen."

"Thank you," Arapahoe County resident Laure Levin told Dean afterward. "I'm ready to hit the streets again."

"He was great," said Weierman, who admitted he was crushed last year when Dean lost the Iowa primary to John Kerry.

Dean came to Colorado on Thursday for a fundraiser that attracted more than 300 people.

"If we are willing to stand up for what we believe in, if we set aside this idea that we ought to be like the Republicans in order to win . . . then I promise you we will take this country back," Dean said.

The state Republican Party issued a statement saying Dean came to "spew lies and hate speech."

Outside the Oxford, protesters held signs of aborted fetuses.

Inside the Denver landmark, Dean stressed that he doesn't know anybody who is pro-abortion, but he knows plenty of people who believe women should get to "make up their own minds."

Dean talked about the party's strategy for turning Colorado from "purple to blue."

"All by yourself, you turned it from red to purple last time around," he said, referring to the Democrats' stunning victories, winning a U.S. Senate seat and taking back the legislature for the first time since 1960.

He charged that Republicans have prospered by stirring up fears about quotas and gays, and he predicted the next hot-button issue for the GOP would be immigration.

Rocky Mountain News ~ Lynn Bartels ** 'Deaniacs' cheer defiant Democratic Party chief

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Denver Post ~ Robert Sanchez ** Dean tells Dems to get ready for a fight

Posted by uhyw at 1:58 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, July 17, 2005 6:50 AM EDT
NY Times Mag: Meet the Dems' new Frank Luntz... George Lakoff
Mood:  silly
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

A classic story of Professor Lakoff, the dem's new "messiah" for making a massacre and mockery of the english language. The leftist fruitcakes are banking on his "framing" of words to make the issues of the day more liberal friendly. But if you notice, the two examples of "framing" in this story are better catagorized as what the dems are famous for... "lies".

'NY Times' Sunday Preview: Profile of Linguist Who Is Framing Issues for the Democrats

NEW YORK - The cover story by Matt Bai in the upcoming Sunday issue of The New York Times Magazine profiles the man some liberals allegedly consider a possible new "messiah" for the Democratic party, George Lakoff. An adviser to the party on "framing" issues, he wrote "Don't Think of an Elephant"-- a book about politics and language based on his own linguistic theories.

"Framing" is the process of choosing the best words to describe individual issues and characterize a debate. Bai hails Lakoff as the father of the concept. His ideas seemed to gain some success recently in putting the Bush social security proposals in peril. Next they will be severely tested in the upcoming fight over Supreme Court nominees.

Lakoff preaches that to understand language on the whole, one must first study how an individual would comprehend that language in terms of personal experience and thought processes. He also says that metaphors allow people to process abstract ideas.

And nobody better used this philosophy before, says Lakoff, than the Republicans. In the 2004 election, George W. Bush labeled John Kerry as a "flip flopper," and repeated this throughout the duration of the campaign. He even put out an ad that featured Kerry windsurfing, back and forth, which hammered home this idea in a visual manner.

Democrats, on the other hand, tried to pin too many criticisms on Bush, none of which stuck. Thus, as Bai writes, "Bush was attacked. Kerry was framed."

In the article, Lakoff says that Republicans are also skilled at using loaded language and repetition to create lasting concepts in our unconscious. This is largely in part to the work of Frank Luntz, the Republican pollster renowned for creating euphemism for conservative issues.

Lakoff explains, "The frames in our brains can be 'activated' by the right combination of words and imagery, and only then, once the brain has been unlocked, can we process the facts thrown at us."

Basically, he says, Republicans re-program the way people think about things. Therefore, Lakoff has taught Democrats in Congress how to combat this through their own framing of Republican ideas. For example, in the recent debate over filibusters, Democrats explained that the GOP was changing a 200-year tradition and doing so on a whim. Lakoff compared it to Bush rolling the dice.

With the debate over social security, Democrats explained that Bush was going to privatize it, which frightened the public. To represent this idea, Democrats portrayed the president as "an old-fashioned traveling salesman, with a cart full of magic elixirs and cure-all tonics."

"[The approval rating] is down to, like, 29 percent or something," Representative Nancy Pelosi, minority leader in the House, tells Bai about Bush's social security plan. "At the beginning of the debate, voters were saying that the president was a president who had new ideas. Now he's a guy who wants to cut my benefits."

But Luntz tells Bai that the problem with Lakoff's ideology is that if an idea is bad, no language can make it sellable.

"He's one of the very few guys who understands the limits of liberal language," Luntz says . "What he doesn't understand is that there are also limits on liberal philosophy. They think that if they change all the words, it'll make a difference. Won't happen."

Other Republicans simply see Lakoff as a deeply desired messiah for the left.

Some liberals ridicule Lakoff as what Bai called a "new progressive icon." In the April issue of The Atlantic, contributing editor Marc Cooper wrote that Lakoff sees the American people as, "Red-neck, chain-smoking, baby-slapping Christers desperately in need of some gender-free nurturing and political counseling by organic-gardening enthusiasts from Berkeley."

And even Lakoff himself worries that his complex ideas are often misrepresented as overly simplistic.

Nevertheless, he has been spending his time doing speaking engagements and writing his next book (about how Republicans have redefined the word "freedom") due in 2006.

But the biggest trial of Lakoff's framing theory will be how Democrats deal with the selection of new Supreme Court justices. Will they be successful in achieving their end goals, as they were with the debates over filibusters and social security? Or, will they lose, as they did with the GOP's crippling of John Kerry?

Bai concludes: "The right words can frame an argument, but they will never stand in its place."

Editor & Publisher ~ Lesley Messer ** 'NY Times' Sunday Preview: Profile of Linguist Who Is Framing Issues for the Democrats

Posted by uhyw at 1:50 AM EDT
Friday, July 15, 2005
Dem fucktard Charles Schumer voted against the CIA leaker law
Mood:  loud
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Change of Heart?

Fox News' Britt Humes' pickings from the Political Grapevine:

New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer — who says White House adviser Karl Rove may have committed a crime when he identified Ambassador Joe Wilson's wife as a CIA agent — voted against the law he says Rove may have violated. In 1982, Schumer, then in the House, was one of only 32 congressmen, all Democrats, to oppose the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which made it a crime to out covert U.S. intelligence agents.

What's more, seven years later, Schumer criticized a new Justice Department policy to prosecute federal employees who leak certain kinds of information, telling the Los Angeles Times at the time, "I am worried that this policy is so broad it could easily be abused."

Poll Results

A new Fox News Opinion Dynamics poll shows that significantly more Americans (Six in 10) want President Bush to nominate a conservative judge to the Supreme Court, than want him to nominate a liberal or moderate one.

What's more, the vast majority says that if President Bush nominates a well-qualified, strong conservative, Senate Democrats should vote to confirm him or her.

Fox News ~ Brit Hume ** Political Grapevine - Change of Heart?

Posted by uhyw at 2:50 AM EDT
LA Dems in War on Poverty Quagmire
Mood:  d'oh
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Years Have Done Little to Help Local Blacks

Serious inequities still exist in healthcare, justice and housing, a new report finds.

Forty years after the Watts riots exposed the dismal social conditions afflicting many African American communities, blacks continue to trail other ethnic groups in housing, healthcare and criminal justice, a report issued Wednesday concludes.

Blacks in Los Angeles County are twice as likely as other groups to be victims of violent crimes, their death rates from homicide and HIV/AIDS are more than three times higher than for other racial groups, more blacks receive public assistance and more black children live in poverty.

The findings are included in "The State of Black Los Angeles," a report by the Los Angeles Urban League and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles presented at a USC conference attended by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, police Chief William J. Bratton and other civic leaders. The report, compiled with U.S. Census, state and county data, includes recommendations for creating jobs, developing affordable housing, expanding parks and establishing prison programs geared to reentry into society.

Particularly disturbing are crime data showing that blacks — adults and juveniles — have arrest rates far higher than other groups. In addition, black and Latino drivers are searched by the LAPD four times more often than whites or Asians, yet only 38% of blacks are found to be carrying illegal items compared with 55% of whites, 65% of Latinos and 54% of Asians.

Villaraigosa said the racial inequalities revealed in the report "should put a chill in our spine." He called the findings a call to action and said new housing, jobs and education initiatives should be targeted first at poor South Los Angeles neighborhoods.

"This is a challenge not just to the mayor, not just to city leaders but to everyone," he said. "A great city can't be a shining example with so many left behind."

Villaraigosa and other speakers noted that the report comes only a few months after the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and shortly before congressional debate on reauthorization of some of its key provisions, and a month before the 40th anniversary of the Watts riots, which caused 34 deaths and widespread damage. The McCone Commission at the time identified lack of jobs and inferior housing, schools and medical care as reasons for the violence.

Although progress has been made, the report notes that many of the most egregious disparities are virtually unchanged. Among other key findings, in L.A. County:

♠ Blacks have the lowest median household income, $31,905, when compared with Latinos at $33,820, Asians at $47,631 and whites at $53,978.

♠ Although just 10% of the population, blacks are estimated to make up 30% or more of the homeless population.

♠ Blacks are the target of 56% of hate crimes.

♠ 44% of black high school students fail to graduate with their class in four years.

♠ Blacks receive only 5% of all home loans, half as many as their share of the population, while whites — 31% of the population — receive 72% of all such loans.

♠ The premature death rate among blacks of 40.6 (per 100,000 population) far outstrips that of Latinos at 11, whites at 4.5 and Asians at 3.8. The teen death rate at 131.4 is far higher for blacks and is fueled by gang-related homicides.

The report includes some brighter news: L.A. County has more high-income black households than the national average, a high rate of black children — 94% — have health insurance, and 63% of black 3- and 4-year-olds attend preschool, which research has shown can make a difference in future school achievement and job attainment.

In addition, African Americans have increased representation among the county's top elected offices from 1% in 1960 to 14% in 2004. Indeed, according to the report, blacks rank highest of all groups in civic engagement, including voting, military service, union membership and citizenship.

The report used a compilation of data on economics, housing, health, education, criminal justice and civic engagement to come up with an "equality index" score to compare conditions among ethnic groups. Blacks scored the lowest at 69, Latinos scored 71, Asians 98. Whites are used as the baseline group with a constant score of 100.

Panelist Constance L. Rice, a civil rights attorney, called the education findings a "smoke alarm" warning that schools are in crisis, and she argued that the black middle class is losing ground. Bishop Charles E. Blake, of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, said that blacks must reassert moral values in their communities.

"We have to teach the reading and the mathematics, but we also have to tell our children why it's right to do right and wrong to do wrong," he said.

Data on racial disparities in criminal justice were compiled by UCLA and UC Berkeley researchers and make up a special section of the report. The findings document that a historically tense relationship with law enforcement continues. For example, according to Los Angeles Police Department consent decree data for 2004, 19.8% of black drivers are stopped by police, compared with 12.6% for whites, 11.2% for Latinos and 10.1% for Asians. The national rate for blacks is 12.3%.

"There is a dual justice system," said John W. Mack, immediate past president of the Los Angeles Urban League. "This is something Chief Bratton and I have had many discussions about. Crime is real, violence is real and out of control in many parts of our community. But (enforcement) must be done in such a way that the sheriff's and the Police Department are not an occupying force and that not all young men are viewed as gang bangers."

Law enforcement officials have denied that they engage in racial profiling.

Bratton insisted Wednesday that laws will be enforced fairly and consistently in every community.

"We will do it constitutionally," he said. "We will not allow officers to break the law to enforce the law."

He mentioned one of the findings he found "chilling": An estimated 32% of black men born in Los Angeles in 2001 are likely to go to prison in their lifetime, compared with 17% of Latino men and 6% of white men, the report states.

"That statistic is horrifying, frightening. We cannot accept that, that should not be the future," Bratton said.

Some speakers referred to the familiarity of the issues and suggested that the prescriptions of the past had failed, foundered on a lack of public and political will. But Mack and others said past shortfalls should not be an excuse for inaction, and they argued for more innovative solutions, such as targeting with intensive services neighborhoods that are considered hot spots.

"This report is about the truth … but it's not just gloom and doom either, it's not just about wringing our hands," he said. "I'm optimistic we're going to come to grips with these serious challenges."

The report was sponsored by several public and private organizations, including the California Endowment, Bank of America, the James Irvine Foundation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Kaiser Permanente, the Los Angeles Times, Southern California Edison, Verizon, Washington Mutual, Citibank and the California Wellness Foundation.

* (BEGIN TEXT OF INFOBOX)
Inequalities

A new report uses data on economics, housing, health, and other factors to come up with an "equality index" comparing conditions among racial and ethnic groups in L.A. County. With whites as the benchmark at 1.0, blacks scored the lowest at .69.

Asians: .98

Blacks: .69

Latinos: .71

Whites: 1.0

Sources: United Way, Los Angeles Urban League / Los Angeles Times

LA Times ~ Carla Rivera ** Years Have Done Little to Help Local Blacks

Posted by uhyw at 2:13 AM EDT
Novak asked Rove about CIA officer
Mood:  cheeky
Now Playing: THE DEM'S LATEST MANUFACTURED SCANDAL FALLING APART
Topic: News

Karl Rove, President Bush's chief adviser, leaves Air Force One upon arrival from Indianapolis, Ind., at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, July 14, 2005. Rove's allege involvement in a news leak that exposed a CIA officer's identity has made him a political liability for President Bush, who has not yet talked about Rove's future in the administration, or his actual role in the leak. >>>>>

Source: Rove Got CIA Agent ID From Media

WASHINGTON - Presidential confidant Karl Rove testified to a grand jury that he learned the identity of a CIA operative originally from journalists, then informally discussed the information with a Time magazine reporter days before the story broke, according to a person briefed on the testimony.

The person, who works in the legal profession and spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of grand jury proceedings, told The Associated Press that Rove testified last year that he remembers specifically being told by columnist Robert Novak that Valerie Plame, the wife of a harsh Iraq war critic, worked for the CIA.

Rove testified that Novak originally called him the Tuesday before Plame's identity was revealed in July 2003 to discuss another story. The conversation eventually turned to former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who was strongly criticizing the Bush administration's Iraq war policy and the intelligence it used to justify the war, the source said.

The person said Rove testified that Novak told him he had learned and planned to report in a weekend column that Wilson's wife, Plame, had worked for the CIA, and the circumstances on how her husband traveled to Africa to check bogus claims of alleged nuclear material sales to Iraq.

Novak's column, citing two Bush administration officials, appeared six days later, touching off a political firestorm and leading to a federal criminal investigation into who leaked Plame's undercover identity. That probe has ensnared presidential aides and reporters in a two-year legal battle.

Rove told the grand jury that by the time Novak had called him, he believes he had similar information about Wilson's wife from another reporter but had no recollection of which reporter had told him about it first, the source said.

When Novak inquired about Wilson's wife working for the CIA, Rove indicated he had heard something like that, according to the source's recounting of the grand jury testimony.

Rove told the grand jury that four days later, he had a phone conversation with Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper and - in an effort to discredit some of Wilson's allegations - told Cooper that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, though he never used her name.

An e-mail Cooper recently provided the grand jury shows Cooper reported to his magazine bosses that Rove had described Wilson's wife in a confidential conversation as someone who "apparently works" at the CIA.

Robert Luskin, Rove's attorney, said Thursday his client truthfully testified to the grand jury and expected to be exonerated.

"Karl provided all pertinent information to prosecutors a long time ago," Luskin said. "And prosecutors confirmed when he testified most recently in October 2004 that he is not a target of the investigation."

Rove's conversation with Cooper took place five days after Wilson suggested in a New York Times opinion piece that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat. Novak's column identifying Wilson's wife as a CIA employee and Cooper's magazine piece came out a few days later.

Pressed to explain its statements of two years ago that Rove wasn't involved in the leak, the White House refused to do so this week.

"If I were to get into discussing this, I would be getting into discussing an investigation that continues and could be prejudging the outcome of the investigation," McClellan said.

My Way News ~ Associated Press - John Solomon ** Source: Rove Got CIA Agent ID From Media

Posted by uhyw at 1:44 AM EDT

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