Archive for September 5th, 2006

A detailed accounting of the work of CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson — the outed agent at the center of the CIA leak scandal — could break open as soon as today in The Nation, according to an individual familiar with the story.

The ‘Plame’ scandal, which resulted after a conservative columnist outed Valerie Plame Wilson as a CIA officer in the wake of her husband’s critique of the Bush Administration’s Iraq WMD intelligence, has embroiled the Administration in a two-year public relations battle to assert that the outing was not connected with her husband’s critique.

I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney’s erstwhile chief of staff, was indicted last fall for covering up his role in the affair. Karl Rove, Deputy White House chief of staff, faced five appearances before the grand jury investigating the case but was not charged.


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At Bill library, Bush sounds sub-versive

President Bush once daydreamed about blasting Bill Clinton’s presidential library to smithereens, according to a new book.

In “How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime,” former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal recounts a November 2004 visit by Bush and his political guru Karl Rove to the William J. Clinton Library in Little Rock, Ark., on the banks of the Arkansas River.

“Bush appeared distracted and glanced repeatedly at his watch,” Blumenthal writes about a presidential tour during the library’s dedication. “When he stopped to gaze at the river, where Secret Service agents were stationed in boats, the guide said: ‘Usually, you might see some bass fishermen out there.’ Bush replied: ‘A submarine could take this place out.'”

The author muses: “Was the President warning of an Al Qaeda submarine, sneaking undetected up the Mississippi, through the locks and dams of the Arkansas River, surfacing under the bridge to the 21st century to dispatch the Clinton Library? Is that where Osama Bin Laden is hiding? Or was this a wishful paranoid fantasy of ubiquitous terrorism destroying Clinton’s legacy with one blow?”


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In a column in today’s edition of Roll Call, Democratic Party insider and former Bill Clinton advisor Donna Brazile urged Democrats to acknowledge the power and influence of bloggers.

While expressing her irritation with harsh criticism of “dinosaur” Democrats from some segments of the blogosphere, Brazile credits younger Dems for “figuring out how to use the Internet” and for the net-roots effect on recent events, particularly the much-publicized primary defeat of Joe Lieberman at the hands of blog darling Ned Lamont.

Brazile argues that the Democratic establishment can no longer afford to ignore, vilify or marginalize the blogging community as she promotes a new approach to welcoming it into the “party of inclusion.”

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Voters are anti-incumbent and angry, new poll finds

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Most Americans are angry about “something” when it comes to how the country is run, and they are more likely than in previous years to vote for a challenger this November, a new poll suggests.

A majority of Americans surveyed — and a higher percentage than recorded during the same time last year — said things in the United States are going “badly.” Among this year’s respondents, 29 percent said “pretty badly” and 25 percent — up from 15 percent a month ago — answered “very badly.” By comparison, 37 percent described the way things are going as “fairly well,” and 9 percent answered “very well.”

Of these people, 76 percent said there was “something” to be angry about in the country today. By comparison, 59 percent felt that way when polled in February. (
Watch Bill Schneider’s take on angry voters — 1:40)

Only 21 percent said they were “generally content” in the latest poll.

Nine percent said they considered the economy to be “very good,” a number unchanged from a June CNN poll. But the number who considered conditions “somewhat good” dropped from 42 percent to 35 percent over the same period.

The number of respondents who consider the economy “somewhat poor” rose from 31 percent to 34 percent, and the number who called the economy “very poor” jumped from 16 percent to 22 percent.

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