Beneath the Surface on Plame Investigation: Rove and Libby in Deadly Dog Fight

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This just hit the internet at Raw Story, and TWN has confirmed the essential points through a source close to Rove: According to several Pentagon sources close to Rove and others familiar with the inquiry, Bush’s senior adviser tipped off Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to information that led to the recent “discovery” of 250 pages of missing email from the office of Vice President Dick Cheney. Rove has been in the crosshairs of Fitzgerald’s investigation into the outing of covert…

President Bush Did It & It’s a Sicilian Thing: Scalia’s Potential Excuses for Flipping Off Critics Minutes after Catholic Mass

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Antonin Scalia, who has already declared his full-fledged support for secret military tribunals BEFORE hearing the appeal this week, has startled Christians around the nation by “flipping off” critics moments after attenting Roman Catholic mass. I haven’t seen the photo, but UPI reports that a photographer with The Pilot, the Archdiocese of Boston newspaper, snapped a shot. Scalia “ordered him” not to publish the photo. So much for separation of church and state. Rationalizing what he did, Scalia said “That’s…

Secret Military Tribunals: US Teaches World Loopholes in Democracy

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I find myself intrigued with last evening’s installment on The Morningside Post, a new blog launched by students at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). SIPA apparently invited Libyan President Muammar al-Qaddafi to speak — which he did via teleconference. Qaddafi’s views on Libya’s authentic democracy as compared to other fake ones fascinates:

Solving Hard Problems: Albright’s “Iran Action Plan”

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A while back, I sat in on a roundtable discussion with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Senator Sam Brownback to discuss a report they co-produced, “Uncommon Leadership for Common Values: Bipartisan Action on Human Rights“. At the luncheon, I asked Senator Brownback and Secretary Albright about the gap between the ideals and objectives of enhancing global human rights and the reality that there are a lot of despicable thugs in the world and that America didn’t have unlimited…

Picture of the Week: The Department of Homeland Security by Satellite

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This is interesting. Recently, I was up near American University which is on one of the corners of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues in Washington. The Ambassador of Japan, Ryozo Kato, lives at 4000 Nebraska Avenue, which is close to the opposite corner from AU. I’ve been there a lot. There are some houses closer to the actual corner than the Ambassador’s actual residence — but still, one can see what’s up there. On the third corner is an AU parking…

China: Looks Like Capitalism to the Naked Eye, But It’s Not

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Economist James Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair at UT Austin, has written a brilliant review of two books — the first The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs and the second The Global Class War by Jeff Faux — in the latest American Prospect. Read the entire thing — very well worth the education about the Sachs global development juggernaut as well as the contours of his personality but also about economic development trends on this continent via Jeff…

On “The Lobby”

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My posting on the Stephen Walt/John Mearsheimer zinger article that is sweeping around is premature as I want to write something more coherent than I can do at this moment (now rushing to catch plane). But in the mean time, read this — by Daniel Levy of the Geneva Initiative. Levy is right on all counts. — Steve Clemons