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Silly Fun With Leak Story Headlines

The big news of the day, which we blogged about earlier, is Scooter Libby’s testimony that President Bush himself authorized the leak of a classified NIE. We’re too immature too resist the cheap-and-easy headline humor. Here’s the Times headline: Read more on Silly Fun With Leak Story Headlines…
 

The Littlest Leaker

The interwebs are abuzz with the story of Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame’s five year old son, who, in an adorable display of his lack of media savvy, gushed to a reporter, “My daddy’s famous, my mommy’s a secret spy,” as the Yellowcake clan headed out on vacation to an “undisclosed location.” Read more on The Littlest Leaker…
 

Woodward Gets Wood?

How could we have missed this in last night’s Larry King interview with Bob Woodward? Speaking of what happened after he realized he had a — ah — “piece” of something regarding the Plame case, he told Larry, “And all of the juices, my wife Elsa told me this is you could almost just almost hear it the reporting news juices running.” Read more on Woodward Gets Wood?…
 

Inside the Bubble: Wayward Woodward

• “For the sake of a new book, Woodward has evidently been willing to protect the American public from various revelations about a government intent on destroying the republic. What a difference a few decades make.” [Mother Jones] • Jeff Toobin says the only thing that can help the White House with PlameGate is if “the whole thing just goes away and people forget about it. That’s not going to happen.” [CNN] • Gives a whole new meaning to “probes”: “If [reporters] keep going into the secret world they can come under the gravitational pull of another planet– the people in power, the secret-makers themselves. They’re still sending back their reports, but have ‘left’ our universe, so to speak.” Bob’s become an alien. [WashingtonPost.com] • Walter Pincus’s refusal to back Woodward’s story makes Bob glum: “I did tell him; we have different memories,” Woodward said, his voice sounding sad and hurt. [VV] Read more on Inside the Bubble: Wayward Woodward…
 

Remainders: The Opera

• Plamegate, the opera: “Patrick Fitzgerald kicks things off with ‘Tell me a story,’ followed by the trio with Judith Miller and Matt Cooper ‘I’ve got a subpoena.’ Cooper then has his show stopping duet with Time editor Norman Pearlstine, ‘We’ve run out of options,’ followed by his aria ‘I have been released.'” [Living in a Media World] • Says Maureen Dowd: “The New York Times is the most fun you can have for a dollar.” She’s even cheaper than we thought. [Daily Texan via Romenesko] • Anonymity for me but not for thee: Posties bitch about leaks from within the paper. [FishbowlDC] • Real life: “Free Speech Coalition Files Lawsuit Challenging Utah’s ‘Anti-Spam’ Registry;” the Onion: “Anti-Spam Legislation Opposed By Powerful Penis-Enlargement Lobby” [US Newswire, Onion] • Red Cross president: “Some people would come home and have a martini. I do beading.” [WP] Read more on Remainders: The Opera…
 

Who Woodward’s Source Isn’t

AP reports that Dick Cheney was not the anonymous source who told Bob Woodward Valerie Plame’s identity, according to an anonymous source. Jeez, those guys sure can keep a secret. Now. Read more on Who Woodward’s Source Isn’t…
 

The Mixed-Up Files of Mr. Bob Woodward

Bloggers are beside themselves over Bob Woodward’s revelation that he was told by a “senior administration official” who Valerie Plame was nearly a month before Bob Novak first identified her in his column. There are many theories as to why Woodward would come forth with this information at this time. Kevin Drum theorizes that the blockbuster article comes only because the SAO tipped his hand to Patrick Fitzgerald: “Perhaps Mr. X is a cooperating witness, or perhaps he’s someone who started to feel some heat and decided to come forward because he got scared.” We have another theory: Bob Woodward had not been on television in the last week or so. Read more on The Mixed-Up Files of Mr. Bob Woodward…
 

Bush’s Butterstick

There’s been a lot talk lately about whether or not Bush should fire Karl Rove in an effort to stop his precipitous slide down into approval rating hell. (Also it would be what he promised to do.) Say he does — what then? How do you get people to fall back in love with a White House that’s grown distant, cold and ugly? Read more on Bush’s Butterstick…
 

Remainders: Redemption Is Next to Godliness

• “Is redemption available to everyone in Washington today? Absolutely yes,” said Joe Lockhart. Whew. [NYT] • Stephen Hadley on Scooter: “I will miss him as a colleague and as a friend.” We know, we know… his laugh, his little habit of straightening my tie, his adorable ability to smear administration enemies… [Fox] • Is that a handkerchief in the President’s pocket or is he just not happy to see me? [AP] • Arianna goes all weak in the knees for Chris Matthews’s Hardball. [HuffPo] • Anthony Williams to sign change in DC “zero tolerance” DUI law! Now: .05 tolerance! Have another round, kids. [NBC4] • Hey, ya think John McCain’s running for President in ’08? [StraightTalkAmerica.com] Read more on Remainders: Redemption Is Next to Godliness…
 

Scott McClellan, POLITICAL GENIUS

Silly John Podhoretz: Don’t you read the Note? You’re not supposed to actually identify who the source was for today’s blistering Rove’s-future-in-doubt story in the Washington Post. You’re just supposed to say,”‘It’s SO obvious who those quotes are from,’ with a small shake of the head and a knowing half smile.” (And here we thought all of DC’s journalists had just developed palsy.) Granted, the shake of the head is hard to pull off online, but maybe you should have invented an emoticon for it or something, instead of posting this brilliant thesis: WH press puppy “Scott McClellan’s messy fingerprints are all over the WaPo story, as even Bush will be able to see.” Read more on Scott McClellan, POLITICAL GENIUS…
 

Indictment Bingo: The Not-as-Much Losers

Figuring out who the not-as-much losers were in our Indictment Bingo contest proved to be a rather complicated undertaking. If only Fitzy had not shown such discretion! We weighed entries based on ratio of right-to-wrong guesses and how early they were turned in. Wonk Dad wound up creating an equation for it the explanation of which is after the jump. If you feel you were unfairly judged, we will forward your statistical analysis to him. In any case, the “most correct” proved to be those with the quickest fingers and the least confidence that justice would be done. They are: Third place and winner of a stale pack of Air Force One M&Ms is “Lorenzo.” Please get in touch, Lorenzo! Second place and winner of an “Animal House” DVD is Thaddeus Nguyen. First place and winner of breakfast for two at the St. Regis is “Abacusdog.” All together now: “We must always ask ourselves not only what is legal, but what is right!” Read more on Indictment Bingo: The Not-as-Much Losers…
 

Leak Speak: J.M. in Sag Harbor

• “A nasty man recently threw me in jail, and several of my least favorite co-workers just ganged up on me in the pages of my own paper. Needless to say, these critics are a bunch of pansy assholes.” J.M. in Sag Harbor asks the Ethicist. [Panopticist] • “Relentless and totally out of control,” “eager to let you know that she travelled in a world of international intrigue and important people,” who could they possibly be talking about? [Gawker] • Arianna reads between the telephone lines regarding Libby’s call to Tim Russert. [HuffPo] • “If only lies left semen stains.” [The Daily Show] • Jason Zengerle zings Joe Wilson: “Wilson’s op-ed was entitled, ‘Our 27 months of hell.’ A better title might have been, ‘How to turn your 15 minutes into 27 months.'” [TNR’s The Plank] • The WP bundles all the scandal buzzwords into one incoherent mess. (Hey, that’s what blogs are for!) [WP] Read more on Leak Speak: J.M. in Sag Harbor…
 

Matt Cooper’s 16th Minute of Fame

Top four signs that Matt Cooper is running out of material for further first-person articles about his involvement in the CIA leak investigation, which are starting to sound less like journalism and more like Bob Graham’s journals: Read more on Matt Cooper’s 16th Minute of Fame…
 

Who’s on First? Who’s Indicted Second?

Patrick Fitzgerald is right: Baseball metaphors are all the rage. They are just usually much, much shorter than his. By our count, Fitzgerald’s “explanation” of why his leak investigation did not result in leak charges lasted about as long as the investigation and left us feeling more confused. Karl threw a fastball that hit Valerie Plame but Joe Wilson is umpire and Patrick Fitzgerald is the sand and the first baseman has WMDs… Isn’t the baseball metaphor most relevant to Scooter Libbey right now the one about “pitching” and “catching”? Read more on Who’s on First? Who’s Indicted Second?…
 

Lately I Get Nicknames

We’ve gotten a lot of responses to Ana’s query about Scooter Libby’s prison nickname. Hooray…yes, most of you have surmised, correctly, that the dull days of prison life are broken up by constant assfucking. So, shout-outs to all the Gimps, the Loose Lips, the Sphincters, the “just Bitches”, and the Leakies. Many of you picked one of Tina Fey’s favorite words: “Cooter.” Especial thanks to whoever proffered “Traficant’s Bitch.” We’re still wrapping our mind around that. Beam us up! Read more on Lately I Get Nicknames…
 

Thus Speaks Fitzgerald

I can appreciate Patrick Fitzgerald’s by-the-book, just-the-facts approach to this press conference. But the thought occurs — what would it be like to have this guy as a dad? Scooter. On June 12. 2003. You told mom. That the dinner plates. Had been washed. That the gravy stain. Easily removed. Remained. Owing to. A mechanical defect. In the washing machine. However. Subsequent sources. Have told this kitchen. That these plates. Said to have been washed. Were found on the shelf. Three days prior. And while witnesses. Can attest. That you were seen. Doing dishes. On June 12. Others have testified. That on your last turn. On June 8. Though you cleared the dishes. But that the washer. Was not run. This alleges. That you did not. Run The washer. But rather. Placed the plates. On the shelf. And then watched. According To Jim. Furthermore. Your mother reminds me. That on June 8. She served a meal. That included gravy. Specifically an au jus. It was a French Dip. I enjoyed it with some pringles. And a Coors. The Coors was lukewarm. The French Dip. Was tasty. I remember enjoying the gravy. And sloshing it on my plate. Creating a stain. I’d like to thank. The entire family. My wife. Your brothers and sisters. For helping with this investigation. I would have liked. To have it done. By the time. Without a Trace came on. I like Without a Trace. It’s okay. I TiVoed it. These are serious charges. I look forward to finding the truth. Now play ball. Read more on Thus Speaks Fitzgerald…
 

Libby Scoots Out

Fox is reporting that Scooter Libby has submitted his resignation. Does this mean that someone has the paperwork somewhere? We’re clicking on that dumb site. Who’s Fitzgerald’s webmaster, anyway — Ken Starr? Read more on Libby Scoots Out…
 

WH Says No SCOTUS News

Let’s use these last few minutes of tea-leaf reading carefully. First, McClellan has told the press corps in the most recent WH pool report that there will “not be an announcement today regarding judicial nominees.” Also, the WH will NOT have anything to say about the Fitzgerald investigation until after the announcement of the findings. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? We think it means that the White House has realized even Americans are too smart to think a SCOTUS announcement today would be just a coincidence. It also means that they’re more time to campaign for Butterstick. As for Rove: Gonna be more stressful winter than you thought. Maybe you can borrow some of Cheney’s heart medicine. Report after the jump Read more on WH Says No SCOTUS News…
 

Fitzmas: Concerning The Care and Feeding Of Grand Juries

FOX News is asserting their full spectrum dominance of Plamegate by reporting that they have just brought four trays of doughnuts in to the grand jury room. To the beltway-outsider, this might sound like awfully chintzy fare — especially for one of those last day of work/thanks for all your help types of parties — but we remind you: in contrast to the ham sandwich, the doughnuts had pre-arranged blanket immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony. Their hot, delicious testimony. — DCEIVER Read more on Fitzmas: Concerning The Care and Feeding Of Grand Juries…