September 27, 2003

Baseball-Free Edition. US troops given two weeks leave from Iraq are being flown no further than Baltimore. For the many men and women who do not live near Baltimore, they are forced to find their way home at their own expense. ... Meanwhile, it's "Crony-Palooza!" which would be front page news in a democracy. ... The Post-Modern White House ... Headline of the Day: "North Korea Calls Rumsfeld Illiterate Psychopath."

This could be huge. "The CIA has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations that the White House broke federal laws by revealing the identity of one of its undercover employees in retaliation against the woman's husband [Joseph Wilson], a former ambassador who publicly criticized President Bush's since-discredited claim that Iraq had sought weapons-grade uranium from Africa. ... Revealing the identities of covert officials is a violation of two laws, the National Agents' Identity Act and the Unauthorized Release of Classified Information Act."

Here's an earlier report, which includes Wilson's comment: "It's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs. And trust me, when I use that name, I measure my words."

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