October 3, 2003

Surfing While Waiting for Maddux-Prior... David Kay, head of the Pentagon-coordinated Iraq Survey Group, told Congress on Thursday that his team had failed to find any illegal weapons after three months of scouring the country. Undeterred, the Bush administration is asking Congress for an additional $600 million to continue the search, bringing the total price tag for the search to almost $1 billion.

The Wilson/Plame story is gathering a lot of steam. Josh Marshall cites an article in which Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) implies the disclosure came from Cheney's office. ... Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson: "I know the name of the person that spoke with Bob Novak. ... [I]f I'm the FBI, I start by having a discussion with [Cheney's chief of staff Scooter] Libby." ... Paul Krugman: [W]e already know what the president knew, and when he knew it. Mr. Bush knew, 11 weeks ago, that some of his senior aides had done something utterly inexcusable. But as long as the media were willing to let the story lie ... he didn't think this outrage required any action." ... Johnny Spann, father of slain CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann: "If someone in the Bush administration leaked this, they need to be punished, and they need to be made an example of, because that's not just a leak, that's treason."

Bring back paper ballots!

Sox Note: We have faith, but we're not happy.

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