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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Judge to Libby: Go to jail

A federal judge said Thursday he will not delay a 2 1/2-year prison sentence for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby in the CIA leak case, a ruling that could send the former White House aide to prison within weeks.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton’s decision will send Libby’s attorneys rushing to an appeals court to block the sentence and could force President Bush to consider calls from Libby’s supporters to pardon the former aide.

No date was set for Libby to report to prison but it’s expected to be within six to eight weeks. That will be left up to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which will also select a facility.

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Two weeks without the news.

I’ve been so busy, so preoccuppied, with trying to get our town’s residents to accept that our New England town wouldn’t turn into a den of drug fiends and prostitutes if we let a casino in that I’ve barely paid attention to the news.

Have I missed anything?

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Yes, Virginia, there is a ‘gay bomb’

At first it seemed like one of those urban myths that spread through the Internet like wildfire.

But this one turned out to be true. The Pentagon now admits that it did, at one time, consider producing a so-called “gay bomb,” an explosive devise with aphrodisiac producing capabilities.

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Rise of the one-button bandit

In a cloud of mesmerizing stardust, legalized gambling crept a little closer to Pittsburgh this week with the opening of The Meadows Racetrack & Casino at the site of what had been a harness racing track so sleepy even the horses yawned.

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Putting the brakes on Bush

Slowly, too slowly, the federal courts are chipping away at President Bush’s unbridled assertion of presidential power as long as it’s done in the name of the war on terrorism.

In a 2-to-1 decision, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled that the president cannot indefinitely imprison without trial or charges a legal U.S. resident merely on suspicion.

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FBI finds abuse in domestic spying

An internal FBI audit has found the agency violated rules more than 1,000 times while collecting data on domestic phone calls, e-mails and financial transactions in recent years, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The number of violations uncovered by the audit was far greater than those previously documented in a Justice Department report in March, the Post said.

The vast majority of newly discovered violations were instances in which telephone companies and Internet providers gave agents phone and e-mail records the agents did not request and were not authorized to collect, the Post said.

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Bush, Congress hit new lows in polls

President George W. Bush’s approval rating has dropped to 29 percent in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday, his lowest mark ever in that survey, which also found only 23 percent approved of the job Congress was doing.

Bush’s approval rating slid 6 points from 35 percent in April, NBC said, citing a decline in support within his own Republican Party. Sixty-six percent said they disapproved of Bush’s job performance.

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House passes gun control…sort of

The House of Representatives approved new legislation Wednesday designed to tighten gun ownership, as the government issued a report on the massacre at Virginia Tech University that omits any talk of tougher gun control laws.

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Military officers under fire on Hill

A Democratic challenge to Gen. Peter Pace indicates that uniformed officers no longer are exempt from the partisan fire on Capitol Hill once reserved for civilian policymakers.

On Friday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates made the stunning announcement that he would not recommend Pace to serve a second two-year term as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Marine Corps four-star general had not been a target previously of Democrats’ ire on the war, but Gates said lawmakers made it clear the confirmation process would be ugly.

“It would be a backward looking and very contentious process,” Gates said at a Pentagon news conference.

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Libby headed back to court

Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is headed back to court to try to forestall his 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, planned to ask a federal judge Thursday to put the sentence on hold while he appeals his perjury and obstruction conviction.

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