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Why Bush Will Pardon Libby

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, The Plame Game

As I puzzled over Bush commuting Libby’s sentence today, I came up with what I think is a pretty straight forward explanation as to why it happened and why a pardon is forthcoming. Libby recently lost an appeal to stay out of jail while he was appealing his guilty verdict. Only then did Bush decide […]

July 3rd, 2007 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Public Reaction On Libby

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, Polls, The Plame Game

People don’t like it. Not one bit. From Political Wire: A new SurveyUSA instant poll finds just 21% of Americans agree with President Bush’s decision to commute Scooter Libby’s prison sentence, 60% say Bush should have left the judge’s prison sentence in place, and 17% wanted a full pardon. The most important part of those […]

July 3rd, 2007 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Bush Commutes Libby’s Sentence

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, The Plame Game

But doesn’t pardon him? That means that Scooter will still have a conviction on his record and will have to pay the $250K if he doesn’t win his appeal. So why did Bush do it like this? From CNN: In a written statement commuting the jail sentence, issued hours after Monday’s ruling, Bush called the […]

July 2nd, 2007 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Libby Sentenced To 30 Months

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, The Plame Game

Did he deserve it? Personally, I think he’s getting off easy for obstruction of justice, especially when it comes to outing a covert agent. From CNN: WASHINGTON (CNN) — I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for lying to investigators looking […]

June 5th, 2007 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

Still Think Valerie Plame Wasn’t Covert?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging, The Plame Game

(NOTE: I’ve revised this one from March 16th, and included the bloggers who commented.) Seriously. Let’s get a blogosphere show of hands. See, the reason I’d like to hear from you is I’ve read that she wasn’t time and time again. I’ve seen people argue it in the comments sections when I’ve posted about Plame […]

March 22nd, 2007 | Permalink| 25 Comments »

No Internal Probe Of Valerie Plame Leak?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in The Plame Game

How about that for a title? From E&P (emphasis mine): NEW YORK Dr. James Knodell, director of the Office of Security at the White House, told a congressional committee today that he was aware of no internal investigation or report into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame. The White House had first opposed […]

March 16th, 2007 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Pardon Libby? Another Poll Says No.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Polls, The Plame Game

Gallup this time. But the numbers are interesting. Those who followed the story closely…55% think he shouldn’t get a pardon, while 44% should. Those who followed it somewhat closely…73% think no, while 25% think yes. Those who didn’t follow it at all…66% say no, 15% say yes and 20% didn’t have an opinion. Think it’s […]

March 16th, 2007 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Pardon Libby? 69% Say No.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Polls, The Plame Game

But correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that about the same number who wants us to pull out of Iraq? From CNN: WASHINGTON (CNN) — Nearly 70 percent of Americans oppose a presidential pardon for former White House aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby after his conviction on perjury and other charges related to a CIA […]

March 13th, 2007 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

You Mean Lewis Libby?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Cartoons, The Plame Game

(Stolen from TMV.) Tweet

March 8th, 2007 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

The evolution of religion

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in News, Religion, Science, The Plame Game

As a follow-up of sorts to my genetics of altruism post, The New York Times magazine had a fascinating, thought-provoking piece on the evolutionary advantages of belief. Turns out that some scientists have been studying religion from an evolutionary perspective, trying to figure out why religion is universal when it is seemingly maladaptive to survival: […]

March 6th, 2007 | Permalink| 7 Comments »