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February 13, 2007

Lewis "Scooter" Libby's defense released his interview with Bob Woodward in June 2003 for Woodward's book, Plan of Attack.

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Marie Brenner has a great new piece in Vanity Fair on some of the lawyers, both military and civilian, defending Guantanamo detainees. Aside from fresh reporting into the Bush's administration's haphazardness in throwing together military tribunals, not to mention colorful portraits of some Washington jurists, Brenner has an excellent section on John Yoo. An excerpt:

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A friend on the Hill responds to GOP Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's argument on the House floor that, by withdrawing from Iraq, America would show al Qaeda that we can't stomach combat casualties.

Which raises the question, just how many more soldiers should we get killed in order to show them that we can take mass casualties? By that logic, wouldn't a worse Iraq strategy actually keep us safer by getting more of our people killed?

--Michael Crowley

Regarding Mike's item below -- Why couldn't that memo have come out in time for me to mention it in my column?

--Jonathan Chait

Today's Salt Lake Tribune reported that Utah of all states is rejecting an outright ban on abortion. But don't get too excited: "House members debated the virtues of mounting the fight and declaring Utah's principles to the world. But they opted instead for a 'trigger' that, in effect, lets other states take the lead in a legal battle that promises to cost millions of dollars to deliver an uncertain outcome."

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Michelle Cottle chronicles the fall of Senator Elizabeth Dole from superstar presidential candidate to GOP scapegoat; Jeremy Kahn argues that boycotting chocolate companies won't make Valentine's Day any easier on the conscience; Zvika Krieger says that Hezbollah is calming some of

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February 12, 2007

Boldly taking a break from"girls gone wild" cover stories (sigh), Newsweek has a surprisingly good piece on America and Iran.

Anyway, am I missing something or is the following paragraph very disturbing?

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"If you're at risk of being mated in one or two, you can't think about pawn structure for the long term."

--Russian opposition leader (and legendary chess champion) Gary Kasparov

Sounds like it's time to whip out the Gruenfeld Defense!

--Christopher Orr

So the United States is unveiling evidence that Iranian weapons are killing Americans in Iraq. Naturally, this evidence is so airtight that none of the officials presenting it were willing to speak on the record, and no cameras and recording devices were allowed into the Baghdad briefing. How curious. Also, the notion that Shia militias, armed by Iran, have killed a quarter of all U.S.

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