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Thursday, July 13, 2006  

With Media Miscellany
July 13, 2006

No Game [*]
Former CIA officer Valerie Plame and her husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, have filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington against Vice President Dick Cheney and his former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, and presidential adviser Karl Rove. CNN says the suit accuses "them and other White House officials of conspiring to destroy her career." No word yet whether Robert D. Novak or Judith Miller have been named in the suit. Or Matt Cooper. Or Bob Woodward.

What It's All About [*]
Eric Alterman writes in his latest "Liberal Media" column in The Nation ("The 'Times' Is Us," posted today on the web site from the July 31 issue): The right wing's attacks on the New York Times "constitute another front in the Bush (& Co.) war on the press. And once again many members of the media have enlisted as apparatchiks in undermining their own putative profession, preferring ideology to independence and access to accountability."

Fallback Position [*]
When you can't think of anything new or intelligent to say, just do what Jonah does: lash out at "the anger." Because, as you know, it's never about policies, only the process.

New Wrinkle
The Hartford Courant reports on a new wrinkle in the Connecticut U.S. Senate race:

Gov. M. Jodi Rell and GOP State Chairman George Gallo publicly urged fellow Republican Alan Schlesinger to reconsider his candidacy for U.S. Senate after learning Wednesday that he gambled at the Foxwoods Resorts Casino under an assumed name while an elected official in the 1990s.

Mr. Schlesinger is having none of it.

[* Note: Additional items may be posted to "Political Notes" after initial publication but only on the day of publication, excluding post-publication addenda. Such items, when posted, are designated by an asterisk.]

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