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Murray Waas scoops the NY Sun's scoop from this morning. Court docs show Libby had permission for one leak of national secrets; Waas says VP Dick Cheney directed Libby to leak all over the place, including to the WPost's Bob Woodward:

Although not reflected in the court papers, two senior government officials said in interviews with National Journal in recent days that Libby has also asserted that Cheney authorized him to leak classified information to a number of journalists during the run-up to war with Iraq. In some instances, the information leaked was directly discussed with the Vice President, while in other instances Libby believed he had broad authority to release information that would make the case to go to war.

In yet another instance, Libby had claimed that President Bush authorized Libby to speak to and provide classified information to Washington Post assistant managing editor Bob Woodward for "Plan of Attack," a book written by Woodward about the run-up to the Iraqi war.

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From the New York Sun this morning:

A former White House aide under indictment for obstructing a leak probe, I. Lewis Libby, testified to a grand jury that he gave information from a closely-guarded "National Intelligence Estimate" on Iraq to a New York Times reporter in 2003 with the specific permission of President Bush, according to a new court filing from the special prosecutor in the case.

And more:

Mr. Libby is said to have testified that "at first" he rebuffed Mr. Cheney's suggestion to release the information because the estimate was classified. However, according to the vice presidential aide, Mr. Cheney subsequently said he got permission for the release directly from Mr. Bush. "Defendant testified that the vice president later advised him that the president had authorized defendant to disclose the relevant portions of the NIE," the prosecution filing said.

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DeLay: The Bitter End of the News Cycle

The Times runs a mostly ho-hum analysis of DeLay's time in the leadership. The era of partisanship may be over, Robin Toner reports. I wouldn't be so sure. (NYT)

DeLay will get to collect his $67,000-a-year pension as soon as he leaves Congress, the Houston Chronicle tells us. He can even collect it from prison. Not that he had anything to do with any criminal activity. (Houston Chronicle)

The Post's Chris Cilizza sizes up Nick Lampson's costs in Texas' 22nd District now that DeLay has bowed out. The verdict: he could win, but his chances are definitely lower than they were Monday. (The Fix)

In an interview with the Washington Times yesterday, DeLay lambasted the Republicans for a lack of unity and answered "maybe" to the question of whether he might go on to be a lobbyist. (WT)

U.S. News' Inside Washington Column pushes forward the "Democrats Have Lost Corruption as an Issue Because DeLay is Gone" Meme. (US News)

DeLay's charities say that just because their man has surrendered his iron grip on power, they aren't worried they might lose the generous funding of the tobacco companies, Indian tribes, oil companies and others who needed favors from The Hammer when he was in office. (Houston Chronicle)

Michael Crowley compares DeLay to the alien in Alien and says that his remarkable capacity for hypocrisy really will be missed. (The Plank)

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Following the arrest of a Homeland Security Department spokesman for soliciting sex from a minor, the House Homeland Security Committee will take a closer look at how DHS hires and screens its employees.

A third DHS employee now appears to have criminal sexual tendencies involving children.

For a Dateline NBC segment on sex predators, Southern California police set up a sting: A decoy pretended to be a 12- or 13-year old online at home, alone. Sex predators found the decoy on the Internet and arranged to meet. When they showed up, the police arrested them.

Caught in the net was Michael Burks, 30, a former La Verne, Calif. police officer who was a DHS "agent," according to a Jan. 14 Los Angeles Times article (not online).

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Look familiar?

And no, CNN didn't even say please.

Thanks to all the TPMm readers who sent this in.

Josh asks, "Has new media finally arrived?"

Amidst all the public theater of DeLay's pending resignation yesterday, it was easy to lose track of the maneuvering by prosecutors and DeLay that's been informing it all.

Look at the predicament that DeLay is in. On Friday, one of his former aides, Tony Rudy, pled guilty to accepting bribes while working in his office. Rudy also pointed the finger at Ed Buckham, DeLay's former chief of staff and man on K Street, increasing the likelihood that Buckham will go down too (DeLay certainly seems to think so). As we've said before, Buckham is key. If the Justice Department were eventually bring DeLay up on charges, Buckham would be their star witness.

If Delay were backed into a corner, what could he do?

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Oh, my goodness.

As I noted earlier, a senior Homeland Security Department law enforcement agent was busted last October for exposing himself to a girl in the food court of a mall.

Next to the recent arrest of DHS spokesman Brian Doyle on child sex charges, this was just one more reason to take Operation Predator away from DHS, I said. "Predator" is the agency's program to bust child sex criminals.

Now we discover -- that law enforcement agent, Frank Figueroa, used to run Operation Predator.

The victim, a 16-year-old girl, said Figueroa pulled up a leg of his shorts, exposed himself and masturbated for about 10 minutes, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Figueroa was in court this morning; he pleaded no contest to charges of exposure of sexual organs and disorderly conduct He had formerly said he was not guilty. His trial is expected to begin tomorrow.

A couple days ago I raised an eyebrow -- okay, both eyebrows -- at a blog hosted by the Cincinnati Enquirer's online division,

Titled "Grandma in Iraq," the blog is an unvariably upbeat diary of U.S. successes in the effort to rebuild Iraq.

It's written by a Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Suzanne M. Fournier. Except the site didn't identify her job, and Fournier appeared to have mentioned it specifically only once in the last several months.

Folks called, Editor and Publisher got involved, and now the site has changed her attribution -- it reads:

Suzanne Fournier of Alexandria, grandmother of 15, posts from Iraq. Fournier is the Public Affairs Officer for the Gulf Region Southern District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Iraq.

The disclosure is nice to see. I'm still curious to hear from media ethics folks on how they think readers are served by giving a government flack access to publish directly to a newspaper's Web site.

Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) "quietly deposited $3 million of her own money into her campaign last week, far less than the $10 million she promised on national television," the Miami Herald reports.

Chris Ingram, Harris' new spokesman, said not to worry. "The plan is still the same," Ingram told the paper. "You start with the foundation, and then you put up the walls and the roof."