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In addition to the embarrassing showing Kay Bailey Hutchison put on yesterday, there have been several interesting Plame-related developments since we last checked in.
* Bob Novak apparently didn't fight too hard to keep his secret sources confidential.
"A critical early success for Fitzgerald was winning the cooperation of Robert D. Novak, the Chicago Sun-Times columnist who named Plame in a July 2003 story and attributed key information to "two senior administration officials." Legal sources said Novak avoided a fight and quietly helped the special counsel's inquiry, although neither the columnist nor his attorney have said so publicly."
* Conservative arguments that Patrick Fitzgerald is exceeding his authority by considering perjury and obstruction of justice charges are wrong. A letter posted to Fitzgerald's new website shows that he received authority from the Justice Department to expand his inquiry to include any criminal attempts to interfere with his probe. In fact, Fitzgerald requested and received the authority just weeks after he took over the investigation. "The fact that he [Fitzgerald] asked for authority that he probably already had, but wanted spelled out, makes it arguable that he had run into something rather quickly," Washington lawyer Plato Cacheris said yesterday.
* Slate's John Dickerson did a nice job profiling I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, for those who want a better sense of just who this guy is.
* Presumably because of the pending charges, Bush "is just unhappy in general and casting blame all about."