Marc Lüders... Graffiti (Marilyn) (2003, Oil on Silver gelatin print). From the exhibition MM 2006 at Galerie Andreas Baumgartl
WASHINGTON, July 13 — Valerie Wilson and her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, filed suit on Thursday against Vice President Dick Cheney, Mr. Cheney’s former top aide and the senior presidential adviser Karl Rove, charging they had conspired to violate their constitutional rights.
The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court, accused Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rove and the former Cheney aide, I. Lewis Libby Jr., of conspiring to destroy Ms. Wilson’s career by leaking her identity as an undercover C.I.A. operative to the press. It says the three men had conspired to punish Mr. Wilson for his public assertions that the Bush administration had twisted intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq.
The civil lawsuit, which does not specify any amount of damages being sought, is the latest chapter in a complicated legal and political story that began when Valerie Plame, Ms. Wilson’s unmarried name, first appeared publicly in a newspaper column by Robert D. Novak on July 14, 2003.
The fallout from that disclosure led to an investigation by a special prosecutor into whether the leak violated any laws and whether Ms. Wilson’s name was leaked as part of a campaign to punish Mr. Wilson, a former ambassador, for his criticism of the White House.
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Friday, July 14th, 2006http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/07/14/146258
Israel has intensified its attacks on Lebanon as warplanes launched fresh strikes on Beirut airport, communication networks, Lebanese roads and a power plant. Meanwhile, the US has vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution condemning Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip. MIT professor Noam Chomsky says the US and Israel are punishing Palestinians for electing Hamas, and says Hezbollah's capture of Israeli soldiers subjects Lebanese "to terror and possible extreme disaster" from Israeli strikes. We also get analysis by Middle East analyst Mouin Rabbani from Jerusalem.
More than 60 Lebanese civilians have been killed in the offensive which follows the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah.
Israeli jets bombed the main highway linking Beirut to Damascus, tightening an air, sea and land blockade of Lebanon.
The Israeli army said Hezbollah fighters fired more than 100 rockets on northern Israel on Thursday, killing two people, wounding 92 others and hitting Haifa, Israel's third largest city. Hezbollah denied firing into Haifa, but Israel described the incident as a "major escalation" of the crisis. The Lebanese army also responded to the offensive with anti-aircraft fire.
Israel has warned that the south of Beirut could be targeted. Israeli jets dropped leaflets on Thursday warning people to stay away from Hezbollah offices. Some areas of the city are now without electricity following an attack on a power station. Israeli jets also struck a pro-Syrian Palestinian group in eastern Lebanon. No casualties were reported.
The escalation has sparked international calls for restraint. The European Union and Russia have criticized Israel's strikes in Lebanon as disproportionate. President Bush said Israel has the right to defend itself, but should not weaken the Lebanese government.
The UN Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting later on Friday. Lebanon has urged it to adopt a resolution calling for a ceasefire. The US has already vetoed a council resolution demanding Israel end its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. Eight of the last nine vetoes have been cast by the United States. Seven of those were to do with the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
The focus might also be a dark-skinned snake charmer or an alert nude on a red couch. But Rousseau’s leafy grandeur, his tapestrylike parade of starchy, incipiently Cubist foliage and outsize lotuslike blooms, remains profoundly indifferent, decoratively intact, nearly abstract.
Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris” is at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Constitution Avenue between Ninth and Third Streets, Washington, through Oct. 15; (202) 737-4215.
By Desson Thomson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 14, 2006; C01
Without its animation, "A Scanner Darkly" would have made a fine cautionary tale about drug addiction, paranoia and institutional treachery in a foundering police state. But with a technique that turns live action into a two-dimensional cartoon, the movie goes one -- maybe even 10 -- better.
Report: Reed, Abramoff Hatched “Black Churches Insurance Program”
GQ Magazine has revealed new details of the ties between Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. According to former associates, Reed and Abramoff devised a plan they called the Black Churches Insurance Program. The plan would offer lobbying services to African-American churches. Instead of direct payment, Abramoff would arrange life-insurance polices that would have made him the beneficiary when elderly Church members passed away. A former Reed associate said: “…It sounds like Jack approached Reed about mortgaging old black people.” The news comes just one week before Reed faces a primary in his campaign for Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor.