The Note: When The Dog Bites

WASHINGTON, July 18

NEWS SUMMARY

The modern corollary to "don't believe everything you read" is "don't disbelieve everything you read."

We aren't sure about everything that is flying out there, but we are in the midst of a pretty dizzying period.

THINGS WE (THINK) WE KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT BUSH:

-- He will/might name a Supreme Court nominee this week (if the Monday Peter Baker is right LINK and the Sunday Peter Baker is wrong…).

-- He might pick a female for the job (unless he doesn't).

-- He is very loyal to those who are loyal to him.

-- He has at least one event today at which he will have an opportunity to reaffirm that he doesn't comment on on-going investigations (except when he does).

THINGS WE (THINK) WE KNOW ABOUT VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY:

-- He is very loyal to those who are loyal to him.

-- Joe Wilson is not his kind of guy.

-- He is both a detail man and a big picture man.

THINGS WE (THINK) KNOW ABOUT KARL ROVE:

-- "Prosecutors ... have been told that ...Rove, (was) especially intent on undercutting Wilson's credibility….A source directly familiar with information provided to prosecutors said Rove's interest was so strong that it prompted questions in the White House. When asked at one point why he was pursuing the diplomat so aggressively, Rove reportedly responded: 'He's a Democrat.' Rove then cited Wilson's campaign donations, which leaned toward Democrats, the person familiar with the case said." (per the Los Angeles Times)

-- That there is some dispute about whether welfare reform was discussed during his famous phone call with Matt Cooper (with obvious implications).

-- That he allegedly ended the call with Cooper with the now (in)famous words "I've already said too much."

-- That a very busy "source familiar with Rove's account" says that no matter HOW Rove learned of Valerie Wilson's CIA employment, the germ of the start of the genesis of it was via a member of the Fourth Estate.

THINGS WE (THINK) WE KNOW ABOUT SCOOTER LIBBY:

-- He has a wonderful sense of humor.

-- The Los Angels Times says the prosecutors have heard testimony that he, too, was especially intent on undercutting Wilson's credibility…"

-- He should probably try to figure out what enemies he has made at State (current and former) and the Agency (current and former; and we don't mean the EPA either).

THINGS WE (THINK) WE KNOW ABOUT MATT COOPER:

-- He is a brilliant mimic.

-- He has more interesting e-mails and Notes about this matter that somewhere haven't found their way to Isikoff (yet).

THINGS WE (THINK) WE KNOW ABOUT KEN MEHLMAN:

-- He doesn't plan to hold his breath waiting for the apologies to Karl Rove he has demanded.

-- In his soul, he believes he has never attacked Joe Wilson.

-- He is not a big fan of "Vanity Fair."

-- He has not dictionary.commed "vindicate" lately. LINK

THINGS WE (THINK) WE KNOW ABOUT HOWARD FINEMAN:

-- He is seeing his life (or, at least, his career) flash before his bespeckled eyes.

-- He correlates Karl Rove's occasional antics with the traveling White House press corps with feeling "under pressure."

THINGS WE (THINK) WE KNOW ABOUT THE WASHINGTON POST AND OTHER NEWS ORGANIZATIONS WHOSE REPORTERS HAVE TESTIFIED (OR NOT):

-- They are starting to subtly sneak information they obtained in confidence into the paper in some instances.

(Note hint: read closely.)

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