The Note

USA Today 's Bill Nichols and John Diamond profile Mr. and (sort of) Mrs. Wilson, with this interesting section: LINK

"Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff, Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, met with officials at the Non-Proliferation Center before the invasion of Iraq to discuss reports that Iraq was seeking to buy uranium in Africa. A U.S. official with knowledge of those meetings said [Wilson's wife] did not attend. But the former U.S. intelligence official said she was involved in preparing materials for those meetings."

The Washington Post 's Richard Leiby on Joe Wilson. LINK

The Wall Street Journal 's Hamburger, Hitt, and Fields focus on how Wilson is operating in the midst of the controversy. Wilson continues his media blitz as the FBI investigation into the leak launches, insisting that his criticism of the war in Iraq isn't partisan and taking some hits to his own credibility for pointing a finger at Karl Rove.

Wilson, thumb-sucking:

The Washington Post 's lead editorial makes a nod to its hypocrisy over suddenly being for a leak investigation, and pays homage to the paper's own reporting. LINK

The Philly Inquirer's Strobel sees a potential "chink in Bush's moral armor." LINK

Walter Shapiro thinks "there is a danger of losing sight of the real scandal amid the search for the administration leakers." LINK

The Wall Street Journal editorial board says the leak about exposing a CIA agent is only a story because Karl Rove is purported to be a target of the investigation, and that the real scandal is that Wilson ("an open opponent of the war on terror") ended up investigating intelligence on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction.

And they also say that the only reason Senator Lieberman is talking up a new independent counsel law is because he has no chance of winning the presidency.

Honor, integrity and the White House: With scandal in the wind, Bush's credibility is at issue as never before, says Michael Tackett of the Chicago Tribune. LINK

The Sun-Times, while feeling it is the responsibility of journalists to print awkward facts, hopes to avoid an all-consuming Watergate-style firestorm. LINK

The Miami Herald gives its opinion: Impartial probe needed, White House compromised. LINK

The Washington Post 's Montgomery plays catch-up on the frog march story. LINK

ABC 2004: Bush-Cheney re-elect:

The Bush-Cheney re-election campaign is not likely to officially announce their massive third quarter fundraising figures until closer to the October 15 FEC filing deadline. But according to the campaign, they are still indicating $48 to $50 million for this quarter and a total of between $82 and $84 million.

The Washington Post 's Mike Allen reports on the president's trip to the Midwest, where he "broke his own one-day record for fundraising with a two-stop, 12-hour visit." LINK

President Bush raised $5.3 million yesterday, surpassing the $5.2 million total raised in California back in June.

"Bush's strategists had planned for his message this week to focus on his efforts to create jobs, and separated two fundraisers by staging a roundtable meeting with corporate leaders at the University of Chicago business school. The roundtable included Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) and "16 business leaders" — all of them male and all of them presidents or chairmen."

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