The Note: The Raptor and the Three-legged Rabbits

Sen. George Allen (R-VA), a possible contender for the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nomination, said Sunday on "Meet the Press" that it would be appropriate for Karl Rove or Scooter Libby to step down if indicted. LINK

RUSSERT: "(inaudible), if Mr. Rove and/or Mr. Libby is indicted, should they step down?"

ALLEN: "That'll be -- I think they will step down if they're indicted."

RUSSERT: "And they should."

ALLEN: "Yes, I do think that's appropriate. But I don't see (inaudible) -- they're in the midst of an indictment. But let's not say they have been indicted. I will take this point from Senator -- from Charlie Schumer, and that is, let's see what happens rather than get into all this speculation and so forth."

In an interview with the New York Post, Judy Miller says, "I'm not mad, I'm sad," but insists she is "not going to sink to [the] level" of her colleagues. LINK

In Newsweek's look at how the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz/Feith/Libby "clique" pursued intelligence gathered on Iraq in the run up to the war, correspondents John Barry, Michael Isikoff, and Mark Hosenball also write this, "Last week Hannah's lawyer Thomas Green told Newsweek his client 'knew nothing' about the leak and is not a target of Fitzgerald's probe. 'This is craziness,' he said." LINK

On Sunday, the New York Times' David Sanger looked at how journalists and government officials communicate about sensitive material and the impact the leak investigation may have on that communication. LINK

The New York Times' Stevenson and Jehl took a Sunday front page look at the underlying debate – the rationale for going to war in Iraq. LINK

The Fitzgerald investigation: filling the potential void:

In a story that indicates there is a "growing expectation" that Fitzgerald will seek to indict Rove and Libby, the Wall Street Journal's McKinnon and Cooper report (the old news) that White House Chief of Staff Andy Card is "thought to be interested in the Treasury secretary's job, if and when John Snow decides to step down."

Given Bush's tendency to "promote from within," some experts say if Rove has to go, it is likely that Bush will seek to bring in someone with a long track record of serving him, such as Ken Mehlman, Ed Gillespie, Donald Evans, Josh Bolten, Clay Johnson, Karen Hughes, or Marc Racicot.

The AP's Donna Cassata had a weekend look at similar names. LINK

The Fitzgerald investigation: Scooter Libby:

Sarah Kelley of the Legal Times looks at the reclusive Joseph Tate and asks: "Can a Democrat from Philadelphia save Scooter Libby?" LINK

The New York Times' Stevenson delivered a Sunday profile of Libby complete with his limousine rides to work with his boss. LINK

The Fitzgerald investigation: the prosecutor:

The Washington Post's Slevin and Leonnig produce a portrait of the special prosecutor as exacting, dogged, and fair. LINK

The Fitzgerald investigation: the New York Times:

Per the Wall Street Journal's Joe Hagan, the Grey Lady's "once-staunch support" for Miller appeared to "splinter" over the weekend following recent revelations about her involvement in the CIA leak case. Note the amazing quotes from the paper's lawyer and his apparent lack of interest in what Bill Keller has to say.

Slate's Jack Shafer tells USA Today Judy Miller is "ruined" and the Times is "damaged but will be OK." LINK

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