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Lewis "Scooter" Libby's conviction is just the latest bad news for the Bush Administration.  Plus, the running scandal over treatment of combat veterans by the Veterans' Administration. 

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Vanessa Romo
Karen Radziner
Andrea Brody

Main Topic Libby Verdict Strikes Another Legal Blow to Bush Administration 22 MIN, 1 SEC

The former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney faces up to 25 years in federal prison. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has been convicted on four of five counts of obstructing justice, perjury and lying to the FBI; he was acquitted on the count of making false statements to the FBI in a conversation about Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper.  The case stemmed from efforts to discredit a critic of the rationale for war in Iraq. One juror called Libby, "the fall guy."  We join journalists for an update today's jury verdict, to hear how each side responded and assess the political consequences.

Guests:
Evan Perez, Wall Street Journal (@evanperez)
John Harwood, CNBC and the New York Times
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)
Byron York, Washington Examiner (@ByronYork)

Main Topic The Shabby Treatment of Wounded Soldiers 27 MIN, 13 SEC

President Bush is appointing a commission to investigate the quality of care at Veterans' Administration hospitals. It will be chaired by former Republican Senator Bob Dole and Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton Administration.  The shabby treatment of combat veterans at Walter Reed Hospital has been called the "tip of the iceberg" by several Congressmen. Yesterday, both military and civilian officials told a Congressional committee they were surprised at recent reports of shoddy treatment of outpatients at the Army's flagship hospital.  Did military and civilian officials ignore early reports? What about other Veterans' Administration facilities?  We speak with journalists, doctors and public-policy experts.

Guests:
Mark Benjamin, National Correspondent, Salon.com
Dan Ephron, Newsweek/Daily Beast
Ronald Glasser, Pediatric nephrologist
Linda J. Bilmes, Harvard University

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