The Libby Verdict; Shabby Treatment of Wounded Soldiers
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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.
Libby Verdict Strikes Another Legal Blow to Bush Administration ()
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.
- Evan Perez: reporter for the Wall Street Journal, @evanperez
- John Harwood: Chief Washington Correspondent, CNBC
- David Corn: Washington Editor, The Nation, @DavidCornDC
- Byron York: White House Correspondent for The National Review, @ByronYork
The Shabby Treatment of Wounded Soldiers ()
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.
- Mark Benjamin: National Correspondent for Salon.com
- Dan Ephron: National Security Correspondent, Newsweek
- Ronald Glasser: Pediatric nephrologist
- Linda J. Bilmes: Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University
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