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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Valerie Plame
Former CIA operative Valerie Plame has a mixed opinion of Showtime's spy drama "Homeland."
Seven years ago, Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times, became the heroine of a cause celebre when federal prosecutors demanded she testify to a grand jury investigating a White House leak divulging that Valerie Plame was an undercover operative of the CIA.
The Pentagon is considering legal action against a former Navy SEAL whose book describes insider details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, but it has not made a final judgment on whether the book actually reveals secrets, a spokesman said Friday.
A group of Republican senators is pressing Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to immediately appoint an independent counsel to investigate an "avalanche" of national security leaks.
Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Sunday dismissed as "cheap shots" the criticism leveled at him and others in former Vice President Dick Cheney's memoir.
Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson is turning to fiction writing more than three years after publishing a memoir about her career.
Audiences for politically charged dramas based on actual events don't always get the whole truth.
"Could [I] have misspoken? Yes, I am male, I'm over 50. By definition, I can misspeak."
When Hollywood decides a former White House aide is fair game for attack, facts don't come into play. History, however, cannot be so cavalier about the truth. The new movie "Fair Game" - based on the outing of CIA employee Valerie Plame Wilson during political battles concerning the war in Iraq - is anything but fair or honest. In depicting former vice-presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby as a sinister point man in a broad effort to destroy Mrs. Wilson's career while concocting a fraudulent case for the war, the movie perpetuates myths that improperly damage U.S. credibility.
Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, said Monday that he cannot accept a potential compromise that would extend tax cuts for the wealthier for 2 years while making them permanent for everyone else.
She's posed on the red carpet at Cannes in a flowing designer gown, at Deauville in a sleek black bustier and palazzo pants. She exchanges e-mails with Naomi Watts. Sean Penn hung out at her house. Not for nothing have they called Valerie Plame Wilson the Glamorous Spy.
"[Valerie Plame] did quit her job at the CIA (according to the film, it became impossible for her to continue in her nonproliferation work) but 'Fair Game' is at its weakest when it is supposed to be at its most harrowing," writes Kyle Smith at Commentary magazine.
Democrats treated former White House spokesman Scott McClellan's congressional testimony Friday as a road map to scandal in the White House, Republicans saw it as a farce and Mr. McClellan himself used it as a chance to push his book.
Hastert to retire?
Plame said Wednesday the Emmy Award-winning TV series is a compelling drama and that star Claire Danes is "fabulous" as a CIA operations officer.
But Plame told a TV critics' meeting it's not credible that the character's bipolar disorder would go unnoticed.