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Tonight a special report on how America was sold the war in Iraq...David 
Shuster kicks off the show with an excellent piece on the marketing of the Iraq 
war back in September '02, particularly around the first anniversary of 
9/11...It looks like the Senate Intel Committee may finally look into the use 
of pre-war intel and how policy makers in the White House, DoD, CIA & State 
used the info to sell the war...We'll look hard at the White House Iraq Group, 
which included Condi, Rove, Mary Matalin, Steve Hadley (current national 
security advisor), Scooter, of course, and Karen Hughes (natch) among others, 
and their mission to market the war in Iraq...You'll recall Andy Card's famous 
quote back then ``From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new 
products in August.''   We'll talk to one of the folks interested in getting to 
the bottom of this, Michigan Democrat Senator Carl Levin...

WHIG backgrounder http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Iraq_Group

Blankely and E.J. will do a couple of polls on American attitudes toward the 
Bush administration's handling of pre-war intel...53% believe they deliberately 
misled America on Iraq's WMD...55% believe Cheney was aware of Scooter's 
actions in the leak case...

Former Democrat Senate leader Tom Daschle is on tonight and will tell us about 
his trip to Iowa, why he may be running for President and Harry Reid's "stunt" 
to move the Senate into closed session last week...Frist called it a "slap in 
the face."

We finish up with Chuck Todd of The Hotline and Fund...They'll do some 
political slicin and dicin on the WHIG as well....Oh and did you see the live 
West Wing episode last night with the Vinick-Santos mock debate?  We'll have 
them discuss it as well...

It's gettin' kind of hot in here so please join us...Dominic Bellone wrote, 
compiled and edited The Hardball Briefing from Washington, DC

Bush Declares: 'We Do Not Torture' (AP) 

Cheney holds hard line on detainee policy...Vice president wages bureaucratic 
war against new restrictions, sources say (The Washington Post) 

Hagel: Torture Exemption Would Be Mistake (AP) 

U.S. soldiers charged with abusing detainees...5 accused of allegedly kicking, 
punching prisoners in Iraq on Sept. 7 (AP) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9958811/

First American death in U.S. offensive in Iraq...At least 36 insurgents killed 
near Syrian border in three days, military says (AP) 

Dems press for release of report on prewar intel...Meanwhile, document raises 
more doubts about al-Qaida training in Iraq (AP) 

Time's Mike Allen: A White House Without Rove? He's not gone yet, but his 
Texas-size ambitions are giving way to smaller goals 

Italian lawmaker: U.S. told of WMD forgeries...Senator says Bush administration 
was warned Iraq documents were fake (AP) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9912352/

Intel Probe: The Yellowcake Mystery (Newsweek) 

When Iraq's controversial deputy prime minister, Ahmad Chalabi, arrives in 
Washington on Tuesday for an eight-day visit, he'll bring a lot of baggage and 
a tough question for the Bush administration: Is Chalabi with us or against us? 
(Knight Ridder) http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/13099100.htm

Top Secret: Status Of Chalabi Inquiry...Few Signs of Progress Emerge in FBI 
Case..Involving a Possible Leak of U.S. Intelligence 

President Bush's detour to Virginia on his way home from Latin America on 
Monday shows that, despite all his troubles, he can still be considered an 
asset in a close political race. (AP) 

Daschle: Plan must represent America...The Democratic Party cannot only rely on 
GOP missteps if it wants to succeed, the former senator says in Iowa. (Des 
Moines Register) 


Pat: The IEDs on democracy road 

Corn: Squeezing Bush on his Prewar WMD Hype 

Novak: Alito vs. Michelman 

Doonesbury http://www.ucomics.com/doonesbury/

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