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Release the hounds - or at least the liars

President Bush has officially commuted the prison term of convicted liar Scooter Libby, meaning the Bush-Cheney henchman will not have to spend 30 months in a federal prison getting to better know the inmates.

MSNBC has a transcript of Bush's accompanying statement, explaining how Bush, an admittedly C student in college, has weighed evidence and come up differently from several federal judges.

Fox News couldn't even avoid the basic facts, but certainly issued a sparing report, compared with CNN's, for example.

(Yeah, Libby still has to spend a couple years on probation and pay $250,000. Shouldn't be too hard, for a man with friends in the oil biz.)

Also, many people are waiting for Bush to outright pardon Libby, letting him wipe the conviction from his record. If you think the law - or Justice Department guidelines - will bother him, think again.

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