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Friday, Feb. 10, 2006 12:01 AM

First, the cool story of the day. Archaeologists have unearthed a new tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

It's a small tomb, only one chamber, with five wooden sarcophagi bearing funerary masks. There are also 20 jars, their seals still intact. The tomb and its occupants could date back to the 18th Dynasty, roughly 1500 - 1300 BCE.

The significance of the find is that it suggests there may still be undiscovered tombs within the valley.

Court documents would seem to indicate that I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby told the grand jury that he was authorized to disclose classified information by his superiors.

With Libby being the Chief of Staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, that's a pretty short list.

The National Journal is reporting that Libby will affirm this authorization was part of a strategy to build a defense for the war.

But liberals who are getting ready to burn ol' Dick in effigy might want to consider that Libby's testimony refers specifically to the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq - data that is now unclassified. No mention of Valerie Plame was made, though media outlets have been quick to point out Libby's involvement and pending trial.

Cheney's office had no comment.

George Deutsch, the NASA press aide who was named as having attempted to muzzle climatologist James Hansen, is blaming the Democrats and the media for his fall from grace.

Deutsch criticized Hansen as pushing a worst-case scenario for global warming and confusing policy with science, all of which was an attempt to demean the president, the administration, and give the impression that the administration is, "... watering down science and lying to the public."

It's still not your job to edit scientific papers for content, George. If Hansen's facts are wrong, let that fact be brought to light. If his conclusions are wrong, let them be disputed.

You were a press aide, George, not a Political Officer in Communist Russia charged with making sure everything adheres to the party line.

And here's a predictable response to Condoleezza Rice's rather strongly worded statement earlier this week.

The leader of Hezbollah, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, told Secretary Rice and President Bush to shut up.

Thanks for playing, Condi.

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