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For a faltering President, sparing a loyalist isn't necessarily a hard call

George W. Bush once promised that anyone in his Administration who broke the law would "be taken care of." At the time, he appeared to mean they would face the consequences of their actions. Then he took care of I. Lewis Libby, and all at once, his words assumed a somewhat different tone.

Ever since March, when Libby was convicted for lying about his role in exposing Valerie Plame as a CIA operative, a lot of people have wondered whether the President would step in to keep him from going to prison. On the one hand, Bush has never been a...

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