Political Panorama: Tuesday

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Thompson Lashes Out at Libby Prosecutor: “Law & Order” regular and former Sen. Fred Thompson criticized Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s case against Scooter Libby because he says “there is no indication that a law has been violated.” He questions whether Valerie Plame was even covered by the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. “That’s been bourne out by the fact that no one’s been charged with outing her,” Thompson told ABC News. He called Libby’s trial, for which he has observed, a “travesty and injustice.” He has contributed money to Libby’s defense fund.

Dixie Chicks Still Dissed: Even though the group won big at the Grammys, country radio isn’t about to start playing their albums anytime soon. “This is rural, conservative America,” said the program manager in North Platte, Neb. “They are just disgusted.” In fact, the awards may create a new backlash, as it has reignited all of the old debate over whether they should have made anti-Bush remarks. On Sunday, Natalie Maines said, “I’m slowly getting my faith back in mankind.”

Specter Calls for Televised Supreme Court: Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) has reintroduced legislation to allow televised proceedings of the U.S. Supreme Court, even though several justices have expressed their opposition. Specter is encouraged that Congress will go along, in part because justices like John Roberts and John Paul Stevens have made recent appearances on news programs.

Teuton for Tibet: Richard Gere urged German leaders to put pressure on China about its human rights record and Tibet. This year, Germany holds the European Union and G-8 presidencies. “Tibet should be ever present in any discussion with China,” Gere said at a Berlin news conference.

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