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  •  Reuters: Clarke story will stick around (none)
    Looks like the Republican smear machine may be malfunctioning:

    Clarke Charges on Bush Seem to Have Sticking Power

    "The administration's attempts to discredit Clarke have backfired. They have merely given the story legs and hurt the administration. The issue of whether Rice should testify should keep the story alive for several more news cycles," said University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape.

    "The Bush administration and its allies have certainly not helped the story go away," said Howard Opinsky, a Republican operative who ran media relations for Arizona Sen. John McCain during his 2000 presidential bid.

    "Instead, they adopted the risky strategy of trying to refute his charges, which makes it appear that they have something to hide," he said.

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