Washington was quick to react to the Libby commutation Monday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Following are reactions to President Bush's announcement Monday that he has commuted the sentence of former vice presidential chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby:
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush’s decision to commute the sentence of former White House Lewis “Scooter” Libby marks the fourth time the president has exercised his power to reduce criminal sentences. Here’s where the president stands compared to other modern presidents, according to the Office of the Pardon Attorney at the Department of Justice.
Ruth Harkin, right, with Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Ruth Harkin, the wife of Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, will back Sen. Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, a well placed source tells CNN.
This is a major endorsement for Clinton, who only weeks ago had come under fire from some Iowa Democrats after one of her senior campaign staffers suggested the New York senator should skip Iowa and invest time and money in other early voting states. Clinton disavowed the advice laid out in a memo leaked to the news media and is campaigning in the Hawkeye State this week with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
"This is personal for her," said the source of Ruth Harkin's decision to endorse Clinton. The source added that Ruth Harkin is feeling very strongly about the New York Democrat's candidacy.
Harkin's husband will stay neutral in the race, added the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Ruth Harkin served President Clinton's administration as president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. She was the first woman elected to the position of county attorney in Iowa, when she took office in 1972 in Story County.
– CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush has commuted the prison term of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who faced 30 months in prison after his March conviction on federal charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.
Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted in March of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to
investigators probing the 2003 disclosure of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson's identity. A federal judge in Washington sentenced Libby to prison in June, and a federal appeals court rejected the ex-official's bid to remain free while appealing his conviction earlier Monday.
In a written statement issued hours after that ruling, Bush called 30-month term "excessive." But he also rejected calls for a pardon for Libby, and said the onetime adviser will still have to pay a $250,000 fine and remain on probation for two years.
"The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant, and private citizen will be long-lasting," Bush said. But he said Libby was given "a harsh sentence based in part on allegations never presented to the jury."
Earlier: Appeals court rejects Libby’s bid for bail
Obama campaigned in New Hampshire Monday.
LACONIA, New Hampshire (CNN) - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama basked in the glory of knowing he has full campaign coffers Monday while campaigning in the early voting state of New Hampshire.
Speaking to a few hundred people gathered to meet him in Laconia, the Democratic presidential hopeful said, "This week I got a lot of attention for raising a lot of money."
Over the weekend, Obama's campaign announced it had raised $32.5 million in the second quarter of 2007, most of which can be used in the primary election. Late last week, Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announced the New York Democrat had raised around $27 million in the same time period, $21 million of which can be used in the primary race.
Obama called it "a wonderful thing because we've got 250-thousand people donating to our campaign....people who are giving 5 dollars, 10 dollars and 25 dollars."
He said 90 percent of his donations were $100 or less.
Touching on his usual themes of health care, education, climate change and terrorism, Obama proclaimed he is ready to lead the country. He also argued that the reason there are big crowds coming out to see him everywhere he goes is because there is a "burning desire for change" in America.
– CNN Producer Fan Fifis
A Google map shows the location of Marlow, New Hampshire.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - It holds the status as the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, and one would assume every New Hampshire town has been visited by at least one presidential candidate over the years.
But Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson says he will become the "first ever" White House contender to set foot in Marlow (population: 747) when he travels to the Granite State later this week.
"I am excited to be the first ever presidential candidate to visit Marlow," the New Mexico governor said in a statement. "The New Hampshire primary is about meeting voters one-on-one, looking them in the eye and answering their questions. It's about time the people of Marlow had an opportunity to directly participate in this process."
In addition Marlow, Richardson has stops planned in Manchester, Nashua Amherst, Merrimack and Greenville.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Protesters Monday marked the fourth anniversary of President Bush's "Bring 'em on" dare to insurgents in Iraq by marching outside the White House chanting, "Keep 'em safe, bring 'em home."
The protest is part of a campaign called Americans Against Escalation in Iraq.
"It's a call for Americans and lawmakers to break from the president and to end the Iraq war responsibly," program organizer Tom Matzzie said.
One protester, Sgt. John Bruhns of Philadelphia, said he was stationed in Baghdad during the initial U.S. invasion four years ago, and was horrified by Bush's statement. "I was scared for my life. And the fact that the commander in chief personally invited the enemy to attack us is unacceptable."
Although the president has said he regrets saying "Bring 'em on," Matzzie said he now wants Bush to claim responsibility not just for the "reckless statement, but for the reckless war policy, too."
More than 3,500 American troops have died since the start of the Iraqi War.
– CNN's Karen Hopkins
McCain raised $11.2 million in the second quarter.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign announced staff cuts Monday after a decline in its quarterly fund-raising, a slide advisers blamed on the Arizona Republican's support of a failed immigration bill.
McCain's 2008 effort took in $11.2 million between April and June, down from the $13 million raised in the first quarter of 2007, the campaign announced. His first-quarter receipts trailed two other GOP contenders, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Romney and Giuliani have yet to announce their totals for the second quarter, which ended Saturday. Candidates have until July 15 to file quarterly reports with the Federal Election Commission.
In a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, McCain campaign manager Terry Nelson announced a major "restructuring" of the campaign, which had $2 million remaining in the bank as of Saturday. In addition to across-the-board staff cuts, Nelson said he will work without pay for the next few months, and several other top aides will work at reduced pay.
Nevertheless, senior McCain strategist John Weaver said McCain still intends to stay in the race and win.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A federal appeals court Monday rejected former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby's request to remain free on appeal after his March conviction on federal charges stemming from the leak of a CIA agent's identity.
Libby, once Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, faces a 30-month prison term after being convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal agents probing the 2003 exposure of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, whose husband had become a critic of the war in Iraq.
A three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals found Libby has not raised a question for judges "that is 'close' or that 'could very well be decided the other way'" - the standard for remaining free on appeal.
Barring further appeals, Libby's term will start when the U.S. Bureau of Prisons decides where he will serve his time and sets a date for him to surrender. But his lawyers may appeal Monday's ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which rarely intervenes in these kinds of cases.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Philadelphia Mayor John Street endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy at joint press conference Monday with the New York senator in Pennsylvania.
“Senator Clinton is a progressive leader who has served the people of our country with dedication and passion for over 30 years,” Street said in a statement. “She will be a strong advocate for our nation’s cities, and I endorse her candidacy for president."
Street, who is African-American, now joins Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a growing number of racial and ethnic minority leaders from urban areas who are backing Clinton’s candidacy.
Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pennsylvania, also announced on Monday that he is endorsing Senator Clinton’s presidential bid.
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich