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Just over a week ago, White House press secretary Scott McClellan caught a lot of leak heat about Karl Rove from the media at the morning press gaggle and later at the formal press conference. John Stewart remarked on the Daily Show that real reporters have now been substituted in for the people who were acting as them.

With the pressure building on the White House over the leak and McClellan's previous denials of any Rove involvement in the leak of Valerie Plame's identity, they desperately wanted to change the subject from Rove and the leaks. Consequently, George W. Bush made an early announcement of John G. Roberts as his nominee for the Supreme Court. At least for this past week, things calmed down for McClellan.


07.24.05