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"MAY FILE LIBEL SUIT" is front-page above the fold news. Not "has filed libel suit," but "may file libel suit."

HONORE NOT RUNNING FOR SENATE: Ret. Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, rumored last week to be challenging Sen. David Vitter in 2010, swats down the chatter:

A Louisiana political Web site reported last week that he was "seriously considering" a Republican primary challenge to Vitter, a first-term Republican who was ensnared in a Washington sex scandal in 2007. Honore said he had received more than 100 e-mails in response to that report, but no news outlet asked him whether it was true before CNN contacted him Sunday.

"That ought to scare the hell out of people in this country," said Honore, who once called a reporter "stuck on stupid" during a nationally televised news conference.

JENNA BUSH HAGER, JOURNALIST: After relegating Hoda Kotb to a role as Kathie Lee Gifford's Ed McMahon, the Today show hires the ex-president's daughter as a correspondent. Glenn Greenwald suggests:

They should convene a panel for the next Meet the Press with Jenna Bush Hager, Luke Russert, Liz Cheney, Megan McCain and Jonah Goldberg, and they should have Chris Wallace moderate it. They can all bash affirmative action and talk about how vitally important it is that the U.S. remain a Great Meritocracy because it's really unfair for anything other than merit to determine position and employment.

TIMES MAN FILES FIRST DISPATCH: Campbell Robertson, The New York Times' new guy, punches the clock.

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RICKY THE CAT GETS A HAPPY ENDING: Remember Ricky, the Gambit Pet of the Week? Last week, she was transferred from the LA/SPCA to the Atlanta Humane Society, where they had more room for adoptable cats. Yesterday we got a note from Andrea Peacock, intake manager for the Atlanta Humane Society:

Just wanted to update you guys on Ricky the kitty. She was adopted yesterday with another cat, and both are living the high life in a nice condo in Midtown. Their adopter was really nice and has had cats before.

HAPPY MONDAY:

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