VALERIE PLAME UPDATE….Newsday has reports of further action in the Valerie Plame investigation:

The federal grand jury probing the leak of a covert CIA officer’s identity has subpoenaed records of Air Force One telephone calls in the week before the officer’s name was published in a column in July, according to documents obtained by Newsday.

Also sought in the wide-ranging document requests contained in three grand jury subpoenas to the Executive Office of President George W. Bush are records created in July by the White House Iraq Group, a little-known internal task force established in August 2002 to create a strategy to publicize the threat posed by Saddam Hussein.

And the subpoenas asked for a transcript of a White House spokesman’s press briefing in Nigeria, a list of those attending a birthday reception for a former president, and, casting a much wider net than previously reported, records of White House contacts with more than two dozen journalists and news media outlets.

Nigeria? A birthday reception? The White House Iraq Group?

And Josh Marshall points out that the White House Iraq Group has a very interesting set of regular participants….

UPDATE: And speaking of oddities, that “former president” thing slipped right by me at first. Which former president? I guess Bush Sr. is the most likely, right?