METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING …. After a conference call with Bush’s energy secretary, Knight Ridder’s Kevin G. Hall reports:

One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America’s dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn’t mean it literally.

UPDATE: Cross your fingers that Knight Ridder’s Washington bureau survives its own corporate storm. This isn’t the first bluff their reporters have called. (See also: WMDs)

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Christina Larson is a Washington Monthly contributing editor and an award-winning science and environment journalist who has reported from five continents.