WASHINGTON - In a dramatic change of strategy in the perjury trial of Lewis I. 'Scooter' Libby, the defense plans to call Vice President Dick Cheney's Magic 8-Ball to testify as to when it first authorized the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame to be leaked to members of the press. The administration is expected to oppose any attempt to call the 8-Ball to testify, but legal scholars say that the White House faces an uphill battle given the 8-Ball's pivotal role in Cheney's decision-making process. "Everyone knows that Cheney uses the Magic 8-Ball for virtually every important decision," said a Vice Presidential staffer who spoke on condition of anonymity. "Cheney even had it flown to Texas after he accidentally shot that lawyer last year. We call it 'The Decider.'"

When asked about the possibility of being subpoenaed, Cheney's Magic 8-Ball answered, "Try Again Later." When the question was repeated, it said, "Go F*ck Yourself."