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3:30 PM ET, May 2, 2007

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Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
Obama blows into MySpace  —  This seems like it was bound to happen with Obama's top-down campaign structure as it grows by leaps and bounds.  With much of that energy coming from a bottom up movement that's responsible for that growth, the campaign moves in to take control of the decentralized action.
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Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
The Battle to Control Obama's Myspace  —  In November 2004, Joe Anthony, a paralegal living in Los Angeles, started a unofficial fan page for then-newly-elected Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) on MySpace.com.  Inspired by Obama's keynote address at that summer's Democratic convention, Anthony had never been politically active before.
Discussion: MyDD, Hotline On Call and PrezVid
Jonathan Stein / MotherJones.com:
Obama's Selective Memory on His Anti-War Stance
Discussion: Hot Air and BLACKFIVE
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Parsing the Polls: No Room For Compromise on Iraq  —  President Bush's veto of the Iraq funding bill returns the debate over the war to square one.  —  The question for Democratic congressional leaders and the White House is how far is each side willing to push the fight over legislating …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and CJR Daily
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Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
Obama's Talking Points  —  A leaked document shows how staffers prep the Democratic presidential hopeful as he courts support among party leaders.  —  May 1, 2007 - Here's the private advice Sen. Barack Obama's staff gave him the other day as he prepared to make a series of phone calls in search of support:
Discussion: Shakesville
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Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
PERSONAL SIDE: Desert island necessities
New York Times:
Citing 'Rigid' Deadline, Bush Vetoes Iraq Bill  —  President Bush vetoed the Iraq-war spending bill this evening, calling it a blueprint for failure and defeat and intensifying a showdown with the Democratic-controlled Congress.  —  Mr. Bush said the bill was unacceptable because it set …
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Bush, Democrats to meet today on Iraq
Alan Schwarz / New York Times:
Study of N.B.A. Sees Racial Bias in Calling Fouls  —  An academic study of the National Basketball Association, whose playoffs continue tonight, suggests that a racial bias found in other parts of American society has existed on the basketball court as well.
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
BANANA REPUBLICANISM, CONT'D....Quote of the day, from Thomas Sowell: … Now that's a comforting, conservative thought, isn't it?  I wonder what Buckley thinks of NRO publishing stuff like this?  —  (And in case you're wondering, there's no further context.  That's the whole quote.
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Matthew Yglesias:   Sowell's Coup  —  This is interesting.  Utterly without further …
Noah Shachtman / Wired News:
Army Squeezes Soldier Blogs, Maybe to Death  —  The U.S. Army has ordered soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages, without first clearing the content with a superior officer, Wired News has learned.  The directive, issued April 19, is the sharpest restriction …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Surrenders to Mob
Discussion: Digg the Blog, Valleywag and Althouse
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Is Rice engaging in 'bad behavior'?  —  I can't wait to hear the noise machine blather endlessly about how Condoleezza Rice is undermining U.S. policy by chatting with Syrian officials.  (thanks to L.J. for the tip) … Ah yes, the Pelosi meeting.  As I recall, when the Speaker …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:   Rice Meets with Iraq's Prime Minister on Eve of Conference
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
U.S. Seeks Closing of Visa Loophole for Britons  —  Omar Khyam, the ringleader of the thwarted London bomb plot who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday, showed the potential for disaffected young men to be lured as terrorists, a threat that British officials said they would have to contend with for a generation.
Tim Arango / Fortune:
Imus won't go quietly  —  The talk show host has hired a top First Amendment lawyer, and an unusual clause in his contract could give him a $40 million payday, writes Fortune's Tim Arango.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Don Imus, the tousled and acerbic radio host whose racial remarks engendered …
Discussion: TalkLeft and QandO
Willard Hotel / White House:
President Bush Discusses War on Terror, Economy with Associated General Contractors of America  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all; please be seated.  Steve, unlike you, I have trouble finding the front end of a front-end loader.  (Laughter.)  Thanks for having me.
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Giuliani's Tie to Texas Law Firm May Pose Risk  —  For a native New Yorker mounting a first bid for national office, Rudolph W. Giuliani has shown an impressive ability to raise money in Texas, where his Republican presidential campaign collected $2.2 million in the first quarter of the year, far more than any other candidate.
James Risen / New York Times:
Administration Pulls Back on Surveillance Agreement  —  Senior Bush administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that they could not pledge that the administration would continue to seek warrants from a secret court for a domestic wiretapping program, as it agreed to do in January.
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Mitt's new flip-flop is out of this world  —  Already under scrutiny for shifting positions on key issues and his Mormon faith, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has made a bizarre new flip flop - saying on national TV his favorite novel is Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's "Battlefield Earth."
 
 
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Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
D.C. Lawyer Demands ABC News Keep His Client Secret
Discussion: On Deadline
Sen. Russ Feingold / The Huffington Post:
After the Veto  —  The ink on the President's veto is barely dry …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Fired USA: DoJ #2 Said Performance Not Reason for Firing
George W. Bush / White House:
Message to the House of Representatives
Discussion: Balkinization and TalkLeft
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Rashomon And The Netroots
Christy Hoppe / Dallas Morning News:
Perry: Concealed guns should be allowed everywhere
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The right's explicit and candid rejection of "the rule of law"
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Americans Favor Iraq Timetable, But Not Necessarily a Speedy Withdrawal
Discussion: TIME: Swampland and TalkLeft
Michael Calderone / New York Observer:
Times Withdraws From Chummy Galas, Leaving Rove Dateless
Discussion: Media Blog
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Residency Clause Adds Fuel To Dispute Over U.S. Attorneys
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Interior official quits ahead of hearing
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Ronald Reagan, In His Own Words
New York Sun:
Mr. Broder Goes to Washington
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Biden on Iraq bill: "We're going to shove it down his throat."
Discussion: TIME, Betsy's Page and On Deadline