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2:30 PM ET, April 30, 2006


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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Colbert Does the White House Correspondence dinner  —  Was he snubbed?  —  Stephen Colbert spoke tonight at the dinner and lampooned pretty much everything he could think of and Helen Thomas.  I used the second half of his performance because it included the Generals, Scalia, the Faux press briefing and as E&P reported:
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
W.H. Correspondents Dinner: Bush Kills, Colbert Bombs  —  Turns out comedy is best left to the amateurs.  —  Tough night for Colby, who must have regarded this gig as a chance to play the Super Bowl on his home field.  Watch the clip and see for yourself whom the crowd ended up rooting for.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Colbert's White House Correspondent Dinner Performance Underscores Irony's Power And Delicacy  —  The scene: The White House Correspondent Dinner.  The time: right after President George W. Bush put in a boffo performance next to a top-notch Bush impersonator.  It was a hard act to follow.
Elizabeth White / Associated Press:
Bush Lampoons Self at Press Corp Dinner  —  WASHINGTON - It was twice the fun for members of the White House Correspondents' Association and guests Saturday night when President Bush and a look-alike, sound-alike sidekick poked fun at the president and fellow politicians.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Bush Plays It For Laughs While Colbert Bombs  —  George Bush attended the White House Correspondents Dinner tonight, an annual event that encourages all parties to engage in some self-deprecating humor and relax in each other's company for an evening.  Fox News showed Bush's speech live …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and PSoTD
Text captured by DUers Great CeasarsGhost and tridem  —  {closed caption transcript of Stephen Colbert}  —  Thank you ladies and gentlemen.  Before I begin, I've been asked to make an announcement.  Whoever parked 14 black bullet proof S.U.V.'S out front, could you please move them.
Discussion: Sisyphus Shrugged
Bloggle / Bloggledygook:
Beyond Satire.  —  By now it should be evident that those who portray themselves, or allow themselves to be portrayed as courageous for pointing at pointy-heads in the government or media are actually those who are most worthy of ridicule.  —  I have taken a moratorium from political blogging …
Teresa Wiltz / Washington Post:   All Georges  —  At the White House Correspondents' Dinner …
Paul the Spud / Shakespeare's Sister:
Stephen Colbert has Balls as Big as Church Bells
Discussion: Preemptive Karma
Dan / Riehl World View:   Colbert Should Have Phoned It In  —  Perhaps it actually might have been funny.
USA Today:
Bush, celebrities attend press corps dinner
Discussion: US Politics   Colbert Does the White House Correspondents' dinner:
Pam / Pam's House Blend:   Stephen Colbert scorches the admin at dinner
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Bush challenges hundreds of laws  —  President cites powers of his office  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Media finally starting to report the President's systematic lawbreaking  —  (updated below)  —  On March 24, 2006, The Boston Globe published an article by Charlie Savage reporting that the President, after signing into law the bill which renewed the Patriot Act, issued a "signing statement" …
Discussion: Left in the West
New York Times:
John Kenneth Galbraith, 97, Dies; Economist Held a Mirror to Society  —  John Kenneth Galbraith, the iconoclastic economist, teacher and diplomat and an unapologetically liberal member of the political and academic establishment that he needled in prolific writings for more than half a century …
Martin Weil / Washington Post:
Economist John Kenneth Galbraith Dies at 97
Michael Smith / Times of London:
Al-Qaeda leader plans an Iraq army  —  THE leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is attempting to set up his own mini-army and move away from individual suicide attacks to a more organised resistance movement, according to US intelligence sources.
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Where's the dissent about source of quote?  —  John Kerry announced this week's John Kerry Iraq Policy of the Week the other day: "Iraqi politicians should be told that they have until May 15 to deal with these intransigent issues and at last put together an effective unity government or we will immediately withdraw our military."
New York Times:
As Gas Prices Go Up, Impact Trickles Down  —  It is hard to watch the numbers flutter ever upward on the gas pump these days.  A look at the ripple effect of rising gas prices across the country:  —  The End of Fun and Games  —  Gas prices are not doing much for the love life of Fernanda Tapia.
Discussion: The Oil Drum
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
Gore Redux  —  The former veep is refusing to play overt campaign politics.  But could his focus on the environment be his ticket to the presidency?  —  April 28, 2006 - A movie about Al Gore giving a PowerPoint presentation about global warming doesn't sound all that exciting, but if you liked …
Discussion: Draft Gore 2008
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Duke Rape Allegations And Black Panther Outrage
Iran 'attacks Iraq Kurdish area'
Discussion: Global Guerrillas
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
We may have to bomb Iran  —  Natanz seems an agreeable little town …
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
League of Dictators?  —  Why China and Russia Will Continue to Support Autocracies
Discussion: Norwegianity
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Democratic Hard Chargers Try to Return Party to Power
Discussion: MyDD and Norwegianity
Of a Fire in a Field  —  A COUPLE OF FRIENDS asked …
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
Father of the Bush Doctrine
Associated Press:
Vatican Official Calls for 'Da Vinci Code' Boycott
Discussion: and Loaded Mouth
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Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
White outfit, wrong occasion, Cherie
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Terrorist Attacks Rose Sharply in 2005, State Dept. Says
Discussion: ThreatsWatch.Org
Mark Steyn /
Celebrate tolerance, or you're dead
Ian / Expose the Left:
Sweet Jesus, Keith Olbermann Needs A Life (VIDEO)
Gagdad Bob / One Cosmos:
United 93: No Heroic Deed Goes Unspoiled by the Left
L.A. mayor picks NFL talks over immigrant boycott
Kathleen Parker /
Allen ain't nothin' but a hot dog
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Brendan Nyhan
Threatened MP ordered out of secure home