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8:50 PM ET, April 30, 2006


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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" …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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: PSoTD and Bark Bark Woof Woof
Lisa Lambert / Reuters:
Bush skewers self at correspondents' dinner
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Teresa Wiltz / Washington Post:
All Georges  —  At the White House Correspondents' Dinner …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Hindrocket / Power Line:
COMEDY CRITICISM  —  The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Elizabeth White / Associated Press:
Bush Lampoons Self at Press Corp Dinner
Discussion: AMERICAblog
USA Today:
Bush, celebrities attend press corps dinner
Discussion: US Politics and Left I on the News
Frederick /   Re-Improved Colbert transcript (now with complete text of Colbert-Thomas video!)
Martin Weil / Washington Post:
Economist John Kenneth Galbraith Dies at 97  —  John Kenneth Galbraith, the author, scholar, diplomat and presidential adviser, who was a preeminent symbol and source of liberal political thought, died last night in Cambridge, Mass. He was 97.  —  His son Alan said his father died …
Chris Evans / The Age:
US 'allowed Zarqawi to escape'  —  The United States deliberately passed up repeated opportunities to kill the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, before the March 2003 US-led invasion of that country.  —  The claim, by former US spy Mike Scheuer …
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."
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Merits of Partitioning Iraq or Allowing Civil War Weighed  —  As the U.S. military struggles against persistent sectarian violence in Iraq, military officers and security experts find themselves in a vigorous debate over an idea that just months ago was largely dismissed as a fringe thought …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
G.O.P. Moderates Rebuff Lobbyists, Then Woo Them  —  WASHINGTON, April 29 — After appearing to falter Thursday, the House of Representatives is once again poised to pass a new package of lobbying restrictions, thanks largely to the efforts of an alliance of Republican moderates.
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos
Hindrocket / Power Line:
CORRECTING WHERE IT COUNTS  —  The New York Times is exquisitely sensitive to the possibility that its reporters could have conflicts of interest, or undisclosed angles on the stories they report.  When such possible conficts are sniffed out, the Times takes a rigorous, Caesar's wife approach.
Discussion: THE NEWS BLOG
David Smith / Times of London:
Dollar starts the big slide against major currencies  —  THE dollar has embarked on a big decline that will see it fall against all leading currencies, according to analysts.  —  The plunge is being prompted by America's $800 billion (£438 billion) current-account deficit, they say.
Discussion: Cannonfire
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Rod Liddle / Times of London:
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Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
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Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
Father of the Bush Doctrine
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