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10:20 PM ET, April 30, 2006


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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" …
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 …
Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
Ignoring Colbert: A Small Taste of the Media's Power to Choose the News  —  The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner was televised on C-Span Saturday evening.  Featured entertainer Stephen Colbert delivered a biting rebuke of George W. Bush and the lily-livered press corps.
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 …
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.
Boston Globe:
Examples of the president's signing statements  —  Since taking office in 2001, President Bush has issued signing statements on more than 750 new laws, declaring that he has the power to set aside the laws when they conflict with his legal interpretation of the Constitution.
Discussion: The Liberal Avenger
Lisa Lambert / Reuters:
Bush skewers self at correspondents' dinner
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Frederick /
Re-Improved Colbert transcript (now with complete text of Colbert-Thomas video!)
Discussion: Prometheus 6
Hindrocket / Power Line:
COMEDY CRITICISM  —  The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Teresa Wiltz / Washington Post:
All Georges  —  At the White House Correspondents' Dinner …
Discussion: Firedoglake
USA Today:
Bush, celebrities attend press corps dinner
Discussion: US Politics and Left I on the News
Elizabeth White / Associated Press:
Bush Lampoons Self at Press Corp Dinner
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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
Washington Post:
Polls Suggest Ethics Issues Could Haunt GOP  —  The day before the Republican House leadership struggled for five hours to bring lobby reform legislation to the floor, Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.) declared that voters have little or no interest in ethics legislation.  —  "Do I think they care about it?
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
Francis Turner / L'Ombre de l'Olivier:
Clearstream - French for Watergate?  —  Over the last year or two there has been a scandal brewing in Paris and it looks like it is about to ready to boil over (if that isn't mixing metaphors too badly).  It all started in 2004 when someone sent some documents to a judge that indicated …
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