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6:45 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Teresa Wiltz / Washington Post:   All Georges  —  At the White House Correspondents' Dinner …
Pam / Pam's House Blend:
Stephen Colbert scorches the admin at dinner
Lisa Lambert / Reuters:
Bush skewers self at correspondents' dinner
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
USA Today:
Bush, celebrities attend press corps dinner
Discussion: US Politics
Dan / Riehl World View:   Colbert Should Have Phoned It In  —  Perhaps it actually might have been funny.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
COMEDY CRITICISM  —  The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Colbert Does the White House Correspondence dinner
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 …
Henry / Crooked Timber:   Galbraith dies  —  John Kenneth Galbraith died yesterday.
Brad DeLong / Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal:
John Kenneth Galbraith
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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."
Bryan / Hot Air:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Loses Her Home  —  Via Peaktalk, the story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali just gets worse.  Hirsi Ali is the Somali-born Dutch parliamentarian whose outspokenness on the rights of women under Islam has made her a marked woman.  Islamists have issued a fatwa calling for her death.
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
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.
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
League of Dictators?  —  Why China and Russia Will Continue to Support Autocracies  —  Ever since liberalism emerged in the 18th century, its inevitable conflict with autocracy has helped shape international politics.  What James Madison called "the great struggle of the epoch between liberty …
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
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Iran 'attacks Iraq Kurdish area'
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
We may have to bomb Iran  —  Natanz seems an agreeable little town …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Democratic Hard Chargers Try to Return Party to Power
Discussion: MyDD and Norwegianity
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Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
'At Some Point, Reality Has Its Day'  —  Al Gore on why America …