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10:20 PM ET, May 1, 2007


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Matthew Yglesias:
The Weird Religions Candidate  —  Dave Weigel notes that Mitt Romney says his favorite novel is L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth: … Dave comments: "No, that isn't true.  Battlefield Earth is awful.  Nobody reads that book except Scientologists and smartasses who want to giggle at Scientologists …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Romney Favors Hubbard Novel  —  "What's your favorite novel?" is a perennial campaign question, the answer to which presumably gives insight into leadership.  —  A "Moby-Dick" lover may understand the perils of obsessively chasing of a goal.  A fan of "To Kill a Mockingbird" may well focus on racial justice.
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:   Mitt Romney: As Happy as a Baby Psychlo on a Straight Diet of Kerbango
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
FAVORITES....Today's mandatory blogging is about Mitt Romney's …
Discussion: Unfogged
George W. Bush / White House:
Loyalty Day, 2007  —  A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America  —  America was founded by patriots who risked their lives to bring freedom to our Nation.  Today, our citizens are grateful for our Founding Fathers and confident in the principles that lead us forward.
Bob Geiger:
Bush Declares Today American "Loyalty Day"  —  Lost in the shuffle of losing American troops at a record clip in Iraq and George W. Bush itching to veto the bill that would bring our military men and women home, was the fact that King George has formally declared today as "Loyalty Day" in America.
Discussion: The Reaction
The New Republic:
The Left's New Machine  —  MOST POLITICAL ACTIVISTS can point to one catalyzing event, an episode in each of their lives (or, more often, in the life of their country) that shook them from their complacency and roused them to change the world.  You can find many such stories if you troll through …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE NOISE MACHINE....Jon Chait has a long article in the New …
Discussion: TAPPED and Lawyers, Guns and Money
Think Progress:
'Mission Accomplished' By The Numbers … U.S. Troops Wounded … U.S. Troops Killed … Contractors Killed … Journalists and Media Assistants Killed … U.S. Forces in Iraq … Size of Iraqi Security Forces … Number of Insurgents … Insurgent Attacks Per Day … Cost to U.S. Taxpayers
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
They Weren't Paying Attention  —  Today is the fourth anniversary of George Bush's speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln — the one Democrats and anti-war activists call the "Mission Accomplished" speech.  The crew of the carrier flew the banner because their mission had indeed been accomplished …
Arwa Damon / CNN:
Shadowy Iraq office accused of sectarian agenda … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq's prime minister has created an entity within his government that U.S. and Iraqi military officials say is being used as a smokescreen to hide an extreme Shiite agenda that is worsening the country's sectarian divide.
White House:
President Bush Rejects Artificial Deadline, Vetoes Iraq War Supplemental  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good evening.  Twelve weeks ago, I asked the Congress to pass an emergency war spending bill that would provide our brave men and women in uniform with the funds and flexibility they need.
Discussion: JURIST, Balkinization and Wizbang
Dow Jones's Bancroft Family Rejects Murdoch's Offer (Update1)  —  May 1 (Bloomberg) — Dow Jones & Co. said Bancroft family members who control more than 50 percent of the company's voting shares will reject a $5 billion takeover bid by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
Amanda / Think Progress:
State Dept: Iraq Has Been 'Good For The Effort To Reduce Terrorism'  —  Yesterday, the State Department released its annual terrorism report, showing that the number of terrorist attacks worldwide rose by 20,000 (40 percent) last year.  Iraq accounted for nearly two-thirds of last year's terrorism-related deaths.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
U.S. Cites 91 Percent Rise In Terrorist Acts in Iraq
Robert B. Bluey / The Hill:
Give bloggers Capitol access  —  This is the first article in a weekly series, exclusively in The Hill, exploring the recommendations of the Sunlight Foundation's Open House Project, which advocates online transparency in Congress.  —  Members of Congress are increasingly turning to bloggers …
Discussion: MyDD and Sunlight Foundation blogs
Jerusalem Post:
Top Hamas official: Kill all Americans  —  Sheik Ahmad Bahr, acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, declared during a Friday sermon at a Sudan mosque that America and Israel will be annihilated and called upon Allah to kill Jews and Americans "to the very Last One".
Discussion: Power Line
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
What haircut stories tell us about the press  —  Only because it would save time and make them more efficient, I think members of the Beltway press corps should consider starting up a new reporting pool, to duplicate the one currently in place for shadowing the president …
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Jonathan Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
BOEHNER V. MCDERMOTT, ROUND V: The U.S. Court of Appeals …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
What's wrong with long books?
Discussion: 2 Blowhards
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
A MAY DAY PROPOSAL: Today is May 1, AKA May Day.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Military Already Feels The Consequences Of Delayed Funding
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: President Bush addresses Centcom Breaking: Bush will veto …
Federal Reserve:
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Will Woodward / Guardian:
Blair endorses Brown as his successor
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Tenet: 'I Will Never Give That Medal Back'
MB Williams / Wampum:
A true US Attorneys/Abramoff link uncovered...
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Elizabeth Holtzman / Los Angeles Times:
Alberto Gonzales' safety net
Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
Notes on a Scandal  —  How ethical are Paul Wolfowitz's detractors?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
DeLay's PAC closes shop

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Sam Tobin / Reuters:
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Hadas Gold / CNN:
The News/Media Alliance asks the DOJ, the FTC, and California's AG for a probe into whether Google broke any laws when removing some links to CA news sites

Megan Specia / New York Times:
The US assures the UK that Julian Assange could seek US First Amendment protections and wouldn't face the death penalty or be persecuted for his nationality

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