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5:15 PM ET, May 1, 2007


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Think Progress:
ABC: Reports Of Masri's Death False, 'Part Of A Misinformation Campaign'  —  According to ABC News, reports that al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri has been killed are "unconfirmed and part of a misinformation campaign."  ABC has not posted its full story yet, and details are unclear …
Mussab Al-Khairalla / Reuters:
Al Qaeda in Iraq leader killed: Interior Ministry  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was killed on Tuesday in an internal fight between insurgents, the Interior Ministry spokesman said, but the U.S. military said it could not confirm the report.
Evan Kohlmann / Counterterrorism Blog:
Al-Qaida in Iraq Leader Dead? Don't Count Your Chickens Just Yet...
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Abu Aardvark:
Masri dead again?
Associated Press:
Iraq probes reports of al-Masri's death
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  —  Reporters who ask politicians fluff questions like "what's your favorite novel?" rarely get answers like this. … No, that isn't true.  Battlefield Earth is awful.  Nobody reads that book except Scientologists …
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
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
FAVORITES....Today's mandatory blogging is about Mitt Romney's …
Discussion: Unfogged
New York Times:
Bill on Iraq to Be Delivered 4 Years After Bush's Words  —  Democratic leaders in Congress are planning a special ceremony on Tuesday afternoon to send President Bush a bill that sets timetables for troop withdrawal from Iraq.  —  The timing is no accident.
Elizabeth Holtzman / Los Angeles Times:
Alberto Gonzales' safety net  —  Confirmation hearings for his successor could spawn criminal investigations of the White House.  —  NO MATTER how many members of Congress lose confidence in Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush is unlikely to let him go.
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 …
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
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Offers $60 a Share In Unsolicited Bid for Dow Jones  —  Dow Jones & Co., parent of The Wall Street Journal, said it received an unsolicited $5 billion offer from News Corp.  —  The publisher said the board and members and trustees of the controlling Bancroft family are evaluating …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Newspapers Continue Decline, At Least In Print
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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
U.S. Cites 91 Percent Rise In Terrorist Acts in Iraq  —  The number of terrorism incidents in Iraq — and resulting deaths, injuries and kidnappings — skyrocketed from 2005 to 2006, according to statistics released by U.S. counterterrorism officials yesterday.
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Wolfowitz Goes on the Attack, but Hints at a Deal  —  Paul D. Wolfowitz defended himself vigorously on Monday, declaring that it would be "unjust and frankly hypocritical" for the World Bank's board to find him guilty of ethical lapses.  But he also hinted that he would discuss whether …
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  —  The political action committee for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) was quietly closed last week after a decade-long run as one of the most influential - and infamous - PACs run by members of Congress.  —  With a final $1,400 payment …
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
The Hill:
House oversight panel may look past Rice, Tenet in inquiry into uranium  —  Following a subpoena to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a letter to former CIA Director George Tenet last week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee may cast an even wider net in its probe …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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Pentagon study says oil reliance strains military
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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Iraqi bomb victims' bodies held for ransom
See-Dubya / Hot Air:
Fred! to House Republicans: "I chased girls and girls chased me."
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Controversial USA Delivered "Voter Fraud" Indictments Right on Time
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
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Discussion: The Fix, Ross Douthat and TigerHawk
 Earlier Items: 
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Calif. GOP needs new plan for del. wins
Discussion: The Newshoggers and TIME
Washington Post:
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Washington Post:
April Toll Is Highest Of '07 for U.S. Troops
New York Times:
Olmert Rebuked by Israeli Panel on Lebanon War
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
The demonisation of Sarkozy
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
WHCA Officials Defend Dinner In Wake Of 'NY Times' Pullout …