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8:10 PM ET, May 1, 2007


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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.
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
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
Associated Press:
Bush vetoes troop withdrawal bill  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush vetoed legislation to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq Tuesday night in a historic showdown with Congress over whether the unpopular and costly war should end or escalate.  —  In only the second veto of his presidency …
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.
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
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"
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 …
Bloomberg:   Dow Jones's Bancroft Family Rejects Murdoch's Offer (Update1) Washington Wire:   No Bloomberg Challenge (for Dow Jones)
Mussab Al-Khairalla / Reuters:
Al Qaeda in Iraq leader killed: Interior Ministry
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
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.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
House Committee Readies for Gonzales Redo  —  For those of you eager to relive Alberto Gonzales' hearing from two weeks ago, you're in luck.  Gonzales is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee next Thursday, May 10.  —  Along with the expected questions about the U.S. attorney firings …
Nico / Think Progress:
Discussion: MyDD and The Mahablog
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 …
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
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 …
Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
Notes on a Scandal  —  How ethical are Paul Wolfowitz's detractors?  —  Meet Dennis de Tray.  In the summer of 1998, the University of Chicago-trained economist had his 15 minutes of fame when, as director of the World Bank's mission in Indonesia, he was called by The Wall Street Journal …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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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 …
Discussion: Wizbang
Federal Reserve:
Embracing the Challenge of Free Trade: Competing and Prospering in a Global Economy
Will Woodward / Guardian:
Blair endorses Brown as his successor
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Rosie goes on diatribe against War on Terror, Bush, Troops …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Tenet: 'I Will Never Give That Medal Back'
Discussion: Alternate Brain
 Earlier Items: 
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Pentagon study says oil reliance strains military
Discussion: The Newshoggers
The Hill:
House oversight panel may look past Rice, Tenet in inquiry into uranium
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Washington Post:
So Sorry About the Names, Alleged Madam Says
Washington Post:
April Toll Is Highest Of '07 for U.S. Troops

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Mandiant links hacktivist group Cyber Army of Russia, which claimed to target utilities in France, the US, and Poland, to Russia-linked hacking group Sandworm

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How a network of repair ships helps maintain the estimated 800,000 miles of undersea internet cables; of the 77 cable ships, only 22 are designated for repair

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Current and former T-Mobile and Verizon employees say they are receiving texts offering up to $300 to perform a SIM swap; T-Mobile says it is investigating

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