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3:38 AM ET, May 3, 2007


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Washington Post:
Democrats Back Down On Iraq Timetable  —  Compromise Bill in Works After Veto Override Fails  —  President Bush and congressional leaders began negotiating a second war funding bill yesterday, with Democrats offering the first major concession: an agreement to drop their demand for a timeline to bring troops home from Iraq.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Dodd Throws a Punch  —  Following the flap over David Geffen's comments, all of the Democrats running for president resorted to playing nice publicly.  —  Until now.  —  Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) just released a statement taking former Sen. John Edwards to task for his new ads …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama Camp Takes Control of MySpace Page  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Is MySpace always mine or can it belong to someone else?  At the cost of losing 160,000 friends, Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign has taken over control of the MySpace page listed under his name on the popular social networking site.
Discussion: digg
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
THE END OF MILITARY BLOGGING  —  The most excellent Noah Shachtman of Wired's Danger Room has a great article with lots of milblogger reaction to the new OPSEC regulations that will end military blogging as we know it.  Yes, that's right - the end of soldier blogging from the war zones.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
New Army Rules Could Kill G.I. Blogs (Maybe E-mail, Too)
Noah Shachtman / Wired News:
Army Squeezes Soldier Blogs, Maybe to Death
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:   Army's Info-Cop Speaks
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Leahy issues subpoena for Rove e-mails  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued a subpoena Wednesday for all e-mails from White House adviser Karl Rove that relate to the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.  —  "Attached please find a subpoena compelling the Department …
Washington Post:
Ex-Aide to Gonzales Accused Of Bias  —  Justice Department Scrutinizes Role of Politics in Hiring  —  The Justice Department has launched an internal investigation into whether Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's former White House liaison illegally took party affiliation into account …
Discussion: Balkinization
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Senate subpoenas Gonzales on Rove e-mail
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Edwards Rejects the "War on Terror"  —  Wednesday, May. 02, 2007 By MIKE ALLEN  —  Campaign-hardened Republicans used to treat the phrase "global war on terror" so casually, even affectionately, that they talked about "the G-WOT," after the four-letter abbreviation used in White House calendars to denote Iraq messaging meetings.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
Edwards: War on Terror "is a Political Frame and Political Rhetoric"
Discussion: The Huffington Post and First Read
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Lawful incest may be on its way  —  WHEN THE BBC invited me onto one of its talk shows recently to talk about the day's hot topic — legalizing adult incest — I thought of Rick Santorum.  —  Back in 2003, as the Supreme Court was preparing to rule in Lawrence v. Texas …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Discussion: The Debate Link
Harvey C. Mansfield / Opinion Journal:
The Case for the Strong Executive  —  Under some circumstances, the rule of law must yield to the need for energy.  —  Complaints against the "imperial presidency" are back in vogue.  With a view to President Bush, the late Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. expanded and reissued the book …
Content analysis of O'Reilly's rhetoric finds spin to be a 'factor'  —  Commentator uses name-calling more than once every seven seconds in 'Talking Points Memo'  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Bill O'Reilly may proclaim at the beginning of his program that viewers are entering the …
David Grant / The Latest from the Collegiate Times:
WFNR considers pulling Boortz  —  Scott Stevens knew Neal Boortz was a "hate monger."  But he had only received a single, generic complaint about Boortz's remarks regarding the shootings at Virginia Tech.  Now, Stevens says WFNR AM 710 in Pulaski will strongly consider pulling Boortz …
Discussion: Raising Kaine
Faiz / Think Progress:
Fred Thompson: MoveOn, Reid Are Taking 'Extremist Positions And Doing Extremist Things'  —  Last night on Hannity & Colmes, former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN) claimed that congressional leaders are "adhering, to the extent they can, to the most left-wing element of their base.
Discussion: News Hounds and Daily Kos
Willard Hotel / White House:
President Bush Discusses War on Terror, Economy with Associated General Contractors of America  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all; please be seated.  Steve, unlike you, I have trouble finding the front end of a front-end loader.  (Laughter.)  Thanks for having me.
Agence France Presse:
Ahmadinejad under fire for embracing his old teacher  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been accused of indecency after he publicly embraced and kissed on the hand an elderly woman who used to be his schoolteacher.  —  At a ceremony on Tuesday ahead of Iranian teachers' day …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
24 For Kids  —  Ann Coulter: set your Tivo.  Money quote: … That's a strong "enhanced" message.  Just like Mr Tenet says.
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
U.S. Seeks Closing of Visa Loophole for Britons  —  Omar Khyam, the ringleader of the thwarted London bomb plot who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday, showed the potential for disaffected young men to be lured as terrorists, a threat that British officials said they would have to contend with for a generation.
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Ed White / Associated Press:
Man Dies of Thirst During Survival Test
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Discussion: Riehl World View
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NOT YOURS TO GIVE  —  Over the weekend, a local building …
Turkey's political intrigue
Discussion: New York Times and The Agonist
Media Matters for America:
Schlussel claimed Media Matters is "Nazi-funded"
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Debbie Schlussel:
Bombs Away: Hmmm . . . What's His Name & Religion?
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Mahablog
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Feds Accuse Alabama Militia of Planning Machine-Gun Attack on Mexicans
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Majikthise
Johnathan Pearce /
The oddness of Sharia capitalism and rules against usury
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Evan Kohlmann / Counterterrorism Blog:
More Cracks Emerging in Al-Qaida's "Islamic State of Iraq"
Discussion: Abu Aardvark
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
The Republicans Don't Even Want to Win This War
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
Millions Of Chickens Fed Tainted Pet Food
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
D.C. Lawyer Demands ABC News Keep His Client Secret
Tim Arango / Fortune:
Imus won't go quietly  —  The talk show host has hired a top …
Alan Schwarz / New York Times:
Study of N.B.A. Sees Racial Bias in Calling Fouls