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12:35 PM ET, May 2, 2007

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New York Times:
Bush Vetoes Bill Tying Iraq Funds to Exit  —  President Bush vetoed a $124 billion war spending bill on Tuesday, setting up a second round in his long battle with Congressional Democrats who are determined to use the financing measure to force the White House to shift course in Iraq.
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New York Times:
Citing 'Rigid' Deadline, Bush Vetoes Iraq Bill  —  President Bush vetoed the Iraq-war spending bill this evening, calling it a blueprint for failure and defeat and intensifying a showdown with the Democratic-controlled Congress.  —  Mr. Bush said the bill was unacceptable because it set …
Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
Obama blows into MySpace  —  This seems like it was bound to happen with Obama's top-down campaign structure as it grows by leaps and bounds.  With much of that energy coming from a bottom up movement that's responsible for that growth, the campaign moves in to take control of the decentralized action.
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Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
The Battle to Control Obama's Myspace  —  In November 2004, Joe Anthony, a paralegal living in Los Angeles, started a unofficial fan page for then-newly-elected Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) on MySpace.com.  Inspired by Obama's keynote address at that summer's Democratic convention, Anthony had never been politically active before.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Surrenders to Mob
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Ronald Reagan, In His Own Words  —  Ronald Reagan thought Alexander Haig was "utterly paranoid," considered former senator Lowell Weicker "a pompous, no good fathead" and was "surprised at how shy" Michael Jackson was.  —  Reagan also refused to talk to his son after Ron Reagan hung up on him …
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Douglas Brinkley / Vanity Fair:
Reagan, Unscripted
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Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Edwards dominates money race in South  —  WASHINGTON - North Carolina's John Edwards says he's the only Democratic presidential candidate with any chance of winning the coveted South.  —  If early fundraising is any indication, he might be right.  —  Edwards placed a distant third behind …
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Alan Schwarz / New York Times:
Study of N.B.A. Sees Racial Bias in Calling Fouls  —  An academic study of the National Basketball Association, whose playoffs continue tonight, suggests that a racial bias found in other parts of American society has existed on the basketball court as well.
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Giuliani's Tie to Texas Law Firm May Pose Risk  —  For a native New Yorker mounting a first bid for national office, Rudolph W. Giuliani has shown an impressive ability to raise money in Texas, where his Republican presidential campaign collected $2.2 million in the first quarter of the year, far more than any other candidate.
Los Angeles Times:
Small turnout, big questions  —  Rallies draw a fraction of last year's crowd as activists ponder the movement's future.  Clash erupts in evening.  —  Waving U.S. flags and demanding citizenship for undocumented immigrants, tens of thousands of jubilant protesters marched through the streets …
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Nico / Think Progress:
Immigration rally disrupted by police.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Noah Shachtman / Wired News:
Army Squeezes Soldier Blogs, Maybe to Death  —  The U.S. Army has ordered soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages, without first clearing the content with a superior officer, Wired News has learned.  The directive, issued April 19, is the sharpest restriction …
New York Sun:
Mr. Broder Goes to Washington  —  So the entire Democratic caucus in the United States Senate — 50 senators — has sent a letter to the Washington Post attacking the dean of the Washington press corps, David Broder, for a column in which Mr. Broder dared to criticize their leader for his preemptive surrender to the terrorists in Iraq.
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Most Stupendous Trolling Effort Yet  —  On the cover of a magazine, no less!  —  A not insignificant columnist once asked me who my favorite columnist was.  As with the "favorite movie" or "favorite book" question that answer would vary depending on what popped into my head …
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James Risen / New York Times:
Administration Pulls Back on Surveillance Agreement  —  Senior Bush administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that they could not pledge that the administration would continue to seek warrants from a secret court for a domestic wiretapping program, as it agreed to do in January.
Michael Calderone / New York Observer:
Times Withdraws From Chummy Galas, Leaving Rove Dateless  —  "This is a moment when people already think the press is too cozy with government," said Dean Baquet, The New York Times' Washington, D.C., bureau chief.  "And I think these events confirm that."  —  Mr. Baquet was on the phone …
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New York Times:
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[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

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