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2:10 AM ET, May 2, 2007


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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 …
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.
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 …
Jules Crittenden:
Another Grunt's Rant on Iraq
Discussion: Wizbang
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.
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 …
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Most Stupendous Trolling Effort Yet
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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
Bush vetoes Iraq spending bill over timelines  —  President warns withdrawing troops would be 'prescription for chaos'  —  President Bush used his veto pen for only the second time Tuesday after Congress sent him a war spending bill that would impose timelines to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq …
Discussion: My Left Wing
Gary Kamiya / Salon:
Last refuge of the scoundrel  —  Bush is trying to convince …
Discussion: Firedoglake and DownWithTyranny!
Swaraaj Chauhan / The Moderate Voice:
President Bush to Congress: "I Am The Greatest"
Discussion: The Heretik
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". Washington Wire:
No Bloomberg Challenge (for Dow Jones)  —  Bloomberg  —  The Wall Street Journal Home Page  —  Political Insight and Analysis From The Wall Street Journal's Capital Bureau  —  Blog Search:  —  May 1, 2007, 4:32 pm  —  No Bloomberg Challenge (for Dow Jones)
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.
Owen West / New York Times:
Why Congress Should Embrace the Surge  —  WHEN the civilian hierarchy fails them, soldiers tend to seek solace in Clausewitz's observation that war is an extension of politics.  But in 2005 and 2006 the reverse was true in Iraq: the battle churned in place, steadily eroding …
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
Will Woodward / Guardian:
Blair endorses Brown as his successor  —  Tony Blair began the final countdown to his departure today by promising a resignation announcement next week and anointing Gordon Brown as his successor.  —  On the 10th anniversary of the general election that swept him to power, the prime minister told GMTV …
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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 …
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Laurence Peter / BBC:
Russia's Ministry of Justice labels BBC Russian correspondent Ilya Barabanov and science reporter Asya Kazantseva as “foreign agents”; both now live abroad

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