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4:55 PM ET, May 2, 2007

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Parsing the Polls: No Room For Compromise on Iraq  —  President Bush's veto of the Iraq funding bill returns the debate over the war to square one.  —  The question for Democratic congressional leaders and the White House is how far is each side willing to push the fight over legislating …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Associated Press:
House fails to override Bush's veto of Iraq bill  —  222-203 vote falls far short of the two-thirds majority Democrats sought  —  The Democratic-controlled House failed Wednesday to override President Bush's veto of an Iraqi war spending bill with timetables for troop withdrawals.
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Bush, Democrats to meet today on Iraq
Politics / Washington Post:
Edwards Ads Take Aim At Veto
Discussion: Associated Press and Taylor Marsh
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Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
THE END OF MILITARY BLOGGING
Discussion: TIME: Swampland and Dynamist Blog
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.
Discussion: MyDD, Hotline On Call and PrezVid
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.
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
BANANA REPUBLICANISM, CONT'D....Quote of the day, from Thomas Sowell: … Now that's a comforting, conservative thought, isn't it?  I wonder what Buckley thinks of NRO publishing stuff like this?  —  (And in case you're wondering, there's no further context.  That's the whole quote.
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Matthew Yglesias:   Sowell's Coup  —  This is interesting.  Utterly without further …
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.
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:   Intelligence Chief Decries Constraints
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
PERSONAL SIDE: Desert island necessities  —  John McCain (news, bio, voting record)'s answer was both practical and deeply personal when he was asked in the 2000 presidential campaign what item he'd most like to have if he were stranded on a desert island: "SPF 45 sunblock."
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Desert Island Necessities
Discussion: Unfogged
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.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Is Rice engaging in 'bad behavior'?  —  I can't wait to hear the noise machine blather endlessly about how Condoleezza Rice is undermining U.S. policy by chatting with Syrian officials.  (thanks to L.J. for the tip) … Ah yes, the Pelosi meeting.  As I recall, when the Speaker …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Rice Meets with Iraq's Prime Minister on Eve of Conference
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Surrenders to Mob  —  To say what happened today on Digg was a "user revolt" is an understatement.  The Digg team deleted a story that linked to the decryption key for HD DVDs after receiving a take down demand and all hell broke loose.  More stories appeared and were deleted, and users posting the stories were suspended.
Discussion: Digg the Blog, Valleywag and Althouse
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Tim Arango / Fortune:
Imus won't go quietly  —  The talk show host has hired a top First Amendment lawyer, and an unusual clause in his contract could give him a $40 million payday, writes Fortune's Tim Arango.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Don Imus, the tousled and acerbic radio host whose racial remarks engendered …
Discussion: Abovethelaw.com, TalkLeft and QandO
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 …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Sen. Russ Feingold / The Huffington Post:
After the Veto  —  The ink on the President's veto is barely dry, and already, a lot of Washington insiders - including some Democrats — are saying Congress should just give in to the President.  Never mind how hard people have pushed to bring Congress to this point, when we are finally standing …
Discussion: Firedoglake, MyDD and Daily Kos
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The right's explicit and candid rejection of "the rule of law"  —  (updated below)  —  The Wall St. Journal online has today published a lengthy and truly astonishing article by Harvard Government Professor Harvey Mansfield, which expressly argues that the power of the President is greater than "the rule of law."
 
 
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Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Leahy issues subpoena for Rove e-mails
Willard Hotel / White House:
President Bush Discusses War on Terror, Economy with Associated …
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D.C. Lawyer Demands ABC News Keep His Client Secret
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George W. Bush / White House:
Message to the House of Representatives
Discussion: Balkinization and TalkLeft
Christy Hoppe / Dallas Morning News:
Perry: Concealed guns should be allowed everywhere
Jonathan Stein / MotherJones.com:
Obama's Selective Memory on His Anti-War Stance
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Michael Calderone / New York Observer:
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Discussion: Media Blog
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Residency Clause Adds Fuel To Dispute Over U.S. Attorneys
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
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Russ Buettner / New York Times:
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