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11:15 AM ET, May 4, 2007


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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
An Incomplete Field  —  First impressions of the GOP's 2008 candidates.  —  They stood earnestly in a row, combed, primped and prepped, as Nancy Reagan gazed up at them with courteous interest.  But behind the hopeful candidates, a dwarfing shadow loomed, a shadow almost palpable in its power …
Chris Matthews / MSNBC:
Candidates:  —  Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, R-N.Y.C.  —  Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R- Ark.  —  Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.  —  Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas  —  Former Gov. Mitt Romney, R- Mass  —  Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Col.  —  Former Gov. Tommy Thompson, R-Wis.
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Republicans walk tightrope over war in Iraq  —  In first debate, 2008 hopefuls say conflict mismanaged, but worthwhile  —  Presidential contenders Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback and Ron Paul line up Thursday on stage before the first Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Who Won & Who Lost — First Take  —  THE GUY WHO WASN'T THERE AND ADVANTAGE MCCAIN  —  John McCain won.  Let's not dance around this.  Mitt Romney shined, he stood out, he did well.  Rudy Giuliani imploded.  Rudy totally and utterly self-destructed tonight.
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Who Doesn't Believe in Evolution?  —  A show of hands please... Let me remind you this is the only top vote-getting question asked.  —  Download (9446) |  Play (16842) Download (4334) |  Play (11360)  —  (That's Brownback, Tancredo and Huckabee with their hands up.)
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Debate Analysis: Romney Wins  —  The first Republican debate has finished, and the analysis and spin will begin in earnest.  I'm sure that by morning, my e-mail will be filled with messages insisting on promoting one candidate over another, but I already have a few conclusions to share …
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster:
Tag Clouds for the Republican Debate  —  Having posted a set of tag clouds last week on the Democrats comments during last weeks' MSNBC debate, we naturally wanted to do the same for last night's Republican debate.  So we once again turned to Janet Harris (president of the media analysis firm …
Discussion: On Politics
Michelle Malkin:
The 1st GOP debate  —  Man, is it crowded.  —  HA thread here.  PJM reaction coming Bear are at the Reagan Library.  Power Line coverage here.  Heading Right live-blogging here.  —  Rich Lowry: "They're all talking too fast..."  —  Can't blame them.  What do they have each— 6 minutes total?
Washington Post:
GOP Field United On War, Divided On Social Issues
Deacon / Power Line:
Discussion: Althouse and Heading Right
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:   A Quickie Debate Recap
Ryan Sager / New York Sun Politics:
Who Won? Who Lost?
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain Wins
Discussion: Central Sanity
Adam Cohen / New York Times:
The U.S. Attorney, the G.O.P. Congressman and the Timely Job Offer  —  There is yet another United States attorney whose abrupt departure from office is raising questions: Debra Wong Yang of Los Angeles.  Ms. Yang was not fired, as eight other prosecutors were, but she resigned under circumstances …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Former Supervisor Extols Fired Prosecutors  —  A former deputy attorney general lavished praise yesterday on most of the eight U.S. attorneys who were fired after he left the job, testifying that only one of them had serious performance problems.  —  James B. Comey, the Justice Department's second …
Gene Johnson / Seattle Times:   McKay made firing list in March '05; was Wales killing a factor?
Senator Bill Frist:
General Dave Petraeus . . . A Small World  —  I received a number of e-mails this morning asking for more information about Lois Romano's piece in today's Washington Post subtitled "Petraeus's Lifesaver," which describes emergency surgery I performed on Gen. David Petraeus …
Discussion: Power Line
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Have Bill Frist and right-wing bloggers plagiarized their new Iraq plan?  —  After having created "The Victory Caucus" two months ago only to stand by helplessly as it died a rapid and painful death, right-wing bloggers have now joined forces with former Senator Bill Frist to create a new Victory website …
Discussion: Eschaton and
Brody File Exclusive: Rudy Giuliani is Against Hate Crimes Bill  —  I file this story from the GOP Presidential debate here in Simi Valley, California.  I just finished an interview with Bill Simon, one of Rudy Giuliani's top campaign advisors.  He told me that Rudy Giuliani …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Military: New Iraqi school had bombs built in … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — American soldiers discovered a girls school being built north of Baghdad had become an explosives-rigged "death trap," the U.S. military said Thursday.  —  The plot at the Huda Girls' school in Tarmiya was a …
Discussion: Hot Air and
New York Post:
BILL'S HARD DRIVE  —  MICROSOFT EYES SEARCH GIANT IN PROPOSED TAKEOVER  —  Stung by the loss of Internet advertising firm DoubleClick to Google last month, Microsoft has intensified its pursuit of a deal with Yahoo!, asking the company to re-enter formal negotiations, The Post has learned.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Dems Outline Plans for Iraq Bill  —  Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wis.) outlined a new plan for an Iraq funding bill in private meetings Thursday afternoon, congressional aides said.  —  The plan would split the now vetoed supplemental spending bill into two bills, one that would provide two months …
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Mahablog and Daily Kos
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Opinion Journal:
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
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Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
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Ben Lando / UPI:
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Nico / Think Progress:
Fineman: 'A Lot Of Voters' Find 'Hierarchical' 'Male' Qualities …
Discussion: Hullabaloo