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2:55 PM 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 …
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Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Giuliani gambles on abortion stance  —  Former NYC mayor calculating a libertarian stance may not be a liability  —  Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani set himself apart with his response to questions on abortion.  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani went …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and CorrenteWire
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.
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster:
Tag Clouds for the Republican Debate
Discussion: DonkeyRising and On Politics
The Hill:
Republican candidates invoke Reagan, evade Bush
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Seventh Sense
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Debate Analysis: Romney Wins
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 …
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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 …
Spencerackerman / toohotfortnr:
REAL CHILD OF HELL:  —  Behold!  Mitt Romney rides a pale horse.  From last night's debate: … Bin Laden is a singular figure, but, you know, fair enough; there will be a successor to bin Laden.  But where might Romney be going with this? … Mitt Romney's War: the total conflation of all Islamist movements.
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Matthew Yglesias:
Romney Versus The Muslim Brotherhood  —  While Mitt Romney impressed me and most other reporters with his presentation, it would be good for some to observe that he also put forward a completely insane policy idea on the leading issue of the day: … To put it bluntly, the trouble …
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 …
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Frank Newport / Gallup Poll:
Hillary's Image  —  Public rates Clinton  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hillary Clinton is one of the best-known political personalities in the country, having been in an intense public spotlight for more than 15 years.  Although Clinton has been well-known for some time, opinions of her have shifted considerably as the years have gone by.
Discussion: Pollster
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Another Round Of Duck-Duck-Responsibility
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Lawrence F. Kaplan / New York Post:
CONGRESS' WILLFUL IGNORANCE ON IRAQ  —  WHEN Nancy Pelosi confessed last year that she felt "sad" about President Bush's claims that al Qaeda operates in Iraq, she seemed to be disputing what every American soldier in Iraq, every al Qaeda operative and anyone who reads a newspaper already knew to be true.
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David Stout / New York Times:
House Votes to Expand 'Hate Crime' Protections  —  The House of Representatives voted today to extend "hate crime" protection to people who are victimized because of their sexuality.  But the most immediate effect of the bill may be to set up another veto showdown between Democrats and President Bush.
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CBN.com:
Brody File Exclusive: Rudy Giuliani is Against Hate Crimes Bill
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
Michael Lando / Jerusalem Post:
'Herald Tribune' defends Iran nuke ad  —  The International Herald Tribune newspaper has defended its acceptance of an advertisement seeking bids for two large scale nuclear reactors in Iran.  The ad appeared on April 20, including in the edition of the IHT distributed with the English version of the Haaretz daily.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Claudia Rosett / philly.com:
Iran's ad should send shivers
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Bush, Democrats and Iraq  —  What happens next?  —  The House on Wednesday failed to override President Bush's veto of a $124.2 billion war-funding measure that included a firm time line for withdrawing troops from Iraq.  —  The House's 222-203 vote fell 62 votes short of the two-thirds majority required.
Neely Tucker / Washington Post:
The Colorful Case of A Well-Named Lawyer  —  Montgomery Blair Sibley's Current Client Isn't the Juiciest Part of His Story  —  Montgomery Blair Sibley, attorney for the morally impugned and legally challenged, is first and foremost Montgomery Blair Sibley, which is to say a descendant …
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 …
Kerstin Gehmlich / Reuters:
France's Royal warns of violence if Sarkozy wins  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Socialist opponent Segolene Royal said on Friday that France risks violence and brutality if her opponent right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy wins Sunday's presidential election.  —  On the last day of official campaigning …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and The Jawa Report
 
 
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Senator John McCain Defends 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Calls Gay Troops …
PBS:
About the Show  —  NOTE: For the safety of the Iraqi refugees …
City Lights:
We need a truce in the war of words
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Iraqis: Don't Abandon Us
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
When a Blogger Jumps the Shark
David Whitney / Real Cities:
Congressman in Abramoff probe says he won't resign
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Seeking an Edge, Florida Changes Its Primary Date
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush Wants Phone Firms Immune to Privacy Suits
Discussion: NION and Discourse.net
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Projectile Bomb Attacks Hit Record High in Iraq
Garance Franke-Ruta / Opinion Journal:
Age of Innocence Revisited
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Eschaton
CNN:
Military: New Iraqi school had bombs built in