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1:55 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 …
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.
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.
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: 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
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Matthew Yglesias:
Romney Versus The Muslim Brotherhood
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
When a Blogger Jumps the Shark  —  Familiarity does indeed sometimes breed contempt, but I've had a case of the ass lately over Captain Ed Morrissey, whose usually thoughtful and reliably conservative musings at Captain's Quarters command my respect, if not necessarily agreement.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Where Do You Stop?  —  The Los Angeles Times reports …
Discussion: a bird and a bottle
Claudia Rosett /
Iran's ad should send shivers  —  The notice, appearing worldwide, sought bids for constructing two nuclear power plants.  —  Among the surreal events becoming ever more frequent in the nuclear showdown with Iran was the appearance of an ad last week in the International Herald Tribune …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Michael Lando / Jerusalem Post:
'Herald Tribune' defends Iran nuke ad
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
David Sirota / WorkingForChange:
"Here's a Good Idea - Have A Point!"  —  I really love this - Billings Gazette reporter Ed Kemmick attacks me, and from what I can tell, it doesn't seem like he actually bothered to read the article he is attacking.  You'll notice he doesn't question any of the facts reported in the piece …
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 …
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David Whitney / Real Cities:
Congressman in Abramoff probe says he won't resign
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Seeking an Edge, Florida Changes Its Primary Date
Discussion: Wonkette and rubber hose
Newsdesk / The Swamp:
Durbin concerns lead to Obama's Secret Service detail
Discussion: TIME
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush Wants Phone Firms Immune to Privacy Suits
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Projectile Bomb Attacks Hit Record High in Iraq
Brody File Exclusive: Rudy Giuliani is Against Hate Crimes Bill
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Garance Franke-Ruta / Opinion Journal:
Age of Innocence Revisited
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Eschaton
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Rangel charges GOP with backtracking on trade deal
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
Debate: Muddy Field
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Lawrence F. Kaplan / New York Post:
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Gene Johnson / Seattle Times:
McKay made firing list in March '05; was Wales killing a factor?
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org