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4:20 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
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 …
The Hill:
Republican candidates invoke Reagan, evade Bush
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Seventh Sense
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 …
Brad Plumer / Bradford Plumer:
NUANCE IS FOR SISSIES
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 …
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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Ezra Klein:
Under 21 Softcore Porn!  —  That should jack up the Google hits.  And this should disappoint those who follow the links!  Garance has a very provocative op-ed on Girls Gone Wild in today's Wall Street Journal.  In it, she argues that: … The digital revolution, of course …
Discussion: theGarance.com and Eschaton
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Opinion Journal:   Age of Innocence Revisited
Claudia Rosett / philly.com:
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: Gateway Pundit and Dr. Sanity
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Michael Lando / Jerusalem Post:
'Herald Tribune' defends Iran nuke ad
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
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
Patterico's Pontifications:
I Guess the Word "Immediately" Has a Different Meaning When Used by Old Media  —  The L.A. Times asks: Will Fred Thompson's racist role have political repercussions? … The paper mulls over the meaning of this — and looks to conservative blogs! … Which conservative blogs?  I'm so glad you asked!
Discussion: TIME, Redstate, Hot Air and The Right Angle
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
22% Believe Bush Knew About 9/11 Attacks in Advance  —  Democrats in America are evenly divided on the question of whether George W. Bush knew about the 9/11 terrorist attacks in advance.  Thirty-five percent (35%) of Democrats believe he did know, 39% say he did not know, and 26% are not sure.
Discussion: TAPPED
 
 
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Des Moines Register:
Yepsen: Forceful McCain talks his way straight to top of field
Rick Perlstein / commonsense.ourfuture.org:
The Wall Street Journal's op-ed page says Democrats should be embarrassed...
Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
NFP: 88k (and I don't believe even that)
Discussion: Eschaton
Hoshyar Zebari / Washington Post:
Don't Abandon Us  —  Last weekend a traffic jam several miles …
New York Times:
Bush Warns of Vetoes Over Abortion Issue
SLDN:
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 …
Kerstin Gehmlich / Reuters:
France's Royal warns of violence if Sarkozy wins
Discussion: The Jawa Report
 Earlier Items: 
City Lights:
We need a truce in the war of words
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
When a Blogger Jumps the Shark
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
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush Wants Phone Firms Immune to Privacy Suits
Discussion: NION and Discourse.net
CNN:
Military: New Iraqi school had bombs built in