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3:55 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
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 …
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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Garance Franke-Ruta / Opinion Journal:
Age of Innocence Revisited  —  A lot of those girls "gone wild" are disturbingly young.  —  Joe Francis, founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" video company, may be 34 years old, but these days he is barely legal.  —  The controversial impresario has built a $100 million soft-core porn empire based …
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Ezra Klein:
Under 21 Softcore Porn!
Discussion: theGarance.com and Eschaton
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.
Hoshyar Zebari / Washington Post:
Don't Abandon Us  —  Last weekend a traffic jam several miles long snaked out of the Mansour district in western Baghdad.  The delay stemmed not from a car bomb closing the road but from a queue to enter the city's central amusement park.  The line became so long some families left their cars …
Discussion: Dean's World and PoliPundit.com
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Iraqis: Don't Abandon Us
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 …
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.
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 …
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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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
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
City Lights:
We need a truce in the war of words
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
When a Blogger Jumps the Shark
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Patterico's Pontifications:
I Guess the Word "Immediately" Has a Different Meaning When Used by Old Media
Discussion: Redstate and The Right Angle
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
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Projectile Bomb Attacks Hit Record High in Iraq
CNN:
Military: New Iraqi school had bombs built in