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12:45 AM ET, May 5, 2007


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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Waxman to Rice: Step Back  —  Here's the latest volley in the ongoing battle between Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.  —  Waxman, the chairman of the House committee on oversight, wrote to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice today to complain …
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
Committee Seeks Niger Documents and Testimony and Instructs State Department Not to Impede Probe  —  Today Chairman Waxman sent a letter to Secretary of State Rice (1) informing the Secretary that the legislative affairs officials in the Department should not hinder the Committee's inquiry …
Discussion: Think Progress
New York Times:
U.S. Officials Meet Briefly With Iranians  —  American and Iranian officials spoke briefly today at a regional conference here on the Iraq situation, in a rare direct conversation between representatives of the two antagonistic nations.  —  Ryan Crocker, the United States ambassador to Iraq …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Reality-Based Communities  —  Rasmussen has a new poll that measures the paranoia level in America, and unsurprisingly, BDS sufferers exhibit more than almost any group.  When asked the question "Did Bush Know About the 9/11 Attacks in Advance?", almost as many Democrats say Yes as say No (via Memeorandum):
John Ward Anderson / Washington Post:
Sarkozy No Favorite in Paris Suburbs  —  Harsh Comments During 2005 Riots Still Anger Many in Minority Areas  —  After an 11-year-old boy was killed here two years ago in crossfire between rival gangs, Nicolas Sarkozy, then France's interior minister, came to the underclass neighborhood …
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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
Brad Plumer / Bradford Plumer:
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.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
So simple, it just might fail
Los Angeles Times:
Paris Hilton is sentenced to 45 days in jail  —  Celebrity heiress Paris Hilton today was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating her probation in a reckless-driving case.  —  A Los Angeles judge handed down the sentence after prosecutors contended in a two-hour hearing that Hilton …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
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
Real Cities:   Clinton joins effort to revoke war authorization
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
'D.C. Madam' Client Ready to Testify About Sex  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  One of the prominent Washington men named as an escort service customer of the so-called "D.C. Madam" is apparently ready to testify he had sex with a woman or women from the madam's now-infamous Pamela Martin and Associates.
Bill Torpy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Two months before fatal drug raid, Atlanta cops encountered another elderly woman with a gun  —  Two months and a day before Kathryn Johnston, there was Frances Thompson.  —  The 80-year-old Thompson was in her bedroom the afternoon of Sept. 20, when she heard a terrible crash and shouting.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
New York Times:
Bush Warns of Vetoes Over Abortion Issue  —  President Bush told Congressional leaders Thursday that he would veto any legislation that weakened federal policies or laws on abortion.  —  In a two-page letter sent to the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Iraqis: Don't Abandon Us  —  Perhaps the debate over whether to persevere in Iraq has become too brittle to accept anyone else's opinion, but the foreign minister of Iraq gives it a game try.  In today's Washington Post, Hoshyar Zebari implores Americans and the world not to abandon Iraq to the terrorists and sectarian lunatics.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Wizbang
Hoshyar Zebari / Washington Post:
Don't Abandon Us  —  Last weekend a traffic jam several miles …
Discussion: and Dean's World
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More Thoughts on the Debate  —  A morning after having watched …
Discussion: Power Line and Heading Right
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
DoJ: What Policy?
See-Dubya / Hot Air:
Milblog guidelines relaxed?  BUMPED/UPDATE: Senators get milbloggers' back
Brian Montopoli / Public Eye: Turns Off Comments on Obama Stories
Discussion: Orcinus
Anchorage Daily News:
Ex-lawmakers charged with bribery, extortion
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Chicago Tribune:
Obama gets Secret Service protection
Discussion: NION, MSNBC and First Read
Sam Hananel / The Huffington Post:
Nico / Think Progress:
Broder: Revision Of Bush 'Comeback' Article Will Explain 'Why Bush …
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Rick Perlstein /
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
City Lights:
We need a truce in the war of words
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Giuliani gambles on abortion stance
Claudia Rosett /
Iran's ad should send shivers
Neely Tucker / Washington Post:
The Colorful Case of A Well-Named Lawyer
Patterico's Pontifications:
I Guess the Word "Immediately" Has a Different Meaning When Used by Old Media