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6:50 PM ET, May 4, 2007


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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  —  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:
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
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 …
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: and Dean's World
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Iraqis: Don't Abandon Us
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Wizbang
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!
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Thompson and his ideas are now online
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Anchorage Daily News:
Ex-lawmakers charged with bribery, extortion  —  Former Alaska state legislators Pete Kott and Bruce Weyhrauch have been indicted by a federal grand jury on several counts of extortion, bribery, wire fraud and mail fraud.  —  Kott was arrested at home in Juneau around 9 a.m. Friday, a spokesman for the FBI said.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Sam Hananel / The Huffington Post:
HUFFINGTON POST WIRES  —  WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association is urging the Bush administration to withdraw its support of a bill that would prohibit suspected terrorists from buying firearms.  —  Backed by the Justice Department, the measure would give the attorney general …
Rick Perlstein /
The Wall Street Journal's op-ed page says Democrats should be embarrassed...  ...because they have no clue about dirty politics.  —  Writes John Fund: "The general election may be a year and a half away but the Democratic National Committee has already released its opposition research packet …
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Bill Torpy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Two months before fatal drug raid, Atlanta cops encountered another …
New York Times:
U.S. and Syria Discuss Iraq in Rare Meeting
Nico / Think Progress:
Broder: Revision Of Bush 'Comeback' Article Will Explain 'Why Bush …
Discussion: Eschaton, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Waxman to Rice: Step Back
Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
NFP: 88k (and I don't believe even that)
Discussion: Eschaton
Senator John McCain Defends 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Calls Gay Troops …
About the Show  —  NOTE: For the safety of the Iraqi refugees …
Kerstin Gehmlich / Reuters:
France's Royal warns of violence if Sarkozy wins
 Earlier Items: 
City Lights:
We need a truce in the war of words
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Iran's ad should send shivers
David Whitney / Real Cities:
Congressman in Abramoff probe says he won't resign
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Dems Outline Plans for Iraq Bill
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Projectile Bomb Attacks Hit Record High in Iraq
New York Post:
Military: New Iraqi school had bombs built in