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4:50 PM ET, May 6, 2007


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Sarkozy Defeats Royal in French Presidential Runoff (Update2)  —  By Francois de Beaupuy and Helene Fouquet  —  Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president of France as Socialist Segolene Royal conceded defeat.  —  Sarkozy, candidate of the governing Union for a Popular Movement …
Discussion: Power Line and Wizbang
Matthew Campbell / Times of London:
Riot alert for Sarkozy victory  —  Thousands of riot police will be deployed in Paris tonight after warnings that victory for Nicolas Sarkozy, the conservative candidate in today's presidential election, could spark violent protests.  —  Fears of a repeat of the rioting that swept France …
Sarkozy wins French presidency … PARIS, France (CNN) — Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy greeted news of his election Sunday to a five-year term as France's president with a vow to serve as a leader for all people of France.  —  "The president of the republic must love and respect all the French …
Fausta / Fausta's blog:
French elections: Sarko [ahead] WINS!  —  2PM:  —  SARKO WINS BY 53.2%  —  The official results have just been broadcast on French TV.  —  Bloomberg: French Vote for President as Sarkozy-Royal Race Ends  —  Welcome, Captain's Quarters and Instapundit readers.
Discussion: Charles Bremner and Pajamas Media
Pajamas Media:
France: The Final Round  —  Today's crucial runoff election will decide who's the next president: Ségolène Royal (Socialist) or Nicolas Sarkozy (conservative).  Naturally, Pajamas Media will be following throughout the day.  Paris editor Nidra Poller will be filing continuous …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Roger Kimball / Armavirumque:
Department of Euphemism Abatement  —  Here is an idea I offer gratis and for nothing to all those socialistically-inclined politicians looking for novel ways to tax people.  What I have in mind is a tax on the public utterance of politically correct euphemism.  Why not?
The Australian:   Riot alert over Sarkozy win
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Is It Sarkozy? (Update: Yes, It Is)
New Tape: Al Qaeda No. 2 Wants 200,000-300,000 U.S. Dead in Iraq  —  Ayman al-Zawahiri Says Al Qaeda Wants to Spill More U.S. Blood Before America Withdraws  —  In a new video posted today on the Internet, al Qaeda's number two man, Ayman al Zawahiri, mocks the bill passed by Congress setting …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
With New Clout, Antiwar Groups Push Democrats  —  Every morning, representatives from a cluster of antiwar groups gather for a conference call with Democratic leadership staff members in the House and the Senate.  —  Shortly after, in a cramped meeting room here, they convene for a call with organizers across the country.
SITE Institute:
As-Sahab Video of Third Interview with Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri - 5/2007
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Howie / The Jawa Report:
Zawahiri Mocks Democrat's Surrender Bill (Updated, Bumped With Video)
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jules Crittenden:   Impeach Bush!  —  Delightful posts from W.C. Varones …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:   Al Qaeda #2, Zawahiri, endorses Bush plan for Iraq
Marcus Mabry / Newsweek:
The Elephant in the Room  —  George W. Bush has the lowest presidential approval rating in a generation, and the leading Dems beat every major '08 Republican.  Coincidence?  —  A Virtually Bush-Free Zone: The GOP debate in California on May 3  —  It's hard to say which is worse news for Republicans …
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Boehner acknowledges GOP nervous on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - The House Republican leader said Sunday that GOP support could waver if President Bush's Iraq war policy does not succeed by the fall.  —  But first, the president's troop increase deserves a shot, Minority Leader John Boehner (news, bio, voting record) said.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Thompson's Politics Much Like McCain's  —  But Unlike the Senator, Actor Is GOP's Darling  —  Fred Thompson fervently backed the Iraq war, railed against an expanding federal government, took stands that occasionally annoyed his party and rarely spoke about his views on social issues during …
Frank Davies / Fort Wayne News-Sentinel:
Memorial honoring fallen soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan runs out of room  —  WASHINGTON - Congress already has run out of space on a memorial created last year to honor all of the U.S. service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  —  In a grim sign of the times, the "Wall of the Fallen …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and All Spin Zone
Nico / Think Progress:   Congressional Iraq memorial runs out of room.
Pajamas Media:
Dutch Martyrs  —  Pim Fortuyn, murdered five years ago today, took on conventions to bring about change.  Long before radical Islam was on the radar, Fortuyn had defined it, written a book about it and pointed to the need to confront it.  —  [Portrait of Pim Fortuyn by Jean Thomassen]
Watertiger / Firedoglake:
Face the Snark - Commander Guy Edition  —  for the week ending 5/5/07:  —  [Dim houselights, cue intro music]  —  Chris Matthews: Hello, and welcome to "The Candidating Game," where one lucky guy at the end of this evening will get to take Lady Liberty on the chaperoned date of her dreams!
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Romney Reaches to the Christian Right
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
IRAQ ROUNDUP....The annual report of the Pentagon's Mental Health …
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
GOP Is Losing Republican Icons' Children
Discussion: Central Sanity
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Tancredo: Immigration Threatens Western Civilization
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
It's Easy To Say  —  Frank Rich: … Well, yes, of course.
Pamela Geller Oshry / Atlas Shrugs:
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
DoJ Finds "Unwritten Exception" for Pre-Election Voter Fraud Indictments
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Mahablog
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Reid-Feingold Framework Is The Only Way To End The War
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
 Earlier Items: 
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
The two-party system  —  Reading Jonathan Chait on the netroots and …
Joshua Boak / Toledo Blade:
Hillsdale lives, breathes conservatism
Discussion: Power Line
Francis Fukuyama / Los Angeles Times:
Beating an orderly retreat
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Republican Candidates Run From Bush
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
U.S. Fights Off Bid to Punish UNESCO Official
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
The Washington Post has now added a correction to its widely …
Discussion: MyDD and The Sideshow
Deployed troops fight for lost custody of kids
New York Times:
A Scandal That Keeps Growing