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7:00 PM ET, May 15, 2007


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Associated Press:
Falwell reportedly found unconscious, hospitalized … LYNCHBURG, Virginia (AP) — The Rev. Jerry Falwell was hospitalized in "gravely serious" condition after being found unconscious in his office Tuesday, a Liberty University executive said.  —  Ron Godwin, the executive vice president …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Jerry Falwell dies at age 73  —  One of the nation's most notorious TV preachers, Jerry Falwell, died today in Lynchburg, Va. … More soon.  —  Update: I have to admit, writing about Falwell's death poses an awkward challenge for me.  When I worked at Americans United for Separation …
Falwell in 'gravely serious' condition  —  Evangelical leader was found in his university office  —  LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Rev. Jerry Falwell — founder of the Moral Majority and the face of the religious right in the 1980s — was in "gravely serious" condition Tuesday after being found unconscious …
Sue Lindsey / Associated Press:
Television evangelist Falwell dies at 73  —  LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the television evangelist who founded the Moral Majority and used it to mold the religious right into a political force, died Tuesday shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University.
Rev. Jerry Falwell dead at 73 … (CNN) — Evangelist Jerry Falwell died Tuesday after he was found unresponsive in his office, an official at Liberty University told CNN.  —  Falwell, 73, was rushed to a Lynchburg, Virginia, hospital, where he was given CPR.
Washington Post:   Falwell's Sudden Death Jolts GOP Candidates
Matt Stearns / Real Cities:
Rev. Jerry Falwell dies
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Comey Details White House Attempt to Force Approval of Secret Program  —  In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, former Deputy Attorney General James Comey detailed the desperate late night efforts by then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and White House chief …
Think Progress:
Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, 5/15/07, Senate Judiciary Committee  —  COMEY: In the early part of 2004, the Department of Justice was engaged — the Office of Legal Counsel, under my supervision — in a reevaluation both factually and legally of a particular classified program.
David Stout / New York Times:
Gonzales Pressed Ailing Ashcroft on Spy Plan, Aide Says  —  On the night of March 10, 2004, a high-ranking Justice Department official rushed to a Washington hospital to prevent two White House aides from taking advantage of the critically ill Attorney General, John Ashcroft, the official testified today.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
White House Pushed Ashcroft on Wiretappings
Discussion: TalkLeft
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Comey SJC Testimony, Liveblog
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Eschaton
The Atlantic Online:
Yes, Hypocrisy Matters  —  It's no surprise to see that James Kirchick, assistant to New Republic editor in chief Martin Peretz, shares his patron's passion for the cause of keeping Paul Wolfowitz in office at the World Bank.  Kirchick says Wolfowitz's critics are making baseless charges …
Bush Taps New 'War Czar'  —  ABC News Learns Pentagon Official Selected to Oversee Iraq, Afghanistan Wars  —  After a frustrating search for a new "war czar" to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, ABC News has learned that President Bush has chosen the Pentagon's director of operations, Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, for the role.
Lizstephans /
Exclusive: Thompson Responds to Michael Moore Challenge  — Exclusive: The confrontation over Cuba continues.  Michael Moore has challenged Fred Thompson to a health care debate.  At issue — Moore's trip to Cuba and Thompson's criticism of that trip.
Joseph Carroll / Gallup Poll:
Congress Approval Down to 29%; Bush Approval Steady at 33%  —  Both ratings are slightly lower than 2007 averages  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds continued low levels of public support for both Congress and President George W. Bush.  Twenty-nine percent of Americans approve of Congress …
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Godwin's law and the New Right  —  I know that supporters of the currently ruling coalition of crooks, warmongers, torturers, incompetents, and theocrats are deeply, deeply hurt when they and their pet politicians are compared to Nazis.  But could someone suggest to them — politely …
Southpaw / The Atlantic Online:
Der Dolchstoss
Discussion: Norwegianity
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Bloomberg poised for third-party campaign  —  New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is prepared to spend an unprecedented $1 billion of his own $5.5 billion personal fortune for a third-party presidential campaign, personal friends of the mayor tell The Washington Times.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: MSNBC quotes on Falwell's political influence  —  Yeah,  The most infamous, relentlessly anti-Bush parody site on the 'Net.  —  You can imagine how it played out.  Producer to intern: "We need a fawning description of him from the White House website …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   MSNBC punks itself!
Liberal Hawks Reconsider the Iraq War  —  Who are these people?  —  My own two cents, on the topic of WMD: I never did think that Saddam's weapons were sufficient grounds for war.  I even said so here, in Slate, before the war.  If WMD were the problem, containment and deterrence were the solution.
Ezra Klein:
Dispatches From When The Country Went Crazy: Kill 'em All Edition
Discussion: TAPPED and Eschaton
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