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updated 5/6/2005 10:50:16 AM ET 2005-05-06T14:50:16

5 p.m. ET
Some great blog topics out there today.  Let me preview a few I will discuss.

First off, some interesting reaction to the explosions outside of the British Consulate in New York.  Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit reminds us that it is the anniversary of Baobby Sands death.  Sands was an IRA activist who died during a hunger strike, becoming a martyr for the cause.  Interesting, Glenn.

On Gawker I read that a swanky party for the election will still go on as planned in that building tonight, a testament to the will of the Brits.

Hugh Hewitt's feathers are ruffled big time over accusations of religious bias in the Air Force.  I'll have lots on that.

And lastly, that very sad photo of a soldier holding a fatally injured girl in Mosul made it to a bunch of blogs today.  I'll share some of the blog entries of the guy who actually took the picture.

Keep you blog suggestions coming.  I'm always looking for new reading materials!

Click here to find a list of blogs featured on 'Connected.'

12 p.m. ET
Last night two small grenades exploded outside the British Consulate in Manhattan, in Midtown on the East Side. One of the makeshift bombs was shape liked a pineapple and one like a lemon.

Either New York was attacked by Carmen Miranda, or some amateur activist had a message for England and America, and said it with fruit and gunpowder.

Today as the United Kingdom holds its election, Tony Blair's political fate lies in the balance. Blair's support for the war in Iraq has been a central, divisive issue in U.K. politics. Is it possible that the bomb was meant as a warning for Blair, or an expression of outrage over the war? Maybe. We'll discuss.

As a New Yorker, I must say that the issue of British politics is far less concerning than the fact that a bomb went off blocks away from where I live. I joked about it a bit at the start of this piece, but it really is a serious concern. I hope that whoever did this has no intention of planning something grander and more dangerous.

On another note, today is National Prayer Day. The day was intended as an ecumenical bonding experience but the Christian evangelical group Focus on the Family, led by James Dobson, has sent a clear message that it should be a day exclusively for Christians. No Jews, Buddhists or Muslims allowed. What kind of message does that send? Does that violate the "big tent" concept of the day?

Send us your thoughts! Maciulis@MSNBC.com and Connected@MSNBC.com.

And watch us tackle these stories of the day at 12 noon, and 5 p.m. ET.

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