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8:55 PM ET, May 22, 2007

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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Drop Troop Pullout Dates From Iraq Bill  —  Congressional Democrats relented today on their insistence that a war spending measure sought by President Bush also set a date for withdrawing troops from Iraq.  The decision to back down, described by senior lawmakers and aides …
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CNN:
Deadline pulled from war funding bill … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi will present a plan to House Democrats for a war funding bill that won't include a timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq but will feature benchmarks with consequences, according to Democratic leadership aides.
Jay Carney / TIME: Swampland:
Iraq Funding: Democrats Will Split. Pelosi to Vote No?
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Some US Muslims say suicide attacks OK  —  WASHINGTON - One in four younger U.S. Muslims said in a poll that suicide bombings to defend their religion are acceptable at least in some circumstances, though most Muslim Americans overwhelmingly reject the tactic and are critical of Islamic extremism and al-Qaida.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pew poll of American Muslims chock full o' nuance
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   The Islamic enemy within
ABCNEWS:
Bomb Plot Thwarted at Falwell's Funeral  —  Student Arrested With Homemade Bombs, Three Other Suspects Sought  —  Even in death, the Rev. Jerry Falwell rouses the most volatile of emotions.  —  A small group of protesters gathered near the funeral services to criticize the man …
Stewart M. Powell / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bush could double force by Christmas  —  (05-22) 04:00 PDT Washington — The Bush administration is quietly on track to nearly double the number of combat troops in Iraq this year, an analysis of Pentagon deployment orders showed Monday.  —  The little-noticed second surge …
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Stewart M. Powell / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
U.S. quietly, dramatically increasing Iraq troop levels  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is quietly on track to nearly double the number of combat troops in Iraq this year, an analysis of Pentagon deployment orders showed Monday.  —  This "second surge" of troops in Iraq …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
A SECOND SURGE?....I don't even remember where I first saw this now …
Discussion: Bring it On!
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
The group blog of The American Prospect  —  PRE-SUFFRAGETTE CITY.  Jill Filipovic points us to this Times article about the new strategy to justify using state coercion to force women to carry pregnancies to term by claiming that women are too irrational to know what's good for them, and offers a modest proposal.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Snow Slams Gore's Book, Says It Should Be 'Reprinted' Because It Calls Out Bush's 'Deception'  —  In his new book The Assault on Reason, Al Gore wrote that Bush's efforts to connect Iraq to 9/11 were an example of the administration's willful "deception" of the public:
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The Blotter:
Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran  —  Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report:  —  The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert "black" operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bob Kerrey: Wrong Before Going Into Iraq And Still Wrong Today  —  On September 13, 2002, just as Congress was debating whether to approve a resolution providing President Bush the authority to use force against Iraq, former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) wrote in the Wall Street Journal:
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Bob Kerrey / Opinion Journal:
The Left's Iraq Muddle
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
U.S. Government Gave Airtime to Terrorists, Official Admits  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  Al Hurra television, the U.S. government's $63 million-a-year effort at public diplomacy broadcasting in the Middle East, is run by executives and officials who cannot speak Arabic, according to a senior official who oversees the program.
Daniel Friedman / Federal Times:
GSA chief violated Hatch Act, OSC report finds  —  An Office of Special Counsel report has found that General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan violated the Hatch Act, which bars federal officials from partisan political activity while on the job, sources say.
Discussion: Firedoglake
 
 
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Bush declassifies al-Qaida intelligence
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