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11:25 PM ET, March 23, 2007

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CNN:
House passes spending bill with Iraq deadline … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The House of Representatives on Friday voted 218-212 to approve a spending bill that includes a firm deadline — August 31, 2008 — for combat troops to leave Iraq.  —  President Bush, who already has said he would veto the bill …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
House OKs Timetable for Troops in Iraq  —  $124B Emergency Bill Sets Binding Benchmarks for Progress in Iraq  —  The House of Representatives today passed a $124 billion emergency spending bill that sets binding benchmarks for progress in Iraq, establishes tough readiness standards …
MSNBC:
House approves 2008 deadline for war pullout  —  Bush calls it 'political theater' and vows to veto bill  —  WASHINGTON - A sharply divided House voted Friday to order President Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq next year, but the president reiterated his vow to veto the bill …
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Hoffmania!
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
House Dems more confident on Iraq vote  —  WASHINGTON - House Democrats are increasingly confident they have the votes to pass legislation designed to force an end to the war in Iraq next year.  —  Several party members dropped their opposition to the bill following days of wrangling within a deeply divided caucus.
John W. Dean / FindLaw's Writ:
New Developments in the U.S. Attorney Controversy:  —  Why Bush Refuses to Allow Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to Testify Before Congress, and What Role New White House Counsel Fred Fielding May Play  —  At the outset of this column — which discusses Bush's new White House Counsel …
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Beth Nolan / Washington Post:
Executive Overreach  —  The White House Is Taking Privilege Too Far  —  The Framers of our Constitution envisioned that in the exercise of their authorities, the two political branches would assert their prerogatives against each other.  A process of negotiation and accommodation between the branches is what one would expect.
Paul Mirengoff / News Bloggers Blog:   The president strikes the right balance
MSNBC:
Documents: Gonzales OK'd firing attorneys  —  Attorney general had been said not to have been closely involved  —  Politicians in both major parties have called for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation amid the furor over the firings of U.S. attorneys.
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:   Gonzales Aide to Senate Staff: Nothing to See Here
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales: Don't Blame Me, Blame Bush
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
White House Spokesman to Undergo Surgery  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Presidential spokesman Tony Snow is undergoing surgery Monday to remove a growth in his lower abdomen, a procedure he said was being done "out of an aggressive sense of caution" because he had colon cancer two years ago.
MSNBC:
U.K. says 15 soldiers detained by Iranian navy  —  Ministry summons Iranian ambassador, seeks immediate return of troops  —  The HMS Cornwall on patrol in the North Arabian Gulf earlier this month.  —  NBC VIDEO  —  March 23: Fifteen British sailors have been detained by Iranian vessels.
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Robert Barr / Associated Press:
Iran nabs British sailors in Iraq waters
Real Cities:
Justice's new U.S. attorneys have partisan records  —  WASHINGTON - Under President Bush, the Justice Department has backed tougher state voter identification laws and steered U.S. attorneys toward investigating voter fraud _ policies that critics say have been intended to suppress Democratic votes.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and DownWithTyranny!
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Pew Research Center:
Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2007  —  Political Landscape More Favorable To Democrats  —  Summary of Findings  —  View the complete report in pdf format  —  Increased public support for the social safety net, signs of growing public concern about income inequality …
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE MYTH OF THE PERMANENT MAJORITY....The Pew survey I linked …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and All Spin Zone
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com:
HamNation: Better Living Through Lefty Activism  —  Today, an instructional video on how to love the earth the lefty way.  You know, through high-volume carbon offsets and killing polar bears.  And, what with Gore in town refusing to take any binding Earth-saving pledges, it's a good week for this lesson.
Rasmussen Reports:
Thompson Tied with Clinton, Trails Obama  —  Fred Thompson, a movie star turned U.S. Senator turned TV star, has been publicly considering entering the 2008 Presidential Sweepstakes to fill what some see as a void in the Republican Primary field.  —  The first Rasmussen Reports national …
 
 
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