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8:45 PM ET, March 23, 2007

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White House:
President Bush Discusses Iraq War Emergency Supplemental  —  THE PRESIDENT: Today I'm joined here at the White House by veterans, family members of people serving in combat, family members of those who have sacrificed.  I am honored that they have joined me here today.
Discussion: Power Line and alphabet city
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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.
Chris Good / The Hill:
Anti-war protesters arrested at Pelosi's office  —  Four members of the anti-war group Code Pink were arrested outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Thursday afternoon, following an announcement that they would seek to take over the office.
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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Joe Conason / Salon:
Rove, proven liar
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.
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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  —  LONDON - Iranian naval vessels seized 15 British sailors who had boarded a ship suspected of smuggling cars in the Persian Gulf off the Iraqi coast on Friday, officials said.  —  The British government demanded "the immediate and safe return of our people and equipment."
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
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: DownWithTyranny!
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Oh, man — this is really a great one.  This morning The Washington Post published the latest in a string of dishonest, misleading editorials about the House Dems' Iraq bill.  —  Today on the floor of the House of Representatives during debate over the bill, Dem Rep. David Obey (Obey!) tore into the Post devastatingly hard.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales Aide to Senate Staff: Nothing to See Here  —  In the runup to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, Gonzales' chief of staff Kyle Sampson lied to committee staff in order to convince them that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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Peter Beinart / Time:
Why the Dems Should Go for It  —  Since the Democrats won control of Congress last fall, they've been besieged with warnings against acting too aggressively on Iraq.  Such "moves carry clear risks for a party that suffered politically for pushing to end an unpopular war in Vietnam," suggested the Washington Post in January.
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
FEC Democrats Say Bush Violated Limits  —  The three Democrats on the Federal Election Commission revealed yesterday that they strongly believe President Bush exceeded legal spending limits during the 2004 presidential contest and that his campaign owes the government $40 million.
 
 
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