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6:15 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: alphabet city
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
House OKs Timetable for Troops in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided House voted Friday to order President Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq next year, a victory for Democrats in an epic war-powers struggle and Congress' boldest challenge yet to the administration's policy.
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.
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!
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Retreat and Butter  —  TODAY THE House of Representatives is due to vote on a bill that would grant $25 million to spinach farmers in California.  The legislation would also appropriate $75 million for peanut storage in Georgia and $15 million to protect Louisiana rice fields from saltwater.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Oh, man — this is really a great one.  This morning …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake
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.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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."
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.
Discussion: The Washington Note and NewsHog
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 …
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 …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and All Spin Zone
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Firedoglake and At-Largely
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