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2:06 PM ET, May 3, 2007


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Washington Post:
Democrats Back Down On Iraq Timetable  —  Compromise Bill in Works After Veto Override Fails  —  President Bush and congressional leaders began negotiating a second war funding bill yesterday, with Democrats offering the first major concession: an agreement to drop their demand for a timeline to bring troops home from Iraq.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Check this out — the offices of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are denying a Washington Post story today saying that Congressional Democrats have backed down to the White House by offering to remove Iraq withdrawal language from the now-vetoed Iraq bill.  —  Pelosi just went before the Democratic caucus …
New York Times:
Iraqi Blocs Opposed to Draft Oil Bill  —  Kurdish and Sunni Arab officials expressed deep reservations on Wednesday about the draft version of a national oil law and related legislation, misgivings that could derail one of the benchmark measures of progress in Iraq laid down by President Bush.
Associated Press:
Veto may hit sexual orientation in hate crime bill  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House issued a veto threat Thursday against legislation that would expand federal hate crime law to include attacks motivated by the victims' gender or sexual orientation.  —  The hate crimes bill …
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Rove e-mails subpoenaed
Arnold I. Burns / New York Times:
Two Parties, One Law  —  AS a former Justice Department official …
Frank Bowman / New York Times:
He's Impeachable, You Know  —  IF Alberto Gonzales will not resign …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Ryan Sager / New York Sun Politics:
Q-Poll: Giuliani Tumbles, Thompson Explodes, McCain Tastes Hope  —  Ahead of tonight's first Republican primary debate, the Quinnipiac Poll out this morning has bad news for Rudy Giuliani (and Mitt Romney), good news for Fred Thompson, and mixed news for John McCain.  —  To the Ludicrously Early Poll Mobile, Robin! ...
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
May 3, 2007 - Obama Runs Best Against GOP Front-Runner Giuliani Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Clinton Still Leads Dem Primary Race  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has a slight 44 - 41 percent lead over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in a possible 2008 presidential face-off …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and TIME
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
G.O.P. Contenders Ponder What to Say About Bush  —  As they gather Thursday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for their first debate, the Republican presidential candidates are thrilled at the chance to associate themselves with Reagan.  But they may not be able to escape …
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
'08 hopefuls would grow the military
Discussion: The Newshoggers and
USA Today:
5 reasons the GOP faces an uphill climb in '08
Discussion: The Caucus
Senior al Qaeda leader killed in Iraq: ministry  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. and Iraqi forces have killed the head of the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq, an al Qaeda-led militant group that has claimed many major attacks in the country, Iraq's deputy interior minister said on Thursday.
Associated Press:
Rice meets with Syrian foreign minister … SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Syria's foreign minister Thursday in the first high-level talks between the two countries in years.  —  The meeting came hours after the chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
New York Times:   Rice to Meet With Syrian Foreign Minister
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Politico: Exhibit A for our broken political press  —  This week, the Bush administration sought vastly increased powers to spy on the telephone conversations of Americans, and then threatened to begin spying again illegally and without warrants.  It was revealed that Condoleezza Rice …
Mark Finkelstein / CNSNews:
Defense Official Contradicts Murtha Claim that Petraeus Didn't 'Talk to Any of Us'  —  ( - Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) this week criticized Gen. David Petraeus for not meeting with members of Congress during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., to report on the status of operations in Iraq …
Discussion: Redstate and Hot Air
IAN / Hot Air:
Video: Murtha says Petraeus is a political hack
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
Bush: "I'm the Commander Guy"  —  WASHINGTON, May 2-And you thought he was still "the decider."  —  President Bush coined a new nickname for himself — ''the commander guy" — on Wednesday, as he criticized Congressional Democrats in a speech to the annual gathering of the Associated General Contractors …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Time: Bush Less Influential Than ... Queen Elizabeth  —  You have to love the American media and its love of lists.  They feel compelled to categorize the top 100 most, least, biggest, most beautiful of just about anything that talks, walks, or crawls — and they almost always manage to get it completely wrong when doing so.
Discussion: On Deadline and Heading Right
Associated Press:
Leo, Rosie Make Time's Most Influential
Discussion: Liberal Values
Bryan / Hot Air:
Virgin Atlantic Loose Change update: Axed Update: Audio added  —  Folks, we made a difference.  After our post about Virgin Atlantic airing the 9-11 conspiracy film Loose Change 2 as in-flight entertainment last night, the producer of Andrew Wilkow's Sirius satellite radio show decided …
Discussion: Daimnation!
Los Angeles Times:
Police action on journalists at melee is assailed  —  Some news outlets whose reporters and camera operators were hurt in melee mull legal claims against LAPD.  —  One day after several reporters and camera operators were injured while covering an altercation at an immigrant rights rally in MacArthur Park …
James Pethokoukis / U.S. News & World Report:
Productivity—Not Stock Market—Shows the New Economy Lives  —  The Dow Jones industrials may already be back in record territory, but the S&P 500 has yet to return to its March 2000 high of 1527, though it's moved near the 1500 level.  And the Nasdaq, of course, is still off some 50 percent from its 2000 high.
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