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12:00 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.
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
Not the Headline We Want on Iraq  —  The headline on the front page of tomorrow's edition of The Washington Post reads as follows: "Democrats Back Down On Iraq Timetable".  Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray have the rest of the story for the paper.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Horses Mouth, QandO and The Fix
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Groping For Agreement  —  Democrats and Republicans began …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Washington Post:
Ex-Aide to Gonzales Accused Of Bias  —  Justice Department Scrutinizes Role of Politics in Hiring  —  The Justice Department has launched an internal investigation into whether Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's former White House liaison illegally took party affiliation into account …
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Rove e-mails subpoenaed  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued a subpoena yesterday to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for all e-mails from White House adviser Karl Rove that relate to the 2006 firings of eight U.S. attorneys.
Arnold I. Burns / New York Times:
Two Parties, One Law  —  AS a former Justice Department official …
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.
Pajamas Media:
Another Al-Qaeda Top Leader Down in Iraq?  —  Map of the Sunni Islamic State of Iraq  —  Iraqi authorities announced that the leader of al-Qaeda's political front organization the Islamic State of Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, was killed in the Ghazaliya district in western Baghdad this morning.
U.S. Says Qaeda Militant Killed in Iraq
Discussion: Power Line
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
The Conservatism of Doubt in Action  —  Applying his well-known conservatism of doubt, Andrew Sullivan made the following post earlier this evening: … The Dateline Hollywood article Andrew links to includes quotes like: … As if this wasn't enough of a hint that the whole thing was a gag …
Discussion: Heading Right and Media Blog
Taylor Marsh:   Jack Bauer for Kids
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   24 For Kids  —  Ann Coulter: set your Tivo.  Money quote:
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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
IAN / Hot Air:
Video: Murtha says Petraeus is a political hack  —  On "Hardball" last night, John "Okinawa" Murtha bashed Gen. Petraeus, claiming he only came to Washington to "make political statements" and "only talks to the news media."  —  Et tu, Murtha?  —  Blowback
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 …
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 …
No safe way for U.S. to leave Iraq, experts warn … (CNN) — Pulling U.S. forces from Iraq could trigger catastrophe, CNN analysts and other observers warn, affecting not just Iraq but its neighbors in the Middle East, with far-reaching global implications.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
It's All About Al-Qaeda Again
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Booman Tribune
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.
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