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10:10 AM 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 …
Discussion: The Fix
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 …
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Announces Inquiry Into Its Hiring  —  The Justice Department has begun an internal investigation into whether a former senior adviser to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales improperly tried to fill vacancies for career prosecutors at the agency with Republicans loyal to the Bush administration …
Arnold I. Burns / New York Times:
Two Parties, One Law  —  AS a former Justice Department official …
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Rove e-mails subpoenaed
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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.
U.S. Says Qaeda Militant Killed in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, May 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Thursday it had killed a senior al Qaeda official in Iraq who it accused of involvement in the kidnapping of Americans Jill Carroll and Tom Fox and other foreigners.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
24 For Kids  —  Ann Coulter: set your Tivo.  Money quote: … That's a strong "enhanced" message.  Just like Mr Tenet says.
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
The Conservatism of Doubt in Action
Discussion: Heading Right and Media Blog
Taylor Marsh:   Jack Bauer for Kids
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 …
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
Exonerations Change How Justice System Builds a Prosecution  —  Jerry Miller is the newest poster child of the wrongfully convicted, the 200th to be exonerated by DNA evidence — after he spent 25 years behind bars in Illinois for a rape he did not commit.  —  But Miller, a black man, hardly stands out in the crowd of the exonerated.
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 …
Discussion: The Corner, First Read and The RBC
New York Times:
Rice to Meet With Syrian Foreign Minister  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to meet with Syria's foreign minister here later today, United States officials said.  The meeting would be the first diplomatic contact at such a high level between the two countries in years.
Content analysis of O'Reilly's rhetoric finds spin to be a 'factor'  —  Commentator uses name-calling more than once every seven seconds in 'Talking Points Memo'  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Bill O'Reilly may proclaim at the beginning of his program that viewers are entering the …
Ed White / Associated Press:
Man Dies of Thirst During Survival Test  —  us-news, of, new-jersey, thirst, by-day, dave-buschow, dead-of-thirst, of-thirst  —  BOULDER, UTAH — By Day 2 in the blazing Utah desert, Dave Buschow was in bad shape.  Pale, wracked by cramps, his speech slurred, the 29-year-old New Jersey man …
Discussion: Liberty Street and Althouse
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.
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 …
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20Questions profiles Cindy Sheehan
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama Camp Takes Control of MySpace Page
Agence France Presse:
Ahmadinejad under fire for embracing his old teacher
Discussion: Jihad Watch
John Campbell /
NOT YOURS TO GIVE  —  Over the weekend, a local building …