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4:20 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 …
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
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Comey Details U.S. Attorney Firings  —  If there was one major revelation during the hearing today, it was that James Comey had been involved in the firing of two U.S. attorneys when he was deputy attorney general.  —  But these firings were worlds away from the firing of the eight U.S. attorneys last December.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Firedoglake
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 …
The Blotter:
D.C. Law Firm Suspends Woman Who Worked as Escort  —  Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz & Justin Rood Report:  —  A legal secretary at one of Washington's most prominent and well-connected law firms, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, has been suspended after telling her bosses she secretly worked …
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
DC Madam Scandal, Yawns and Wows
Discussion: The Blotter
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:
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 …
Bryan / Hot Air:
Virgin Atlantic Loose Change update: Axed Update: Audio added Update: Virgin Atlantic statement 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 …
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: The Right Angle, Redstate and Hot Air
IAN / Hot Air:
Video: Murtha says Petraeus is a political hack
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 …
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
'08 hopefuls would grow the military  —  Despite their stark differences on Iraq, presidential frontrunners from both parties are vowing to increase the size of the military if elected as commander in chief.  —  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and
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.
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Paul McLeary / CJR Daily:
Is This What the Army Thinks of Us?  —  It looks like it's official: the United States Army thinks that American reporters are a threat to national security.  Thanks to some great sleuthing by Wired's "Danger Room" blogger Noah Shachtman, the Army's new operational security guidelines (OPSEC) …
Discussion: Wake up America and Danger Room
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Army: Milblogging is "Therapy," Media is "Threat"
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 …
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Lawmakers wants VA to explain bonuses  —  WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders on Thursday demanded that the Veterans Affairs secretary explain hefty bonuses for senior department officials involved in crafting a budget that came up $1 billion short and jeopardized veterans' health care.
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
DOES THE MIDDLE EAST MATTER?....Edward Luttwak asks, "Why are middle east experts so unfailingly wrong?"  I've often wondered the same thing!  He proposes three fundamental mistakes that underlie their unfailing wrongness:  — "Arab-Israeli catastrophism": the idea that we're continually …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Amir Efrati /
Law Firm Rescinds Offer to Ex-AutoAdmit Executive  —  For those of you following the AutoAdmit message board scandal, this just in:  —  The Law Blog has learned that law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge rescinded its job offer to Anthony Ciolli, the 3L at Penn Law who resigned as "Chief Education Director" of AutoAdmit last month.
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Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
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Atrios / Eschaton:
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Discussion: TalkLeft
Brian Montopoli / Public Eye:
Matthew Felling Joins Public Eye
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