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5:40 PM ET, May 3, 2007


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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 …
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.
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Setting the Stage: The Republicans' First Debate
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
'08 hopefuls would grow the military
Discussion: The Newshoggers and
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 …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Comey Details U.S. Attorney Firings
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Next Hurrah
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Comey Was Cut out of Firing Process
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times Names Public Editor  —  The New York Times today named its next public editor, Clark Hoyt, a former Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor who oversaw the Knight Ridder newspaper chain's coverage that questioned the Bush administration's case for the Iraq war.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:   Hoyt Plans to Write Often as New 'NY Times' Public Editor
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
It's All About Al-Qaeda Again  —  President Bush is at odds with the American public and a restive congressional majority over the Iraq war, and even some Republicans talk about imposing new requirements that could trigger a troop withdrawal.  —  It's time to play the Qaeda card.
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 …
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
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, The Right Angle 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Milbloggers Safe? (Bumped)
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Hate Crimes and Double Standards
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Republican identity crisis
Discussion: TIME and
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Reid defends his 'presidentials,' takes jab at Edwards
Discussion: Riehl World View
 Earlier Items: 
Paul McLeary / CJR Daily:
Is This What the Army Thinks of Us?
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
A 19th-Century 9/11  —  Opening Friday, a motion picture called …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Criticizing  —  One of Lord Chait's obsessions appears …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Brian Montopoli / Public Eye:
Matthew Felling Joins Public Eye
Content analysis of O'Reilly's rhetoric finds spin to be a 'factor'