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10:50 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 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: QandO and 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 …
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.
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
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.
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
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
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: Heading Right
Associated Press:   Leo, Rosie Make Time's Most Influential
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Hal R. Varian / New York Times:
Sometimes the Stock Does Better Than the Investor That Buys the Stock  —  Stocks have been a great investment in the last 80 years, with an average return of about 10 percent a year.  But have investors in the stock market done as well as stocks?  Surprisingly, the answer …
Discussion: EconLog
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Exonerations Change How Justice System Builds a Prosecution
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Man Dies of Thirst During Survival Test
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Discussion: Wizbang and
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Obama Camp Takes Control of MySpace Page
Agence France Presse:
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Discussion: Jihad Watch