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6:40 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 …
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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.
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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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   LAT: Early Withdrawal Would Be A Disaster
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! ...
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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
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.
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:   Hoyt Plans to Write Often as New 'NY Times' Public Editor
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Hate Crimes and Double Standards  —  There are, I think, two coherent positions on hate crime laws.  The first is opposition to the entire concept, its chilling effect on free speech, its undermining of the notion of equality under the law, and so on.  That's my position.
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Associated Press:
White House threatens to veto hate crimes law
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 …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Setting the Stage: The Republicans' First Debate  —  Tonight the ten — that's right TEN — candidates running for the Republican presidential nomination square off for the first time.  —  The Fix didn't make the trip out to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California for the gathering …
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
ECONOMIC UPDATE....Productivity figures dropped precipitously last year, but the team at Goldman Sachs says they can explain it: … Well, look: anytime any aggregate growth figure is low you can always point to its weakest component and say that things look a lot better if you just exclude it.
Discussion: The Street Light and Ezra Klein
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James Pethokoukis / U.S. News & World Report:
Productivity—Not Stock Market—Shows the New Economy Lives
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
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.
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 …
Amir Efrati / WSJ.com:
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.
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 …
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 …
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Reid defends his 'presidentials,' takes jab at Edwards  —  As former Sen. John Edwards's (D-N.C.) TV ad on the Iraq supplemental continues to cause friction in the Democratic presidential field, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) heaped praise Thursday upon "the presidentials" …
Discussion: Riehl World View
 
 
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Associated Press:
Florida lawmakers pass plan for January presidential primary
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Milbloggers Safe? (Bumped)
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Republican identity crisis
Discussion: TIME and PoliPundit.com
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Paul McLeary / CJR Daily:
Is This What the Army Thinks of Us?
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Media Blog
Mark Finkelstein / CNSNews:
Defense Official Contradicts Murtha Claim that Petraeus Didn't 'Talk to Any of Us'