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10:05 PM ET, May 9, 2007


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Graham Bowley / New York Times:
Cheney Makes Surprise Visit to Baghdad  —  Vice President Dick Cheney made an unannounced visit to Baghdad today, meeting with Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders to pressure them to show more progress in quelling violence in Iraq, and to do so quickly. Washington Wire:
In Iraq, Cheney Sticks to the Script  —  Yochi J. Dreazen reports on the vice president's trip to Baghdad.  —  Vice President Dick Cheney's surprise trip to Baghdad today was meant to deliver a tough message to the Iraqi government - put off your vacation plans and get back to work.
White House:
Press Availability with Vice President Dick Cheney, Ambassador …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Newsdesk / Chicago Tribune:   Cheney: 'Game time' in Iraq
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Giuliani gave to Planned Parenthood  —  Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani in his campaign appearances this year has stated that he personally abhors abortion, even though he supports keeping a legal right to choose.  But records show that in the '90s he contributed money …
Michael Finnegan / L.A. Times:
Giuliani's foes see abortion as chink in armor
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
All you need to know about the Beltway journalist mind  —  Radar Online has a new profile of presidential candidate Mike Gravel.  The article recounts what happened when the reporter, Jebediah Reed, basically followed Gravel as he was profiled by The Today Show.
Jebediah Reed / RADAR:
RUNNING WILD WITH MIKE GRAVEL  —  A long-shot candidate has his media moment  —  DEBATE AND SWITCH Presidential aspirant Mike Gravel in South Carolina  —  hat's him!" says a Today show producer.  All eyes focus on an old-fashioned Checker cab coming up Broadway, an odd relic in the teeming New York City traffic.
Washington Post:
Chance for Reform  —  CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS have been promising since last November's election to reform President Bush's treatment of foreign prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay prison.  There are practical limits to what can be done while this president remains in office …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
The Constitution Needs Your Voice
David Bowermaster / Seattle Times:
Charges may result from firings, say two former U.S. attorneys  —  Two former U.S. attorneys said today they believe ongoing investigations into the dismissals last year of eight federal prosecutors could result in criminal charges against senior Justice Department officials.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales: Blame It on The Aide
Discussion: Think Progress and All Spin Zone
Nico / Think Progress:
NBC: 11 Republicans Berate Bush Over Iraq In Private White House Meeting  —  In a sign of the growing fissure between the White House and its congressional allies over the war, NBC News reports tonight that 11 Republican members of Congress pleaded yesterday with President Bush and his senior aides to change course in Iraq.
Fox News:
U.S. … FORT DIX, N.J. — The three brothers being charged as part of the alleged Fort Dix terror plot may have been smuggled across the southern border, FOX News has learned.  —  Dritan "Anthony" or "Tony" Duka, 28; Shain Duka, 26; and Eljvir "Elvis" Duka, 23, were in the United States illegally.
Steven Stalinsky / New York Sun:
Islamist-Left Alliance A Growing Force … Over the past year, multiple international conferences have featured leaders of the anti-global left and Islamist groups working together.  Go to any anti-war or anti-globalization demonstration in the West and chances are you will see the flags …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hitler-Stalin For The Terror Age
Discussion: Hot Air
Marist Poll:
National Poll: Presidential Campaign 2008  —  This WNBC/Marist Poll reports:  —  · Hillary Clinton is not only the Democratic favorite for her party's nomination but, for the first time, she edges both Rudy Giuliani and John McCain: Senator Hillary Clinton still outpaces her Democratic rivals by a wide margin.
Alex Beam / Boston Globe:
President Obama?  Not this time  —  Stop me if you've read this column before.
Discussion: Associated Press and Don Surber
Paul Schmelzer / Minnesota Monitor:
On 'Codpieces' and Community: Strib's Boyd Discusses Editorial Page Shakeup  —  If you've ever heard the Star Tribune called the Red Star, you can probably blame Jim Boyd, at least in part.  As deputy editor of the paper's editorial page, he's one of a handful of editorial writers who plots …
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Bush Would Veto New Iraq Bill  —  President Bush would veto the new Iraq spending bill being developed by House Democrats because it includes unacceptable language restricting funding, White House press secretary Tony Snow said this morning.  —  Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One …
Obey to Kucinich: #$%@!!!  —  Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wis.) is at it again.  He's already been captured on "YouTube" denouncing "idiot liberals" over the war.  —  Tuesday he went a step further.  He offended some fellow Democrats with delicate ears when he used extremely strong language …
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Sunni Awakening  —  The Albu Fahd tribe joins the Anbar Salvation Council and vows to fight al Qaeda in Iraq  —  Poster shows Sheikh Abu-Risha staring down figures representing Al Qaeda in Ramadi.  (Photo by Sam Dagher, CSM).  Click to view.  —  The Anbar Salvation Council …
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David Weigel / Reason:
The Lonely Guy  —  Anti-war Republican Rep. Wayne Gilchrest on Iraq …