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5:35 AM ET, May 11, 2007


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David Espo / Associated Press:
House OKs Iraq funds in installments  —  WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled House voted Thursday night to pay for military operations in Iraq on an installment plan, defying President Bush's threat of a second straight veto in a fierce test of wills over the unpopular war.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
House Approves Iraq War Funding Bill  —  The House tonight pushed through its second plan to fund the Iraq war and reshape war policy, approving legislation that would provide partial funding for the conflict, but hold back most of the money until President Bush reports on the war's progress in July.
New York Times:   Editorial: Mr. Bush Alone
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Always A Friedman Or Two Behind The Curve News:
Bush gives on Iraq benchmarks
Murray Waas / National Journal:
Administration Withheld E-Mails About Rove  —  The Bush administration has withheld a series of e-mails from Congress showing that senior White House and Justice Department officials worked together to conceal the role of Karl Rove in installing Timothy Griffin, a protégé of Rove's …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales and The Secret Collaborative Process  —  Alberto Gonzales' strategy in a nutshell: to defend the firing of the U.S. attorneys whenever possible, but when confronted with inescapable evidence that the process was a sham, to backpedal and either blame Kyle Sampson or admit that the process could have been more "rigorous."
David Johnston / New York Times:
Democrats Push Gonzales on Attorney Dismissals
Discussion: Associated Press
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Did Rudy Giuliani's campaign snub an Iowa farmer couple because they weren't millionaires and hence wouldn't be a suitable prop for Rudy's anti-"death tax" campaigning?  And will the haircut-obsessed political media cover it?  —  Check out this unbelievable story from the Anamosa Journal-Eureka …
Michelle Phillips /
Giuliani Snubs Jones County  —  OLIN-Last weekend Deb and Jerry VonSprecken of Olin received a call from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's campaign office asking them if they would be interested in holding a campaign rally on May 4, after she had donated to his campaign.
Did informant aid Fort Dix plotters?  —  Entrapment defense may be presented in court for alleged plot against U.S.  —  CHERRY HILL, N.J. - He railed against the United States, helped scout out military installations for attack, offered to introduce his comrades to an arms dealer and gave …
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Lawmaker: Fort Dix hero may need immunity  —  The New Jersey store clerk whose tip led to the arrest of six terror suspects needs legislative protection from being sued as a "John Doe" or whistleblower, lawmakers said yesterday.  —  "The events in Fort Dix are just another reminder of the need …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Andrewbreitbart /
Free Speech Fracas: Joke Describes Violent Sex Assault of Condoleezza Rice  —  Warning: Extremely Vulgar Language.  XM Shock Jocks Opie and Anthony engage in discussion about forced sex with the Secretary of State.  A studio guest, Homeless Charlie, begins describing the scenario as the hosts laugh and encourage him.
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Critics fault Romney's abortion record  —  AGAWAM, Mass. - Conservative activists criticized Mitt Romney over his abortion record Thursday as the Republican presidential contender received an award from an anti-abortion group that also used to complain about his support for abortion rights.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Straw, Meet Camel
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
7 Tips to Build a Blog Community  —  There's been some healthy discussion lately about how to build up a blog community, mostly in the context of encouraging more diversity within the progressive online movement.  Jenifer Fernandez-Arcona wrote a good diary here, and Matt Stoller identified …
Nico / Think Progress:
CBS fires Gen. Batiste over VoteVets ad.  —  Iraq veteran Gen. John Batiste "has been asked to leave his position as a consultant to CBS News" over a new VoteVets ad criticizing the Iraq war.  He was interviewed tonight by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.  Watch it:  —  Digg It!  —  The URI to TrackBack this entry is:
Discussion: Eschaton
Daniel / Crooked Timber:
In Praise of Budweiser (contains extended footnotes)  —  I tend to regard myself as Crooked Timber's online myrmidon of a number of rather unpopular views; among other things, as regular readers will have seen, I believe that the incitement to religious hatred legislation was a good idea …
The Sheer Stupidity of Newspapers These Days  —  The Silicon Insider Looks at Mainstream Media's Follies  —  The most heated topic in the blogosphere this week was the announcement by James Lileks, one of the world's most popular bloggers, that his longtime employer, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune …
Discussion: Riehl World View and City Pages
Ward Rubrecht / City Pages:
Gun Shy  —  Sipping soda from a straw and leaning on his elbows at Perkins, Troy Scheffler seems harmless enough.  The 31-year-old Hamline University grad student resembles a post-Pulp Fiction John Travolta—slightly overstuffed, with graying sideburns and a small, tense smile.
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Andrew E. Kramer / International Herald Tribune:
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
WHAT'S NEWS?  —  Yesterday, Scott wrote about the Appeal …