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1:00 PM ET, May 10, 2007


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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
War Support Starting To Crumble  —  The lack of energy from the Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki has added what might be a final straw to Republican discontent about the progress of the war.  A delegation of Congressional Republicans met with President Bush last night at the White House …
Washington Post:
House moves new Iraq funding bill  —  Measure starts cuts to war spending in July  —  May 10.  —  ouse Democrats declared yesterday that they will vote on an Iraq spending bill that could cut funding for the war as early as July, defying a threat from President Bush that he would veto the proposal.
Bush meets with wavering Republicans  —  President Bush made a personal appeal to a small group of wavering Republicans Tuesday at the White House as Democrats ready a two-step spending package to fund the war.  —  Bush reached out to moderate Republicans to hear their frustrations …
New York Times:
G.O.P. Moderates Warn Bush Iraq Must Show Gains
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Iraqi bill demands U.S. troops withdraw
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Majority of Iraqi MPs endorse bill demanding timetable for U.S. withdrawal
New York Times:
Gonzales Seems Confident He Will Stay, Officials Say  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales appears increasingly confident that he will survive the crisis over the dismissal of federal prosecutors, as White House aides who view him as a liability see little point in trying to persuade President Bush …
Washington Post:
Number of Fired Prosecutors Grows  —  Dismissals Began Earlier Than Justice Dept. Has Said  —  The former U.S. attorney in Kansas City, Mo., Todd P. Graves, said yesterday that he was asked to step down from his job by a senior Justice Department official in January 2006 …
Yahoo! News: World:
Britain's Blair says he is resigning  —  TRIMDON, England - Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday that he will step down as prime minister on June 27, after a decade in office in which he brokered peace in Northern Ireland and followed the United States to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Alan Cowell / NYT > International:
Blair Says He Will Leave Office in June
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
Britain's Blair Announces His Resignation
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and MSNBC
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Today, the beginning of the end
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and AMERICAblog
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Diyala Salvation Front  —  Tribal leaders in the troubled province organize against al Qaeda  —  Map of southern Diyala.  Click map to view.  —  In March, we noted the successful model of the Anbar Salvation Council will very likely be replicated elsewhere in regions where al Qaeda has established bases of operation.
Mohammed Fadhil / NY Daily News:
A Baghdad plea: U.S. should stay and fight  —  Be Our Guest  —  I wasn't surprised when I saw Al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, appear on Al Jazeera to announce America's defeat last week, not long after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did.
Discussion: Redstate and Gateway Pundit
The Smoking Gun:
Uncle Sam Probes Michael Moore  —  Treasury Department investigating director's unauthorized Cuba trip  —  Director Michael Moore is being investigated by the Treasury Department for traveling to Cuba in violation of a U.S. trade embargo.  In a May 2 letter, the Office …
David Germain / Associated Press:
Michael Moore faces U.S. Treasury probe
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Hot Air
NYT > National:
Giuliani Plans to Publicly Embrace Abortion Rights  —  After months of conflicting signals on abortion, Rudolph W. Giuliani is planning to offer a forthright affirmation of his support for abortion rights in public forums, television appearances and interviews in the coming days …
Faiz / Think Progress:
LaHood: Bush 'Surprised,' 'Sobered' Over GOP Frustration About Iraq  —  This morning on CNN, Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) — one of 11 Republican members to have recently visited the White House and plead with President Bush to change course in Iraq — described the meeting as "unvarnished …
Discussion: CNN
Chicago Tribune:
GOP pressures Bush on war
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Roger L. Simon / Pajamas Media:
Film Review: "Islam vs. Islamism"  —  Martyn Burke's documentary "Islam vs. Islamism" (produced with Frank Gaffney and Alex Alexiev) was commissioned by PBS for its "American Crossroads" series, but never shown by the network.  Quality control or censorship?
John Sullivan / SWJ Blog:
The Missing Mission: Expeditionary Police for Peacekeeping and Transnational Stability  —  On Wednesday, April 11, 2007 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg if some of the city's police could be deployed with the U.N. for peacekeeping missions.
Discussion: INTEL DUMP and Thomas P.M. Barnett
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Defense authorization bill fails to address habeas corpus for detainees  —  The new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee dealt a blow to the human-rights community by failing to include provisions to overhaul GOP legislation governing military tribunals in the 2008 defense authorization bill.
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Amanda / Think Progress:
Pentagon Breaks Pledge To Troops, Sends Them Back To Iraq …
Nicole Fuller / Baltimore Sun:
Rush Limbaugh billboard near I-83 defaced
Middle East Times:
Hamas TV refuses to axe contested kids cartoon
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Sensenbrenner: Hurry Up and Indict Dem. Politician
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Internet vulnerable to free speech issues
Discussion: The Caucus
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Breaking: House To Schedule Straight Up-Or-Down Vote On Withdrawal Today
Discussion: TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Cheney Visits Baghdad and Presses Leaders on Political Progress
Edward Epstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP keeps the heat turned up on Pelosi
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Julia Gorin / Front Page Magazine:
Balkan Muslim Gratitude
Little Green Footballs:
Outrage: CNN Covers Up Death Cult Mickey Mouse Video
Wayne Barrett / Village Voice:
The Yankees' Clean-Up Man
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