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2:20 PM ET, May 10, 2007


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Washington Post:
Bush Told War Is Harming The GOP  —  House Republican moderates, in a remarkably blunt White House meeting, warned President Bush this week that his pursuit of the war in Iraq is risking the future of the Republican Party and that he cannot count on GOP support for many more months.
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.
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Iraqi bill demands U.S. troops withdraw
Chicago Tribune:
GOP pressures Bush on war
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Faiz / Think Progress:
LaHood: Bush 'Surprised,' 'Sobered' Over GOP Frustration About Iraq
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
NJ: Withheld Emails Show White House Signed Off on False Statements
Blair quits as prime minister  —  Matthew Tempest and agencies  —  Tony Blair today announced he was stepping down after 10 years as prime minister and 13 as Labour leader.  —  The prime minister told a crowd of supporters in Trimdon Labour club he would stand down as PM on June 27.
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.
Daniel Finkelstein / Comment Central:   Five Americans who changed Tony Blair
Alan Cowell / NYT > International:
Blair Says He Will Leave Office in June
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
Britain's Blair Announces His Resignation
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and MSNBC
Middle East Times:
Hamas TV refuses to axe contested kids cartoon  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — A Hamas-run television channel has defied a Palestinian government request to axe a controversial children's cartoon in which a Mickey Mouse look-alike urges resistance against Israel.
Little Green Footballs:   Outrage: CNN Covers Up Death Cult Mickey Mouse Video
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
Amanda / Think Progress:
Pentagon Breaks Pledge To Troops, Sends Them Back To Iraq After Just Nine Months At Home  —  On April 11, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that tours of duty for the Army would be extended from 12 months to 15 months, effective immediately.  In exchange for the extensions …
Rob Bluey / Bluey Blog:
A Trotskyite at the Heritage Foundation  —  stollerMatt_5027-1, originally uploaded by matthewnstoller.  —  This morning at the Heritage Foundation, I hosted a panel discussion about the Open House Project, an effort by the Sunlight Foundation to bring greater transparency to the House of Representatives.
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?
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.
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
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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
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GOP keeps the heat turned up on Pelosi
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