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9:35 AM ET, May 11, 2007


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New York Times:
President Open to Benchmarks in Iraq Measure  —  Hours before the House approved a plan on Thursday to finance the Iraq war only through midsummer, President Bush offered his first public concession to try to resolve the impasse on war spending, acknowledging rising pressure from his own party and the public.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Bush open to benchmarks for Iraq … WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush said Thursday he will veto any bill with "haphazard, piecemeal funding," but agreed that setting benchmarks is a good way to evaluate progress in Iraq.  —  Bush said he has asked his chief of staff, Josh Bolten …
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Iraq War Dénouement: Curiouser & Curiouser  —  Now, I give you fair warning, either you or your head must be off, and that in about half no time!  Take your choice!  — From "Alice in Wonderland"  —  The House has approved a second Iraq war-funding bill that President Bush has vowed to veto.
Garrett Epps / Salon:
Karl Rove's big election-fraud hoax  —  By evil chance, I spent the Saturday night before Election Day 2000 at a jolly dinner for high-level Republicans.  Most of the talk over the entrees concerned why then-candidate George W. Bush had been too pusillanimous to tell the voters that Al Gore …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Another Hearing, Another Chance to Say Nothing
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
David Johnston / New York Times:   Democrats Push Gonzales on Attorney Dismissals
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE ALBERTO GONZALES SHOW....One of the great discoveries …
Discussion: Slate
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
New Questions for AG in Attorneys' Probe
Discussion: Associated Press
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: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Richard N. Perle / Washington Post:
How the CIA Failed America  —  George Tenet sets the stage in his memoir by recalling a conversation he claims to have had with me on Sept. 12, 2001: "As I walked beneath the awning that leads to the West Wing[, I] saw Richard Perle exiting the building just as I was about to enter. …
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Bush and Democrats in Accord on Trade Deals  —  The Bush administration reached agreement on Thursday with the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democrats to attach environmental and worker protections in several pending trade accords, clearing the way for early passage of some pacts and improving prospects for others.
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.
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Romney Works to Put Skeptics' Doubts to Rest  —  Bart Pals, a county chairman for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, had been given talking points to use when he introduced the former Massachusetts governor at an event in northern Iowa on Wednesday.  —  But Mr. Pals chose to depart …
Discussion: ScrappleFace
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Critics fault Romney's abortion record
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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:
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
John Edwards' big ideas costly  —  WASHINGTON - Presidential candidate John Edwards is offering more policy proposals than any other candidate in the primary and his ideas are winning loud applause from Democratic audiences.  —  The question is whether other voters will cheer when they see the price tag …
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.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
As Gas Prices Rise Again, Democrats Blame Big Oil  —  A week after U.S. gasoline prices hit a near-record $3.05 a gallon, Democrats in Congress are promoting legislation taking aim at the big oil companies, although industry experts say that the efforts aren't likely to have any effect.
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Rudy Giuliani and the corporate drug pushers  —  Before Rudy Giuliani was the great anti-terrorist, killing bin Laden with his mouth, he made something of a name as a drug warrior, heading the (disastrously unsuccessful) anti-cocaine efforts of the early Reagan Administration and ordering the …
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Put It Out, Shweetheart  —  Hollywood Kicks the Habit, Rules That Movies With Smoking Could Go From PG to R Rating  —  Would "Casablanca" have been rated XXX?  —  Depictions of smoking in movies will now be a factor when deciding what a film's rating will be, possibly making a PG-13 movie R-rated …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Line: Expect a Democratic Runoff in Ky. Gov. Race  —  It's down to the wire in the Kentucky governor's race.  —  Gov. Ernie Fletcher and former Rep. Anne Northup are exchanging televised body blows over ethics in advance of the May 22 Republican primary, while two former lieutenant governors …
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Discussion: Power Line
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Discussion: MyDD and The RBC
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Judge Orders Lid On Phone Records
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