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5:05 PM ET, May 16, 2007


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Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Iraq Withdrawal Move Thwarted in Senate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation that would cut off money for combat operations in Iraq after March 31, 2008.  —  The vote was a loss for Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., and other Democrats who want to end the war.
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Feingold Amendment Defeated  —  As expected, it goes down, 29-67.  —  But the vote allowed the Dem Presidential candidates — Hillary, Obama, Biden — as well as many other Dems, to make strong antiwar statements, endorsing the idea of cutting funding in principle.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Four Dems running for president vote to cut off Iraq funding in '08 …
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Republicans' bill challenges Iraq policy
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Washington Post:
Mr. Comey's Tale  —  JAMES B. COMEY, the straight-as-an-arrow former No. 2 official at the Justice Department, yesterday offered the Senate Judiciary Committee an account of Bush administration lawlessness so shocking it would have been unbelievable coming from a less reputable source.
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
What Was the President's Role?  —  Josh Marshall is absolutely correct …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Wolfowitz to Resign This Afternoon?  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  World Bank officials say the bank's board is completing an "exit strategy" that will allow World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz to resign this afternoon and "still save some face" over the issue of his efforts to seek a promotion …
Washington Post:
Bank Board Rejects White House Proposal on Wolfowitz
National Review:
Pelosi's Gambit [Jonah Goldberg] Boehner's office just sent this out:  —  DEMOCRATS TO CHANGE 185 YEAR-OLD HOUSE RULE TO ALLOW TAX HIKES WITHOUT HAVING TO VOTE  —  In a stunning move, House Democrats today revealed they will attempt to rewrite House rules that have gone unchanged since 1822 …
Brad Dayspring /
RSC BLOG  —  Democrats, Tired of Losing, Change the Rules to Disadvantage Minority
Eric Cantor:
Discussion: Drudge Report
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Romney Leaps to GOP Lead in Iowa; Edwards Keeps His Edge  —  Giuliani the big loser, while McCain remains steady; Hillary, Obama remain strong in tight Dem contest  —  Republican Mitt Romney has pushed from a distant third place into a small lead in Iowa, the continuation of progress …
Dean Barnett /
Quickie Debate Recap  —  So who won?  Tonight, two candidates really benefited form their efforts.  I have a feeling that Mitt Romney will emerge from every one of these shindigs as the most articulate, well informed and appealing candidate.  In terms of debating skills, it's a man amongst boys out there.
New York Times:
Republican Presidential Debate in South Carolina  —  The following is a transcript of the Republican presidential primary debate at the University of South Carolina on May 15, 2007, as recorded by the Federal News Service:  —  Participants: Senator Sam Brownback; former Virginia Governor James Gilmore …
New York Times:
Terror Attack Scenario Exposes Deep Differences Among G.O.P. Hopefuls
Marc Morano /
Climate Momentum Shifting: Prominent Scientists Reverse Belief in Man-made Global Warming - Now Skeptics  —  Growing Number of Scientists Convert to Skeptics After Reviewing New Research  —  Following the U.S. Senate's vote today on a global warming measure (see today's AP article …
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
We must attack Iran before it gets the bomb  —  Iran should be attacked before it develops nuclear weapons, America's former ambassador to the United Nations said yesterday.  —  John Bolton, who still has close links to the Bush administration, told The Daily Telegraph that the European Union had to …
The Raw Story:
Administration vaunted bogus credentials  —  Records from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine show that Dr. Keroack did not finish his residency in obstetrics and gynecology until 1993.  This means he could not possibly have practiced obstetrics for 20 years.
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Lawmakers Find $21 a Week Doesn't Buy a Lot of Groceries  —  Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) stood before the refrigerated section of the Safeway on Capitol Hill yesterday and looked longingly at the eggs.  —  At $1.29 for a half-dozen, he couldn't afford them.  —  Ryan and three other members …
National Review:
Falwell Tinky Winky  —  Can I just make one small point that has always bothered me?  Last night during NBC's coverage of Falwell's life they recycled the whole Falwell-thinks-Tinky-Winky-is- gay thing.  Falwell surely made a mistake launching that controversy the way he did.
Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
Pa. mayor who targeted illegals on way to third term  —  ALLENTOWN, PA. —Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, who gained national prominence by targeting illegal immigrants living in his small northeastern Pennsylvania city, cruised to the Republican nomination for a third term on Tuesday - and unexpectedly won the Democratic nomination, too.
Discussion: Hot Air and Vox Popoli
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Alan Finder / New York Times:
Ivy League Crunch Brings New Cachet to Next Tier
Kari Chisholm / BlueOregon:
Blumenauer: Why I'm Not Running  —  By Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland).
Linda / Legion Current Events:
Message to America: Respect Memorial Day By National Commander Paul A. Morin
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Atrios / Eschaton:
W=GDP/N  —  Ezra also discusses the problem with economists.
Associated Press:
Greenpeace Builds Replica of Noah's Ark
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Report: Closing in on Al Qaeda in the Triangle
Washington Post:
Latino Groups Play Key Role on Hill
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Pentagon General to Be 'War Czar'