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10:05 PM ET, May 17, 2007


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New York Times:
Deal Is Reached in Senate on Immigration  —  Senators from both parties announced an agreement this afternoon on immigration-reform legislation that would bring illegal immigrants and their families "out of the shadows and into the sunshine of American life," as Senator Edward M. Kennedy put it.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Deal Struck on Immigration Bill  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Key senators in both parties announced agreement with the White House Thursday on an immigration overhaul that would grant quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. and fortify the border.
Mitt Romney For President News:
Governor Mitt Romney On The Senate Immigration Agreement
Bill would give 12 million a path to citizenship
Discussion: Swords Crossed
Rick Maze / Army Times:
White House: 3.5 percent pay hike unnecessary  —  Troops don't need bigger pay raises, White House budget officials said Wednesday in a statement of administration policy laying out objections to the House version of the 2008 defense authorization bill.  —  The Bush administration had asked …
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
White House States Opposition to Pay Raise for Troops,  —  Increase in Widows' Benefits  —  May 17th, 2007 by Jesse Lee  —  Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel: … White House: 3.5 percent pay hike unnecessary  —  Rick Maze, Army Times - May 16, 2007
Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
Bush Opposes More Money for Troops and Survivors - Explain That!  —  In the veto threat against the National Defense Authorization Act, the White House says they're opposed to two things: Increased survivor benefits of $40 a month to spouses of those who lost someone in military service …
Nico / Think Progress:   Bush Threatens Veto Over Troop Pay Raise, Military Widow Benefits
World Bank Chief Paul Wolfowitz Resigns  —  Iraq War 'Architect' Leaves Bank Amid Controversy Over Girlfriend's Raise  —  World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz has resigned his post, effective June 30.  —  An internal panel tasked with investigating the lucrative pay and promotion package Wolfowitz arranged …
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Bush expresses regret over Wolfowitz  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush on Thursday seemed resigned to the possibility that World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz could lose his job over conflict-of-interest charges involving his girlfriend.  —  "I regret that it has come to this," Bush said …
Discussion: CorrenteWire and Mercury Rising
Think Progress:
Bush Dodges Comey's Accusations That He Personally Arranged Ashcroft Hospital Visit  —  During a press conference today, President Bush was confronted about recent accusations made by former Deputy Attorney General James Comey regarding the White House's shocking efforts to seek legal sanction for its warrantless wiretapping program.
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Dems Seek No-Confidence Vote on Gonzales  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Senate Democrats said Thursday they will seek a no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over accusations that he carried out President Bush's political agenda at the expense of the Justice Department's independence.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Attorneys Seek Immunity for Cheney, Top Officials  —  Judge Urged to Dismiss Lawsuit Filed by Former Ambassador Wilson  —  Attorneys for Vice President Cheney and top White House officials told a federal judge today they cannot be held liable for anything they disclosed to reporters …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Can Democrats Take Yes for an Answer?  —  The issue of trade policy — as critical to the nation's future as Iraq and every bit as divisive — is now squarely before the Democratic Congress.  It will almost certainly provide a huge challenge to its leadership.
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Ron Paul's Race Problem  —  For all those getting really excited about anti-war, libertarian Republican Ron Paul, it's worth noting that he's pretty racist and also an anti-Semite.  —  The Houston Chronicle story linked above contains quotes from a newsletter Mr. Paul put out in the 1980s and 1990s.
Mark Jeffrey / The Huffington Post:
Ron Paul: Internet Celeb?
Discussion: The Washington Note
James C. Dobson, Ph.D. / WorldNetDaily:
Rudy's not the one  —  The jig is up.  Rudy Giuliani finally admitted in a speech at Houston Baptist University last week that he is an unapologetic supporter of abortion on demand.  That revelation came as no great shock to those of us in the pro-life movement.
Governor Bill Richardson / Bill Richardson …:
Energy Speech to New America Foundation  —  Thank you, Ted, for that introduction.  I appreciate the opportunity to speak here today at the New America Foundation.  I appreciate your sensible policy influence in many areas.  —  Thanks to my friend Terry Tamminen, head chef in my friend Arnold Schwarzenegger's kitchen cabinet.
Washington Post:
A Question of Torture  —  THE REPUBLICAN presidential candidates were asked at their debate in South Carolina on Tuesday about "a million-to-one scenario" involving the interrogation of suspected foreign terrorists.  Only one in 10 got it right.  —  That one would be Sen. John McCain …
Rose Garden / White House:
President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with United Kingdom Prime Minister Blair  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you.  I'm pleased to welcome Tony Blair back to the White House.  He is a good friend.  He has led the British people for a long time, since 1797.  (Laughter.)
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Michael Getler / PBS Ombudsman:
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Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
Immigration Bill: Good Principles, Questionable Enforcement
Discussion: Riehl World View and QandO
Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh complained Democrats are not asked why "there are no women …
Michelle Malkin:
GOP-bashing Associated Press goes bean-counting... Now, let's turn …
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
McCain Misses 42nd Straight Vote ... and Counting
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Against the Porkbusters  —  Conservatives should find another crusade
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Los Angeles Times:
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