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12:10 PM ET, May 23, 2007


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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Pull Troop Deadline From Iraq Bill  —  Congressional Democrats relented Tuesday on their insistence that a war spending measure set a date for withdrawing American combat troops from Iraq.  Instead, they moved toward a deal with President Bush that would impose new conditions on the Iraqi government.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats Relent On Pullout Timetable  —  Democrats gave up their demand for troop-withdrawal deadlines in an Iraq war spending package yesterday, abandoning their top goal of bringing U.S. troops home and handing President Bush a victory in a debate that has roiled Congress for months.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Defections now likely on Iraq bill
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  An ideologue, yes, but an ideologue acting on orders or on her own?  —  When Monica Goodling goes before the House Judiciary Committee this morning, that will be the central question.  —  No one can read the two profiles of Goodling in The Los Angeles Times …
Justice aide who took the Fifth to testify in attorney firings … (CNN) — Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' former link to the White House will testify on Capitol Hill Wednesday, speaking out for the first time on her role in the controversial U.S. Attorney firings.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and TalkLeft
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Monica Goodling Testimony, Part II
Discussion: JURIST
Former Gonzales Aide / Washington Post:
Officials Describe Interference by Former Gonzales Aide
Discussion: Law Blog and Think Progress
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
DEMOCRATS FIND ETHICS OVERHAUL ELUSIVE IN HOUSE  —  House Democratic leaders pushing a promised lobbying overhaul are facing resistance from balky lawmakers and fending off accusations that a prominent member is flouting new ethics rules.  —  The Democratic leaders were forced to scrap …
Michael Brady / Keeping the Majority Accountable …:
Freshmen fail first ethics test
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Democratic Leaders Find House Ethics Bill a Tough Sell
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Political Memo: Giuliani Above the Fray as McCain and Romney Skirmish  —  The contrast could hardly be more striking.  Senator John McCain and Mitt Romney have been mixing it up on the trail with increasing intensity ever since their feisty exchange at the last Republican debate.
Washington Post:
McCain Turns Focus To His Fundraising  —  As the Senate debate over immigration raged yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had breakfast, brunch and lunch fundraisers in Houston before heading north to gather money at a supporter's home in Dallas and, later, from young professionals at a gourmet Mexican restaurant.
Discussion: The Politico and The Caucus
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush: Bin Laden ordered non-Iraq attacks  —  WASHINGTON - Seeking to rally support for the war, President Bush released intelligence asserting that Osama bin Laden in 2005 ordered creation of a terrorist unit to hit targets outside Iraq, including the United States.
Ed Henry / CNN:
White House: Bin Laden wanted Iraq as a new base … WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush on Tuesday declassified intelligence showing in 2005 Osama bin Laden planned to use Iraq as a base from which to launch attacks in the United States, according to White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe.
New York Times:
Senate Votes to Keep Temporary Worker Program  —  A comprehensive immigration bill survived a significant test on Tuesday as the Senate voted to keep a provision that would let hundreds of thousands of temporary foreign workers enter the country each year.  —  If the guest worker program …
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Guest-worker program dodges its first bullet
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
Survey: U.S. Muslims Assimilated, Opposed to Extremism  —  Unlike Muslim minorities in many European countries, U.S. Muslims are highly assimilated, close to parity with other Americans in income and overwhelmingly opposed to Islamic extremism, according to the first major, nationwide random survey of Muslims.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
McClatchy's D.C. Bureau Claims It's Barred From Defense Secretary Plane  —  NEW YORK Staffers at McClatchy's Washington, D.C., Bureau — one of the few major news outlets skeptical of intelligence reports during the run-up to the war in Iraq — claims it is now being punished for that coverage.
Body may be shipped to U.S. to see if it's missing soldier … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A corpse found floating in the Euphrates River south of Baghdad on Wednesday may have to be shipped to the United States to determine if it is the body of one of three missing U.S. soldiers, according to a U.S. military official.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
New Strategy for War Stresses Iraqi Politics  —  U.S. Aims to Oust Sectarians From Key Roles  —  Top U.S. commanders and diplomats in Iraq are completing a far-reaching campaign plan for a new U.S. strategy, laying out military and political goals and endorsing the selective removal …
New York Post:
WOLFOWITZ AND GAL PAL SPLIT UP  —  PAUL Wolfowitz has really had a bad couple of weeks.  He not only lost his job, he lost his girlfriend, too.  —  Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the Iraq war, was pushed out as president of the World Bank over a controversial pay and promotion package …
Discussion: Carry on America
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Sen. Metzen is arrested on suspicion of DWI  —  He was picked up after celebrating the end of the legislative session at a St. Paul bar.  He is president of the Senate.  —  Just hours after a gathering at a Capitol haunt to celebrate the end of the legislative session, state Sen. James Metzen …
Discussion: Associated Press and Power Line
The Blotter:
Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran  —  Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report:  —  The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert "black" operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
House backs limits on attorney picks  —  Washington - Congress cleared legislation Tuesday that would curb President Bush's power to appoint prosecutors indefinitely, resolving one controversy linked to the firing of federal prosecutors.  —  The 306-114 vote gave the House's blessing …
Discussion: Think Progress and PoliBlog (TM)
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Now it can be revealed … That a raw (and unedited) …
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National Review:
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Fred Thompson Inks Another GOP Insider
Damien Cave / New York Times:
As Comrades Search, Fatal Bomb Wreaks Havoc
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Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Bush may turn to UN in search for Iraq solution
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Taliban 'stalled by lack of commanders'