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10:45 AM 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.
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:   Democratic Leaders Find House Ethics Bill a Tough Sell
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
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Well, This Takes All The Fun Out Of It  —  ABC News has revealed …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
ABC exposes Bush's secret order to CIA to destabilize Iranian regime
Discussion: The Age and New York Times
Former Gonzales Aide / Washington Post:
Officials Describe Interference by Former Gonzales Aide  —  When Jeffrey A. Taylor, interim U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, wanted to hire a new career prosecutor last fall, he had to run the idea past Monica M. Goodling, then a 33-year-old aide to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.
Discussion: Law Blog and Think Progress
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
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 …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Eschaton
Michael Brady / Keeping the Majority Accountable …:
Freshmen fail first ethics test  —  Despite last week's media blitz promoting tougher ethics enforcement, a group of freshmen Congressmen failed their first practical test Tuesday night, when they refused to reprimand one of their colleagues for an apparent ethics violation.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Today's Special: Pork. And Tomorrow's.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and New York Times
The Hill:
Dems save Murtha a slap
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.
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
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.
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Guest-worker program dodges its first bullet  —  The guest-worker program in the new immigration bill survived its first test late yesterday but remains under siege.  —  The debate pits resurgent Democratic populists against negotiators determined to hold together the tenuous immigration reform deal.
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 …
U.S. checking if body found in river is missing soldier … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqi police found the body of what they said was a Western-looking man, apparently dressed in U.S. military uniform, floating in the Euphrates River south of Baghdad on Wednesday, an official said.
Discussion: Associated Press and Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Fred Thompson Inks Another GOP Insider  —  Fred Thompson has inked former Federal Elections Commission Chairman Michael Toner to serve as the lead lawyer for his increasingly likely campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.  —  Toner is the second major Thompson hire to become public in recent days.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Many Signs Point to Thompson Candidacy
Discussion: Boston Globe
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 …
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.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: The Impolitic
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Discussion: On Deadline and The Agonist
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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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'
The Independent:
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