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12:55 AM ET, May 25, 2007

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Dalia Sussman / New York Times:
POLL SHOWS OPPOSITION TO IRAQ WAR AT ALL TIME HIGH  —  Americans now view the war in Iraq more negatively than at any time since the war began, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.  —  Six in 10 Americans say the United States should have stayed out of Iraq and more than three …
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CBS News:
CBS Poll: 76% Say War's Going Badly  —  Record Number In CBS/NYT Survey Say Getting Involved In Iraq Was A Mistake  —  (CBS) As President Bush and Congress hammer out an Iraq war funding bill, a CBS News/New York Times poll shows the number of Americans who say the war is going badly has reached a new high …
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Dem Leadership: If We'd Confronted Bush On Iraq, White House Would Have Criticized Us  —  With the House set to vote on the no-timelines Iraq War funding bill later today, The New York Times provides a glimpse into the thinking among top Dems that led to the current proposal: … Oooooooooooooo, scary!
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
The Capitulation Bill: "Obviously it's a good move"  —  The crazy thing about the fight is that Democratic insiders are convinced that capitulation is the right strategy.  They actually believe that this will put pressure on the Republicans in the fall, and that standing up to Bush is a bad idea.
New York Times:
Immigration Bill Provisions Gain Wide Support in Poll  —  As opponents from the right and left challenge an immigration bill before Congress, there is broad support among Americans — Democrats, Republicans and independents alike — for the major provisions in the legislation, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Prairie Weather
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Why Some Democrats Are More Scared Of Bush Than Their Base
Sara Just / Political Radar:
Bush In Line of Fire  —  ABC's Ann Compton reports: An outdoor news conference in perfect spring weather, with birds chirping loudly in the magnolia trees, is not without its hazards.  —  As President Bush took a question Thursday in the White House Rose Garden about scandals involving his Attorney General …
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Bird Sh*ts on Bush During Press Conference
Discussion: MSNBC
Rose Garden / White House:
Press Conference by the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Please be seated.  Thank you, all.  Good morning.  —  Today, Congress will vote on legislation that provides our troops with the funds they need.  It makes clear that our Iraqi partners must demonstrate progress on security and reconciliation.
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Huffington Post:
President To Reporter: "They Are A Threat To Your Children, David"  —  President Bush told NBC reporter David Gregory at a Rose Garden news conference today that terrorists are a "threat to your children, David."  The President's reaction came after Gregory asked him why he should be considered a credible source on terror intelligence.
Discussion: First Draft
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Cheney Attempting to Constrain Bush's Choices on Iran Conflict: Staff Engaged in Insubordination Against President Bush  —  There is a race currently underway between different flanks of the administration to determine the future course of US-Iran policy.  —  On one flank are the diplomats …
Bob Geiger:
Leahy To Vote Against Bogus Supplemental Compromise  —  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who voted against the original authorization to invade Iraq and who quickly signed on to cosponsor the Feingold-Reid bill, announced to supporters today that he will vote against the "compromise" …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Feingold: 'This Is No Time To Back Off'
Discussion: Firedoglake
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Where They Stand  —  h/t to Tom Mattzie for suggesting the kind …
Discussion: Democrats.com
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Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Senate Sets Mid-June Vote on Gonzales
Discussion: bustardblog and Macsmind
The Smoking Gun:
Torture, Al-Qaeda Style  —  Drawings, tools seized from Iraq safe house in U.S. military raid  —  In a recent raid on an al-Qaeda safe house in Iraq, U.S. military officials recovered an assortment of crude drawings depicting torture methods like "blowtorch to the skin" and "eye removal."
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Pretty bad - but not Jimmy Carter bad  —  America is in a funk, but it needn't be  —  You know how bad things have got when Jimmy Carter's critique of your presidency is taken seriously.  This week the former US President attacked the current one, saying that, "as far as the adverse impact …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
Fineman: McCain and the upside of anger  —  McCain's outbursts are the understandable byproduct of a candidate whose courage is constantly tested by bad luck.  —  The nasty words are flying between the camps.  By now, political junkies know how it escalated.
Spiegel Online:
France to Pay Immigrants to Return Home  —  New French President Nicolas Sarkozy made immigration a central issue of his campaign.  Now, his new minister for immigration and national identity says its time to start paying immigrants to leave the country.  —  France is home to over 5 million immigrants …
Discussion: Fausta's blog and Israel Matzav
 
 
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Sam Enriquez / Los Angeles Times:
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USA Today:
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Amanda / Think Progress:
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Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Immigration trap for GOP candidates
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Discussion: Balkinization and Election Law
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A Bill That Earned Its Doubters
Spencer Ackerman / Washington Monthly:
The Bitter End  —  Democrats are right to push for an end to the Iraq war.
Politics / Washington Post:
Former Aide Takes Shots at Edwards
Discussion: The Caucus and Townhall.com
Susan Bell / Scotsman:
Raid on spy's home 'reveals details of Chirac's secret £30m bank account'
Dale Franks / QandO:
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