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7:40 AM ET, May 25, 2007


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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
Eric Kleefeld / Election Central:
Poll: Public Overwhelmingly Wanted Withdrawal Timetables
Discussion: Sirotablog and Left in the West
ABCNEWS:   Congress OKs Billions for the Iraq War
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Clinton, Obama vote 'no' on Iraq bill  —  WASHINGTON - Courting the anti-war constituency, Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) both voted against legislation that pays for the Iraq war but lacks a timeline for troop withdrawal.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Congress Passes Deadline-Free War Funding Bill  —  Congress sent President Bush a new Iraq funding bill yesterday that lacked troop withdrawal deadlines demanded by liberal Democrats, but party leaders vowed it was only a temporary setback in their efforts to bring home American troops.
Jules Crittenden:
De Bitterness of De Foot Soldiers  —  It's been a rough seven years.  Gore.  Kerry.  Now this: … 80-14 in the Senate.  280-142 in the House.  Ouch.  The Dems can't muster those kind of votes.  Even with graft.  Hillary, who was for it before she was against it, went with Obama.
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 …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Bird Sh*ts on Bush During Press Conference
Discussion: State of the Day and MSNBC
New York Times:
Bush Reaffirms His Support for Gonzales  —  President Bush said Thursday that he would correct any problems uncovered in the investigations of last year's dismissals of federal prosecutors, but he added that nothing had undermined his support for Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.
Washington Post:
Books Paint Critical Portraits of Clinton  —  2 Biographies Detail Marital Strife and Driving Ambition  —  Two new books on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York offer fresh and often critical portraits of the Democratic presidential candidate that depict a tortured relationship …
NBC: CIA warned of risks of war in the Mideast  —  Pre-war reports say agency predicted dangers of toppling Saddam's regime  —  In a move sure to raise even more questions about the decision to go to war with Iraq, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will on Friday release selected portions …
Discussion: Informed Comment and The Impolitic
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
Al Gore Appearance at the Marin Civic Center  —  On May 23, 2007, Al Gore made a personal appearance at the Marin Veterans' Auditorium, in the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, California.  —  He was there to kick off publicity for his latest book, The Assault on Reason, which had been released just the day before.
Bryan / Hot Air:
Audio: The pro-amnesty hotline  —  We received emails about this all day, but being on the road prevented me from posting anything about it until now.  Here's the story: There is a hotline that has been set up to allow pro-amnesty Spanish speakers to call their senators to voice support for the …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michelle Malkin:
Flood the amnesty hotline!
Discussion: Iowa Voice
Lynn Sweet:
Bush press conference: "I'm credible" messenger on the war.  Transcript.  —  WASHINGTON—President Bush at a Rose Garden press conference on Thursday insists he is credible when it comes to the war. … for transcript of entire press conference, click below.  —  THE WHITE HOUSE
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Connecting.the.Dots
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
More Than Ever, It Pays to Be the Top Executive  —  Like most companies, Office Depot has long made sure that its chief executive was the highest-paid employee.  Ten years ago, the $2.2 million pay package of its chief was more than double that of his No. 2.  The fifth-ranked executive received less than one-third.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeffrey Sachs / Guardian:
China's lessons for the World Bank  —  As the World Bank clings to its free-market ideology, China is providing more practical help for developing countries.  —  The China Daily recently ran a front-page story recounting how Paul Wolfowitz used threats and vulgarities to pressure senior World Bank staff.
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Ethics Legislation Easily Passes House  —  Prodded by Democratic leaders and by freshmen elected partly on promises to clean up Washington, the House approved new ethics legislation yesterday that would penalize lawmakers who receive a wide range of favors from special interests …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
DEMS AND THE WAR....Like a lot of people, I've been mulling …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Ezra Klein
Daniel W. Reilly / The Politico:
Rove, Fielding pay mysterious visit to Capitol
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Deal lets PBS stations air Islam film
Discussion: Hot Air
Sam Enriquez / Los Angeles Times:
Mexico taps U.S. funds to boost its intercepting of data
Charles Keeshan / Daily Herald:
No bond for accused teen
Kevin Grier / Marginal Revolution:
What Danny Glover and I have in common
Discussion: Ezra Klein and EconLog
Rep Louise Slaughter / MyDD:
A difficult day for all of us, but the fight is not over
Discussion: WorkingForChange
 Earlier Items: 
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
House of Horrors: War Debate Live Blog
Bob Geiger:
Leahy To Vote Against Bogus Supplemental Compromise
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Reagan Of The Left?  —  I went to see Obama last night.
Spiegel Online:
France to Pay Immigrants to Return Home
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
If the presidential race were a beauty contest...
Huffington Post:
President To Reporter: "They Are A Threat To Your Children, David"
Discussion: First Draft

From Mediagazer:

Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Max Tani / Semafor:
The Intercept is losing ~$300K/month and could run out of cash by May 2025, according to data from March; its CEO says the projection was a worst case scenario

Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
As Netflix's new film chief Dan Lin takes charge, the company aims to shift its film strategy to focus on audience appeal and cost efficiency

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