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2:35 PM ET, May 24, 2007

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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
News Analysis: On War Funds, Democrats Saw No Option but to Cede Ground to Bush  —  Congressional contortions over the Iraq spending bill could end up with most House Democrats momentarily occupying the position they were so desperate to vacate: the minority.
Susan Ferrechio / CQ.com:
Democrats Set Stage for Next War Debate  —  Before deciding to blink in the long standoff over war spending and troop withdrawal, House Democrats convinced themselves President Bush is scoring only a short-term victory.  —  The House is expected to send to the Senate late Thursday …
Discussion: TalkLeft and AMERICAblog
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!
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP slams Pelosi in new ad campaign  —  House Republicans have a fairly simple plan to reclaim the majority: Blame Nancy.  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee launches its first national advertising blitz Thursday with a drive to tie freshmen Democrats to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
House Democrats bracing for unpalatable Iraq vote  —  House Democrats head into their last vote on the Iraq supplemental budget today with a sense of resignation, with fewer than half expected to vote in favor of a bill that gives President Bush nearly everything he wants.
CNN:
Bush says this summer critical for Iraq war … WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush said Thursday that this summer would be a critical time for his Iraq strategy as Congress was poised to vote on a new war spending bill.  —  Answering reporters' questions at a White House news conference …
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
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Don Surber:
Scandal trolling
Dale Franks / QandO:
QUESTIONS FOR OUR LIBERAL FRIENDS  —  Bruce is a big boy, and certainly doesn't need me to help him out, but let's talk about Iraq for a moment.  Because I have questions for people like Oliver Willis to which I'm curious to hear the answers.  And I'm not asking in a snarky way.  I'm honestly interested.
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Oliver Willis:
AN ANSWER TO OUR CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS  —  I'm going to answer these questions posted by conservative Dale Franks here and not in their comments because I know quite a few of the cons who read my site regularly ask the same questions (and by "ask" I mean regurgitate existing talking points) …
Discussion: Shakesville
Susan Bell / Scotsman:
Raid on spy's home 'reveals details of Chirac's secret £30m bank account'  —  LONG-STANDING rumours that the former French president Jacques Chirac holds a secret multi-million-euro bank account in Japan appear to have been confirmed by files seized from the home of a senior spy.
Associated Press:
U.S. military continues to discharge gay Arab linguists, and Congress members seek hearing  —  WASHINGTON: Lawmakers who say the military has kicked out 58 Arabic linguists because they were gay want the Pentagon to explain how it can afford to let the valuable language specialists go.
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James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
58 Gay Arab Linguists Ousted From Military
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   FIGHTING THE REAL MENACE....The military is still busily firing …
Opinion Journal:
Immigration and Welfare  —  Most of them will pay at least as much as they collect.  —  The immigration debate is roaring again, and we're happy to join the fun.  One place to start is a myth that has become a key talking point among restrictionists on the right—to wit …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
A Bill That Earned Its Doubters
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Morgue Data Show Increase In Sectarian Killings in Iraq  —  More than three months into a U.S.-Iraqi security offensive designed to curtail sectarian violence in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq, Health Ministry statistics show that such killings are rising again.
Gateway Pundit:
Grim Milestone: War on Terror Fatalities Reach Ominous Threshold  —  It is not an easy decision to vote for war.  —  It's not easy committing your soldiers to the battlefield.  —  Yet, the democratic-led Congress did just that in 2002.  —  Surely, they knew what their vote would mean …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Improvement in Iraq: Trust Joe Klein and his secret sources  —  Q. If you're a Bush administration official and you want to create a prominent headline in Time Magazine proclaiming what great improvement there is in Iraq, what do you do?  —  A. Have someone with a shiny military uniform …
Spencer Ackerman / Washington Monthly:
The Bitter End  —  Democrats are right to push for an end to the Iraq war.  But don't expect the troops to be grateful.  In 2003, an optimist could hope that the United States would establish a liberal democracy in Iraq.  Four years into the war in Iraq, an optimist can hope that a "surge" …
 
 
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