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12:05 PM ET, May 24, 2007

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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.
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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
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.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
House Democrats bracing for unpalatable Iraq vote
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Washington Post:
Goodling Says She 'Crossed the Line'  —  Ex-Justice Aide Criticizes Gonzales While Admitting to Basing Hires on Politics  —  A former senior aide to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales leveled serious new accusations against him and his deputy yesterday, describing an "uncomfortable" …
New York Times:
Editorial: Witness for the Prosecutors  —  It would have been naïve to think that Monica Goodling, a right-wing true believer and onetime Republican opposition researcher, was going to blow the whistle on the United States attorney scandal.  But Ms. Goodling made some disturbing admissions yesterday …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Just A Teeny, Tiny Question...
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
The entire government has failed us on Iraq  —  For the president, and the majority leaders and candidates and rank-and-file Congressmen and Senators of either party—there is only blame for this shameful, and bi-partisan, betrayal  —  SPECIAL COMMENT  —  A Special Comment about the Democrats' deal …
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Special Comment: "The only things truly "compromised" are the trust of the voters...friends, and family, in Iraq"  —  Keith gave a scathing commentary on the compromise struck by the Democratic Party over the war supplemental. he also flames Bush over his childish stand.  —  Download (6430) |
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
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Clinton Camp Resists Aide's Advice to Skip Iowa  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign has considered — and rejected — a plan to stop competing in Iowa, the traditional kickoff state in the nominating process, and to concentrate instead on later states …
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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.
Gideon Rachman:
The collapse of Europe  —  If you happen to be passing though Malibu next month, why not pop into an intriguing-sounding conference at Pepperdine University on "The Collapse of Europe".  One of the early sessions is entitled - "Eurabia: Is Muslim domination of Europe inevitable?"
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
New York to the DOJ: Hands Off Our Fire Department  —  The Department of Justice has just filed a discrimination suit against the New York City Fire Department, alleging that the written exam for department eligibility is biased against blacks and Hispanics, because their pass rate is lower than for whites.
Wall Street Journal:
The Poor Get Richer  —  It's been a rough week for John Edwards, and now comes more bad news for his "two Americas" campaign theme.  A new study by the Congressional Budget Office says the poor have been getting less poor.  On average, CBO found that low-wage households with children …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems' panel chiefs cash in on bundling  —  Powerful Democratic chairmen and subcommittee chairmen have relied on lobbyists to raise money during the first three months of this year, according to recent fundraising reports, which cast light on the strong opposition to lobbying reform
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.
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