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7:45 PM ET, May 24, 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!
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 …
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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Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Senate Sets Mid-June Vote on Gonzales  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush said Thursday he would address any wrongdoing uncovered by congressional or other investigations related to the firings of eight federal prosecutors, but added that new allegations have not swayed his support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Discussion: bustardblog and Think Progress
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
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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"
Discussion: First Draft
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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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."
Mark Halperin / Time:
Has Fred Thompson Found His Role?  —  As former Republican Senator Fred Thompson ponders a late entry into the 2008 presidential race, the actor's biggest advantage just might be that people feel they already know exactly what he would be like as Commander in Chief.
Discussion: Bob Krumm
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Frank Newport / Gallup Poll:
Despite Campaign, Familiarity With Candidates Has Not Changed Substantially
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A Bill That Earned Its Doubters  —  Compromise is incessantly praised, and it has produced the proposed immigration legislation.  But compromise is the mother of complexity, which, regarding immigration, virtually guarantees — as the public understands — weak enforcement and noncompliance.
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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.
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.
 
 
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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Blame Britney First  —  AL GORE AND TOM FRIEDMAN THINK WE'RE …
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Morgue Data Show Increase In Sectarian Killings in Iraq