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2:25 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!
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  —  The American people were squarely behind withdrawal timetables right up until the Democratic Congressional leadership caved and decided to send the President a no-timelines, non-binding benchmarks Iraq War funding bill, the new CBS/New York Times poll finds.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
ABCNEWS:   Congress OKs Billions for the Iraq War
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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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
Huffington Post:
President To Reporter: "They Are A Threat To Your Children, David"
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 …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
FLIERS WITH PERSON'S PICTURE + "GOD HATES FAGS" = FELONY: That seems to be the theory of this prosecution in Illinois: … The fliers show two men kissing — one of them apparently "a male classmate[,] and neighbor of one of the girls[,] with whom they had been feuding" — coupled with the words "God hates fags."
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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."
Think Progress:
Sen. Whitehouse: Gonzales May Be Guilty Of Obstruction Of Justice  —  The Senate's no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will be held in mid-June, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced today.
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Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Senate Sets Mid-June Vote on Gonzales
Discussion: bustardblog and Macsmind
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" …
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Feingold: 'This Is No Time To Back Off'
Discussion: Firedoglake and MSNBC
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
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 …
Discussion: Althouse, Whiskey Fire and MSNBC
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.
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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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Clinton, Obama vote 'no' on Iraq bill
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Deal lets PBS stations air Islam film
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
House of Horrors: War Debate Live Blog
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
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Amanda / Think Progress:
'Pro-Life' Activist: Birth Control Is A 'Pesticide' That Will …
Discussion: The Blue State and Pandagon
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Immigration trap for GOP candidates
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Justice official: There was "concern" about Heffelfinger
Mark Halperin / Time:
Has Fred Thompson Found His Role?
Greg Palast / The BRAD BLOG:
Palast Exclusive: The Goods on Goodling and the Keys to the Kingdom
Politics / Washington Post:
Former Aide Takes Shots at Edwards