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10:45 AM ET, May 25, 2007

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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 …
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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.
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.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Congress Passes War Funds Bill, Ending Impasse
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Line: As '08 Race Heats Up, Hillary and Rudy Remain on Top
Discussion: MSNBC and Townhall.com
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.
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Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Inquiry widens into Justice Department hiring  —  The move follows testimony by a former Gonzales aide that she had considered politics in screening applicants.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has broadened an internal investigation into whether aides to Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales …
Discussion: Think Progress
Hanna Rosin / Washington Post:
The New Establishment  —  How Evangelicals Became Part of Washington's Fabric
Discussion: CorrenteWire
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The Curious Case of Goodling and the Immigration Judges
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
MSNBC:
NBC: CIA warned of risks of war in the Mideast  —  Pre-war reports say agency predicted dangers of toppling Saddam's regime  —  Men place the coffin of an attack victim atop a vehicle in Baghdad on Friday.  —  NBC News Investigative Unit  —  In a move sure to raise even more questions …
Discussion: The Impolitic and White House
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Juan / Informed Comment:
Democratic Party Divided on Iraq Supplemental  —  Although everyone is syaing that September is now the potential turning point in congressional support for the Iraq War, I don't see how things will change much then.  Supporters of the "surge" will be able to find some evidence of "progress" even if it is "slow."
Discussion: Shakesville and Prairie Weather
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Congress Passes Increase in the Minimum Wage  —  Congress handed a major victory to low-income workers on Thursday night by approving the first increase in the federal minimum wage rate in a decade.  —  By a vote of 348 to 73, the House approved the measure as part of a deal on Iraq spending.
Discussion: Amygdala and Air America Radio
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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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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
House Votes to Lift Veil Over Lobbyists' Donations
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Unfogged
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.
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
RONALD REAGAN ON IMMIGRATION: Conservative Republican have been outdoing each other in claiming the mantle of Ronald Reagan.  Ironically, however, many conservatives are simultaneously outdoing each other in advocating immigration restriction - a stance Reagan would probably have abhorred.
Discussion: Central Sanity and eyeon08.com
IAN / Hot Air:
Video: Boehner gets emotional during Iraq war funding debate  —  House minority leader John Boehner was brought to the brink of tears this evening during debate in the House over the Iraq spending bill, which eventually passed, 280-142.  CNN reports: … Blowback
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and Wizbang
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Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Fred Thompson Goes Nutmeg  —  STAMFORD, Conn. — In his second major outing as a presidential candidate in waiting, Fred Thompson spoke last night to the Connecticut Republican Party for its annual Prescott Bush awards dinner.  It was a somewhat unlikely venue for the conservative former Tennessee senator …
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.
zombietime:
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.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Letting Fear Rule  —  Nativism Is a Recipe for Long-Term GOP Losses  —  In 1882, Congress passed and President Chester Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act.  Today we don't name laws as bluntly as we used to.  But anti-immigrant sentiments are very much alive, this time expressed …
Discussion: eyeon08.com
Patricia Leigh Brown / New York Times:
Cemeteries Seek Breathing Clientele  —  PHILADELPHIA — The dinner was first-class, with butlers serving hors d'oeuvres and the strains of "Blue Danube" tastefully muffling the festive din.  This nine-course re-creation of the last supper aboard an ill-fated ocean liner was the culmination …
 
 
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Ardeshir Arian / Pajamas Media:
Iran's Crackdown on "Children of Allah Influenced by International …
Don Surber:
Silence on al-Qaida torture
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iran interest rate cut sparks panic
Taylor Marsh:
4 Candidates  —  Who led this week?  Believe me, it wasn't Senator Harry Reid.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In the Rose Garden, It Was All Al-Qaeda
Tdog / the talking dog:
TD Blog Interview with Robert Rachlin
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Hyping al-Qaida  —  BUSH BUNGLES A PRESS CONFERENCE.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Attacks on civilians, torture and lawless detentions
 Earlier Items: 
Tina Daunt / Los Angeles Times:
Politics not his game, Gore says
Associated Press:
AP: Marines Fail to Get Gear to Troops
Discussion: Think Progress
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards backs gay immigration rights
Jeffrey Sachs / Guardian:
China's lessons for the World Bank
ABCNEWS:
Congress OKs Billions for the Iraq War
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Pretty bad - but not Jimmy Carter bad
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Sara Just / Political Radar:
Bush In Line of Fire