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9:30 AM ET, May 25, 2007

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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.
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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.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Congress Passes War Funds Bill, Ending Impasse
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 …
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 …
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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Washington Post:   Politics At Work In Inquiry, Bush Says
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Congress approves minimum-wage increase  —  WASHINGTON - America's lowest-paid workers won a $2.10 raise Thursday, with Congress approving the first increase in the federal minimum wage in almost a decade.  —  President Bush was expected to sign the bill quickly, and workers who now make $5.15 …
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Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Congress Passes Increase in the Minimum Wage
Discussion: Amygdala
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Hyping al-Qaida  —  BUSH BUNGLES A PRESS CONFERENCE.  —  If you tuned in at the end of George W. Bush's press conference Thursday morning, just in time to watch him defend the immigration bill, you caught a glimpse of the leader he might have been, the "compassionate conservative" …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Tina Daunt / Los Angeles Times:
Politics not his game, Gore says  —  Like an actor polished by constant interviews on a marathon movie junket, vice president turned Hollywood darling Al Gore has mastered the art of (not) answering the most obvious question: Is he running for president in 2008?
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: eyeon08.com
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC and Power Line
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
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Attacks on civilians, torture and lawless detentions
Associated Press:
AP: Marines Fail to Get Gear to Troops
Discussion: Think Progress
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards backs gay immigration rights
Discussion: Hotline On Call
New York Sun:
Timeline of Defeat  —  Here's a pop quiz about Vietnam.
Discussion: ShrinkWrapped
Jeffrey Sachs / Guardian:
China's lessons for the World Bank
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
DEMS AND THE WAR....Like a lot of people, I've been mulling …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
CASHIER REFUSES TO SERVE STUDENT WEARING PRO-ZIONIST T-SHIRT: From the Washington Post:
Discussion: Washington Post
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Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Ethics Legislation Easily Passes House
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Deal lets PBS stations air Islam film
Discussion: Hot Air
Lynn Sweet:
Bush press conference: "I'm credible" messenger on the war.  Transcript.
ABCNEWS:
Congress OKs Billions for the Iraq War
Sam Enriquez / Los Angeles Times:
Mexico taps U.S. funds to boost its intercepting of data
Eric Kleefeld / Election Central:
Poll: Public Overwhelmingly Wanted Withdrawal Timetables
Kevin Grier / Marginal Revolution:
What Danny Glover and I have in common
Discussion: Ezra Klein and EconLog
Spiegel Online:
France to Pay Immigrants to Return Home