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10:10 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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Line: As '08 Race Heats Up, Hillary and Rudy Remain on Top
Discussion: MSNBC and Townhall.com
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Congress Passes War Funds Bill, Ending Impasse
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.
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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
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
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" …
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.
Taylor Marsh:
4 Candidates  —  Who led this week?  Believe me, it wasn't Senator Harry Reid.  But then I told you he wouldn't over two months ago.  —  However, there are a few who stood out on the Iraq vote.  The focus for me is on four presidential candidates right now.
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Congress OKs Billions for the Iraq War  —  Congress Grudgingly Approves Billions for the Iraq War Without Troop Withdrawal Timeline  —  The legislation includes nearly $95 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through Sept. 30.  In addition to jettisoning their plan …
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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?
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In the Rose Garden, It Was All Al-Qaeda  —  Is there no safe haven for President Bush?  —  It happened midway through his news conference in the Rose Garden yesterday morning, in between his 10th and 11th mentions of al-Qaeda: A bird flew over the president and deposited a wet, white dropping on the upper left sleeve of his jacket.
 
 
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Faiz / Think Progress:
John Boehner Breaks Down Again, Weeps Openly On House Floor During Iraq Debate
Tdog / the talking dog:
TD Blog Interview with Robert Rachlin
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Summer Of Our Discontent  —  I don't think even the GOP alarmists expected this:
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Fred Thompson Goes Nutmeg
Discussion: MSNBC and Power Line
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
Michelle Malkin:
Flood the amnesty hotline!
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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
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.
Sam Enriquez / Los Angeles Times:
Mexico taps U.S. funds to boost its intercepting of data
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
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