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L.A. Police, Crowds Clash at May Day Rally

Around 35,000 protesters marched for immigrants’ and workers’ rights in Los Angeles on May Day, according to the L.A. Times.  Other sources give higher numbers for this year’s turnout.  The rallies continued without major incident until the early evening, when police in riot gear arrived to break up a gathering at MacArthur Park.  Watch the clip

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Bush and Democrats to Hold Wheel-Spinning Session

President Bush is set to meet with members of Congress on Wednesday to try to work out a compromise on the Iraq spending bill. It’s not clear what they could possibly agree on, since Bush has said he won’t sign any legislation that calls for a withdrawal, and the essentially nonbinding timetable in the last measure was basically the least the Democrats could do to signal their opposition to the war.

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Bush Shoots Down Troop Pullout Bill

Making good on his threat, President Bush vetoed the bill Tuesday that would have started U.S. troop withdrawal on Oct. 1 and stipulated that an additional $124 billion would be dedicated to the war effort.  Now it’s up to Congress to challenge his veto or come up with another plan instead.

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Turkish Vote Declared Invalid

Last Friday’s presidential vote by the Turkish parliament has been scrapped by the nation’s constitutional court, which decided that not enough lawmakers had voted to make a quorum.  This means that candidate Abdullah Gul, whose party’s Islamist ties have raised widespread concern, won’t advance to the next level—not yet, at least.

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Mission Impossible

Four years ago, President Bush delivered his now-infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard the carrier Abraham Lincoln, declaring that military aggression was a successful and appropriate response to the alleged threats posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime.  Judging by the current situation, Bush might do well to pick a new slogan about the war in Iraq.

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Al-Qaida Leader in Iraq Killed, Officials Say

The Iraqi Interior Ministry says the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was killed in an internal fight among Sunni insurgents. However, the U.S. and at least one Iraqi official have expressed only cautious optimism, as a body has not yet been recovered. Update: al-Masri’s umbrella organization has denied reports of his death.

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The Most Polluted City in America

Citizens of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and elsewhere, take a breath. Though your air is polluted, your lungs inflamed and your children at risk, you can rest assured that your city is not the most smog-ridden in the country. That dishonor belongs to Los Angeles, which has the worst air quality in the nation, according to the American Lung Association.

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Alleged D.C. Madam Will Name Clients

Deborah Palfrey, the alleged head of a multimillion-dollar prostitution service in the nation’s capital, says she plans to call on high-profile clients to testify at her trial. Last week a deputy secretary of state who had called for cracking down on global prostitution admitted he was a client of her escort service and resigned.

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Murtha Clarifies Impeachment Talk

Jack Murtha’s spokesman has told TPM Café the antiwar congressman doesn’t feel impeachment is appropriate “at this time.” Murtha mentioned impeachment as one way to influence a president on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” prompting speculation around the blogosphere and mainstream media that the Democrats might consider taking more aggressive action against George W. Bush.

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