CNN Evening News for Thursday, May 24, 2007
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(White House: Dana Bash) The House and Senate approval of a war funding bill without a timeline for troop withdrawal reported with the high drama over the voting on the bill by Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
(Studio: John King) The facts behind the Democratic cave in and the situation in the war in Iraq reviewed. [At the press conference, President BUSH - says we removed the arbitrary timetables for withdrawal; agrees it could be a bloody August in Iraq; states failure in Iraq will cause Al Qaeda to be emboldened and this is a sovereign nation.] [Council on Foreign Relations Richard HAASS- says the US troops need to be moved out of sectarian fighting.]
(Studio: John King) Live discussion held with Democrat strategist Paul Begala and Republican strategist Ed Rollins about the funding bill. [ROLLINS - comments on Bush's realistic view about the war in Iraq; states the Democrats made a statement and could not continue to put obstacles up to the war leading a "clean bill".] [BEGALA - comments on the president's tired look at the press conference despite winning a tactical victory and the lack of presidential leadership by Clinton and Obama in not deciding on how to vote.] Findings of a CBS News/"New York Times" poll on the public's view of how the war is going cited.
(Studio: John King) The raw data on other non-war tenets of the funding bill reviewed.