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A Compromise On Iraq? Maybe

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Sharyl Attkisson is the Capitol Hill Correspondent for CBS News.
With the President preparing to wield his veto pen on the Iraq war funding bill, both sides seem to be hinting that they are edging toward a compromise plan that includes benchmarks.

A Democratic source told CBS News that they think the President has signalled he would accept some benchmarks -- as long as they aren't tied to deadlines or specific withdrawal dates.

Meantime, the idea Rep. Jack Murtha floated (to fund the troops temporarily for just a few months and then try to push through another proposal) appears to be a non-starter. Our source told us it's "not being met with enthusiasm by (Democratic) House leadership or on the Senate side."

As for how long before a new Iraq supplemental gets done: we're told it will "probably" take a couple of weeks. But we may start hearing very soon how a compromise plan is shaping up.





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