After NBC's Jim Miklaszewski led yesterday with Iraq, ABC's Jonathan Karl followed up with more details on Gen David Petraeus' plan to extend military tours of duty. Karl reported that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is preparing to slow the speed of rotations so that every soldier spends 15 months instead of 12 in Iraq. CBS' Jim Axelrod updated us on the feud between President and Congress over whether strings should be attached to the $100bn funding for the war. He characterized George Bush as a "frustrated parent watching his kids act out" as he complained about the Democrats' troops-out requirements. Axelrod then quoted Sen Harry Reid, the Democrats' leader, replying that under Republican leadership, Bush had "a big rubber stamp here…that is not the way it is now." Anonymous White House aides assured Axelrod there will no negotiation between the two sides.
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