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Per NBC's Ken Strickland, the Senate is expected to vote today on the revised Iraq supplemental, which does not contain timelines for troop withdrawal. Here's where the Democratic presidential candidates stand (for now) on this new war-funding bill:
BIDEN: At a news conference on military equipment, he said YES, he'll vote for the war-funding bill. And later in a written statement, he said: "I believe that as long as we have troops on the frontlines, we must give them the equipment and protection they need. So I will vote for the supplemental."
CLINTON: She didn't answer the question when asked yesterday at an immigration news conference or in the hallway pursuit of her that follows.
DODD:  in a written statement, he said NO, he will not vote for it. "I cannot and will not simply give this President another blank check."
OBAMA: His office says he wants to read the bill, see what the benchmarks are, and then announced his decision.

Edwards put out this statement: "Every member of Congress who wants to support our troops and end the war should oppose this proposal. If you're in Congress, and you believe this war is wrong, I urge you to use every power you have to stop it if it's brought up for a vote. Block the blank check."

The New York Times examines why congressional Democrats caved on the Iraq supplemental. "Democrats said they did not relish the prospect of leaving Washington for a Memorial Day break — the second recess since the financing fight began — and leaving themselves vulnerable to White House attacks that they were again on vacation while the troops were wanting. That criticism seemed more politically threatening to them than the anger Democrats knew they would draw from the left by bowing to Mr. Bush."

But the threat from the left seems serious. The Politico writes, "Enraged by what they considered capitulation by Democrats, anti-war leaders vowed to redouble their efforts at defeating the next funding request when it comes up as expected in September. The group MoveOn.org, which previously had been an ally of the Democratic leadership on the war issue, in a statement raised the specter of 'in-district advertising and recruitment of primary challengers' as punishment for Democrats who supported the deal… MoveOn circulated a flier among lawmakers' offices reading 'Congress: Have some backbone. Vote No on the supplemental.'"