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Iraq

Pegged to today's "Take A Stand" town halls sponsored by the anti-war Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, the Republican National Committee issued a press release this morning entitled: "Meet for Defeat -- Anti-War Coalition Plans Nationwide Meetings Advocating Surrender In Iraq."

The Washington Post interviews GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham -- the only member of the Senate to actually serve in Iraq -- after he served two weeks of reserve duty there. Graham called "for continuation of the 'surge' of U.S. troops in Iraq and warned that any decision to mandate a withdrawal this year would undercut critical gains made in recent months. Graham's comments come at a time when some of his colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee, including Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) and Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), are calling for troop withdrawals."