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The New York Times front-pages, "Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq, has told President Bush that he wants to maintain heightened troop levels in Iraq well into next year to reduce the risk of military setbacks, but could accept the pullback of roughly 4,000 troops beginning in January, in part to assuage critics in Congress, according to senior administration and military officials." 

The Washington Post: "Army Gen. David H. Petraeus has indicated a willingness to consider a drawdown of one brigade of between 3,500 and 4,500 U.S. troops from Iraq early next year, with more to follow over the next months based on conditions on the ground, according to a senior U.S. official."

Here's a Q&A Petraeus did with the Boston Globe.

With news that congressional leaders are looking for a compromise on withdrawal from Iraq, Dodd released this statement yesterday: "I cannot and will not support any measure that does not have a firm and enforceable deadline to complete the redeployment of combat troops from Iraq.  Only then will Congress be able to send a clear message to the President that we are changing course in Iraq, and a message to the Iraqis that they need to get their political house in order."

Richardson released this similar statement: "The time for deal-making is long past. We need real leadership in Washington to end this war and bring all of our troops home. The American people elected this Congress to create change and get us out of Iraq, and yet it still has not happened."

Anti-war MoveOn.org sent out an email to its members yesterday, polling them on whether they support primary challengers against Democrats who back the White House on Iraq

Both Dodd and Lieberman are unwilling to compromise on Iraq, but for different reasons, writes the Hartford Courant's David Lightman. "The compromise circulating Capitol Hill would require the Bush administration to start pulling back troops by year's end, as war critics want, but would not set a firm deadline for near-total withdrawal, which satisfies many others. Forget it, said Dodd. … No, said Lieberman."