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Another Washington Post Jonathan Weisman special:

Greg Sargent: So what happened here? I just emailed Post reporter Weisman and requested comment. His answer:

I was told in no uncertain terms by one of [Pelosi's] aides that the withdrawal dates had to go, since they could not stand by language Bush would never sign. That was cofirmed by another senior leadership aide and two members of the leadership. I can say with no reluctance whatsoever that we stand by the story. By the way, nobody has contacted me about it. That should tell you a lot...

The lead paragraph of Jonathan Weisman's story:

Democrats Back Down On Iraq Timetable: President Bush and congressional leaders began negotiating a second war funding bill yesterday, with Democrats offering the first major concession: an agreement to drop their demand for a timeline to bring troops home from Iraq...

There is a difference between agreeing in a negotiating session to drop a provision, and telling a third party that the final agreement will not include that provision. Weisman's article claimed the second; now he is claiming the first.

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