MORNING READ

On the fifth anniversary of President Bush's speech in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner, bloggers question House Democrats about the process by which they intend to provide the money for the war this year. Liberal bloggers finally get a White House response on the Pentagon's public relations war efforts and conservative bloggers give rave reviews to Hillary Clinton's appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor."

House Democratic leaders are considering bringing a war supplemental bill straight to the floor, bypassing the powerful Appropriations Committee. Kagro X at Daily Kos worries that all this rule bending will result in Democrats again paying for the war and perhaps even caving on foreign surveillance. The Corner's David Freddoso writes that this isn't the open, honest Congress that Democrats promised. The Weekly Standard's Brian Faughnan sees political gamesmanship being played and want Democrats to pass a simple bill.

Raw Story's Eric Brewer presses the Bush administration about a New York Times story that showed Pentagon officials coordinated interviews by generals to sell the Iraq war. When asked about it, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said it wasn't against the law and was "absolutely appropriate" for the administration to provide information. The larger point is that the Bush administration wasn't up-front about this, writes Josh Patashnik at The Plank. Arianna Huffington wants more reporters pursuing the story.

Hillary Clinton fares better among her usual online antagonizers. She "almost seemed charming" in her Wednesday interview with Bill O'Reilly, writes Allahpundit. In giving a "masterful performance," Clinton reminded The Corner's Andy McCarthy of a defense lawyer who can say something different every day. She may even be picking up momentum in North Carolina and Indiana polls, notes Todd Beeton at MyDD.

But not all is good for Clinton; Drudge Report has video of Clinton confused by a coffee maker. Former President George H.W. Bush, once portrayed as out of touch after being baffled by a supermarket check-out scanner, might have something to say to the Democrat, writes RedState's Pejman Yousefzadeh.

FROM THE BLOGS:
Next Twist To Iraq $ Bill - Kagro X, Daily Kos
Dems Face More Infighting On Iraq - B. Faughnan, Weekly Standard
The Not-Very-Democratic Congress - David Freddoso, The Corner
Why Won't Media Pursue Pentagon Scandal - A. Huffington, HuffPo
White House Blacklist Breakthrough - Eric Brewer, Raw Story
Hillary Vs. O'Reilly Chummy Video - Allahpundit, Hot Air
In The Moment With Hil, Chameleon - Andy McCarthy, The Corner
Hillary and Bill (O'Reilly) - Isaac Chotiner, The Plank
Voters Care About Bush, Not Wright - Jonathan Singer, MyDD
What Momentum Looks Like - Todd Beeton, MyDD
Nonprofit Stops Suspicious N.C. Robo Calls - Paul Kiel, TPMMuckraker
Hillary Vs. The Coffee Maker - YouTube

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Blue Dogs on Hoyer