This morning's top stories:
- The House of Representatives passed the Iraq funding bill, including the timetable for withdrawal by a 218-208 vote (roll call here). The Senate is expected to do so as well today, setting the stage for the president's promised veto early next week.
- Meanwhile, at least nine are dead in a suicide car bombing at a checkpoint in northern Iraq.
- Back home, Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is under fire from his Democratic counterparts for suggesting that electing a Democrat as president would make the country more prone to another terrorist attack.
- Authorities say the second shooting at Virginia Tech, which left 32 people and the gunman dead, lasted nine minutes and required 170 rounds.
- The Republican National Committee turned over a list Wednesday to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of all White House officials who had separate E-mail accounts with the RNC, possibly circumventing record-keeping laws.
- Go to Sunday school, get of out jail free: A man in Cincinnati is free on bond after successfully reciting the 23rd Psalm at a judge's request. He was accused of trying to use a stolen credit card.