Morning Buzz: July 26, 2007

Hoping to gain support from fed-up Republicans, House Democrats have again drafted legislation that would mandate a pullout from Iraq.

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Hoping to gain support from fed-up Republicans, House Democrats have again drafted legislation that would mandate a pullout from Iraq. This bill would allow troops to begin leaving Iraq in two months, with President Bush being left as the “decider” of when to finish the withdrawal. House members will vote on this legislation next week and then perhaps again in September, when Gen. David Petraeus gives an assessment of how well the surge and other strategies are working. This new legislation is being pushed by Rep. John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, who said September would mark a big confrontation between Democrats in Congress and President Bush.

And the word coming out of Iraq is that enemies firing rockets and mortars into Baghdad’s Green Zone are aiming better. U.S. military officials aren’t attributing this trend to “practice makes perfect” but rather training--compliments of Iran.

Most Americans know what it’s like to get flooded with credit cards, or at least they think they do. But most have experienced nothing compared with Manhattan accountant Frank Van Buren. Van Buren ordered two cards to replace an expiring credit card from ExxonMobil he used for his business. The next thing he knew, the company had sent him 2,000. Van Buren was angry because it took an especially long time to destroy them all. ExxonMobil is looking into the mishap. For those who would be tempted to use all 2,000, check out U.S. News’s Seven Smart Money Moves.

Just days after the Democratic presidential candidates went head to head answering questions posed by YouTube users, a Pew Internet and American Life Project study says that 1 in 5 Americans digests online video on a daily basis.  Half of the 18-to-29-year-olds watching Internet videos are watching them via YouTube, and around 15 percent get their videos from the social networking site MySpace, the study reported.