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    Harry Reid says Bush still wants a "rubber stamp" congress.

    But congressional Democrats showed no sign of accepting Bush's formula for a White House meeting. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) complained that Bush was setting non-negotiable conditions for the talks.

    "He wants a clean bill," Reid said after consulting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco). "That's not negotiating."

    He said Bush was accustomed to a "rubber-stamp" Congress that approved everything the White House sought. But conditions have changed, he said, since Democrats took control in last November's elections.

    Meanwhile, "too much Cappuccino" Perino agreed.

    Deputy White House press secretary Dana Perino said the White House did not intend next week's meeting to be a negotiating session because Bush would not sign a measure with unrelated spending or "an arbitrary timetable for withdrawal."

    When a reporter said Bush appeared to be inviting the congressional leaders to visit the White House "and agree with him," she replied, "Well, hopefully so."

    Republicans were for `partisan fishing expeditions', before they were against them.

    by William Domingo on Tue Apr 10, 2007 at 06:56:40 PM PDT

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