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How will House Democrats resolve their differences with Senate Democrats on an Iraq spending bill?  How do they avoid the President’s promised veto for any bill that has a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq?  We talk about the stand-off in Washington and what it means on the ground in Iraq.  On Reporter's Notebook, the computer that ate your tax return.  Lawrence O'Donnell guest hosts.


Banner image: Joyce Boghosian, White House

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Vanessa Romo
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Last-Minute Tax Filers Swamp Online System 7 MIN, 14 SEC

Each year, more and more of us comply with the Internal Revenue Service's request that we e-file our tax returns. Electronic filing of tax returns has been made easier than ever by software makers like Intuit that sells the popular TurboTax program. On Tuesday, with the filing deadline upon us, Intuit's servers were overwhelmed with e-filed returns and it is now unclear how many of them were delivered on time to the IRS. Heather Bennett of Tax Analysts says the computer just might have eaten your tax return.

Guests:
Heather Bennett, Editor with Tax Analysts

Making News Virginia Tech Shooter Had History of Mental Illness 5 MIN, 32 SEC

We're learning more by the hour about Monday's tragic shooting at Virginia Tech. Today, Police Chief Wendell Flinchum discussed a 2005 incident in police interceded after a female student contact them over the behavior of Cho Seung-Hui.  Despite her decision not to press charges, police referred the case to the university disciplinary system.  Julie Bykowicz is following the story for the Baltimore Sun.

Guests:
Julie Bykowicz, Bloomberg News (@bykowicz)

Main Topic The President and Congress Wrangle over Troop Withdrawal 35 MIN, 50 SEC

The President is meeting with Congressional leaders today about the Iraq spending bill. The House of Representatives wants a time limit on funding the Iraq war, the Senate wants a nonbinding goal of troop withdrawal next year, and the President says he'll veto any bill with a hint of withdrawal in it. Polls indicate that a majority of Americans support Congressional Democrats' call for a timetable for withdrawal. Is there a way out of the deadlock? Can Democrats in the House and Senate resolve their differences over a withdrawal schedule?  Can they eventually produce a bill the President will sign? What does the political struggle in Washington mean on the ground in Iraq?  Lawrence O'Donnell guest hosts.

Guests:
Jonathan Weisman, New York Times (@jonathanweisman)
Scott Lilly, former Staff Director, Congressman David Obey (D-WI)
Babak Dehghanpisheh, Baghdad Bureau Chief for Newsweek
Steven Simon, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Carlos Pascual, Vice President at the Brookings Institution

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