Here’s the Wrap:
• Ellen is hosting her show from her hospital bed.
• If anyone needed an excuse for showing Nuri al-Maliki the door, it looks like the reason has arrived.
Iraq’s prime minister has created an entity within his government that U.S. and Iraqi military officials say is being used as a smokescreen to hide an extreme Shiite agenda that is worsening the country’s sectarian divide.
The “Office of the Commander in Chief” has the power to overrule other government ministries, according to U.S. military and intelligence sources.
• President to veto spending bill tonight on network television. Fear not sweeps watchers, it’ll be at the utterly harmless 6:10 p.m. Keep in mind:
Bush administration officials have said the money is urgently needed -- and that Democrats would be to blame for any hardships suffered by U.S. troops and their families, but the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has concluded that the Pentagon could wage war through July without additional funding.
• Fox News wants Dow Jones.
• April was the most violent month for U.S. troop fatalities in Iraq this year.
• Student loan reforms scuttled more than five years ago by Bush administration.
• The House is holding up the state budget for an income tax cut and Transportation Department reform.