Conservatives begin cracking on Iraq bill.

“A diverse collection of House Republicans has formed an ad hoc group to negotiate with the White House on a compromise Iraq spending bill… The group plans to hold talks with National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, who has been working behind the scenes to cement opposition among Republicans to the spending bill that would require U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq at some point.” Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) says the group “will encourage the White House to compromise on negotiations with Syria and Iran and on setting a date for withdrawal from Iraq.”