Morning Edition News Briefing In today's news, former Rep. Dick Armey offers some tough love for his GOP colleagues; an Iraq war vet running for Congress in Pennsylvania suggests a timeline for pulling out; and Clint Eastwood hopes to make his film Flags of Our Fathers pirate proof.
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"They have compromised their agenda," Dick Armey says of his old Republican colleagues in Congress.

The former House majority leader spoke from a Texas restaurant that serves as his informal office.

He says Republicans "pandered" to religious conservatives to keep power, which they might lose anyway.

"I remember sitting at the leadership table long before I left Congress, and I wrote this note to myself. I said every week we come into Washington, we do things we ought not to be doing in order to stay in the majority, so we can do things we know are good for the country. But we never get around to the latter."

It's the latest sign of disappointment from a Republican revolutionary. In a new book called Hubris, by two noted Washington journalists, Armey is quoted critiquing Vice President Cheney for overselling the war in Iraq.


These days the White House is warning against a deadline for leaving Iraq, which is not stopping Patrick Murphy.

The Iraq war vet, running for Congress as a Pennsylvania Democrat, wants "a 12-month timeline to show the Iraqis they need to come off the sidelines."

His opponent, Mike Fitzpatrick, says withdrawal would "perhaps provide a training ground for al-Qaida."


So what do voters believe? NPR's Juan Williams asked a Pennsylvania bus driver "what's on his mind."

The man answered, "I'm a senior citizen, so you tell me."

Talk fast, Juan: The election is three weeks from Tuesday.


Wonder what's on Clint Eastwood's mind. His movie Flags of Our Fathers comes out this week.

I attended a screening for journalists, and had the theater to myself, except for two film company people — one a security man armed with a night-vision scope to spot movie pirates.

The film tells the story of the famous photograph of Marines raising an American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

One character says that people are wrong to imagine that war is a clear fight between "good and evil."

It's tempting to see that as a political statement, coming as it does under a "war president," whose rhetoric divides the world between good and evil. Maybe we'll ask Eastwood about it this week.

What would you ask Clint Eastwood? Send your own question. No promises, but you might help us.