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The Senate's top Democrat challenged Republicans Monday to help push President Bush to change course in Iraq, hours after the president's spokesman denied a report about White House debate over a troop pullback.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Republicans who have been critical of Bush's policy should join Democrats in supporting amendments to a 2008 defense appropriations bill that would limit deployments for military personnel and set a timetable for removing combat troops from Iraq. The bill came to the floor Monday.

"We invite them to come with us. We put our arms around them," Reid said. Read full article »

CNN's Ed Henry and Jamie McIntyre contributed to this report.

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