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Daily Briefing: A Big Wet Kiss

At presser, Bush proposes "progressive indexing" of Social Security benefits, shows concern about gas prices, and restates need for diplomacy in dealing with North Korea. [WP, WP, NYT, WSJ, WSJ, LAT, USAT, USAT, WT]


$2.56 trillion budget for 2006 approved, clearing way for tax cuts and ANWR drilling. Hillary: "It is unconscionable to balance the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable Americans, and that is exactly what the White House and congressional Republicans have decided to do." [WP, NYT, LAT]

Democrats denounce Frist's offer to cap senate debates at 100 hours. Reid: That's "a big wet kiss to the far right." [WP, WSJ, NYT, LAT, USAT]

Atmosphere at White House remains "unsettled" after risky presser; "one of Bush's most dramatic attempts to regain the initiative after a dreary spring." [NYT, WP, LAT]

Bolton reportedly punished State Department officials over disagreements. [WP]

Former head of National Intelligence Council advised staff not to listen to Bolton on Syria. [NYT]

Bush presses Senate to pass abortion notification bill. [WP]

Ties to DeLay test impartiality of ethics panel; lengthy inquiry expected. [NYT, LAT]

NBC had White House move presser to 8 o'clock. [NYT]

Bush has held monthly news conferences since re-election. [USAT]

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Cripes the News has been awful lately! And so Yr Editrix suggested we find some good, positive news. Especially after we pitched writing a Wonket about this Mother Jones story on how global warming may be killing the whales, even though Donald Trump knows their prince. (Reply: "Nope. FOR SURE NOT THAT.") And so, as a reminder that a gooder world is possible and apropos of nothing at all that definitely didn't set your Editrix off on Twitter, where she has been stewing and bitching most shrillfully about the 2016 election and the 2020 election and any terrible similarities thereof and thereupon and therefore and thereto, we present a collection of videos of Elizabeth Warren yelling at big banks and calling for them to be broken up and their criminal operators to go to jail. Puppies and kittens will only get you so far, after all.

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