Daily Briefing: A Gradual But Decisive Shift

It Will Improve Our Intelligence By This Much House approves intelligence reform by vote of 336 to 75; Senate to pass before adjourning. Implications of reform arguable. [WP, WP, NYT, NYT, NYT, WSJ, LAT, WT, USAT, USAT, USAT, BG]

Bush affirms resolve to defeat insurgents and stage election as scheduled: "The enemies of freedom in Iraq have been wounded, but they're not defeated. . . Today's war on terror will not end with a ceremony. . . but it will end with victory." [WP, NYT, WT]

Circumstances of Kerik's job in Saudi Arabia disputed by nine individuals who claim he worked to curtail their private affairs on behalf of his boss: "Kerik was a goon. They were Gestapo. . . . They made my life so miserable." [WP]

Defense officials who reported mistreatment of Iraqi insurgents after Abu Ghraib scandal were told to keep quiet. [NYT]

Bush to sign $388b spending bill before temporary measure expires tonight. [USAT]

Private bipartisan panel on global warming recommends "gradual but decisive shift in the nation's energy policy, toward one that directly addresses our long-term oil, climate, electricity supply and technological challenges." [WP, NYT]

Powell strongly rejects suggestions the West is subverting democracy in Ukraine. [NYT]

Selective Service inquiry raises concern at American Medical Association; little-known plan allows draft of health professionals: "People are concerned that it might be a doctors' draft." [WSJ]

Bush tells House Republicans he supports increased border security measures. [WT]

Spitzer formally enters race for governor of New York: "We have a [state] government that is unaccountable and dysfunctional." Pataki hasn't announced run for fourth term. [WP, NYT, USAT]

Under White House pressure, top two members of civil rights panel resign. [WP, NYT]

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department quits. [WP, NYT]

Watchdogs reveal 414,000 election day complaints nationwide as Ohio certifies count. [LAT]

Leahy has questions for Gonzales about policies for detainee treatment. [WT]

Washington operatives prep for Supreme Court resignation: "This will be a repeat, and all the organizations that were engaged in work around the election, from big groups to small groups, will feel that this is their own personal fight." [NYT]

Some pro-lifers disappointed with Rice, Gonzales, Specter. [WT]

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