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On The Way Out Administration will request additional $80b for wars. [NYT]

CBO estimates 10-year deficit at $855b, excluding wars and Social Security plan. [WP]

Senate Democrats threaten to stall approval of cabinet nominees if demands are not met; leaders denounce plans for Social Security. Durbin: "The honeymoon is over and we are now in the full throes of our new marital arrangement here." [NYT]

Hillary declares "respect" for those who are pro-life and tells abortion rights activists to seek "common ground"; says abortion is a "sad, even tragic choice." [NYT]

Bush tells pro-life marchers, via phone: "This is the path of the culture of life that we seek for our country." Tens of thousands of pro-life supporters hit the Mall: "Hey ho, hey ho! Roe v. Wade has got to go!" [WP, WP, WT]

Senate Republicans' priorities do not include immigration or gay marriage; emphasis on Social Security, tax cuts, tort reform, and domestic oil drilling. [WP, WT]

Conservative organizations warn Bush he needs to push gay marriage ban for their support on Social Security reform: "Is he prepared to spend significant political capital on privatization but reluctant to devote the same energy to preserving traditional marriage?" [NYT]

Army plans to keep number of troops in Iraq stable at 120,000 through 2006. [NYT]

Pentagon shifts from "big-ticket weapons systems" for traditional warfare to supplies for guerrilla wars and terrorist attacks. [WSJ]

White House intends to frame Social Security debate as it advances, gaining support in the process. [NYT, WT]

Social Security damaged by early retirements. [USAT]

Three possible scenarios for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. [WSJ, ]

Mehlman wants ongoing drive for new voters. [WT]

Ashcroft says goodbye; everyone will miss Ashcroft, writes Milbank. [WP, NYT]

Bush, Chirac to share "working dinner" in Brussels. [WT]

Hutchinson exits DHS. [WT]

[AFP/File/Mauricio Lima]


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