Daily Briefing: A Perfect Demographic Storm

White House quietly projects steep cuts if promise of reining in discretionary spending is to be met; popular programs at stake. [NYT]

Democrats call for investigation into Gannon/Guckert: Who? How? Gay? Huh? [NYT]

Dean to make victory official tomorrow. Kerry: "This great party of ours doesn't need a makeover. This party of ours doesn't need a massive shift." [WP, NYT, WSJ]

Major revision of class-action lawsuits passes Senate 72-26; limits such suits to federal courts. [WP, NYT, LAT, WSJ]

Administration pressured to release full report on failure to avert 9/11 attacks. [NYT]

Bush pushes Social Security plan in North Carolina, Pennsylvania. Santorum on looming crisis: "We are facing a perfect storm, a perfect demographic storm." [WP, NYT, LAT]

House bill to tighten security and ease environmental laws along borders passes 261-161. [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT]

Democrats turn to consultants to hone message and appeal to values voters. Richardson: "We're talking about values including better schools, access to health care, personal behavior, and I add a Western value, and that is protecting God's creation, which is land and water." Luntz: "They are picking up the language, but they don't have the genuine emotion behind it." [NYT]

Many senators express discontent about proposed Defense Department budget. [NYT, LAT]

Passage of bill restricting personal bankruptcy filings seems likely; supported by credit card industry, opposed by consumer groups. [WP]

Democrats pick up fighting mentality. Schumer: "This is a new Democratic Party." Pariser of MoveOn: "We want to be in a position to give a backbone to the Democratic Party." [LAT, LAT, WT, USAT]

McAuliffe milks final moments at top with blow-out party. Clinton: "We've got to stop beating on each other and redirect our fire against the people we disagree with." [WP]

Democratic leadership question removal of House ethics committee members; switch favored DeLay. [WP, USAT]

Dean inspired by Christian Coalition; drew from extensive research on organization. [BG]


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