• Bush, seeking a "rational middle ground" on immigration to rescue his second term, announces the deployment of 6,000 National Guard troops to the southern border; Karl Rove indicates that Bush supports the Senate's immigration plan. Bush: "We do not yet have full control of the border, and I am determined to change that." [WP, NYT, USAT, WSJ]

  • Immigration issue could go from "opportunity to expand the Republican Party" to a "historic liability"; Bush sought to "define the middle ground in a debate where consensus has been difficult." 74% of Americans, in poll conducted before the presidential address, supported the use of Guard troops on the border. [WP]

  • BellSouth denies "any link" with the NSA for the logging of phone calls; USA Today stands by its story. [USAT, NYT, WSJ]

  • Pentagon releases the full list of those detained at Guantanamo Bay after the Associated Press files a FOIA request. [AP]

  • Rove is optimistic for the GOP's chances in November: "Look, we're in a sour time. I readily admit it. I mean, being in the middle of a war where people turn on their television sets and see brave men and women dying is not something that makes people happy and optimistic and upbeat. But I'm absolutely confident [that] we're going to be just fine in the fall elections." [WP]

  • Emergency spending bill has yet to be slimmed to Bush's specifications. [WP]

  • Bush maintains that the border will not be militarized: "The Border Patrol will remain in the lead." [WP]

  • Bush's speech "reflected the more subtle approach of a man shaped by Texas border-state politics and longtime personal views." [NYT]

  • Tom Shales reacts: "The speech itself was like an anticlimax, a mere technicality positioned amid the clatter and clamor that preceded and followed it -- and will continue to follow it perhaps for the entire week." [WP]

  • The Bushes report assets totaling between $7.2M and $20.9M; the Cheneys report assets up to $94.6M. [NYT]

  • House resists request from the Justice Department for committee documents related to former Rep. Randy Cunningham. [NYT]

  • Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), under investigation for bribery, says he will not resign. [USAT]

  • Recent rumors about the possible indictment of Rove illustrate how bloggers have "changed both the dynamics of the reporting process and how political rumors swirl." [WSJ]


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