• White House strategists believe the midterm elections offer Bush an opportunity to "rewrite" and "recover" his presidency. Republicans plan to focus on immigration, tax cuts, and homeland security and will "frame the election as a contest with Democrats, confident that voters unhappy with the president will find the opposition even more distasteful." [WP]

  • The GOP is seeing losses "in morale, in fundraising and in early election contests." [LAT]

  • Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) was caught on tape accepting $100,000 from an investor-turned-informant. [WP, NYT]

  • Alberto Gonzales says the government can legally prosecute journalists for publishing classified information. [NYT, WP]

  • Patrick Fitzgerald is trying to prove that Scooter Libby lied based on his knowledge of Valerie Plame's classified status. [WP]

  • Laura Bush is "leveraging her popularity" to boost Republican candidates where her husband can't. [USAT]

  • Senators expect immigration compromise this year. [LAT]

  • Chief Justice John Roberts desires greater consensus on the court. [NYT]

  • Sen. McCain does not support the marriage amendment because "the states should make these decisions." [WT]

  • Al Gore "is back and he's hot." [USAT]

  • Tony Snow says the White House press office does not favor Fox News: "You can't be at the White House and not pay attention to all the major media outlets." CNN's Washington bureau chief responds, "He's a TV guy, and I think he understands what we need. I'm really optimistic." [NYT]

  • Democratic Reps. Bennie Thompson (Miss.) and Kendrick Meek (Fla.) demand 118 delayed reports from the Department of Homeland Security. [WP]

  • Sen. Schumer is writing a book about the disconnect between the parties and reality. [NYT]


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