Daily Briefing: Banish Privatization

Republicans may have overstepped general public with Schiavo legislation; majority in poll support removal of feeding tube. Bush: "This is a complex case with serious issues. But in extraordinary circumstances like this, it is wise to err on the side of life." [WP, NYT, LAT]


Wolfowitz's candidacy for World Bank post boosted by support from Schroeder. The German Chancellor: "I even think that people will be positively surprised." [WP]

Republicans instructed to say "personal" over "privatization." Luntz, in all caps: "Banish Privatization From Your Lexicon." [NYT]

Bush, with McCain, and Cheney, with Rep. Thomas, push Social Security plan in Arizona, California. Cheney: "In effect, what we are saying is we are going to tie your future as you retire to the overall health and function of the American economy." McCain: "I say to our Democratic friends, come and sit down at the table [and] let's work together to save the safety net." [WP, NYT]

After Social Security events, audience members often remain confused about details. [USAT]

Rehnquist returns to Supreme Court. [WP, WSJ, NYT]

Schiavo legislation began with prominent Christian conservative in Florida. [NYT]

Critics say Frist crosses the line by making medical diagnosis about Schiavo. [LAT]

The many sides of Bush's "ownership society": ownership good, concentration bad? [USAT]

AFL-CIO official warns Wall Street investors of "responsibility to support Social Security against [Republican] efforts to weaken it." [WSJ]

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