Daily Briefing: Being There

* Senate Republicans hope John McCain shows up to work so they can avoid a veto of the Iraq funding bill. Please note that we didn't take the easy "soften stance on pullout" headline joke. [WP, NYT]


* Gonzales' aide invokes her "fifth amendment right" while taking "an indefinite leave of absence." We've come a long way as a society -- a few years ago she just would've been "disappeared." [WP, NYT]

* FBI so excited about their new anti-terrorism powers they're doing donuts in the nations' personal information parking lot. [WP]

* First Guantánamo detainee actually found guilty, entered the plea himself, and is Australian. Swarthiest possible actors will continue to be cast for every "bad guy" movie role, however. [WP, NYT, LAT]

* David Stockman is thankful there aren't any emails to dig through from the Reagan administration. [WP]

* Lawrence Small tells Smithsonian board of regents they can take his job and shove it into a jewel encrusted urn. [WP]

* Jim Webb tells Capitol police they can take his gun from the cold, dead hands of his aide. [WP]

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