Daily Briefing: 'Bracing for the Worst'
• White House officials anticipate indictments from the leak investigation; scandals "have converged to disrupt President Bush's agenda, distract aides and allies, and exacerbate political problems for an already weakened administration." Senior administration official: "Everyone is going about the work at hand while bracing for the worst case." [WP, NYT]
• Bush told Blair in January 2003 that he "wanted to go beyond Iraq" to contain WMDs; he specified Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. [NYT]
• Bush a holds scripted video conference with ten troops in Iraq. Harry Reid: "The American people and our brave troops deserve better than a photo-op for the president and a pep rally about Iraq. They deserve a plan." [WP, NYT, USAT]
• Frist says the Senate will deal with border security before immigration reform. [WT]
• Brownback "hopes that his combination of a humble, earnest style and broader focus on human rights, prison reform and other humanitarian issues will enable him to capitalize" on the issue of faith in 2008. [NYT]
• Former FDA commissioner would not participate in GAO inquiry of the agency's Plan B decision. [WP]
• Kerry campaigns against California's Proposition 75.[LAT]