Daily Briefing: Bush Defends DeLay, VNRs, Self

Senate approves ANWR drilling, 51-49; rejects additional funding for Amtrak, 52-46, and pay-as-you-go plan, 50-50. [WP, WSJ, NYT, LAT, WT, LAT, USAT]


Bush, at presser, notes "progress" in fight over Social Security, mentions possibility of "progressive indexing." Bush: "I have confidence in Tom DeLay's leadership and I have confidence in Tom DeLay." [WP, WSJ, NYT, USAT, WT]

Bush optimistic and confident at news conference: "I've got a lot to do. And I like to make decisions, and I make a lot of them." McClellan: "He wants to do more press conferences," probably monthly. [LAT]

Bush nominates Wolfowitz, "compassionate, decent man," to lead World Bank; alters line of succession at Pentagon. [WP, WSJ, NYT, LAT, LAT, USAT]

Nod to Wolfowitz disturbs Europe. [WP]

House approves $81.4b for Iraq, Afghanistan in landslide 288-43 vote. [WP, NYT]

Bush defends distribution of video news releases: "This has been a longstanding practice of the federal government to use these types of videos." [NYT]

Kevin Martin --hard on indecency, soft on regulation-- nominated to head FCC. [WSJ, WP]

Chertoff opens DHS to full-scale review: "Old categories, old jurisdictions and old turf will not define our objectives. Bureaucratic structures and categories exist to serve our mission, and not to drive it." [WP, NYT]

Republicans introduce car metaphor to Social Security debate. [WP]

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