Daily Briefing: Busting Some Heads

back to the penis issue Turf wars blamed for snooping provision, which will be repealed Dec. 6; Democrats cry "massacre on Americans' privacy." McCain: "We've reached the bizarre point where we approve hundreds of billions of dollars of bills without anyone seeing them, and then we're shocked - shocked! - that a provision should sneak in which is onerous." [WP, NYT, WSJ, NYT, USAT]


White House stance on intelligence bill uncertain; Rumsfeld denies lobbying against it. [WP, NYT, WT, USAT, BG]

Administration carefully backing protesters in Ukraine while trying not to disturb relations with Putin. [WP]

GAO will investigate election day voting irregularities: "This is something of broad national interest." [BG]

Bush orders hiring of thousands of new officers for CIA. [WP]

Bush wants to widen clandestine operations by Pentagon, specifically in the Middle East and Asia. [WSJ]

Second term agenda has been prepared for months after rigorous study of history. Scholar: "Whatever you think of their agenda, you have to admire their effectiveness. They know they have a year, a year and a half max." [USAT]

Tax reform veterans say Bush needs to outline goals and move quickly: "The president can get much of what he wants, but he has to use much of this capital he's talked about. He cannot delegate this one. . . He has to bust some heads here." [WP]

Mehlman wants RNC to "institutionalize this grass-roots focus": "We really are at a very unique moment that we now have, in my opinion, an obligation and an opportunity to seize." [WT]

Senior economic advisor resigns, as expected. [WP, WSJ, NYT, USAT]

NASA takes budgetary win as endorsement of plans. [NYT]

[Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

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