House votes 308 to 122 on symbolic measure to ban torture and limit interrogation measures. [WP, NYT, LAT]

Bush's recent speeches on Iraq show "a determined effort to reshape the angry debate at home over the war" by "presenting a more sober picture of the situation while highlighting the progress"; the wording is "carefully calibrated" to provide "maximum flexibility in determining ultimately just what will constitute victory." Senior official: "It's not as if we have a secret ersatz timetable and we just won't say what it is."


House approves renewal of the Patriot Act by vote of 251 to 174; Democrats may filibuster in the Senate. [WP, NYT, LAT, WT, USAT]

Republicans losing ground among key senior citizen voting bloc. NBC/WSJ poll: "By a 65%-19% margin, Americans age 65 and above disapprove of the performance of Congress" and "say by 47%-37% that they want Democrats rather than Republicans to win control of Capitol Hill." [WSJ]

Senate expected to require the administration to reveal specifics about secret overseas prisons. [NYT]

Robert Novak: "I'm confident the president knows who the source is. I'd be amazed if he doesn't." [WP]

Pentagon will review their information gathering system that compiled data on peace protesters. [WP]

E-mail trail from Jack Abramoff says he was pressured by Rep. Tom DeLay for fundraising. [NYT]

Bush believes DeLay is innocent. [NYT, LAT]

Bush gives the State Department authority over nation building. [NYT]

House Republicans are looking for creative ways to get ANWR drilling passed. [NYT]

With eyes on the White House, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney decides against seeking a second term. [NYT, LAT]

NAACP, AFL-CIO oppose Samuel Alito. [AP]

House Republicans want to reduce the perks provided for lawmakers convicted of various crimes. [LAT]


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