Daily Briefing: "Cause for Alarm" Edition

Bush maintains optimism about Social Security overhaul; Cheney and administration officials to host 60 events in 60 days. Snow: The "scope and scale goes way beyond anything we have done." [WP, NYT, WSJ, WT, USAT]


Respondents more supportive of Iraq, but increasingly skeptical of broader Bush agenda, according to NYT/CBS poll. Support of private accounts split; 42% would have dealt with North Korea before Iraq; 63% think Bush's priorities differ from "most Americans." [NYT]

Greenspan warns inaction on Social Security could lead to "stagnation"; calls deficits "unsustainable." [WP, NYT]

Goss overwhelmed at CIA: "The jobs I'm being asked to do, the five hats that I wear, are too much for this mortal. I'm a little amazed at the workload." [WP]

Chertoff promises to reduce wasteful spending: "Our philosophy, our decision-making, our operational activities and our spending must be grounded in risk management." [NYT]

Byrd under fire for this comment: "We, unlike Nazi Germany or Mussolini's Italy, have never stopped being a nation of laws, not of men. But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends." [NYT]

Santorum is the lone carrier of Bush's dropped plan to offer tax breaks for charitable giving. [WP]

Supreme Court seen to deliver split decision on display of Ten Commandments. [LAT, WT, USAT]

Brazile says Republican inroads into black community "should be cause for alarm" among Democrats. [WT]

Republican senators reject Democrats' amendments to bankruptcy bill, expected to pass next week. [LAT]

House approves bill enabling faith-based groups receiving federal funds to make hiring decisions based on candidate's faith. [LAT]

Thrift Savings Plan isn't accurate model of Bush's Social Security idea. [WP]

Armstrong Williams to co-host New York radio show. [NYT]

Asa Hutchinson, formerly of DHS, joins firm that represents domestic security contractors. [NYT]

Frank Rich: "We've now entered a new twilight zone: in 1972, at least, the press may have been stacked with jokers but not with counterfeit newsmen. Today you can't tell the phonies without a scorecard." [NYT]

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