Daily Briefing: 'Cry of Concern'
* House Republicans elect Ohio Rep. John Boehner as majority leader, signaling break from status quo. Boehner: "The members wanted to make a big decision, and they did. . . We must act swiftly to restore the trust between Congress and the American people." [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT, WT, W$J]
* Election of Boehner heralds his comeback and shows a "cry of concern by an entrenched Republican majority"; Boehner "tapped into members' election-year anxieties about the GOP's scandal-scuffed leadership." [WP, WP, NYT]
* Democrats attack Republican rhetoric at hearing on security threats; insist on more oversight. Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.V.): "I am deeply troubled by what I see as the administration's continued effort to selectively release intelligence information that supports its policy or political agenda while withholding equally pertinent information that does not do that." [WP, WP, NYT, USAT, WT]
* White House requests additional $18b for Gulf Coast reconstruction, but officials and lawmakers are skeptical. [NYT]
* Senate, by vote of 66 to 31, approves $70b in tax cuts over five years. [WP]
* Lewis Libby has defense fund of over $2m. [NYT]
* Energy researchers are squeezed out between differing goals of the White House and Congress. [NYT]