Daily Briefing: Got Game at 73

Court unanimously sides with Cheney; details of private meetings about energy policy will stay private. Scholar: "This is a significant win for those who believe the presidency needs more power and has lost power over the past 30 years." [WP, NYT]

Leadership stoked for showdown over nominees; compromise unlikely as vote on "nuclear option" may come as early as Friday. [WP, NYT, LAT]

In Georgia, unexploded hand grenade found within 100 feet of Bush. Bush on Rose Revolution: "Your courage is inspiring democratic reformers and sending a message that echoes across the world; freedom will be the future of every nation and every people on Earth." [WP, NYT, USAT, WT]

Chafee is "inclined" to support Bolton, leaving Hagel, Murkowski, Voinovich undecided; committee vote set for Thursday. [NYT, LAT]

Ridge indicates White House liked to put country on orange alert: "More often than not we were the least inclined to raise it." [USAT]

Rumsfeld says he's in for the long (over)haul at the Pentagon: "I play my game. I play hardball." [NYT]

In $82b bill, Congress restricts "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" of detainees; passes unanimously. [NYT, NYT]

Bolton's e-mail trail shows his faults, say opponents; administration's policy toward U.N. still murky. [WP, USAT]

House expected to pass mandatory sentencing guidelines for gang-related crimes. [NYT]

Agriculture Department paid journalist $9,375 for favorable stories. [USAT]

Pew Study questions if Republicans' recent gains will outlast Bush: "The landscape coming out of the 2004 election favored Republicans, but there's no guarantee that Republicans have solidified their hold on things." [LAT]


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