Daily Briefing: I'm Unaware of the Case

We Have To Believe You Your The Boss Bush holds press conference to sharpen inaugural message: "[I]t sets a bold new goal for the future. And I believe this country is best when it heads toward an ideal world." Bush also promotes voting in interview with Arab TV outlet. [WP, NYT, WSJ, NYT, USAT, WT]

Rice confirmed, 85-13; Gonzales sent to vote after all 8 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee vote against him. Secretaries of Veteran's Affairs and HHS also approved. [WP, NYT, NYT, WSJ, LAT, LAT]

Copter crash in Iraq marks deadliest day for U.S. military; 37 Americans killed; total toll tops 1,400. Bush: "The story today is going to be very discouraging to the American people." [NYT, USAT]

Bush denounces promotional contracts with political commentators: "Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet." Administration spent $88m on contracts with p.r. firms in 2004. [WP, NYT, USAT]

Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduces tough legislation to control immigration, a divisive issue for Republicans. [LAT, NYT, WT]

Bush meets with Congressional Black Caucus. [NYT, WT]

Bush stumped by question about jailed Jordanian: "I'm unaware of the case." [WP]

With Senate rewriting pollution law in spring, U.S. at "pivotal moment" for environmental regulations; Blair, meanwhile, urges action on global warming. [WP, WP, NYT]

Bush's proposals to curb global nuclear proliferation meet resistance; effort now in Rice's hands. [WSJ]

Feith quits to spend time with family. [WP, NYT]

Republicans mull reorganizing budget process. [WSJ]

Administration proposes new civil service system at DHS. [WP]

Mehlman, Cahill reunite at Texas A&M discussion. [NYT]

Sales of "The Case for Democracy" by Natan Sharansky quadruple after praise from Bush. [WSJ]

[REUTERS/Larry Downing]

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What did we say this morning? Something about how "They want a war with Iran," and "Please do not listen to news reports about Trump telling his people to cool their jets with the Iran talk, because they want a war with Iran, and all they are looking for is their trigger"?

News came out early this morning that Iran shot down a US drone in the Strait of Hormuz, outside Iranian waters. Let's see what our president and his war-bonering GOP shitmouths in Congress have had to say about that:

Great. Just great. So what's happening now?

Awesome. Just splendid. Trump is having a cuddle party today with John Bolton (who's had a hard-on to bomb Iran since the Bush administration); Mike Pompeo (who's been making the rounds lying and saying Iran and al Qaeda are best friends, thus implying that it's very legal and very cool for Trump to strike Iran without congressional authorization, based on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Congress voted for five days after 9/11); and Patrick Shanahan, the outgoing acting Defense secretary, who will make way for another acting Defense secretary, because who needs real Defense secretaries? (The new guy, Mark Esper, is part of the meeting too.) And as Senator Schatz points out above, Trump is emotionally unstable and doesn't know dick about foreign policy, so it's just great that he's having an emergency meeting with these unhinged hawks about this right now.

Tell us what this all means, unhinged hawk Lindsey Graham!

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