* Tony Snow will "likely" replace Scott McClellan. [CNN, NYT]

* Bush and Republican lawmakers face blame for high gas prices yet have "few if any" available short-term solutions; president will call today for the strict enforcement of price gouging laws. [WP, W$J]

* Attorney for fired CIA officer denies his client leaked classified information to the Washington Post. [WP]

* Bush presses for bipartisan agreement on immigration, though he is not backing a specific proposal. Bush: "I know this is an emotional debate, and I can understand it's emotional, but one thing we cannot lose sight of is that we're talking about human beings, decent human beings." [WP, NYT, W$J, USAT]

* Many Republican candidates are plotting how to distance themselves from Bush and the war; approval of the president dips to 32% in CNN poll. [NYT, CNN]

* Excessive supplemental provisions to emergency spending bill receive renewed criticisms. [NYT]

* Sen. Arlen Specter secured $200,000 grant for foundation represented by the son of his top aide; senator says he's changed his ways. [USAT]

* Republicans seek business-friendly tax credits for research and development. [W$J]

* Joel Kaplan, the recently named deputy chief of staff for policy, "has been thrust into a high-profile White House job in which he will play a crucial role in the effort to salvage Mr. Bush's second-term agenda." Strategist: "Kaplan is Josh Bolten's Josh Bolten." [NYT]

* Negroponte's attempts at humor "provoke thoughts mostly of nap time." [WP]

* Clintons attend unveiling of their portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. [WP]


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