* Republicans are breaking with Bush over homeland security issues, once thought to be his chief selling point. Senior White House official: "We've got a period of time when the news that's dominating the headlines is not good and some Republicans are going to feel free to distance themselves from the president, but at the end of the day, I don't think the breach is deep or lasting because this is the president's strong suit. I think it's about this moment in time. I don't think it's fundamental." [WP, NYT, WT]


* Gonzales implies that warrant-less eavesdropping is more widespread than Bush suggested. [WP]

* Supreme Court justices "seemed aware of stepping into an epic soap opera" starring Anna Nicole Smith; Chief Justice John Roberts mentions the "substantial amount of assets" involved. [WP, USAT]

* Administration officials "could find no shelter" from questions about Dubai port deal. [WP]

* Bush stands by port deal on principle. [WP, NYT]

* Senate moves ahead on lobbying reform and the Patriot Act. [W$J, NYT]

* Lawmakers who buck party lines face criticism and primary challengers. [USAT]

* Democrats try to bring down Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) by linking him to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. [NYT]

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