Bush defends selection of Miers: "I picked the best person I could find." Brownback, Grassley remain skeptical; Hatch, Sessions are supportive. [WP, NYT, WT, LAT, USAT]

White House and RNC campaign to convince conservatives that Miers is a wise pick; uncertainties about Miers mutes "rapid response" from advocacy groups. [WP, WSJ, USAT]

Bush asks Congress to offset costs of hurricane relief with "substantial" cuts in entitlement programs; says there is need for new oil refineries. [WSJ, NYT]

Bush implies he will use executive privilege to withhold Miers documents. [NYT]

Miers reportedly told a former boyfriend that "life begins at conception" and abortion is "taking a life"; turned to faith and conservative causes in her mid-30s. [WP, NYT, WT]

Bork: "I think [Bush] is just trying to avoid trouble -- but the message comes through: Do not be controversial, do not express strong opinions that arouse opposition." [LAT]

Texas prosecutor says new information sparked money laundering indictment against DeLay; "quick justice" would most benefit DeLay. [WP, NYT]

Katrina, Rita failures highlight consequences of weak executive branch oversight. [WP]

Miers' workaholic nature fit into White House culture. [LAT]

Miers seems moderately supportive of gay rights. [WT]

Bush willing to "effect a quarantine" by military means if flu pandemic hits the U.S. [WP, NYT, WT]

Bush admits "diminished appetite in the short term" for his Social Security plans. [LAT]

Next Federal Reserve chairman likely to come from outside of Bush's inner circle. [WSJ, NYT]

Clinton acts in command during visit to Louisiana. [NYT]


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