• Primary results "yielded no significant surprises"; Republican Brian Bilbray beats Democrat Francine Busby in race for Rep. Randy Cunningham's seat. [WP, LAT]

  • Cheney brokers deal to keep telephone company executives from testifying about NSA database. [USAT]

  • Some Republican Senators think the recent focus on "ideologically charged topics" like gay marriage could backfire; voters have more pressing concerns. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.): "I know in many meetings of our colleagues when the issue of marriage comes up, heads drop. It is just an issue that people just feel uncomfortable talking about. It's something that maybe in some respects they feel like, why do we even have to? Why is this even an issue?" [NYT]

  • Use of "taxpayer-funded databases" provides an advantage to incumbents who can "cultivate constituents more attentively than ever." Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.): "As incumbents, we have unlimited access to the most up-to-date technology in the world." [WP]

  • FBI sought proof that Rep. William Jefferson may have tried to bribe the vice president of Nigeria. [NYT, LAT]

  • Judiciary Panel members are riled by a Justice Department official's refusal to say "whether the Bush administration has ever considered prosecuting journalists for publishing leaked national security information." [WP]

  • Tom DeLay says "panic, depression and woe-is-me-ism" risks losing the election for the GOP. [USAT, USAT]

  • Lobbyist started and funded a retirement account for Tom DeLay's wife; his family received about half a million dollars from the lobbyist. [WP]

  • Bush shifts his attention to the immigration debate in the House. [NYT]

  • Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D-La.) will ban most abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned. [NYT]

  • Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.) keeps campaigning for Senate even though it's "perceived as a lost cause or, worse, a joke." Joe Scarborough: "She has absolutely no chance of winning." [NYT]

  • Sen. Sam Brownback is so faith-based that he "sometimes sounds as though he's quoting the Bible even when he isn't." Brownback: "I could be the right person with the right message at the right moment. And I could be completely wrong and I'll still be happy about it... What the world needs now, is love, sweet love." [WP]

  • Estate tax divides Republicans. [NYT]

  • Weld drops out of New York gubernatorial race. [WP]


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