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Daily Briefing: No Interest Like Self-Interest

The Fickle Purple Finger Of Democracy Bush would withdraw troops if new Iraqi government wanted; to Times: "We are watching history being made, history that will change the world." [NYT, NYT]


Bush promotes medical savings accounts in Ohio while Kerry touts legislation to insure 11m children. [NYT, WP, USAT, WT]

Congressional Republicans seek distance from Bush; feasibility of second-term agenda unclear. Aide: "It's the 'no interest like self-interest' rule, and it's every man for himself." [WP]

HHS admits it paid another columnist. [USAT]

Rice will visit Israel, eight European nations soon. [NYT]

Administration gives up relaxing media ownership rules. [NYT]

Kennedy calls for troop pullout, says Iraq policy is "fanning the flames of conflict." [WP, USAT, WT]

House Republicans say constituents are unnecessarily scared by automated phone calls about Social Security. [LAT, USAT]

Black Baptists --15m strong-- want to set unified agenda; hope to energize voters and influence Congress like conservative evangelicals. Priorities include health care, education, jobs, voting rights. [CT]

Congressional study finds billions are lost annually to overseas tax havens. [NYT]

Unions sue administration to halt implementation of new personnel system. [NYT]

Rumsfeld may or may not attend Munich Conference on Security Policy. [WP]

[REUTERS/Stephen Hird]

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