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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Is there ANY good news for the bumblefucking Trump re-election campaign these days? Their polling numbers are in the shitter, therefore Trump is firing the pollsters. Trump's Hitler rally kickoff event in Florida last night was ... whatever it was. Oh, and did we mention that they ain't got no money? Like, of course, not counting whatever Russian money they're not telling us about.

Don Jr. recently called a prominent donor and warned that Trump's money haul is falling behind where Barack Obama was early in his reelection, while Jared Kushner has privately complained to RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel that Trump's war chest is not as big as it should be at this point in the cycle.

Whiiiiiiiiiine. Guess they're gonna have to see if they can launder some rubles somewhere, ALLEGEDLY.

Gabe Sherman has some more bad news about Trump's shithole campaign, and it is that Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the father-daughter billionaire duo who bankrolled much of Trump's "victory" in 2016 -- including funding Breitbart, and also the part of the "victory" that comprised Cambridge Analytica, the data company they owned that may have done some real hinky stuff, possibly with Russia, in order to get Trump "elected" -- have zipped up their checkbooks and decided Trump can go eat dicks for all they care.

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