Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), indicted for criminal conspiracy in redistricting of Texas, temporarily relinquishes post of House Majority Leader to Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). The indictment "shook the GOP political establishment and posed new problems for the party as it heads into the midterm elections next year." [WP, NYT, NYT, LAT, WSJ, WT, USAT]

"What worries Republicans is the confluence of a large number of scandals when Bush and the GOP Congress are at the weakest point in years," writes Dan Balz. "With muscle and determination, DeLay ruled the inside game, and his indictment is therefore all the more significant -- a powerful symbol that the Democrats will attempt to exploit as an example of the GOP's abuse of power." [WP, LAT, USAT]

Democratic strategist Jim Jordan: "[DeLay is] easily the most powerful Republican on Capitol Hill, and nobody's in his weight class. He exerts the kind of discipline that hasn't been seen in decades." [WP]

Bush anticipates escalation of violence in Iraq over the next three months: "Our troops are ready for it." Separately, 68 House Democrats begin campaign for full withdrawal. [WP, WT]

Will second Supreme Court nominee, will Bush appease moderates or conservatives? John Roberts is set for confirmation today; rumors surround White Hosue counsel Harriet E. Miers. [WSJ, NYT]

FEC formalizes investigation of Bill Frist, enabling officials to subpoena people and review records. [WSJ]

White House now supports $9b expansion of Medicare for hurricane victims. [WP, LAT]

Officials promise to review every no-bid contract related to hurricane relief and reconstruction. [WP]

Conservatives question the partisanship of district attorney in DeLay case; Ronnie Earle has prosecuted many Democrats. [WP, NYT, LAT, WSJ, WT]

Blunt's "rise reflects political skills honed over a lifetime, as well as a strong institutional sensibility and close ties to the Bush administration." [WSJ, NYT]

David Dreier (R-Calif.), the original choice to replace DeLay, was viewed as too moderate. [WP, LAT, WT]

Congressional Republicans worry the Pentagon is mining intelligence outside of the bounds of oversight. [NYT]

John Bolton urges Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) not to withhold $130m from United Nations. [WP]

Robert Bonner, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, resigns. [WP, WT]

Lobbyists pounce on Katrina funds. [WSJ]


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