White House readies for possible indictments as Fitzgerald may report to the grand jury today; the FBI conducted interviews yesterday with Valerie Plame's neighbors, who had no knowledge of her CIA job. Administration official: "Everybody just wants this week over." [WP, FT, NYT, WSJ]

Republican senators seem skeptical of Miers' chances; Lott says Republicans may vote against her. The White House may have Miers speak publicly to gain supporters ahead of confirmation hearings. [NYT, WP, USAT]

U.S. death toll in Iraq tops 2,000. Bush: "Each loss of life is heartbreaking. . . This war will require more sacrifice, more time and more resolve." [WP, WP, NYT, USAT]

Bush's approval rating rises slightly to 42% in Gallup Poll; 54% prefer congressional candidates who oppose him; 57% say war in Iraq is going badly. [USAT]

Fitzgerald "has delved deeply into conversations that government officials and reporters had every reason to believe would remain confidential." [NYT]

House version of Patriot Act reauthorization would transform the federal death penalty structure. [WP, NYT]

Intelligence officials say Bush exaggerated claim that U.S. foiled 10 al-Qaeda plots; at least six of the 10 plots were "preliminary ideas," not "terrorist operations." [USAT]

Republicans look to trim funding from student loans, health care, food stamps, and foster care. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio): "Listen, we're broke. Let's face it." [WP, WSJ, WT]

Speeches Miers gave in the 1990s "offer some of the clearest insights yet into [her] thinking on volatile social issues that can make their way to the high court." [WP]

House Republicans want oil companies to give back. Hastert: "It is time to invest in America." [NYT, WSJ, LAT]

Republican senators attempt unity on immigration legislation. [LAT, WT]

Dorgan (D-N.D.) questions why journalists are issued temporary access to classified information. [NYT]

Bush brings in millions for the RNC. [LAT]

Before Bush, Miers admired U.S. District Judge. [LAT]

Michael Brown was days away from resigning as the head of FEMA when Katrina struck. [WP]

Democrats attack nominee to lead the State Department's refugee program as another crony political pick. [WP, USAT]


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