Daily Briefing: Out of Center Field

Senate approves budget -- 51 to 49 -- without program cuts sought by administration, but with additional Republican tax cuts. [WP, NYT, WSJ, LAT]


White House, CIA defend outsourcing of detainees. McClellan: U.S. has "an obligation not to render people to countries if we believe they're going to be tortured." [WP, NYT]

Republicans set vote on blocked nominee for after Easter, creating possibility of Democrat revolt. [WP, NYT, LAT]

McGwire "wouldn't play ball," writes Milbank. [WP, NYT, USAT]

Everyone's a winner with $9b highway bill. [WSJ]

Democrats recall four-day marathon filibuster in '68. [WP]

Kerry continues attacks on Bush, says proposed budget lacked "honesty, opportunity, and responsibility." [WP]

Sharon will make first visit to Crawford in August. [WP]

USAID gear made in China. [WP]

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