Pentagon has a tentative plan to withdraw about 50,000 troops from Iraq over the next year. [WP]


For oil executives who were involved in the energy task force, the truth depends on what the meaning of "participation" is. Sen. Frank Lautenberg's (D-N.J.) definition: "If you're doing anything more than breathing in the room when you're there. Even if you're a silent observer." [WP]

Bush allegedly talked to Tony Blair about bombing Al-Jazeera. Scott McClellan: "We are not interested in dignifying something so outlandish and inconceivable with a response." [WP]

FEMA will extend housing subsidies for Gulf Coast evacuees. [WP, NYT]

Administration formally charges Jose Padilla ahead of Monday deadline; "the government has yet to settle on a consistent strategy for holding and punishing people it says are terrorists." [NYT, NYT, WT, USAT, USAT]

Judge delays decision on throwing out charges against Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas). [WP, LAT, NYT]

Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) doesn't know what all the fuss is about: "I am amazed at what a national story this has become." [WP]

Bush pardons two turkeys and sends them to Disneyland. PETA flack: "It's hard to argue with Disneyland." [NYT]

White House defends Samuel Alito on districting issue, saying he "has told senators that he believes 'one man one vote' is bedrock principle." [NYT]

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) calls for a "limited drawdown" from Iraq: "Those of us in Washington have fallen behind the debate that is taking place across America on Iraq. We are failing to provide leadership on this issue." [WP]

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