Daily Briefing, Part II: 'A Special Kind of Art Form'
• Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) claims to have over 100 of the 116 votes necessary to be majority leader. [WP]
• Bush visits the Gulf Coast for the first time in three months: "Four months is not all that long, and a lot's happened in that four-month period. And a lot more is going to happen in the next four months, and then the next four months." [WP, NYT, W$J]
• Leadership races "are a special kind of art form"; Reps. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Blunt "barely waited for the ink to dry on DeLay's farewell letter earlier this month before jumping into the race for the second-ranking job." [WP]
• Administration may set standards for domestic intelligence. [WP]
• Rumsfeld considered Bremer's request for additional troops. [WP]
• 200 private school girls rally to encourage Bush to improve New Orleans levees. [NYT]