Daily Briefing: Peddling Lies

Bush, stymied and setback, "faces the potential of a summer of discontent when his capacity to muscle political Washington into following his lead seems to have diminished and few easy victories appear on the horizon." Gingrich: "Every president goes through patches like this." [WP]


Cheney says detainees at Gitmo are "treated humanely and decently" and those who say otherwise are "peddling lies." McClellan: "We know that members of al Qaeda are trained to mislead and to provide false reports." [NYT, WT]

Democrats may pick up Senate seats in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, but "are unlikely to regain a Senate majority --in 2006 or soon thereafter-- unless they can reverse the GOP consolidation of Senate seats in states that have supported Bush," writes Brownstein. [LAT]

As DeLay was investigated, lawmakers rushed to disclose nearly 200 unreported trips. [WT]

Bush's Memorial Day message: "Because of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, two terror regimes are gone forever, freedom is on the march, and America is more secure." [NYT]

Support for Bush's Social Security plan hits 52% "when voters understood the benefits of personal investment accounts," according to a Zogby poll commissioned by the Cato Institute. [WT]

With new administration post for Liz and lucrative book deal for Mary, the Cheney "daughters are increasingly out front." Matalin: "They're just multifaceted, normal people." [NYT]

Hillary will not promise to complete second term. [WP]

Cheney says Laura could beat Hillary in '08. [LAT]

Parties reach out to married voters and single parents. [USAT]

Rift between Graham and DeMint over Social Security illustrates "broader divide." [WSJ]

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