Daily Briefing: Penetrate the Public

Abramoff paid directly for trips by Democratic and Republican lawmakers; payments for Clyburn, Thompson seen as against House rules. [WP, NYT, WT]

Only 41% say war with Iraq was worth it, in new Gallup poll; down from a high of 76%. [USAT]

Bolton widely portrayed as "hard-charging" and unaccommodating. [WP]

White House implies Bush is flexible on Social Security plan; Lott says he's "not overjoyed" by current proposal. Thomas, on the other hand, is in favor of "progressive indexing." [NYT, USAT, WSJ]

House, Senate finalize $82b for Iraq, Afghanistan. [NYT, LAT, WT]

Proposal by Davis (R-Virginia) gives D.C. a seat in the House. [NYT]

Lampson, former four-term Representative, plans to run against DeLay. [WP]

DeLay scandal rings similar to House banking scandal of the early 90s. Consultant: "I don't know if this will penetrate with the public in the same way the ability of members of Congress to routinely overdraft their checks did." [NYT]

Clinton, Huckabee launch program to curb childhood obesity. [NYT]


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