Daily Briefing: Plame Returns to the Front Page

Roberts hits Capitol Hill for meet-and-greet sessions with senators; day was carefully orchestrated by Ed Gillespie to monopolize the news cycle. Bush: "We're lucky to have a man of such wisdom and intellectual strength willing to serve our country." [WP, NYT, WT]

State Department memo clearly designated a paragraph about Plame as "secret." [WP]

Bush reportedly "relied as much on chemistry and intuition as on policy and legal intellect" when interviewing candidates. Bartlett: "He likes to size people up himself, make his own judgment." [NYT]

Democrats resigned to Roberts' confirmation. Democrat staffer: "Bush won. . . A lot of people are feeling that this is probably a guy who gets confirmed." [WSJ, LAT]

Panel calls for repeal of alternative minimum tax. [USAT]

Roberts' legal record "is simultaneously skeptical of federal power over the states and supportive of executive-branch power in foreign and military affairs, and his sparse judicial record resembles the conservatism of" Rehnquist; his words on abortion are dissected. [WP, WP, USAT]

Confirmation debate likely to focus on just how conservative he is. Edwin Meese: "The president is convinced that he is a constitutionalist in the same way that Scalia and Thomas are." [WSJ]

Administration advocates extension of Patriot Act as Congress tackles issue today. [WP, NYT, WSJ, WT, USAT]

Rove and the Republican Senatorial Committee are unable to convince Katherine Harris not to run for Senate; they fear she'll lose. [WT]

Poll respondents deem Roberts acceptable but want more information. [USAT]

Profiles paint Roberts as impressive man and upstanding citizen; played Peppermint Patty in the high school production of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown." [NYT, USAT]

Business leaders embrace business-friendly Roberts. [WSJ]

Liberal advocacy groups concerned about Roberts's position on abortion; conservative groups ready to drop $20m on ad war. [WP, WT, USAT]

Both sides "pushing and shoving" over CAFTA vote. [WP]

Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony about legal protection for journalists; uphill battle awaits. [NYT]

Roberts' wife is staunchly pro-life. [LAT]

Roberts' involvement in the Florida recount gets attention. [LAT]

Diversity will wait. O'Connor: "He's good in every way, except he's not a woman." Democrat strategist: "If there were another vacancy [filled by a white man], there would be anger." [WP, USAT]

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabian ambassador, is resigning. [WP, NYT, USAT]

Political bloggers eat up Roberts. [WP]

Proposal to extend daylight saving time faces steep opposition. [LAT]

Administration hopes to make UN more receptive to Republican views. [WP] ad campaigns aim for the heart. [LAT]

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