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Daily Briefing: Political Prices

Supreme Court retirement could come next month. Bush committed to nominating a conservative; judicial compromise could unravel. Former White House counsel: "In all imaginable scenarios, this will be a battle royale." [WP, NYT, LAT]


House approves expansion of federally funded stem-cell research; Bush calls move a "great mistake" and may veto. [WP, NYT, LAT, WSJ, USAT, WT]

Confirmation of Owen expected from Senate today. Hatch on compromise: "This is a truce, not a treaty." [WP, NYT, WT, LAT]

Compromise sparks battle within GOP and between '08 contenders: Frist, McCain, Allen, Hagel. Graham: "The White House has to more closely collaborate with the Senate." [WP, NYT, WT]

Senate will vote on Bolton today; Frist expects confirmation before Memorial Day but Voinovich urges defeat. [NYT, WSJ]

Compromise started over dinner with Lott, Nelson. [LAT]

Compromise viewed as prize for moderates; could start a trend of cooperation. [WP, USAT, WT]

Bush takes Social Security bandwagon to upstate New York: "Those who obstruct reform, no matter what party they're in, will pay a political price, in my judgment." [WP, USAT]

Chertoff taps Justice Department officials for DHS posts; contemplates overhaul of bureaucracy. [WP]

McCain offers Clean Sports Act to combat steroid use. [NYT, LAT]

Speculation swirls around Pirro: Will she challenge Hillary? [NYT]

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