Documents show Frist was aware of his investment in HCA Inc.; his statements about "blind" trust are questioned. [WP, USAT]


Republicans preview response to possible indictments. Hutchison (R-Texas) hopes "that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn't indict on the crime and so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation was not a waste of time and taxpayer dollars." [NYT]

Leak investigation "likely to accelerate second-term turnover in the Bush administration"; White House officials said to have "grim determination to conduct business as usual, even though it's clearly not possible." Bush reportedly frustrated and angry. [WSJ, NYT, NYDN]

Criticism of Miers lacks modern precedent; senators demand release of Miers' White House files. Brownback (R-Kan.): "If we're to give advice and consent, we've got to have a full picture." [NYT, LAT, WT, USAT]

Senate Judiciary Committee may call James Dobson to testify about Miers. Specter: "I don't think the nomination is in trouble." [WP]

Allen (R-Va.) expects Rove, Libby will resign if indicted. [WP]

Fitzgerald seen as "a special counsel with no discernible political bent who prepared the ground with painstaking sleuthing and cold-eyed lawyering." [WP]

Abramoff sought White House connections for his business interests through Ralph Reed. [WT]

Republicans unable to reach consensus on post-Katrina budget cuts. [LAT]

FBI has repeatedly ignored oversight rules. [WP]

Dean intends to run candidates on national platform in '06. [WT]

Bono aims to increase the political clout of The Campaign to Make Poverty History and other organizations with similar intentions. [LAT]

Rice gets personal on trip south. [NYT]

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