Daily Briefing: Seriously Depressed About ANWR

Republicans concerned about impact of investigation into DeLay. Consultant: "If death comes from a thousand cuts, Tom DeLay is into a couple hundred, and it's getting up there." [WP]


Conservative Democratic lawmakers challenge Bush on Social Security. White House flack: "The easiest way to explain Democratic unity is that the labor unions and the AARP won't let them discuss this." [WSJ]

Dodd, Biden note shift in administration's policy on Iran. [USAT]

Rice on '08: "I will not run for president of the United States." Let Veep speculation begin. [WP, NYT, LAT]

Rice jets to Asia seeking resolutions for North Korea, Taiwan. [WSJ]

Bush repeatedly mentions Tocqueville in off-the-cuff remarks: "de Tocqueville, the Frenchman who came to America in the early 1800's, really figured out America in a unique way. . ." [NYT]

Bush makes lame jokes, sympathetic audiences laugh; WaPo sees news value. [WP]

DNC launches counter campaign to Bush's 60-day Social Security tour. [WT]

Stevens "seriously depressed" about ANWR: "I've been at this too long." [WP]

Reform of Social Security would require massive public education effort. [WSJ]

Daschle, recruited by Dole, joins law firm of Alston & Bird. [WP, NYT]

Liberal bloggers hold press conference calls to get message out. [NYT]

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