Daily Briefing: Sit Down and Talk

Bush warns critics of Social Security plan: "I believe there will be bad political consequences for people who are unwilling to sit down and talk about the issue." McCain chimes: "The longer we wait, the more draconian the changes will have to be." [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT]


Cheney says nominations of Bolton, Wolfowitz show administration's commitment to reforming the system: "If we are going to be successful long-term in the war on terror and in the broader objective of promoting freedom and democracy in that part of the world, we have to get the public diplomacy piece of it right. Up until now, that has been a very weak part of our arsenal. [WP]

Schiavo legislation shows rift between "social conservatives" and "process conservatives." Warner: "In the ranks of the Republican Party, there is not a unanimous view that Congress should be taking this step." Shays: "My party is demonstrating that they are for states' rights unless they don't like what states are doing." [NYT]

Schiavo case sits in contrast to looming Medicaid cuts. DeLay flack responds: "The fact that they're tying a life issue to the budget process shows just how disconnected Democrats are to reality." [WP]

Liberal civil-rights advocates and conservative libertarians join to voice opposition to Patriot Act. [NYT, WP]

Schiavo case adds fuel to fire of conservatives' anger with judgeships. [NYT]

Frist, Weldon, Gingrey, doctor-lawmakers, in unique position for Schiavo case. [NYT]

Canada and U.S. are only close geographically; Prime Minister Martin and Vicente Fox to visit Crawford today. [NYT, USAT]

Most Americans know little about investing. [USAT]

Republican media adviser R. Gregory Stevens died from overdose of cocaine and OxyContin. [WT]

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