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Daily Briefing: "Style Can Lead To Substance"

Chairman of House Budget Committee speaks of presidential veto to approve spending: "Is it possible that, depending on exactly how these bills come forward, that the V-word might be used for the first time in this administration's tenure?" (Tee hee! Oh. Nebbermind.) [NYT]


Bush says tight budget represents wartime sacrifice, but many Republicans are slow to sign on. Peterson (R-Pa.): "Those who are currently advocating these draconian cuts [in farm subsidies] would not be in office today if it weren't for rural America." [WP, LAT]

Rice calls for "new chapter" in transatlantic relations: "America stands ready to work with Europe on our common agenda, and Europe must stand ready to work with America." Diplomat: "There was no change in substance, but there was a change in style -- and style can lead to substance." [WP, WP, NYT, USAT]

Questions to Rice at forum were screened. [WP]

White House upwardly revises cost of Medicare drug benefit program to $1.2t over 10 years, more than double Mark McClellan's recent projections; several lawmakers complain Viagra, Levitra, et al are covered. [WP, NYT]

GAO predicts budget will lead to permanent deficits in next 10 years: "Continuing on this unsustainable fiscal path will gradually erode, if not suddenly damage, our economy, our standard of living and, ultimately, our national security." [WT]

Rove, promoted to deputy White House chief of staff, gains larger role in organization and policy. [WP, NYT, LAT, WT, USAT]

Some conservatives concerned Bush's budget means big government. Pence: Bush's "vision has resulted in education and welfare policies that have increased the size and scope of government." [WP]

Budget significantly reduces Transportation Security Administration; seeks consolidation of programs and travel records. [WP]

Projections of Social Security plan based on optimistic outlook for stocks. [WP, NYT]

Reid to White House: can't knock me down. [NYT]

Americans are against most changes to Social Security, says Gallup poll. [USAT]

Congress begins consideration of bills designed to limit class-action suits and "frivolous" litigation. [LAT]

Bush endorses plan for African American history museum on Mall; effort underway to build Republican support in black community. [WP, WT]

Smooth criminal and conservative legal group snared Clintons in web of deceit. [NYT]

Spellings to target high schools for reform. [WT]

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