• Rep. Rahm Emanuel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, hurls expletives at Dean over election strategy; Emanuel fears Dean is spending too much money too soon: "This is a historic opportunity, and we can't squander it." [WP, NYT]

  • The NSA is "amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans -- most of whom aren't suspected of any crime"; calls made by tens of millions of Americans are logged. [USAT]

  • Bush is losing support among his base at a "rapid" clip; Gallup registers "a 13-percentage-point drop in Republican support for Bush in the past couple of weeks." [WP]

  • Republicans seek to gain upper-hand on energy issues with a "whole series" of measures. [WSJ]

  • National issues are shaping local races this year; "Republicans are swimming against a national tide of voter unrest." [WSJ]

  • House passes $70B tax package mostly along party lines, 244 to 185. [WP, NYT, USAT]

  • National Archives violated rules when White House lawyers looked at John Roberts' files; papers on affirmative action are missing. [WP]

  • Gen. Michael Hayden offers to retire from the military and is open to putting the warrant-less eavesdropping "under federal law." [WP]

  • Jack Abramoff visited the White House twice, once in '01 and again in '04. [WP, NYT]

  • House Appropriations Committee approves offshore drilling for natural gas. [WSJ, NYT]

  • Rep. Katherine Harris is set to be the Republican nominee against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). [WP, NYT]

  • American Bar Association says Michael Wallace is "unqualified" to be a federal appeals court judge. [WP, NYT]


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