Daily Briefing: The Anal-Retentive Administration

Selection of new pope could be "nearly as important for American political life as for the Vatican itself, as Democrats and Republicans here face increasingly pitched battles over judicial nominations, abortion, gay rights and euthanasia." [NYT]


Bush will attend Pope's funeral. [WT]

Senate could go "nuclear" on the filibuster by end of April. [LAT]

In every major debate, Republicans play offensive and Democrats play defense, writes Brownstein. [LAT]

Mice spotted in White House press area. President of Correspondents' Association on remodeling: "I think it's part of the Bush administration's anal-retentiveness. They like everything neat and tidy." [NYT]

Cheney disagrees with DeLay on retribution against judges. [WP]

65 former diplomats and intel officials voice support for Bolton. [NYT]

More than 100 Bush-Cheney Social Security events down. [WP]

DLCers Al From and Bruce Reed: "We must finally reject the false choice between exciting our base and expanding our appeal, because unless we both motivate and persuade, we'll lose every time." [WT]

Doctors decry Medicare cuts; lobbying effort begins. [NYT]

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