• Bush nominates Henry Paulson, chairman of Goldman Sachs Group, to replace John Snow at the Treasury Department; White House sought Paulson for months. [WP, W$J, USAT, LAT]

  • White House acknowledges that Bush withheld the news at his press conference last week; Paulson's net worth is estimated to be more than $700M. [NYT, NYT]

  • Paulson is described as "the kind of guy who thrives in a crisis" and "a committed environmentalist and bird watcher." [WP, NYT, LAT]

  • Justice Department claims Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) tried to hide documents from the FBI. [WP, LAT]

  • Former chief of staff to Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) testifies that Abramoff "identified his 'champions' in government and then showered them with favors to get inside information and help for his clients." [WP, NYT]

  • Democrats are slow to provide a specific party platform; "this cautious strategy is generating intensifying debate within the party." [LAT]

  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) begins hearings on FBI raid during congressional recess; plans to call Gonzales and Mueller to testify. [WP, NYT, USAT]

  • Supreme Court ruling viewed as setback for whistle-blowers; lack of legal protection may increase retaliation. [NYT, USAT]

  • 10,000 bricks have been delivered to Capitol Hill by anti-immigration groups. [NYT]

  • Rep. Harold Ford Jr.'s Senate campaign in Tennessee may carry Democrats' chances for '06. [NYT]

  • Supervisor of the data analyst who removed data resigns from the Veterans Affairs Department. [NYT, USAT]

  • New website wants to reshape the two parties in '08. [WP]

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