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* Two top judges questioned the legality of warrentless eavesdropping twice in the past four years. [WP]


* White House agrees to provide additional information to House Intel Committee about NSA eavesdropping. [WP, NYT]

* Bush condemns violent reaction to cartoons that mocked Islam as Condoleezza Rice says Iran and Syria "have gone out of their way to inflame sentiments and have used this for their own purposes." Bush: "We reject violence as a way to express discontent with what may be printed in a free press." [WP]

* Years of "significant cuts" will be necessary to meet deficit goals. [WP]

* Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) proposes that a special court provide oversight of eavesdropping. [USAT]

* Bush, aiming to "bring fiscal sanity" to Washington, signs bill limiting growth of Medicare and Medicaid. Bush: "People call it a cut in Medicare. That's not a cut. It's slowing down the rate of growth. It's the difference between slowing your car down to go the speed limit, or putting your car in reverse." [WP, NYT, USAT]

* Democrats strive for "understandable" agenda with their own "Contract for America." Paul Begala: "If it were up to me, I'd be tougher and meaner. But you're trying to unite a diverse party." [USAT]

* Officials are force-feeding Gitmo detainees to prevent suicidal starving. [NYT]

* Lawmakers increasingly clash on specifics of lobbying reform. [NYT]

* Russell Senate Office Building evacuated briefly after false detection of nerve agent. [WP]

* Budding friendship between Bush-41 and Clinton-42 alters dynamics for Bush-43 and maybe Clinton-44. [NYT]

* Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) engage in friendly fire on their first day back. McCain: "I'm particularly pleased to be sharing this panel with my pen pal." [LAT]

* Wikipedia blocks edit-ability from some Capitol Hill computers following misuse; investigation traces back to offices of Sens. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Joseph Biden (D-Del.), Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). [WP]

* Republican lawmakers use grass roots tactics to battle Bush on immigration. [WP]

* Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) rejoins Appropriations Committee. [NYT]

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