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Daily Briefing: The CIA: "They Run Operations"

Bush kicks off two-day, five-state campaign blitz for Social Security overhaul: "I truly believe that the American people can help decide an issue in the halls of Congress." Uh, are we getting paid extra for that? [WP, NYT, WSJ, LAT, USAT, BG]


Gonzales confirmed with less Democratic support than Ashcroft received. [WP, NYT, WSJ, LAT]

Senate Democrats visit FDR memorial to assert staunch opposition to Social Security plan; some Republicans still skeptical. [NYT]

Bush acknowledges significant cuts in future benefits will be necessary: "I know that none of these reforms would be easy. But we have to move ahead with courage and honesty." [NYT]

Bush to add $140b over 10 years in health care spending to widen coverage. [WP, USAT]

Rumsfeld offered to resign at two junctures during Abu Ghraib scandal. [NYT, USAT]

House and Senate Intelligence Committees start review of Pentagon's intelligence gathering. Boykin: "We're talking about looking at intelligence as an operation, much like the C.I.A. does. They run operations." [NYT]

Myers reports 40,000 Iraqi forces are fully trained, though the Iraqi Army experiences widespread shortages. [NYT]

Rice says U.S. will not join Europe in offering incentives to Iran: "I think our European allies agree that the Iranian regime's human rights behavior and its behavior toward its own population is something to be loathed." [NYT]

Nelson wooed by White House to switch sides on Social Security fight; dinner and a movie with George, Laura. [LAT]

Workers who earn return on personal account investment would receive smaller Social Security checks under Bush plan. [WP]

People in their early 50's are "in-between" new and old Social Security plans. [NYT]

Democrats anxious as Dean ascends. [USAT]

Bush will cut back on housing and community development. [NYT]

EPA's inspector general alleges pre-determined conclusion to favor power industry. [NYT, LAT]

Proposal to train capital defense lawyers resulted from "harmonic convergence" of interests; outsiders confused. [WP]

Caps on campaign donations raised slightly to reflect inflation. [NYT]

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Is there ANY good news for the bumblefucking Trump re-election campaign these days? Their polling numbers are in the shitter, therefore Trump is firing the pollsters. Trump's Hitler rally kickoff event in Florida last night was ... whatever it was. Oh, and did we mention that they ain't got no money? Like, of course, not counting whatever Russian money they're not telling us about.

Don Jr. recently called a prominent donor and warned that Trump's money haul is falling behind where Barack Obama was early in his reelection, while Jared Kushner has privately complained to RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel that Trump's war chest is not as big as it should be at this point in the cycle.

Whiiiiiiiiiine. Guess they're gonna have to see if they can launder some rubles somewhere, ALLEGEDLY.

Gabe Sherman has some more bad news about Trump's shithole campaign, and it is that Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the father-daughter billionaire duo who bankrolled much of Trump's "victory" in 2016 -- including funding Breitbart, and also the part of the "victory" that comprised Cambridge Analytica, the data company they owned that may have done some real hinky stuff, possibly with Russia, in order to get Trump "elected" -- have zipped up their checkbooks and decided Trump can go eat dicks for all they care.

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