Daily Briefing: The Fight Is Not Over

nice rocket Red Cross chronicles practices "tantamount to torture" for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay; interrogations included "humiliating acts, solitary confinement, temperature extremes, use of forced positions." [NYT]


Supreme Court declines to consider challenge to gay marriage in Massachusetts; McClellan restates Bush's desire for constitutional amendment. [NYT, USAT, WSJ]

Bush names Kellogg CEO Carlos Gutierrez, a Cuban-American, as commerce secretary; sign of fresh start on economic policy. Ridge, Snow, Mineta expected to resign. [WP, WP, NYT, WSJ, LAT, USAT, USAT]

Election in Ukraine strains relations with Putin as administration balances support of fair democracy in Ukraine with support of Russia. [NYT]

Bush "will be continuing to reach out to members" of Congress to pass intelligence bill, says McClellan. [WP]

Supreme Court justices critical of validity of medical marijuana. [NYT, WSJ, USAT]

Grassley tells FDA to protect whistleblower. [WP, WSJ]

Civil rights groups call for complete examination of Gonzales' record, specifically treatment of prisoners in Iraq and Cuba. [WP]

Four former Abu Ghraib detainees file accusations of war crimes against Rumsfeld, Tenet, others in International Criminal Court. [WSJ]

Unions ask Ridge to free Homeland Security employees from nondisclosure agreeement. [WP, NYT]

Bush heads to Canada to heal relationship following Iraq disagreement and trade issues. [USAT]

Edwards exits Senate, tours North Carolina vowing "fight is not over. . . The battle I'm fighting is about building one country. It's not about blue states or red states." [BG]

Congress backtracks on funding for National Science Foundation. [NYT]

Powell will visit Bulgaria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Morocco on final trip. [USAT]

Cobb, Badnarik want recounts in Nevada, New Mexico. [WP]

[AFP/File/Tobin Grimshaw]

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