Daily Briefing: The Thaw Has Begun Edition

Bush: "The chances of democratic progress in the broader Middle East have seemed frozen in place for decades. Yet, at last, clearly and suddenly, the thaw has begun." Even Kennedy gives him credit. [WP, WSJ, NYT, USAT, WT, WT]

Graham (R-S.C.) says Republicans "made a strategic mistake" by highlighting private accounts: "It's always been a sideshow, but we sold it as the main event." [WP]

Bankruptcy bill could pass today; Schumer's amendment defeated. [WP, WSJ, NYT, WT]

Tax cuts tied to spending cuts in new fiscal plan proposed by budget committees. Gregg: "I think we've reached a very reasonable approach." [WP]

Bolton likely to be confirmed. [NYT]

Bush thinks the "world is beginning to see a different impression of America" with tsunami aid. [WP]

Clinton will undergo elective surgery to remove fluid from lung. [WP, NYT, NYT, WSJ]

Republicans ready to push ANWR plan through filibuster-free zone. [NYT]

GOP creates grass-roots momentum for judicial picks. [NYT]

Opposing advocacy ads about Social Security indicate escalating public relations conflict. [LAT]

Gonzales honored by nation's largest Hispanic civil rights organization: "We want to make sure that people understand that we are reaching out to this administration." [WP]

McCain concerned about effect of 527s on state and local races. [NYT]

Group asks Laura to hire female chef. [NYT]


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