Daily Briefing: "Too Much Money" Edition

In "unexpected blow to the administration," Frist says proposal for Social Security may not come for a year and may not include private accounts; Republicans divided, outlook for reform is grim. Pollster: "When a boat springs so many leaks, it only floats for so long. The Democrats have certainly shot holes in it, but the Republicans have also been shooting holes." [WP, NYT, LAT, WT]


Top Republicans want $82b request for Iraq, Afghanistan reduced. Lott: "I think it's too much money, and too much of it is not urgent or supplemental." [NYT]

Governors and Bush stalled over Medicaid. [WP, WSJ, NYT]

Suit alleges Rumsfeld knew of detainee abuse in 2003. [WP, WSJ, WT]

Bush, gung-ho for faith-based programs, says $2b went to such groups last year. [WP, NYT, WT, USAT]

Showdown over judicial nominees expected this spring. [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT, WT]

Democrats want investigations of CIA's interrogation techniques, but Republican chairman of Senate Intel Committee opposed. [WP, NYT]

Nearly every Democrat Senator attends cocktail tribute to Daschle. [WP]

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