Daily Briefing: 'Total Amnesia' Edition

House approves repeal of estate tax, 272 to 162. Hulshof: "The death of a family member should not be a taxable event, period." [WP, NYT]

Pentagon "doesn't have a system" to "determine with any degree of reliability and specificity how we spent" emergency war funds. [USAT]

DeLay backs off comments about retaliation against "activist" judges: "It was taken wrong. I didn't explain it or clarify my remarks, as I'm clarifying them here. I am sorry that I said it that way, and I shouldn't have." [WP, WT, NYT, LAT, USAT]

"At least 39 members of Congress have engaged in the controversial practice of paying their spouses, children or other relatives out of campaign funds, or have hired companies in which a family member had a financial interest," according to the LAT. [LAT]

Shays outcast after calling for DeLay to go. [WP]

House Resources Committee okays ANWR drilling. [WP]

Democrats on Senate Foreign Relations Committee delay vote on Bolton to ask more questions. [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT]

Lott has rebounded from fallout of segregation comment; he "has made a determined effort to ingratiate himself with some of the Senate leaders who helped depose him -- although his relationship with the White House appears to remain strained." [WP]

Chertoff wants organizational fusion. [NYT]

Gingrich thinks Hillary will be "very formidable" nominee in 2008: "I think any Republican who thinks she's going to be easy to beat has a total amnesia about the history of the Clintons." [NYT]


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