Daily Briefing: 'Understand the Consequences'
* Bush remains firm on port deal as lawmakers from both parties voice concern: "I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a [British] company... They ought to look at the facts and understand the consequences of what they're going to do. But if they pass a law, I'll deal with it, with a veto." [WP, NYT, W$J, LAT, WT, USAT]
* Andy Card called off December briefing about NSA eavesdropping to the House Intelligence Committee. [NYT]
* Alito was "precocious," jovial, and "enthusiastic" on his first day. [WP]
* Fundraisers aim to raise $5m for Lewis Libby's defense fund. [WP]