Daily Briefing: We Like Our Data Raw

Not Exactly Admiring

Senate, by vote of 89-2, sends intelligence overhaul bill to Bush; Byrd, Inhofe cast nays. [WP, NYT, WSJ, LAT, USAT, WT]

Bush stuns chattering class by inviting Snow to stay "into the second term"; Wall Street executive turned down offer. Mineta resignation imminent. [WP, NYT, WSJ, USAT]

Rumsfeld unprepared for grilling from troops: "Now, settle down, settle down. Hell, I'm an old man, it's early in the morning and I'm gathering my thoughts here." Said one soldier, "I would feel safer in a Volvo than I would in one of these Humvees." ALSO: Despite being public face of war in Iraq, Rumsfeld is more interested in restructuring Pentagon than dealing with the war. [NYT, USAT, USAT, WSJ, WSJ]

Congressional Republicans playing hardball with Bush over legislative agenda; intelligence bill showed their independence. [LAT]

Judges in Plame case seem to reject argument about First Amendment advocated by Cooper, Miller. [NYT]

Harman, Lieberman, Hoekstra, Kean considered for new intelligence czar position. [WT]

Powell tells Europeans: "What we have to do now is come together and work hard to support the Iraqi people." [NYT]

Dean would stay out of '08 race if named party chairman: "There is only one thing the Republican power brokers want more than for us to lurch to the left, and that's for us to lurch to the right because what they fear most is that we may really begin fighting for what we believe." [WP, NYT]

Kerry plans trip to Iraq, will meet with troops. [BG]

Bush authorizes $20m for Palestinian Authority to show renewed commitment. [WP, NYT, WT]

Relatives of 9/11 victims credited with passage of intelligence bill. Collins: "They had the moral conviction." [WP]

Provision in intelligence bill restricts conflict of interests for private-sector job offers. [WP]

Biden: "I'm going to proceed as if I'm going to run" in '08. [USAT]

Human rights groups unite for answers about Gonzales. [WT]

House leaders put priority on upcoming border security bill. [WT]

Civil rights commission infused with fresh, conservative blood; no more snapping at meetings. [WP]

Conyers wants "raw" exit poll data for investigation into voting irregularities but consortium not expected to share. [USAT]

Human Rights Campaign moves to the center looking for concessions: "It's a wake-up call. Just continuing to do what we were doing would not be productive." [NYT]

Zell Miller joins law firm as "senior policy advisor." [WP]

[REUTERS/Larry Downing]


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