Judith Miller recalls June 23, 2003 conversation with "Scooter" Libby about Joseph Wilson during her last day of testimony in the leak investigation; contempt-of-court threat is lifted. Attorneys believe Patrick Fitzgerald "is looking into a broad conspiracy charge against a group of administration officials or into charging one or more officials with easier-to-prove crimes such as disclosing classified material, making false statements or perjury." [WP, WSJ, NYT]

NBC/WSJ poll: 27% support Miers while 51% don't know enough to venture an opinion; approval of Bush rests at 39% and only 28% of Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction -- a ten year low. [WSJ]

SEC subpoenas Frist for personal documents related to sale of health care stock; he is expected to testify under oath. [WP, NYT, WSJ]

Bush defends use of religion to sell Miers: "[P]art of Harriet Miers's life is her religion." Alberto Gonzales: "I believe that she is pro-life." [WP, NYT, WT, USAT]

Democrats are hopeful about their political opportunities in 2006. Charlie Cook: "Right now, if I had to bet would the Democrats take the House and Senate back, I'd say no. But are the odds a heck of a lot better than they were three months ago or six months ago? Heck, yes." [NYT]

Study finds the Bush administration "apparently paid little or no attention" to the CIA's prewar assessments of Iraq. [NYT]

Miers "has wielded formidable power with fairness and attention to detail -- but rarely was a strong voice in policy decisions the administration has faced." Margaret Spellings: "She blushes when the rest of us got a little raunchy." [WP]

White House plan puts the CIA in command of overseas intelligence gathering and creates National Clandestine Service managed by Porter Goss. [WP]

Rice, in Afghanistan, remains optimistic despite uptick in violence; 84 Americans have died there this year. [NYT]

Amtrak board approves spin-off of Northeast Corridor service; Congress has final say. [NYT]

Christian Coalition scales back; budget falls to $1.3m. [WT]


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