Daily Briefing: With All Five Fingers

yep hes surrounded by mounties standing in front of a totem pole Ridge steps down, leaving door open for possible candidacy; Hutchinson, Kerik, Allbaugh, Pataki, Romney among rumored successors. [WP, NYT, WSJ, NYT, USAT, USAT, WT]


Bush defends war on first official trip to Canada; leaders outline broad bilateral agenda. Bush: "I want to thank the Canadian people who came out to wave -- with all five fingers -- for their hospitality." [WP, NYT, USAT, WSJ, WT, BG]

Bush wants First, Hastert to pass intelligence bill: "I believe the bill is necessary and important and hope we can get it done next week." Sensenbrenner remains in opposition. [WP, NYT, USAT, LAT]

UN recommends restructuring of organization including expansion of Security Council to 24 states; determines only UN can authorize preemptive action. [WP, NYT]

Feith announces Pentagon team will "remain in place." [WP]

November ties April as deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq; 135 killed last month; 8,784 wounded in action since May 1st. [USAT]

Kerry-Edwards join Cobb, Badnarik to request recount in Delaware County, Ohio. [WP]

Voting irregularities found nationwide; 12,000 votes questioned in one North Carolina county. [BG]

Corzine to run for governor in NJ; will name successor if he wins. [WP]

President of the Red Cross to visit Washington seeking answers about treatment of detainees in Guantanamo Bay; Pentagon advisor points to anti-U.S. bias. [NYT, WT, WT]

Milbank underwhelmed in Canada. [WP]

[REUTERS/Mike Cassese]

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