Election Recycling: A Man's Man Edition

shhhh_im_thinking Bush: "I told [King Abdullah] I was sorry for the humiliation suffered by the Iraqi prisoners, and the humiliation suffered by their families." Some Pentagon officials believe Bush knew of an investigation in January. [WP and NYT and LAT]


Rumsfeld to appear today before Senate and House Armed Services committees. Bremer reportedly was "kicking and screaming" when warning of prison problems last fall; Rumsfeld reportedly knew of photos in January. [WP and NYT and WT]

Kerry calls for Rumsfeld's resignation: "I will demand accountability for those who serve, and I will take responsibility for their actions." [WP and BG]

Bush's words do little to ease disgust abroad. [NYT]

Analysis: Events test Bush's leadership; he faces tough choices. Hagel: "There is a general sense out there that the administration does not tolerate any points of view that are contrary to theirs. Good, sharp critical thinking is absolutely imperative to good policy." [LAT and WSJ]

Red Cross says it complained for months about prison abuse. [NYT]

Analysis: Kerry's challenge is proving his leadership ability: "Mr. Kerry's image-makers also play up his athleticism, unusual for a 60-year-old man and describe him as 'a man's man.'" [WSJ]

Kerry calls for $30 billion to recruit, mentor, and reward teachers. [NYT and LAT]

Bush proposes to increase aid to Castro's opponents and use military aircraft to broadcast U.S.-operated media. [NYT]

Teresa Heinz Kerry planned abortion in mid-1970s; appears on 20/20 tonight. [NYT and USAT]

Kerry was not a main target of F.B.I. in 1970s. [LAT]

[AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson]

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