Daily Briefing: Peace Out

* Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) announces he will resign “within months.” DeLay: “I’m very much at peace with it… I’m a realist. I’ve been around awhile. I can evaluate political situations.” [Time, Time]
* DeLay‘s decision came as the findings of federal prosecutors have pushed “an already difficult reelection bid all but out of reach.” Says his lawyer, “It was personal and political.” [WP, WP, NYT, LAT, USAT, WSJ, WT]
* Swing Republicans in the Senate hash out compromise on immigration; proposal would restrict new illegal immigrants but offer citizenship to those who have been here for over five years. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.): “What we’re looking for is a middle ground, something that will appeal to a broader base.” [WP, LAT]
* Senators add billions of dollars in pet projects to Katrina relief bill. [WSJ]
* Capitol Police seek warrant for the arrest of Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.). McKinney: “If security of the House of Representatives is based on how members of Congress wear their hair… that is ridiculous… my face hasn’t changed.” [WP, NYT]


* Emergency response to a terrorist attack by sea would would be “potentially disastrous,” report finds. [NYT]
* Administration and the Senate disagree on the appointment of Social Security and Medicare trustees; Senators want to follow precedent by not re-nominating Bush‘s two public trustees. [NYT]
* Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) “has traded iron discipline and party loyalty for a more freewheeling take on life and fellow Republicans.” [USAT]
* For Senators with immigrant backgrounds, legislation is personal. [NYT]

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