* Bush‘s meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao was heavy on symbolism, light on substance; Bush apologized for heckling. [WP, WP, NYT, WSJ, USAT]
* Bush, Jintao disagree about the dynamic of their relationship; “The mood was friendly, yet the tension was unmistakable.” [WP, NYT]
* Harriet Miers might be lost in the next phase of the White House shuffle; Tony Snow is “in negotiations” for McClellan‘s post. [NYT]
* Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised more than double its GOP counterpart in this quarter; RNC, meanwhile, beat the DNC by a 1.9 to 1 ratio. [WP]
* Republican leaders plan to hit the ground running when they return from break; “41 percent of those polled said Congress has accomplished less than usual.” [WP]
* Democratic candidates are trying to use rising gas prices to their advantage. [NYT, WSJ]
* Rumsfeld dismisses critics as being against much-needed reform. [NYT]
* Chertoff compares crackdown against illegal immigrants to shutdown of the mob. [NYT]
* Case against AIPAC lobbyists concerns lobbyists and journalists. Professor: “The chilling effect could become glacial for anybody who is engaged in basic lobbying research or simply doing research or writing stories on national security issues.” [WP]
* Negroponte reveals that about 100,000 people are involved in intelligence operations around the world. [NYT]
December 12, 2013
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