Daily Briefing: ‘The Lou Dobbs of the Senate’

 
  • FBI and Justice Department officials, including Alberto Gonzales, defend search of Rep. William Jefferson‘s (D-La.) office; Speaker Hastert talks to Bush. [WP, NYT, LAT]
  • Gen. Michael Hayden wins over the Senate intelligence committee; full Senate could confirm his nomination to lead the CIA by Thursday. [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT]
  • Chertoff contends the U.S. is prepared for hurricane season but skepticism remains. [WP]
  • Reaching a compromise over immigration will be a challenge for the House and Senate; Bush urged to apply his “full energy into the effort.” [WP, LAT]
  • Veterans Affairs Department waited two weeks before alerting authorities about data loss. [NYT, USAT]
  • Critics see recent spending bill for Iraq and Katrina “as a monumental example of earmarking taken to extremes.” [WP]

  • Bush praises the “bold ideas” of new Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. [WP, NYT, USAT]
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has become “the Lou Dobbs of the Senate,” writes Dana Milbank. [WP]
  • Sen. Hillary Clinton: “Right now, instead of national security dictating our energy policy, our failed energy policy dictates our national security.” [NYT, WT]
  • FCC will not investigate NSA phone logging. [NYT, USAT]
  • Legislation on stem cell research may return in election-year showdown. [WP]
  • Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) winks at an ’08 run. [WP]
  • Lloyd Bentsen dies at 85. [NYT, USAT]
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