- The proposed constitutional amendment to ban flag burning falls one vote short in the Senate. [WP; NYT; LAT]
- Israel sends ground forces into Gaza and executes air strikes on bridges, in an effort to rescue a kindapped soldier. [WP; NYT]
- Bush again urges the Senate to give him line-item veto power. [WP; NYT]
- Bush’s “signing statements” are criticized by lawmakers and scholars at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. [WP; NYT]
- At his confirmation hearing, Hank Paulson, Bush’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, declines to give details about Bush economic policy goals. [NYT]
- New report by Surgeon General Richard Carmona stresses the dangers of secondhand smoke. [WP; NYT; LAT]
December 11, 2013
Daily Briefing: Close But No Cigar
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