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The Washington Post 's Chuck Babington wraps Congress' plans on intelligence reform and reports that the 9/11 Commission chairs praised the plan presented by Sens. Collins and Lieberman. LINK

AP's Jesse Holland details the intelligence reform legislation. LINK

As does the New York Times ' Phillip Shennon. LINK

Emily Pierce of Roll Call fame writes the Senate Armed Services Committee is on "the verge of losing out in the jurisdictional turf battle" and its "function as an overseer of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee's work." LINK

The politics of the CIA leak:

The Washington Post 's Susan Schmidt reports that Walter Pincus' confidential source "has revealed his or her identity to the special prosecutor conducting the CIA leak inquiry, a development that provides investigators with a fact they have been pursuing in the nearly year-long probe." Pincus, who had been subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury in the case, gave a deposition Wednesday and said "he did not name the source and agreed to be questioned only with the source's approval." LINK

Meanwhile, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has issued new broader subpoenas for Matt Cooper and Time magazine, and Schmidt reports that Time outside counsel Floyd Abrams said the magazine will move to quash the subpoenas and appeal if the district court refuses.

And that means our "Free Matt Cooper" T-shirt is back in vogue!!!

The politics of Iraq:

USA Today 's Barbara Slavin reports, "Senators from both parties accused the Bush administration Wednesday of incompetence in its efforts to rebuild Iraq and said the United States could lose the war unless it improves security and gets more money into the Iraqi economy." LINK

Knight Ridder's Jonathan Landay writes that Sens. Lugar and Hagel's "rebuked the Bush Administration" with "harsh comments." LINK

Hurricane politics:

President Bush has promised quick relief to the governors of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana has Hurricane Ivan came ashore, reports the Washington Post . LINK

And the AP. LINK

On the Hill:

Congress has a lot of spending bills on its plate, the New York Times ' Carl Hulse reports. LINK

The Senate Appropriations Committee broke ranks yesterday and voted to repeal the administration's new overtime rules. LINK and LINK

The Wall Street Journal 's David Rogers looks at the Senate Appropriations Committee' approval of a $3 billion spending increase to the president's 2005 budget request.

The Hill's Jonathan Kaplan reports that ethics complaints of improper fundraising against Majority Leader Tom DeLay are "likely going to be dismissed by the House ethics committee, according to a source familiar with the panel's internal discussions." The "well-placed source" says at least some of the five Democrats on the panel are expected to agree DeLay has been wrongly accused. LINK

AP's Jim Abrams reports that billionaire Democratic donor George Soros is asking for an investigation into House Speaker's Dennis Hastert's insinuation that Soros' money might come from drug trafficking. LINK

The Hill's Bob Cusack reports the White House is refusing to promote HHS official Howard Zucker, "who has worked on healthcare problems confronting Iraq and Afghanistan because he contributed to the Democratic Party four years ago." LINK

Sen. Judd Gregg is challenged to a Scrabble match by "Granny D" Haddock his 94-year-old Democratic opponent. LINK

Big Casino budget politics: Medicare:

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