The Washington Post's Dana Milbank reports that President Bush endorsed a proposal Tuesday that would "require states to test 12th-grade students" and abolish the Perkins vocational education program to put more than "$1 billion annually into new programs to encourage technical studies." LINK
Joe Curl of the Washington Times Notes that this was the President fourth trip to a college campus in less than two weeks. LINK
The Hill profiles First Lady and serious fundraiser Laura Bush, who "is being quietly deployed to raise Republican campaign funds, coming to the aid of vulnerable incumbents and hopeful challengers" even in districts her husband lost. Reports The Hill, it is part of a strategy "aimed at converting her largely apolitical image into hard political dollars for House and Senate candidates" which is being "coordinated through the Bush-Cheney re-elect committee and the Republican National Committee's Victory Fund." LINK
The Dallas Morning News' Jeffers may not have been allowed into the Karl Rove fundraiser at the Westin Galleria in Dallas Tuesday but "attendees" passed on that Rove "offered intimate details about working with President Bush."
Before the event, Rove said that President Bush "would not suffer political damage from recent setbacks in Iraq because the American public wants him to finish the job there."
Rove also questioned Dick Clarke's credibility when talking about Condoleezza Rice's testimony tomorrow: "Given the choice between the two, I know who I think is far more credible and has a better understanding of what went on in the White House, and the country will hear from her Thursday," he said. LINK
The El Paso Times reports "New Mexico could play such a big role in the fall presidential election that President Bush is building a record-size grass-roots organization in that state, the president's top strategist said Tuesday night during an El Paso visit." "The campaign's six full-time staff members are coordinating 2,200 recruits already on board to identify potential Bush voters, Rove said. And Bush will make frequent campaign stops in New Mexico, Rove said." LINK
During a speech in Dallas Tuesday afternoon, former president George H.W. Bush compared John Kerry's rhetoric on the state of the economy to the language Bill Clinton successfully used against him in 1992, reports the Associated Press. The elder Bush did go on to say though that he does honestly believe the president will be re-elected. LINK
"While working with Environmental Protection Agency officials to write regulations for coal-fired power plants over several recent months, White House staff members played down the toxic effects of mercury, hundreds of pages of documents and e-mail messages show," reports Jennifer 8. Lee of the New York Times. LINK
The Wall Street Journal reports the "Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General is reviewing whether it should investigate why the department conducted an in-house analysis of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's tax strategy."
"Special Master Alan L. Balaran said the Bush administration worked to thwart him beginning last summer after he uncovered a two-decades-old practice by Interior officials of negotiating leases with oil and gas companies that gave Indian landowners a small fraction of the royalties that private landowners received in similar deals," reports Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post. LINK
The politics of Iraq: