White House and Pentagon officials are "embroiled in a sharp internal debate" over whether a new set of Defense Department standards for handling terrorism suspects should use language from the Geneva Conventions prohibiting "cruel," "humiliating," and "degrading" treatment, per the New York Times. LINK
"A central player in the fight over the directive is David S. Addington, who was the vice president's counsel until he was named on Monday to succeed I. Lewis Libby Jr. as Mr. Cheney's chief of staff. According to several officials, Mr. Addington verbally assailed a Pentagon aide who was called to brief him and Mr. Libby on the draft, objecting to its use of language drawn from Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions."
After 10 months on the job, Howard Dean's chairmanship is slowly gaining support among Congressional Democrats, writes Roll Call in a clip the DNC press shop will point to every time other Democrats complain about his party stewardship.
The Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip reports that the Fed raised rates yesterday and signaled additional increases to come.
Big Casino budget politics:
Bloomberg's Laura Litvan reports that Bush will be urged by his aides to veto a $39 billion spending-cut measure in the Senate if a final version includes key changes in the Medicare prescription drug law. LINK
But Jill Gerber, a spokeswoman for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) said Senate GOPers think they can overcome the threat of a veto in a final bill.
"'It doesn't seem the administration's statement will hurt the bill's chances in the Senate,' Gerber said in an e-mail. 'We haven't seen enormous sentiment in the Senate for keeping the Medicare stabilization fund.'"
Unsure exactly what budget wonks mean when they use the term "reconciliation?" You're not alone. More than 100 Hill staffers showed up for an explainer on the upcoming process, reports Roll Call.
Ian Bishop of the New York Post has this excellent scooplet: LINK
"Ohio's biggest Democratic money maven from 2004 is throwing her financial support behind Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- a huge score for the former first lady in a crucial presidential swing state," reports Bishop.
"Clinton has locked up the services of Lana Moresky -- a fund-raising queen who raised more than $500,000 in Ohio for failed president wannabe John Kerry."
All for 2006 -- Senator Clinton's team points out.
The results are in and the polling in New Mexico shows that over half of registered voters approve of the job Gov. Bill Richardson has done in office, per the Santa Fe New Mexican. LINK
In response to President Bush's request that states should purchase of anti-flu drugs with their own money, Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) responded , "They expect us to pay 75 cents on a dollar for flu medicine that's going to be a tough pill to swallow." LINK
Rep. DeLay's legal team wins its request for a new judge in their case. LINK
The case is bringing scrutiny to how Texas judges are elected and appointed, reports the Houston Chronicle. LINK
The Chronicle also looks at DeLay's legal defense fund: LINK
The Washington Post's Sylvia Moreno reports that DeLay "won an early round in his money-laundering and conspiracy trial Tuesday by getting a judge aligned with Democratic candidates and causes removed from the case." LINK