WASHINGTON, Nov. 11
The President today defends his Iraq policy -- past, present, and future. He also goes on the offensive.
Mr. Bush delivers 12:00 pm ET remarks on the War on Terror in Tobyhanna, PA.
ABC's Jessica Yellin reports that the President will take on Democratic critics who accuse the Administration of fabricating the case for war. He will challenge claims that political pressure influenced the intelligence community's pre-war assessments about weapons of mass destruction.
"'It will be the most direct refutation of the Democrat charges you've seen probably since the election,' the [senior administration] official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to outline a strategy that has not yet become public and will play out over several weeks through presidential speeches, close coordination with Republicans on Capitol Hill and a stepped-up effort by the Republican National Committee," reports the New York Times' Stevenson and Cloud. LINK
Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans have not solved the Big Casino budget Rubik's Cube. And the Wall Street Journal ed board is mad about that. (Although Paul Gigot doesn't requie 218 votes to write an editorial.)
And to summarize the rest of today's political news: Arnold is contrite; Karl is back (or: he never left); Bill Clinton can give a heck of speech; the Los Angeles Times frees The Note to write about Alito again; and Tom DeLay has some good lawyers.
In short, it might be a holiday weekend, but there are must-read galore, plenty of key events, and a presidential speech the importance of which cannot be overstated.
Also today, Vice President Cheney participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at 10:55 am ET and delivers a speech at the memorial amphitheatre at 11:10 am ET. Following the Cheney event, Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson holds a media availability at Arlington National Cemetery.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Friday, stopping in the mostly Sunni Arab town of Mosul to urge Iraqis to participate in upcoming elections.
On this Veterans Day, Sen. John McCain and former Sen. Max Cleland are in Minnesota. Cleland will endorse Tim Walz, a veteran who is a Democratic candidate for Congress. McCain will speak in Minneapolis at a benefit for a fund started to aid military members and their families. LINK
Solicitor General Paul Clement discusses "Federalism and Separation of Powers: Subordinating the Constitution to International Law" at the Federalist Society conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00 pm ET on Monday, November 14.
RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman travels to Fort Wayne, IN to participate in a GOP headquarters rededication and to deliver remarks to the Allen County Republican Party's Bean Dinner.
Virginia Gov.-elect Tim Kaine and Gov. Mark Warner hold a 10:30 am ET press availability following a private meeting at the Executive Mansion.