"Some of the administration's possible proposals, particularly the changes to the tax code, are likely to meet resistance from Democrats, who worry about further undermining the market for employer-provided coverage and driving up costs for those who remain in the system."

Tom Hamburger and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar of the Los Angeles Times take a closer look at the unlikely coalition of powerful business interests, labor unions, and others as they push for extending medical insurance to millions of Americans. LINK

"The broader coalition of insurance companies, doctors and activists on Thursday will present a detailed proposal to expand healthcare coverage to as many Americans as possible -- starting with children. Coalition members range from generally conservative groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Families USA, a liberal advocacy group that was one of the principal champions of the Clinton healthcare proposal."

The Libby trial:

On "Good Morning America," ABC News' Claire Shipman reported that the Libby trial promises to be a "high-profile blood-letting. . . and the central subject matter -- Iraq -- is just devastating for the White House right now."

In his curtain-raiser, Richard B. Schmitt of the Los Angeles Times writes "the trial is likely to provide a glimpse into how the White House responded to critics of its Iraq war policies. It will also include testimony from Cheney, marking the first time that a vice president has appeared in a criminal trail." LINK

Martinez for RNC Chairman:

In a must-read, the Washington Times' Ralph Z. Hallow reports that "rebellion" is "brewing" among conservatives on the Republican National Committee over President's Bush's attempt to "impose" Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL), who favors "amnesty" for illegal aliens, as "general chairman" of the party. LINK

"'I will be voting against Senator Martinez if he is nominated for any chairmanship of the RNC,' Tina Benkiser, Texas Republican Party chairman, told The Washington Times yesterday."

Is this normal RZH pre-RNC meeting panting, or the real deal?

Democratic agenda:

Democratic leaders claim to be seeking some common ground with Republicans on the controversial social issues of the day as part of their plan to govern from what they say is the center of the ideological spectrum. Robin Toner of the New York Times takes a closer look. LINK


The Hill's Elana Schor writes up the endorsement primary -- presidential hopefuls gaining early nods from home-town MOCs and also from those representing early states in the nomination calendar, including South Carolina and Iowa. LINK

The Hill's Sam Youngman assesses the reluctance on the party of many MOC's from Iowa and New Hampshire to endorse a presidential candidate at this point in the cycle. LINK

For the Sunday edition of "World News," ABC News' Laura Marquez looked at the positions that '08ers have staked out on the Iraq war. Follow this link to read the story and watch the video: LINK

2008: Republicans: McCain:

"Gov. Tim Pawlenty's decision Monday to help Sen. John McCain pursue a possible run for the White House comes as the two Republicans have diverged in recent days on a key issue: sending more troops to Iraq," write the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Doyle and Olson. LINK

"While McCain supports an escalation of troops, Pawlenty says it's unfair that Minnesota soldiers will have their tours extended as part of the strategy."

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