Todd Purdum's New York Times' story begins by quoting Murray Kempton, so you know you must read it. He writes of the apparently delicate meta-negotiations between Wood and Stein over the new book -- though the Simon and Schuster release we saw yesterday only mentions Woodward. LINK
"But as they appeared together Thursday night on 'Larry King Live,' Mr. Bernstein said, 'It'll probably be by both of us," while a somber-faced Mr. Woodward, who was caught on videotape Thursday visiting the White House for yet another book project, on the second Bush administration, graciously allowed only that they could get a book deal if they wanted one."
Purdum's apparent joy while choosing his words to describe Carl Bernstein this week has been infectious.
The New York Daily News reports on the rush-to-print Deep Throat book as if Bernstein has nothing to do with it. LINK
USA Today 's Bob Minzesheimer has details on the book as well. LINK
Sales for "All the President's Men" (both the book and movie version) have climbed rapidly this week, reports Ian Bishop of the New York Post . LINK
Writes John Harwood in the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire: "House Tax Chairman Thomas assures colleagues his Social Security package won't increase payroll levies, but prospect of benefit cuts leaves other Republicans jittery. Some talk of a nonbinding resolution embracing Bush's ideas but delaying action in favor of another bipartisan commission."
"Administration aides aim for quick action on energy and Central America trade pact, and predict they'll smooth over cost differences with Senate negotiators to produce highway bill that Bush can trumpet. Backers of bipartisan stem-cell bill look to Specter and Hatch to rally veto-proof Senate majority, though they failed to do so in the House."
From another item: "Some tax experts say the White House may consider a VAT in tax overhaul, shifting from reliance on income levies. Backers say taxing consumption, through a VAT or sales tax, could boost savings."
The Los Angeles Times' Warren Vieth and Joel Havemann look at how President Bush is positioning Social Security as a means to a "nest egg" in his trips around the country to promote it, and the questions raised by his critics about his private accounts plan, which won't solve the solvency problem, and whether or not the savings plan analogy is the right one to draw. LINK
In a news analysis, Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times writes that President Bush is neither walking nor quacking like a lame duck, but rather ambitiously pushing forward on his agenda and still enjoying a lot of goodwill among Republicans on the Hill, even though things to some are looking less promising because of "the enormous obstacles he faces in Congress, around the country and across the globe." LINK
Michael Fletcher of the Washington Post reports that while President Bush is struggling with Democrats and members of his own party on his agenda and facing flagging poll numbers on how he's handling some issues, he remains a huge draw on the fundraising circuit, and he and Vice President Cheney regularly provide the star power allowing congressional candidates, the Republican Party and party campaign committees to pull in millions. LINK
The SEC's new Cox-swain: