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McClatchy writes that despite Bush's public efforts to give the appearance that he's willing to work with Democrats, his agenda says otherwise.  The "agenda he has sent to Congress since then is full of Republican proposals that have no chance of winning bipartisan approval.  More likely such items will enrage Democrats, rally his conservative base and appear to be intended to portray Democrats as obstructionist."

Bush's choice for deputy assistant HHS secretary of population affairs, Eric Keroack, is an OBGYN who "worked at a Christian pregnancy-counseling organization that regards the distribution of contraceptives as 'demeaning to women'...  The appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, was the latest provocative personnel move by the White House since Democrats won control of Congress in this month's midterm elections." 

Bloomberg says the battle for leadership slots between the status quo, represented by Boehner and Blunt, and the GOP base, represented by Pence and Shadegg, presents a dilemma for Republicans because "most of the seats the party lost are in the Northeast, home to its most moderate members.  To regain them, the party must reach out to independent voters." 

The Republican National Committee is contending with mixed reports on whether or not the committee chairmanship was actually offered to failed Maryland Senate nominee Michael Steele. 

"Florida authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the sexually explicit computer messages that former Rep. Mark Foley sent to male congressional pages."  This comes on top of the outgoing FBI and House Ethics probes.