From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell and Elizabeth Wilner
President Bush will hold a news conference this morning just after 10:00 am ET. Topics will include an update on Bush's "consultative process on the new way forward in Iraq" and his "inclination" to increase the size of the US military. He's also certain to be asked about his comment to the Washington Post that the Iraq war is now in a stalemate (after having asserted just recently that the United States is winning the war), and also about Gen. John Abizaid's resignation.
Bush also will discuss the economy and his "commitment" to work in a bipartisan way with the new Congress.
This will be the President's 30th solo news conference and the 18th of his second term. The last was November 8, when he announced the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.