From NBC's Ken Strickland
In what appears to be a Bush Administration effort to persuade skeptical Senate Republicans to support the president's new Iraq strategy, several of them have been summoned to the White House for a meeting this morning with National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. The invited Republicans included Sens. Sam Brownback, George Voinovich, John Sununu, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins. All of them have expressed at least some misgivings about Bush's plan for sending more troops into Iraq.
Inviting Voinovich, Sununu, and Murkowski is especially key because they sit on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and are being courted by Democrats to sign on to the non-binding resolution against the troop increase.