House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells The Politico in an interview that Bush "did not consult her before announcing his new strategy for the war in Iraq... She also said during the interview in her spacious Capitol suite that no one else in the White House had asked her what she would do, or what the administration should do about Iraq... Pelosi made it clear the issue was the essential backdrop in Washington for the foreseeable future, however much Bush wants to talk about domestic issues."
The New York Times covers the Senate's failure yesterday to pass a "clean" minimum wage hike. "The measure may now be headed for deadlock. Representative Charles B. Rangel, Democrat of New York and chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, has suggested he will block any minimum-wage measure that includes tax provisions."
"As the Democratic Caucus prepares to meet privately with President Bush at its annual retreat next week, the question of how sharply to engage the chief executive remains under discussion," Roll Call reports. "...[T]he new House majority will be allowed five questions when Bush meets with lawmakers Feb. 3 at their annual retreat in Williamsburg, Va."
Will he get it right when he meets with them next week? The Washington Post's Style section looks at some Democrats' fury over Bush's dropping the "-ic" on Tuesday night: "I congratulate the Democrat majority." The advance speech text had read "Democratic."