From NBC's Mark Murray
As we discussed earlier, President Bush's decision to hold a news conference today at 11:00 am ET is a way to thrust himself back onto center stage. But the news conference's timing (intentionally or not) will also end up overshadowing the House Republicans who are opposing his troop increase. Rep. Walter Jones (R), who is backing the non-binding resolution opposing the president's plan, is scheduled -- along with other GOP critics -- to speak this morning on the House floor at the same time as Bush begins his newser.
Timing, as they say, is everything in politics.