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Bush Agenda & Congress

Meet Karl Rove's new deputy, political dir. Jonathan Felts, who replaced Sara Taylor. Felts comes from Cheney's side of the White House.

Speaking of new staffers, Politico is reporting on speculation that current Va. GOP chair and ex-RNC Chair Ed Gillespie is among those in the running to replace outgoing WH Comm. Dir. Dan Bartlett.

"After promising unprecedented openness regarding Congress' pork barrel practices, House Democrats are moving in the opposite direction as they draw up spending bills for the upcoming budget year.

Democrats are sidestepping rules approved their first day in power in January to clearly identify ``earmarks'' - lawmakers' requests for specific projects and contracts for their states"