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(generated from captions) It's been a difficult 24 hours for the White House, and things aren't likely to get any easier overnight. Today, all of Washington was talking about a legal setback for George W. Bush as his choice for the US Supreme Court withdrew her nomination. Discussion has shifted to the latest chapter in the CIA leak investigation. Reports from Washington say Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff will be indicted within hours. And George W. Bush's top advisor, Karl Rove, has told reporters he won't be charged today, but he remains under investigation. Norman Hermant reports. Stepping off his plane to inspect the devastation caused by Hurricane Wilma George W. Bush left behind the damage in Washington. For the US President, a bad week got a lot worse when his latest choice for the Supreme Court, Harriet Miers, withdrew her nomination. The official reason, her concern that the confirmation process would damage the White House. There's no doubt the constant questions about Ms Miers have taken their toll.

Is she the most qualified to run

Is she the most qualified to run the Supreme Court - serve on the

Supreme Court - serve on the Supreme Court Yes, otherwise I wouldn't

have put her on. I understand if

people want to know more about her.

That's the way the process should work. Democrats say in the end, the President's nominee couldn't convince conservatives she was conservative enough.

That's the way the process should work. When the history books are

written about all of this, it will

show that the radical right wing in

the Republican Party drove this

woman's nomination right out of From websites to television campaigns, conservatives launched a relentless assault. TV AD: With Harriet Miers now out of contention commentators on the right are calling for a nominee who can guarantee a conservative direction for the court.

It's time for the President to

It's time for the President to start picking fights with his real

enemies, and that's what this opportunity affords. All of this, with the President under fire on several fronts. This week, the US death toll in Iraq passed 2,000 and the war is increasingly unpopular. And there's speculation that in a matter of hours, criminal charges could be brought in the investigation into the leaking of the identity of a CIA agent. Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libbey,

may be indicted. And Karl Rove, George Bush's top political advisor, could be left in limbo, still facing possible charges if the investigation by the special prosecutor is extended. These are not easy times at the White House.

Problems have just piled up dramatically in the past two weeks.

It reminds me of one of those cartoons where the character is kind of slipping in mud and trying to get traction. And the White House has not had any traction over the last two months. Even with more than three years left in his presidency, George Bush will already be feeling the pressure to turn things around. Norman Hermant, Lateline.