The Note: When The Dog Bites

"As a lawyer in North Carolina," writes John Edwards in the Raleigh News-Observer. "I had plenty of experiences with good and bad judges. I've seen up close how crucial it can be to families that judges be fair and impartial." LINK

Edwards details his role in a Duncan-for-Boyle switcheroo that, in his opinion, showed why cooperation between the Administration and its critics can be fruitful.

The AP's Nancy Benac profiles the FedSoc. LINK

The Manchester Union Leader's Todd Morrison writes that a (no-joke) proposal to usurp Justice David Souter's New Hampshire property has yet to see follow-through from the California dreaming-of-erecting-a-Lost-Liberty-hotel man. LINK

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Fair Judges In Demand: LINK

They certainly are.

The Politics of Iraq:

The New York Times printed a story Sunday on the Sy Hersh New Yorker piece. The article fleshes out more of the substance of the New Yorker report in which Hersh reports that the Administration proceeded with the covert plan to support to certain Iraqi candidates and political parties before the Iraqi elections in January over the Congressional objections. The Times reports that several senior Bush administration officials disputed that, although they recalled renewed discussions within the administration last fall about how the United States might counter what was seen as extensive Iranian support to pro-Iranian Shiite parties LINK

The Washington Post's Dafna Linzer quotes one intelligence official as saying that "I don't believe we actually did provide covert support in the end, but the gray area may have been did we ever consider it? Early on, the administration had approved a policy and then, talking to the working level, they saw there was little chance of success and that it was more likely to backfire." LINK

The politics of terror:

In today's Wall Street Journal, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld writes an editorial about how government in today's information age should be more transparent.

Rumsfeld's main point is that that a "free and well-informed people" will allow balanced view of government, the Armed Forces, and the United States' values and principles, which ultimately will allow freedom to prosper. LINK

He praises himself for being an original supporter of the FOIA, but says it may have backfired by forcing government bureaucrats to spend too much time trying to comply with overbudensome requests.

At the NGA:

It's probably fair to say that if you are a dedicated Note reader, you would have been thoroughly entertained Saturday evening at the joint DGA/RGA event that took place at Raccoon River in Des Moines.

Imagine, if you will, Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) in a Hawaiian-style shirt with images of guitars printed all over it, strumming his guitar and leading his band, "Capitol Offense," through several hours of playing covers of those oldies but goodies.

Now, add to that Govs. Granholm, Sebelius, Blanco, Hoeven, Huntsman, and others getting down on the dance floor to that Huckabee inspired groove.

Sadly, there were no TV cameras in the room.

Just because you should eat your veggies too, here are a couple of policy clips:

The AP on the weekend's gubernatorial discussions about Medicaid and Medicare reform: LINK

Jonathan Roos of the Des Moines Register writes up policy points -- military recruitment and (food supply-depleting) terrorist threats -- illuminated this weekend by Iowa Gov./soon-to-be-DLC chair Tom Vilsack. LINK

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