The Note: The Note

The New York Times on states worrying about Air Guard bases slated for closure. LINK

The Fitzgerald investigation:

Using a rare (and exciting) "This Washington Post reporter" reporter phrase to describe his contacts with Administration officials, Walter Pincus writes that "The origin of Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV's trip to Niger in 2002 to check out intelligence reports that Saddam Hussein was attempting to purchase uranium has become a contentious side issue to the inquiry by special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who is looking into whether a crime was committed with the exposure of Valerie Plame, Wilson's wife, as a covert CIA employee." LINK

When you finish reading the piece, it's hard to be sure you know what Pincus thinks the evidence shows. Intentional? We don't know.

The economy:

". . .the Department of Energy warned that pump prices could remain above $2 a gallon through much of next year," reports the Los Angeles Times. LINK

House of Labor:

John Sweeney reaches out to locals of the renegade unions, per the New York Times' S. Greenhouse. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Perhaps in an attempt to rehabilitate his image with some conservatives in his party, Sen./Dr./Leader Bill Frist writes a Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he calls the "death" tax "immoral" and promises a vote on it after Labor Day. We certainly do not want to suggest that Sen. Frist did not proofread it or give it a good once-over, but it reads pretty staff written to our eyes.

"The question of his Mormonism may reveal something about the Republican Party and the Christian activists who have been key to recent Republican electoral victories," writes Bloomberg's Przybyla in her look at how Gov. Romney's religion may or may not play a role in his potential presidential run.

Romney pulls one of his Massachusetts judicial nominees. LINK

Thomas Beaumont of the Des Moines Register writes that Newt Gingrich is once again promoting his new book (in Iowa). According to state Republicans, the aroma of a presidential campaign is unmistakably wafting through the air -- as evidenced by the Gingrich-Clinton health care compatriotism and his GOPAC's instruction program for school board hopefuls. LINK

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

Page Six says Bill Clinton is speaking in Rhode Island tonight. LINK

2005:

Gifford Miller's mail tab goes to a staggering 1.8 million taxpayer dollars. LINK

The New York Daily News' Katz and Saul round up the Democratic mayoral primary campaign trail, leading with Anthony Weiner's "boot camp" idea for school bullies. LINK

Mayor Bloomberg is directing some city funds to support the upcoming West Indian-American Day Parade. LINK

The New York Post hard copy has a piece (avec photos) of the new Bloomberg campaign bus.

Doug Forrester reassures voters, per the New York Times. LINK

Politics:

Joe Preciphs of the Wall Street Journal details efforts by three GOP governors (Blunt, Ehrlich, Daniels) to weaken public employee unions in their states.

"Despite a zero-tolerance policy on tampering with voters, the Republican Party has quietly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide private defense lawyers for a former Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to keep Democrats from voting in New Hampshire," the AP's John Solomon reports. LINK

George Will addresses the history books: I did not provide Ronald Reagan with that all-important briefing book: LINK

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