The Note: The Note

C-SPAN's America & The Courts continues its focus on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts in advance of his Senate confirmation hearings scheduled to begin on September 6. Saturday night at 7:00 pm ET C-SPAN will focus on Roberts' arguments before the Court in NCAA v. Smith (1999) and Rice v. Cayetano (1999).

At 8:30 pm ET tomorrow evening, President Bush is scheduled to attend the Little League Baseball Southwest Region Championship Game at Marvin Norcross Stadium in Waco, Texas.

The Family Research Council's "Justice Sunday II: God Save the United States and this Honorable Court!" featuring Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) and former Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA) is scheduled to get underway at 7:00 pm ET on Sunday at the Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, TN and simulcast via satellite in churches around the country.

The politics of Iraq:

The New York Times story about the President's Crawford remarks on Iraq unusually outs the source for yesterday's Washington Post story that had background quotes from a U.S. military official in Iraq tamping down withdrawal expectations: "Military officials in Washington said on Thursday that the senior military official quoted was General Casey." LINK

The Los Angeles Times ledes its coverage with the President's labeling any exit strategy as "speculation." LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

The Los Angeles Times' Peter Nicholas and Carla Hall revisit Gigi Goyette and report on a confidentiality agreement she signed with American Media Inc. refusing her the ability to disclose any "interactions" she had with Arnold Schwarzenegger to anyone other than American Media Inc. But American Media, which was negotiating a consulting deal with Candidate Schwarzenegger in August 2003, apparently had far less interest in her exclusive than in her silence. Goyette was paid $20,000 for signing the agreement, reports the Times. Gov. Schwarzenegger is on vacation and unavailable to comment, according to Rob Stutzman. LINK

Though, as Stutzman Notes, there is no conclusive link between Schwarzenegger's business dealings with AMI and the company's desire to buy the silence from those who could be damaging to him, we would guess there will be lots of pickup on the story nonetheless.

NARAL v. Roberts:

Judge Roberts and his supporters at the White House and the RNC scored a big victory when the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America crumbled to a barrage of criticism from many quarters and yanked its ad from the airwaves. The victory, of course, is not getting the ad off the air. The victory is reminding all the players and observers of this process who is on offense and who on defense. And perhaps more importantly, the incident will cause Roberts' opponents on the left to be a bit more gun shy going forward.

The New York Times. LINK

In his Boston Globe column apparently written before the abortion rights group decided to pull the commercial from the airwaves, Scot Lehigh Notes his outrage at the NARAL "smear ad" on John Roberts. LINK

Ditto for EJ Dionne of the Washington Post. LINK

And the Washington Post ed board. LINK

The questions now: who does the NARAL internal tick tock to see how this happened? What lessons does Howard Dean draw from this episode? And does Steve Schmidt's hand hurt from all the high-fiving?


To those of you covering the Roberts nomination. . . enjoy your weekend. The White House Counsel Harriet Miers promises lots of Roberts' Reagan-era documents to come on Monday.

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