Wherever It Leads

See below for our look at the week ahead and your not-to-be-missed weekend must-reads.


Note Howard Dean did not rule out a Democratic filibuster for Roberts' nomination in the Senate yesterday on "Face," which sort of puts him to the left of Barbara Boxer.

The New York Times' hard-working David Kirkpatrick says "Justice Sunday" focused more on separation of powers issues than Judge Roberts. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Steven Bodzin seems to agree, despite his lede. LINK

There were strong words on the Supreme Court from conservative leaders at "Justice Sunday II", Tom Edsall reports. Not surprisingly, "[t]he event was billed as an attempt to awaken Christians to the importance of appointments to the Supreme Court, but it also served as a televised rally supporting President Bush's nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. LINK

"Speakers compared the civil rights movement of the 1960s to demands now by Christian groups for restoration of traditional morality. 'It's time we move to the front of the bus and that we take command of the wheel,' said William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League."

"The environmental community looks at Judge John G. Roberts Jr. as something of a chameleon. As a result, it is having a hard time deciding how green he is and whether to join other liberal groups in opposing his nomination to the Supreme Court," writes the Wall Street Journal's Jeanne Cummings.

The Washington Post's Marcia Davis caught up with John Roberts in an elevator, where he told her he's studying "binders and binders" of material in anticipation of his hearings in September. LINK

Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine's role in the filibuster compromise has made him and his Gang of 14 colleagues a target of interest groups in the Supreme Court confirmation battle, USA Today's Kathy Kiely reports, and the Buckeye State is getting a lot of attention as the hearings grow closer. "It's a fight that could make Ohio a test case on which issues decide elections: those that average voters care about or those that inflame activists." LINK

If you are a staff lawyer to a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, this August has provided no recess at all, reports the Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman. And be sure to Note the Democratic division of labor in the upcoming hearings. LINK

The politics of Iraq:

ABC News' Bruno Roeber reports Laith Kubba, the Prime Minster's spokesman, on Iraqi TV this morning says that the first draft of the constitution will be submitted to the National Assembly today.

However, he acknowledged that there are still a number of outstanding issues, but didn't provide any details. Where there are still disagreements, the relevant sections will be submitted in two or more versions to be agreed upon at a later date.

He also said the Iraqi National Assembly session today will start as planned at 10:00 am ET and the constitution will be submitted at some point after that.

In his Los Angeles Times column, Ron Brownstein explores the debate over whether or not the United States should publicly rule out the possibility of permanent or long-term plans for military bases in Iraq to possibly help quell the insurgency. LINK

Back at the ranch:

Bush neighbor Larry Mattlage's gunshot and the continued anti-war gathering at Camp Casey get some Los Angeles Times ink. LINK

Chef Cristeta:

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