The Note: Everything That Ought to Be Up Is Down

Harvard University's Institute of Politics holds a panel discussion on "10 Years of the Weekly Standard," in Cambridge, MA.

Conservatives Salute Jesse Helms Dinner will take place this evening in Crystal City, VA

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) will host "New York Farm Day" in the Senate Russell Caucus Room at 5:30 pm ET.

If last week's Clinton Global Initiative did not provide enough Clinton-era nostalgia for you, there are two events this evening at which you can get your fill. Tipper Gore is being honored at the annual Alice Award Dinner at the Sewall-Belmont House at 7:30 pm ET. Also at 7:30 pm ET, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) is being roasted at a Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy event at Union Station. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is expected to deliver remarks at both events.

Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) and Republican Doug Forrester will square off in their first televised debate of the general election campaign at 8:00 pm ET this evening. New Jersey Network will be carrying the debate live.

The O'Connor seat:

The New York Times' Kirkpatrick and Stolberg (apparently) break some news in the Grey Lady: LINK

"The White House is reshuffling its short list of potential Supreme Court nominees with a new emphasis on finding someone who will hold up under the pressure of what is expected to be fierce confirmation battle, several Republican allies close to the process said on Monday."

A whole slew of female names follow, including Judge Consuelo Callahan of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

That matches the CW at this point: men need not apply for this job.

The USA Today editorial board makes its plea for President Bush to consider diversity when making his next Supreme Court pick. LINK

John Roberts for Chief Justice:

We still don't know if the Judiciary vote will be strictly along partisan lines or not. Our guess: yes.

The Los Angeles Times editorial board gives Roberts a full-throated endorsement today, calling on Sen. Feinstein and other Democrats to confirm him, and showering him with more praise than even Fred Thompson or Jessica Boulanger can muster at this point (but only because Senator Thompson and Ms. Boulanger are understated types). LINK

MSNBC's Tom Curry looks at the Roberts vote in the context of the Democratic Party's Invisible Primary. LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports that a rift has opened up between Beltway conservatives who are happy with Roberts and those outside of Washington who are concerned that Roberts would respect precedent even if it was wrongly decided. "'I'm definitely one who has major concerns about the Roberts nomination,' said Dr. Virginia Armstrong, the national chairwoman of Eagle Forum's Court Watch Project. 'I had questions before the hearing. Since the hearing, those questions and concerns are much more intense than they were.'" LINK

The Hill's Jonathan Allen has Steve McMahon saying that if you are thinking about running for President, you've got to "take a hard look at voting no because that's where the Democratic base is." LINK

The politics of national security:

As we hoped for, David Sanger's must-read analysis on the North Korean deal: LINK

The Sanger/Kahn New York Times tick-tock on how the deal came to be and the overview of what's included (and what's not): LINK

The New York Times editorial board writes of a "big win" if the agreement is carried out. LINK

The Washington Post underscores that the US "gave ground" to make a deal with North Korea. LINK

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