The Note: Everything That Ought to Be Up Is Down

In his speech to John Podesta's Center for American Progress, former Sen. John Edwards departed from his prepared text to say "I might have missed something, but I don't think the President ever talked about putting a cap on the salaries of the CEOs of Halliburton and the other companies. . . who are getting all of these contracts."

During a Monday speech at Brown University, Sen. John Kerry cited "the suspension of wage controls" as part of a larger GOP effort to turn the Gulf Coast region into a "vast laboratory for right-wing ideological experiments."

And not to be outdone, Sen. Hillary Clinton joined Sen. Chuck Schumer in sending President Bush a letter yesterday, calling on him to reverse the suspension of Davis-Bacon. In the letter, the former First Lady said it would have been unthinkable to suspend Davis-Bacon in the wake of 9-11, and she argued that the people working around the clock to rebuild the Gulf Coast deserve no less respect.

RNC Press Secretary Tracey Schmitt responded to the Davis-Bacon criticism by saying, "This action will expedite the return of basic services and infrastructure to the communities that have been devastated by the storm, cut costs and will help create job opportunities for those in need of work. It's disappointing that leaders in the Democrat Party focus on dividing our country while the rest of America is focused on pulling together to help those in need."

The New York Times reports on the Labor Department's waiving the requirement for first-time government contractors working on hurricane relief to have an affirmative action plan in place. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Kris Maher writes on A6 about how AFSCME and SEIU plan to support each other in organizing.

The Fitzgerald investigation:

Hurricane Katrina and Supreme Court vacancies have kept Judith Miller's incarceration out of the spotlight lately, and even from jail, that's something she's Noticed, writes Cindy Adams. LINK

Politics:

The first big "527" test case: FEC vs. Club for Growth: LINK

The New York Times editorial board trashes the Carter/Baker election reform proposal. LINK

Susette Kelo, in a Washington Times op-ed, previews the testimony she is set to give today before the Senate Judiciary Committee on eminent domain. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Hitt looks at how the CAFTA vote is playing with members of Congress and free traders.

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