"The Senate voted 51 to 46 yesterday to confirm a nomination to the U.S. District Court in Little Rock after a sharp debate over his comments about abortion, women's rights and other topics," reports the Washington Post's Chuck Babington. LINK
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has hired legal council to represent him in the ethics probes in Washington and Austin, according to Roll Call's John Bresnahan.
The Clintons of Chappaqua:
The Washington Post's Hanna Rosin hangs out with the book lovers (and some protesters) lined up to get their books signed by former President Clinton. LINK
TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all times ET): —8:30 am: Sens. John Kerry and John Edwards hold a photo opportunity at the Heinz farm, Fox Chapel, Pa. —9:00 am: The House Democratic and Republican caucuses meet at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —9:30 am: The Senate convenes for morning business —10:00 am: The House of Representatives meets for legislative business —10:00 am: Lynne Cheney presents the 2004 James Madison Book Award at the Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pa. —10:00 am: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and the Republican leadership discuss the importance of competitiveness at a news conference at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —10:00 am: The Human Rights Campaign holds a news conference to announce a multimedia ad campaign opposing the proposed federal marriage amendment against same-sex marriage at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. —10:30 am: The Senate begins debate of the Class Action Fairness Bill —10:30 am: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and small business leaders announce an effort to increase funding for small business loans at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —10:35 am: President Bush meets with North Carolina judicial nominees, Raleigh, N.C. —10:45 am: First Lady Laura Bush visits the Council Bluffs Library to discuss summer reading, Council Bluffs, Iowa. —11:15 am: Sens. Kerry and Edwards hold a rally at Burnham Park, Cleveland, Ohio —12:00 pm: Sens. Chuck Grassley, Herb Kohl, and Tom Carper hold a press conference urging passage the Class Action Fairness Act at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —12:20 pm: President Bush attends an RNC fundraiser, Raleigh, N.C. —12:30 pm: House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer holds a pen and pad only briefing at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —12:45 am: Mrs. Bush attends an RNC luncheon fundraiser, Omaha, Neb. —1:55 pm: Majority Leader Rep. DeLay holds a pen and pad only briefing at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —3:20 pm: Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld hold a joint press conference at the State Department, Washington, D.C. —3:45 pm: Mrs. Bush participates in a "Read Out and Read" event at Blank Children's Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa. —4:00 pm: Former President Bill Clinton signs copies of his memoirs "My Life" at the 12th St. Barnes & Noble, Washington, D.C. —4:15 pm: President Bush meets with Michigan judicial nominees, Pontiac, Mich. —4:15 pm: Sens. Kerry and Edwards attend a rally at Riverscape Metro Park, Dayton, Ohio —5:45 pm: Former Howard Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi speaks about politics and the Internet at the ACLU annual conference, San Francisco, Calif. —5:55 pm: President Bush attends an RNC fundraiser, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. —10:00 pm: Sens. Kerry and Edwards attend a rally at the Coliseum, St. Petersburg, Fla.