The Note

The Washington Post's John Harris on Sunday looked at the onslaught of Clinton nostalgia coming with the release of the former President's memoirs on June 22. After a week-long commemoration of the life and times of former President Reagan, Harris Noted the phenomenon of revisiting the legacy of former commanders in chief. "Like Reagan, . . . Clinton as ex-president has seen the controversies of his tenure recede while appreciation for his outsized personality has seemed to deepen. And like Reagan, Clinton is now widely regarded as a touchstone for his party, including for the presumptive presidential nominee, John F. Kerry." LINK

The New York Times' Kirkpatrick reported Sunday "asked a top Vatican official to push American bishops to speak out more about political issues, including same-sex marriage, according to a report in the National Catholic Reporter, an independent newspaper." LINK

The Sunday New York Times unveiled some new protesting tactics that could take the Big Apple by storm during the Republican Nation Convention -- ranging from bells to anti-Bush underwear. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate:

Who says the fight over debates is only fun in the presidential campaign? The Chicago Tribune's David Mendell writes about the "debate dance" of one-upmanship going on between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Jack Ryan in the race for Illinois Senate. We're hoping this'll be the most fun we've had watching Senate debates since the eight-part Kerry-Weld smackdown in '96. LINK

Dueling press releases have turned the Washington state Senate race into the "source for the silliest and most churlish rhetoric of the campaign season. And that's not easy in a year when 'looking French' is leveled as an attack." LINK

Reagan's image -- literally -- was featured prominently in the campaign of one Senate hopeful in Nevada last week. Just hours after Reagan's death, Republican Richard Ziser's campaign sent out an e-mail to supporters suggesting they visit the reagancoin2004.com Web site, which "condemned Sen. Harry Reid and asked those who felt likewise to contribute to Ziser to receive a commemorative coin with Reagan's face on it." LINK

Stem cell politics:

The New York Daily News' James Gordon Meek reports, "The family of former President Ronald Reagan declared political war on the White House yesterday over President Bush's ban on stem cell research." LINK

The Washington Post's Shankar Vedantam reports that although there are more advocates for Alzheimer's treatments than 10 years ago, "the frustrating, day-to-day reality is that new drugs for Alzheimer's disease have limited benefits." LINK

Nomination politics:

Roll Call writes that Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada is blocking Bush nominations until the Senate approves the nomination of one of his aides to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, threatening to break a deal struck last year with the White House.

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick reports that former President Clinton's "political advisers are consulting with the Democratic Party and [the Kerry] campaign about ways that Mr. Clinton can lend a political hand" on his book tour, during which, by the way, "Bookstores say [publisher] Knopf has told them Mr. Clinton is trying to schedule only one event a day so he can sign as many books as possible." LINK

We have begun to wonder: what will the German-language edition of Bill Clinton's "My Life" be called, exactly?

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