The Note

"Tenet defended the administration against charges by Democratic senators that President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other officials exaggerated intelligence reports when they characterized the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's weapons arsenal," writes the Washington Post's Dana Priest and Walter Pincus. LINK

The politics of same-sex marriage:

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz writes up the Log Cabin ad campaign "attacking the administration for trying to ban same-sex marriage." LINK

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that "public support appears to be growing for legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples, as well as for allowing states to make their own laws regulating gay marriage," write the Washington Post's Morin and Deane. LINK

USA Today's Dennis Cauchon reports on the new USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll that shows a majority of Americans favoring "legalizing civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriage." LINK

The Boston Herald's Elisabeth Beardsley reports on the assertions of black community and religious leaders that the issue is about "'special rights,' not civil rights." LINK

Ed Meese writes on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal that "we must now act on our basic principles and deepest convictions -- to preserve constitutional government and protect marriage."

The politics of the Hill:

As a result of the Bush Administration's efforts increase their support of faith-based initiatives, the "federal government gave more than $1.1 billion in competitive grants to religious organizations in fiscal 2003," writes Alan Cooperman of the Washington Post. LINK

The Washington Post's Ceci Connolly reports that Democrats blocked the nomination of Mark McClellan to run the federal Medicare program to protest the Bush administration's "refusal to permit the importation of low-cost prescription drugs from Canada." LINK

Democratic National Convention:

The Boston Globe's Rick Klein reports, "Boston's largest police union is asking Democrats nationwide, including presumptive presidential nominee John F. Kerry, to boycott the Democratic National Convention in July, a dramatic escalation of tactics in the union's quest for a contract." LINK

The Boston Herald's Ellen Silberman reports on the help Mayor Menino is hoping for help from national labor leaders. LINK

Writes Silberman, John Sweeney and Gerry McEntee are making calls already . . .

The Boston Globe's Kevin Joy reports, "Hoping to borrow some limelight from the Democratic National Convention and draw attention to liberal issues, two city councilors, community groups, and a local activist are planning a three-day forum for protesters, academics, and religious organizations the weekend before the convention." LINK

Politics:

Karen Crummy and Julia Martinez of the Denver Post report that Rep. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is running for the retiring Ben Nighthorse Campbell's Senate seat. LINK

Religious conservatives, meet the non-believers. Cox News Service reports that atheists have established their own political action committee -- the Godless Americans Political Action Committee (GAMPAC) -- and Noting that the group has just a $1,000 contribution in the bank. LINK

Texas redistricting claims a congressional Democratic victim, reports the AP. In last eve's primary, Re. Chris Bell "was upset by Al Green, the former head of the Houston branch of the N.A.A.C.P." LINK

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