The Note

President Bush "proposed revoking the long-standing bargain in the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty that allows countries to develop peaceful atomic energy in return for a verifiable pledge not to build nuclear weapons. Calling that agreement a "loophole" exploited by North Korea and Iran, Bush instead proposed that nuclear fuel be provided only to countries that renounce nuclear enrichment and reprocessing," reports the Washington Post's Dana Milbank and Peter Slevin. LINK

USA Today's Keen reports that the President was eager to highlight intelligence successes in his speech. LINK

New York Times' Sanger Notes that the President "stopped well short of calling for an end to all trade in fissionable material - enriched uranium or reprocessed plutonium . . . Those carefully chosen words would make Iran's current activities illegal, as well as North Korea's -- provided the administration can persuade the country to dismantle its two nuclear weapons projects." LINK

President Bush has picked up an interesting and unsurprising endorsement from former New York City mayor Ed Koch, the Palm Beach Post reports. In a television interview from Boca Raton, Koch said he thinks he is going to vote for Bush and said that the President did the right thing going to war in Iraq. LINK

President Bush and the National Guard:

"The White House last night released a document showing that President Bush was at a military base in Alabama during the last year of his National Guard service, but aides backed away from his weekend pledge to release all his military records," writes the Washington Post's Mike Allen and Lois Romano. LINK

The Boston Globe's Robinson and Latour look at Bush's suspension from flight status and Note that Air Force regulations should have required "an investigation by his commander, a written acknowledgement by Bush, and perhaps a written report to senior Air Force officials."LINK

A former officer in the Texas National Guard told USA Today's Moniz and Drinkard that top-ranking officers in the Guard and Bush advisers "discussed ways to limit the release of potentially embarrassing details from Bush's military records," as he was preparing to run for president in the late 1990s. A second officer said that they "were particularly worried about mentions in the records of arrests of Bush before he joined the National Guard in 1968. LINK

And the New York Times has a copy of a letter that the same former officer wrote in 1998 that said Bush aides had "improperly screened" the President's Guard files for potentially embarrassing information. The officer claims in a book that is to be published this month"that Mr. Bush's aides ordered Guard officials to remove damaging information from Mr. Bush's military personnel files."LINK

USA Today features a timeline of President Bush's service: LINK

The Washington Post editorial board argues that there's plenty of hypocrisy to go around on both the Democratic and Republican sides of the recycled debate -- and posturing -- over Bush's National Guard service. LINK

The politics of gay marriage:

The White House did not commit to anything further yesterday, but conservative leaders said they had assurances that the President would support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, the AP reports. LINK

The Boston Globe's Healy reports on some criticism Kerry is getting from gay media outlets for not speaking up on what's happening in Boston. LINK

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