The Note: "Yada, Yada, Yada -- and So We Go"

The New York Post reports William Weld is in the New York gubernatorial race to stay, regardless of who else may challenge him in the primary, and plans to raise and spend $50 million over the course of the race. LINK

The Washington Times reports that the Senate will take up border security as its first major bill next year, including both guest-worker plans and a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. LINK

Samantha Levine of the Houston Chronicle covers a Sens. Frist, McCain, and Cornyn presser where the Senators laid out a "blueprint" for changing immigration reform after recess. LINK

Roll Call's Whittington offers a preview of the potentially bruising Democratic primary race between Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett, both gunning for a chance to run against Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH).

John Dingell: 50 Years and Counting:

At 6:30 pm ET, some of the biggest names in Washington will come together at the National Building Museum for "50 Years and Counting," a bipartisan tribute to Congressman John Dingell's (D-MI) half century of service.

Dingell will officially mark 50 years in the House of Representatives on December 13, 2005, making him the third longest serving House member in U.S. history.

Confirmed speakers for the program include Vice President Dick Cheney, former President Bill Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), and Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX). Over 1,000 people are expected to attend.

The Note recently caught up with Dingell for a Q&A. The Michigan Democrat talked about his days playing bipartisan paddleball, what Bill and Hillary Clinton did wrong on health care, his concerns about the situation in Iraq spiraling into World War III, and the persistence that paid off with Debbie Dingell.

TN: "You've written in Roll Call that in the old days, the parties got along better. You even used to play paddle ball with an Illinois lawmaker named Don Rumsfeld."

DINGELL: "And also George Herbert Walker Bush."

THE NOTE: "What happened? Why do you think Washington is more negative and divisive today?"

DINGELL: "A series of things happened. The fact that members ceased staying around Washington and began to commute back and forth between their districts and the Capitol so that the sessions only really occurred on three days meant there was no time to work together and get to know each other. . . . Also, the reluctance on the part of the majority to work with the minority. The new class that came in here in 1994 to 'remake the world' made a determination that legislation would be passed on the far right not in the center. Congress had always worked to pass legislation in the middle. . ."

THE NOTE: "Would Bill and Hillary Clinton have been successful at achieving national health insurance if they had pursued a single-payer model?"

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