The Note: The State of Our Union Is . . . Confused

The New York Times' Michael Janofsky reports that some evangelical groups are joining environmentalists in pressuring Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for tougher environmental laws. LINK

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who moonlights as a judge in the lower Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, is receiving criticism for the "conflicting" aims of being a Senator and a military judge, reports USA Today. LINK

Roll Call reports, "The Federal Election Commission has announced an aggressive schedule to complete action on 15 pivotal regulations the agency must rewrite after losing an appeals court battle on how the agency interpreted the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act." The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the FEC intend to have the rule-making process completed by February.

Week Ahead:

Tuesday is Election Day. Marquee contests are taking place in California, Virginia, New Jersey, and New York City.

Beginning on Tuesday, a bipartisan group of six Senators plans to meet and launch "Phase Two" of its investigation into how the Bush Administration handled prewar intelligence, including whether the information was misrepresented in statements to the public. Also on Tuesday, the President meets with local officials from Louisiana at the White House. Democratic Senators will hold a press event on energy costs and the removal of tax incentives from the energy bill. And the Western Governors Association meets in Phoenix.

On Wednesday, President Bush makes a statement on South Asia earthquake relief efforts. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) delivers a "major policy address" at AEI on Operation Iraqi Freedom and the path to victory, Washington, DC. Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) delivers the keynote address to the National Medicaid Directors at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, VA. He also is named by Governing Magazine as one of its Public Officials of the Year. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and others will hold a presser on the lack of response to a letter he sent the Bush Administration more than month ago asking four questions about Iraq. The Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a joint hearing looking into oil and heating prices.

On Thursday, Karl Rove addresses the Federalist Society's annual lawyers convention in Washington, DC. President Bush participates in the presentation of the 2005 National Medals of Arts and the National Humanities medals at the White House. He also meets with the President of Yemen.

On Friday, President Bush makes remarks on the War on Terror in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

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