The Note: Credit Where Credit Is Due

The Hill's ever-alert Josephine Hearn reports that the DLC "took a step toward warming its usually frosty relationship with many labor unions this week as DLC Chairman Gov. Tom Vilsack hosted a breakfast with union representatives," including SEIU's Andy Stern and IAFF's Harold Schaitberger. LINK

Hearn adds: "Vilsack's own political ambitions may also have played a role in the outreach effort."

2008: Republicans:

Roll Call's Paul Kane and Lauren Whittington write that Kilgore's defeat, at least for now, has some asking questions about Allen's viability -- as well as the fact that, were he to join a successful national ticket, he'd be replaced by a Democrat appointed by Kaine.

Allen shrugged off its meaning, saying, "It doesn't have an impact on me whatsoever. . . It doesn't change my focus. . . It would be easier to have a governor on your side."

On Sunday, C-SPAN will air Brian Lamb's "Q&A" interview with Sen. Chuck Hagel.

Hagel, who endorsed McCain's 2000 presidential bid, is asked if he would be impeded from running for president in 2008 if McCain says, "I'm going again."

Hagel replies: "Well, Brian, I think in this business or any major decision one makes in your life that decision has to come from you first. It's got to come from you. The considerations are your family or other personal issues. Then you start working through the more external conditions."

"You know in this business that if you run for president there will be many very qualified candidates out there, some will be good friends I suspect. You know that and you factor that in and you're not unmindful of that kind of competition. And that kind of competition is good for the country. It's good for our system. We want the best people in this business."

"So whatever decision John makes would not influence my decision."

Sen. Sam Brownback gives momentum to ban gay marriage through a constitutional amendment. LINK

Iowa:

Thomas Beaumont reports in the Des Moines Register that Gregg Connell, one of eight Democrats seeking his party's nomination for governor in 2006, suspended his campaign yesterday after he was ticketed for running a stop sign in a fatal accident Tuesday. LINK

Free Judy Miller:

Judy Miller's lawyer said yesterday that his client's "retirement" from the paper came after both sides reached a "shared understanding that she couldn't continue to report on national security matters for the New York Times." LINK

In her letter to the editor of the New York Times, Judy Miller says she left the paper "because over the last few months, I have become the news, something a New York Times reporter never wants to be," but she will continue to write and "call attention to the internal and external threats to our country's freedoms - Al Qaeda and other forms of religious extremism, conventional and W.M.D. terrorism, and growing government secrecy in the name of national security." LINK

Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post: LINK

The New York Post says Miller's departure from the New York Times yesterday allowed the Times newsroom to breathe "a collective sigh of relief," ending the "painful" episode for the paper. LINK

Miller told the New York Daily News that she feels "great" and is glad the Times "cleared up that they didn't intend to say anything hurtful" about her. LINK

Politics:

Hollywood financier James Stern is putting the finishing touches on a film about the final days of the battle for Ohio during the 2004 presidential election. The New York Times has a sneak peek at the movie, which "shows Republican campaigners functioning like a well-oiled machine and Democrats looking incapable of ordering lunch, let alone organizing a major get-out-the-vote operation." LINK

David von Drehle of the Washington Post appears moderately entertained, but not at all satisfied with Sen. Boxer's first foray into novel writing. LINK

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