The Note: Behind the Locked Double Doors

The Wall Street Journal's ed board hails Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) role in ending the earmark for the "Bridge to Nowhere" in an editorial that states that the uproar has done "enormous damage to the GOP majority's public image."

The politics of national security:

CIA head Porter Goss defended the "unique and innovative ways" the CIA obtains information from detainees, per USA Today. LINK

USA Today also reports that three key House members are worried that CIA interrogators may not be using all weapons available in gathering intelligence information due to fears of abuse charges. LINK

Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the New York Times explores the Warner/McCain/Graham triumvirate on the Senate Armed Services Committee as well as on the Senate floor. LINK

DeLay:

Former FEC Chair Bradley Smith comes to DeLay's defense in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

The Houston Chronicle, with its brand new website design covers Rep. DeLay's "pivotal" pre-trial hearing this week. LINK

Abramoff/Scanlon:

Your weekend papers were full of Scanlon profiles and predictions about his cooperation causing complications and heartburn for many (mostly Republican) House members.

Per Roll Call's Bresnahan and Kane, DOJ's plea agreement with Scanlon is "troubling news for House Administration Chairman Bob Ney (R-OH), according to legal experts and watchdog groups."

Per Bloomberg News, Scanlon may help prosecutors raise the investigation "to a higher level." LINK

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

USA Today's Kathy Kiely sat down in Little Rock with former President Clinton, who called on Washington to tone down the rhetoric. LINK

While he praises both Bush 41 and 43, he Notes that they still have differences: "'I practically need a rabies shot when I talk about this deficit and me getting five tax cuts while we had two wars going on,' he said."

President Clinton told a Westchester audience that the Iraq war can still succeed, and the time isn't right for a pullout yet, per the New York Daily News. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The Washington Post's magnificent Mark Leibovich accompanied "Presidential Maybe" Mark Warner on his maiden voyage to the Granite State. Leibovich has the skinny on Warner's "horse teeth" (real though whitened), voice (fast and "throaty" a la Jack Kemp), and jargon (very late '90s). LINK

"Local Democrats expected 30 activists and elected officials for lunch, but about 170 RSVPs poured in the last few days, a testament to the millionaire governor's boomlet," Leibovich writes.

Note Note: That is the second time in three days Leibovich's byline appeared on a story about Mark Warner's Granite State travels.

Gov. Warner told crowds that New Hampshire should always be the first primary in the nation. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Sen. McCain was in South Carolina over the weekend and told reporters that he would wait to see the outcomes in 2006 before making any judgments about 2008, "I think the 2006 elections will be a good indication of the direction the country's taking, what their priorities are, and whether my agenda, my philosophy and my views. . . are in keeping with enough people that I would have a viable candidacy. . . I haven't thought of anything that would keep me from running, but I haven't thought of anything that would make me run. And that's why we have to make the assessment after the 2006 election. We'll have a serious discussion about it." LINK

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