The Note: Economics 101

The Washington Post's Jim VandeHei on the graybeards. LINK

Bush Administration/agenda:

Bloomberg's Brendan Murray and Kevin Carmichael write that some economists and investors say the bond market is heralding an economic downturn later this year or early next. The Bush Administration doesn't see it that way. LINK

The Washington Times' Bill Sammon on Bush's efforts to counter the image of insularity. LINK

David Ignatius of the Washington Post has a hit job on David Addington, Vice President Cheney's gazpacho-eating, ideology-enforcing, and subway-riding chief-of-staff. LINK

The Houston Chronicle reports of charges of "cronyism" when it comes to President Bush's recess appointment of Julie Myers, a lawyer, who was given the post of Immigration and Customs Enforcement head. LINK

Death penalty politics:

Maria Glod and Michael D. Shear report for the Washington Post's front page that Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) has ordered DNA testing that could prove "the guilt or innocence of a man executed in 1992, marking the first time a governor has asked for genetic testing of someone put to death." LINK

New Jersey is likely to become the third state to impose a moratorium on the death penalty, with a one year ban. LINK

The politics of education:

The Washington Post's Lois Romano on the Florida Supreme Court's decision to strike down the state's voucher program on the basis that it sets up an alternative system not subject to the "uniformity" requirements articulated in the state's constitution. LINK

Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) called the decision "a sad day for accountability in our state." "Voucher proponents said they will examine options for continuing the program, such as amending Florida's constitution or appealing to the US Supreme Court."

Yesterday's ruling is "expected to reverberate through battles over school choice in many states." LINK

But the Los Angeles Times says the effect of the ruling will be limited because of Florida's unique constitution. LINK

The Fitzgerald investigation:

Scooter Libby will be hanging his hat at the Hudson Institute where, in his capacity as a senior fellow, he will focus on issues related to terrorism and Asia, reports the Washington Post's Al Kamen. LINK

2008: Republicans:

The Richmond Times Dispatch follows the Hotline reporting that former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie has signed on as treasurer of Sen. George Allen's (R-VA) PAC. LINK

The Boston Globe writes up Gov. Romney's push for on-demand HIV testing for victims of sex crimes. LINK

The New York Post's Dicker looks at Human Events magazine's list of top 10 RINO's (Republican In Name Only) and finds both Gov. Pataki and Gov. Romney on the list. LINK

2008: Democrats:

John Kerry boasts of his ability to protect witnesses back in his prosecutorial days, a skill he sees woefully lacking among Bay State prosecutors today. The Boston Herald has the story. LINK

The Des Moines Register's editorial board writes that Gov. Vilsack's intentions are good in his proposal to help alleviate health care costs for small businesses and school districts, but his plan to create a $30 million fund for the program "raises questions about fairness." LINK

Eating Gersteinian dust, the New York Daily News has details of a $35,000 fine that will be paid by one of Sen. Clinton's fundraising committees after it admitted to failing to reveal $722,000 in contributions from a felon. LINK

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